Dandan Chen, new doctor of the DiMoCat group

On 11th May 2021, Dandan Chen defended with success her PhD thesis entitled “Theoretical Study on the Aromaticity of Metallacycles and All-Metal Clusters in the Lowest Triplet State” supervised by Prof. Jun Zhu (Xiamen University) and Prof. Miquel Solà (UdG). She was awarded with the title of doctor for the University of Xiamen and the University of Girona. Congratulations, Dandan!

Dr. Chen had a predoctoral grant (State Scholarship Fund, No. 201906310040), awarded by the Chinese government, to carry out her PhD Thesis. She performed a research stay of about 1 year in the University of Girona during her PhD. She has published about twenty papers, including three J. Am. Chem. Soc., three Angew. Chem., two Chem. Commun. and one Acc. Chem. Res. We wish her good luck and great successes!!!

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Dr. Jesús Antonio Luque Urrutia, new doctor of the DiMoCat group

On 26th March 2021, Jesús Antonio Luque Urrutia, “Xus”, defended with success his PhD thesis entitled “Computational Studies Oriented Towards the Development of a Greener Chemistry”. The PhD thesis was supervised by Dr. Albert Poater and Prof. Miquel Solà (see photo). The evaluation committee was composed by Dr. Josep M. Luis (University of Girona) as president, Dr. Laura Falivene (Università degli Studi di Salerno), and Dr. Diego Andrada (Saarland University) as secretary. The defense was done by videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the PhD thesis was qualified with the highest mark of Excellent.

During his PhD, Dr. Luque had an IFUdG grant awarded by the University of Girona and he has published seven papers, including a JACS and an ACS Catalysis. In the coming weeks, he will start a postdoc in the group of Prof. Albert Rimola at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. We wish him good luck and great successes!