Organizing Committee

The Organizing Committee


Dr. M. Eugenia PérezOjeda
Portait Dr. M.Eugenia Pérez-Ojeda
Dr. M. Eugenia PérezOjeda was born in 1984 in Cádiz (Spain). She received her B.Sc in Chemistry from Complutense University of Madrid in 2008. Afterwards she got a scholarship to study her master in Polymers Science, she obtained her M.Sc. in 2009 from the International University Menéndez Pelayo and the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). She was granted a JAE fellowship from the Spanish Research Council to conduct a multidiciplinar PhD within the Institute of Physical Chemistry “Rocasolano” and the Institute of Organic Chemistry (both from CSIC). During this period, she performed two internships abroad at Michigan University (USA) and Lund University (Sweden) supported by CSIC and Margit and Folke Pehrzon Foundation, respectively. She completed her doctoral thesis with suma cum laude in 2014 on the “Development of New Hybrid Nanomaterials for Biophotonic Applications”. Her thesis received 3 different awards from the Spanish Royal Chemistry Society and Complutense University of Madrid. In 2015 she began postdoctoral work on macromolecular materials and thermosensitive hydrogels at the Institute for Polymer Science and Technology from CSIC. In 2016 she moved to FriedrichAlexander University of ErlangenNuremberg where she joined Prof. Hirsch ́s group. In 2017 she was granted a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual fellowship as a postdoctoral researcher. Dr. PérezOjeda has authored 18 papers in peer reviewed journals from first quartil, 2 book chapters and has presented her work in more than 20 international conferences. She has also experience in assessment and review of R&D&I articles. She is member of the Spanish Royal Chemistry Society and she colaborates with the german chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni association. She has also participated in science divulgation and public engagement initiatives. Her current research deals with the synthesis and functionalisation of Hybrid Carbon Allotropes and supramolecular derivatives.


Dr. Sandra Míguez Lago
Portrait Dr. Sandra Míguez LagoDr. Sandra Míguez Lago was born in 1987 in Pazos de Borbén (Spain). She conducted her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry as well as her Master’s Degree in Advanced Chemistry with specialization in Organic Chemistry granted by the Spanish Ministry of Sciences and by the Xunta de Galicia respectively at the Universidade de Vigo, Spain. Then she joined the S3 Group, led by Prof. M. Magdalena Cid, and cosupervised by Dr. José Lorenzo Alonso Gómez, she received her PhD with suma cum laude and international mention at the same university in 2016 as a Xunta de Galicia fellow. She did doctoral stages at the Technische Universität München, in the Group of Prof. Johannes Barth, Germany, and at the FriedrichAlexanderUniversität ErlangenNürnberg, Germany, in the Group of Prof. Milan Kivala. She is currently conducting her postdoctoral research in the Kivala Group at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, granted by the Frauen in Forschung und Lehre (FFL) and the Emerging Talents Initiative (ETI). Besides, she has presented her work in around 10 international conferences and also participated and organized several science divulgation events. Her research work covers from the design of chiral molecular recognition hosts to the development of nitrogen-doped Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Carbon Allotropes.




Dr. Alexandra Burger
Porträt Dr. Alexandra BurgerAlexandra Burger was born in 1984 in Rosenheim (Germany).She received her Diploma in Chemistry from the FAU ErlangenNürnberg in 2010. During her studies she spent one year at the École Polytechnique in Palaiseau (France), three months at the University of Sevilla (Spain), and six months at the Merck KGaA in Darmstadt (Germany). In 2011 she started her doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirsch at the FAU ErlangenNürnberg, working on the functionalization and stabilization of inorganic nanoparticles and their incorporation into layerbylayer assemblies. She completed her PhD in 2017. In August 2017 she began her postdoctoral work at the FAU ErlangenNürnberg, focusing on 2D materials and electrochemistry.




M.Sc. Ramandeep Kaur
Portrait Ramandeep KaurRamandeep Kaur was born in 1991 in Punjab (India). She received her Bsc. degree in Chemistry from Delhi University, India and Msc. degree in Chemistry from the Friedrich Alexander University of ErlangenNuremberg, Germany. In 2015 she started her doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. D. M. Guldi at Friedrich Alexander University of ErlangenNuremberg,
Germany. Her doctoral research is focussed on photophysical characterization of novel electron donoracceptor conjugates using steady state and timeresolved spectroscopic methods.







M.Sc. Helen Hölzel
Portrait Helen HölzelHelen Hölzel was born in 1991 in Forchheim, Germany. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Molecular Science from the FAU ErlangenNürnberg. In 2015, she began her doctoral studies in the research group of Prof. Jux at the FAU ErlangenNürnberg. Her research is fully embedded into the interdisciplinary research project on carbon allotropes (SFB 953) and focuses on hexaarylbenzenes (HABs) and hexaperihexabenzocoronenes (HBCs) as platform for donoracceptor systems. Further, she is also designing and investigating porphyrins and benzoporphyrins for on surface reactions and investigations in order to create new heteroatom containing synthetic carbon allotropes as well as functional materials. Helen is coauthor of 8 papers in leading
journals, as e.g. Angewandte Chemie (International Edition), the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Physical Chemistry C and presented her work in several national and international conferences and symposia. This year she was awarded with a JSPS fellowship for a research visiting stay in the group of Prof. Nakamura at the University of Tokyo (Japan) with her own entirely devised research project. Besides research she is continuously committed in universityrelated activities. She is member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), very actively involved into the “JungChemikerForum” (Young Chemists Forum), a suborganization of the GDCh, and was head of the ErlangenNürnberg branch between 20162018, organizing several scientific related events such as lectures, talks, meetings and excursions.



M.Sc. Katerina Maxouti

Portrait Katerina Maxouti

Katerina Maxouti was born in 1990 in Nicosia (Cyprus). She studied Chemistry at the University of Cyprus, where she obtained her B.Sc. degree in 2012. During her undergraduate studies, she received 2 awards for her academic performance and her Diploma Thesis earned the 1st place at the “Students in Research Competition 20112012” from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. After her graduation, she moved to Erlangen (Germany) to continue her studies. In 2014, she received a M.Sc. in Material Science from the FriedrichAlexanderUniversity ErlangenNuremberg, carrying out her Master Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirsch. She subsequently started her Ph.D. research project in the samegroup and she is currently doctoral candidate. Her research work deals with the regioselective synthesis and characterization of multi-adducts of fullerene C60





M.Sc. Aysun apcı

Portrait Aysun Çapcı KaragözAysun apcı was born in 1984 in Zonguldak (Turkey). She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemistry from the Ege University, İzmir (Turkey). She has been in the group of Prof. Svetlana B. Tsogoeva as an Erasmus student during her Master’s study at the University of ErlangenNürnberg for six months. In 2013, she began her doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Svetlana B. Tsogoeva, awarded by a fellowship from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She is a member of the Graduate School of Molecular Science (GSMS). She has coauthored 10 research and 2 review articles in peer reviewed journals. Her research is focused on organocatalytic click reactions and the development of novel natural product hybrids as potent antimalarial, antiviral, and anticancer therapeutics.