ESRs

Philipp Baumli
baumli@mpip-mainz.mpg.de
ESR 3: Monitoring the motion of bacteria and cells under still and flow conditions
 

College/University
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Zurich, Switzerland

Highest Degree
Master of Science (Honours)

Major Subjects
Materials Science

Lab Experience
Basics of colloidal processing, Tribological testing, tribochemistry, ionic liquids, thermal analysis (DSC & TGA), XPS, XRD methods (powder diffraction), confocal microscopy, IR-spectroscopy, and NMR spectroscopy.

Projects/Research

  • Bachelor´s Thesis (Spring 2013)
“Self-Consistent Field Theoretical Study of the Shape of AFM Force Curves for Polymer Brushes” under the supervision of Professor Martin Kröger in the polymer physics group at the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich headed by Professor Hans Christian Öttinger.  
  • Research Internship (Summer 2013)
“Structure and crystal chemistry of complex intermetallics” in the Laboratory of Crystallography headed by Professor Walter Steurer at the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich (Supervisor: Dr. Julia Dshemuchadse) in collaboration with Samara State University, Russia.  
  • 1st Master´s Project (September 2013 – February 2014)
In the Materials Theory group led by Professor Nicola Spaldin on the oxygen vacancy formation energy of selected transition metal oxides including LaNiO3. Supervisor: Dr. Ulrich Aschauer  
  • 2nd Master´s Project (June 2014 – September 2014)
In the Complex Materials group headed by Professor André Studart on the „Synthesis and processing of Nacre-like composites using a colloidal processing approach”. Supervisor: Ms Madeleine Grossman  
  • Master´s Thesis
Title: “Tribological Properties of Selected Non-Aromatic Ionic Liquids” carried out under the supervision of Professor Antonella Rossi at the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LSST) headed by Professor Nicholas D. Spencer at the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich. Strong emphasis on XPS investigations of tribochemical reaction products.

Scholarships/Awards
March 2017 - March 2020: LubISS ITN position

Davide Bottone
davide.bottone@uzh.ch
ESR 15: Silicone nanoparticles of different shape as ingredient for lubricant impregnated surfaces
 

College/University
University of Trento, Trento, Italy

Highest Degree
Master of Science (Honours)

Major Subjects
Materials Science and Engineering

Lab experience
Sol-gel chemistry, basics of cell culture techniques, glass and ceramics processing, wettability analysis, electron and light microscopy, NMR spectroscopy, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, XRD.

Scholarships/Awards
Merit Award of the University of Trento for BSc graduates (A.Y. 2013/2014).
July 2017 - July 2020: LubISS ITN position

Valentina Donadei
valentina.donadei@tut.fi
ESR 7: Investigating ice formation and adhesion of slippery surfaces prepared by thermal spraying
 

College/University
University of Salento, Lecce, Italy

Highest Degree
Master of Science (Honours)

Major Subjects
Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology

Lab Experience
Chemical composition analysis (Mass Spectrometry, IR, NMR Spectroscopy), Thermal analysis (DSC, TGA, Rheometer), Surface characterisation (Hardness, Contact angle analysis, FTIR, XRD, Optical microscopy, SEM), study of the kinetics of photo-polymerization (RTIR spectroscopy and P-DSC), mechanical testing (tensile, compression and bending), ultrasonic non-destructive testing.

Projects/Research

  • Master of Science Project (Spring 2015)
“Characterisation of A63S Alumina (University of Salento) and AES-11C Alumina (INMATEC)” under the supervision of Professor Antonio Licciulli in the Ceramic Materials Group at the Department of Engineering for Innovation at University of Salento in Lecce (Italy).
  • Research Internship (Spring 2016)
“Processing of polyurethanes made from renewable and biodegradable resources” under the supervision of Dr. Antonella Tarzia at the Technologies Design and Material European Research Centre in Brindisi (Italy).
  • Master of Science Thesis
Title: “Optimisation of stamp forming of PEKK/CF composites for aerostructures” carried out under the supervision of Professor Alfonso Maffezzoli form University of Salento and Eng. Michael Wielandt at the R&D Department of Fokker Technologies B.V. headed by Arnt Offringa. The aim of the research was to optimise the stamp forming process, carrying out heat treatment on PEKK/CF composites. Strong emphasis on non-destructive, destructive inspection and thermal analysis on heat-treated and out of autoclave formed thermoplastic composites.

Scholarships/Awards
Erasmus Placement (Summer – Autumn 2016) at Fokker Technologies B.V., Hoogeveen, The Netherlands
September 2017 - September 2020: LubISS ITN position

Rian Hughes
rian.hughes@physics.ox.ac.uk
ESR4: Particles and bacteria at slippery surfaces
 

College/University
BSc National University of Ireland, Maynooth
MASt University of Cambridge
DPhil University of Oxford

Highest Degree
MASt

Major Subjects
Theoretical Physics and Mathematics

Lab Experience

  • Bachelors Computational Physics Project
    Visualisation of Quantum Hall Wave-Functions on Flat and Curved Manifolds using Computational Methods, under the supervision of Dr. Joost Slingerland.
  • Research Project
    Multiple-Radiofrequency Dressed Adiabatic Potentials, under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Foot.

Scholarships/Awards
Entrance Scholarship
All Ireland Scholarship
Hamilton Award [Highest Grade in Mathematical Physics in the Final Year of Study]
Hamilton Award [Highest Grade in Mathematics in the Penultimate Year of Study]
Stokes Prize [Highest Grade in Mathematical Physics in the First Year of Study]
August 2017 - August 2020: LubISS ITN Position

Alexandre Laroche
alexandre.laroche@airbus.com
ESR 12: Ice  wind tunnel and durability tests of new developed icephobic coatings for aerospace applications
 

College/University
BEng Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
MASc Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Highest Degree
Master of Applied Science

Major Subjects
Mechanical Engineering

Lab Experience
Icing wind tunnel testing, composite materials manufacturing, IR imaging, laser flash analysis for thermal diffusivity, 3D printing, thermal spray.

Projects/Research

  • Bachelor Thesis
Carbon Fiber Body for the Concordia SAE Supermileage Vehicle” (2013 – 2014)
  • Deputy Advisor for Bachelor Thesis
Concordia University Vacuum Cold Spray Machine” (2015 – 2016)
Concordia University High Speed Icing Wind Tunnel” (2016 – 2017) Impact ice adhesion and ice accretion measurements on icephobic surfaces (2016 – 2019)
  • Master Thesis
“Comparative Evaluation of Embedded Heating Elements as Electrothermal Ice Protection Systems for Composite Structures” (2017)

Scholarships/Awards
2014: First Place SAE Student Exhibit Competition
2014: First Prize Concordia University Mechanical Engineering Design Award
2015 – 2017: Fellowship in NSERC CREATE Program “Competitive Manufacturing for the Aerospace Industry: Technology and Design”
2015 – 2016: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s from NSERC (National Level)
2015 – 2016: Master’s Research Scholarship from FRQNT (Provincial Level)
2016: Concordia University Conference and Exposition Award
2016: Concordia University Graduate Mobility Award
September 2017 - September 2020: LubISS ITN position

Emanuela Lorusso
lorusso@dtnw.de
ESR 13: Controlling the adhesion of bacteria via a combination of fibre treatment and surface functionalization
 

College/University
BSc at the University of Bari, Bari, Italy
MSc at the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Highest Degree
Master of Science

Major Subjects
Material Science, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry

Lab experience
Aerosol Assisted CVD, Plasma-Enhanced CVD, functional thin films and coatings, plasma chemistry, wettability analysis, Uv-Vis spectroscopy, powder XRD, GIXRD, XPS

Projects/Research

  • Bachelor research project
‘‘Improved stability of functional plasma polymers by vertical gradient structures'' at the EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratory for Material Science and Technology of Saint Gallen, Switzerland.
  • Master research project
‘‘ New chemical vapor deposition routes to thin films and powders of titanium oxynitrides‘‘ at the University of Southampton, UK

Scholarships/Awards
September 2017 - September 2020: LubISS ITN position

Mariia Mikriukova
mariia.mikriukova@tut.fi
ESR 6: Easy processing of porous surfaces and approaches to replenish the drained lubricant
 

College/University
St. Petersburg State Technological Institute (technical university), St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)

Highest Degree
Candidate of Sciences (Lic.Sc.(Tech))

Major Subjects
Electrochemistry

Lab Experience
Electrochemical methods of analysis (cyclic voltammetry, cell charge-discharge, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, conductometry, potentiometry), electroplating and electroless plating, heat of wetting study, corrosion test (salt fog testing), tribological testing, measurement of nano particle size distribution.

Projects/Research

  • Specialist research project
“Chrome Plating using the electrolyte based on Cr (III)”

  • Candidate of Sciences Thesis
“Phosphoric acid esters as solvents for the electrolyte of lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors”

Scholarships/Awards
September 2017 - September 2020: LubISS ITN position

Abhinav Naga
ESR 2: Visualization and analysis of two-phase flow
Saurabh Nath
ESR 8: Characterization of drop dynamics on slippery surface
Kristian Thijssen
kristian.thijssen@physics.ox.ac.uk
ESR 5: Modeling the dynamics of slippery surfaces
 

College/University
Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford

Highest Degree
Master of Science

Major Subjects
Computational physics, Soft active matter

Lab Experience
Computational experiences: Molecular dynamics. Multi-particle collision dynamics. Dissipative particle dynamics. Monte Carlo method. Lattice Boltzmann model

Publications

  • Shendruk*, Doostmohammadi*, Thijssen* & Yeomans. Dancing disclinations in confined active nematics. Soft matter (2017)
  • Doostmohammadi*, Shendruk*, Thijssen* & Yeomans. Onset of meso-scale turbulence in active nematics. Nat. Commun (2017)
*co-first author

Scholarships/Awards
September 2017 - September 2020: LubISS ITN position