Yang Zhang was born in China in the 1980s. In 2011, he started his PhD studies in the group of Dr. Angela Merinetti at université Paris Sud. There, he worked on the transition-metal-catalyzed enatioselective cycloisomerization of enynes. After receiving his PhD in early 2015 he joined prof. Christophe Thomas’s research group at École nationale supérieure de chimie de Paris where he was working on the development of synthetic methodologies towards polyurethanes by ring opening polymerization with organometallics. Then in october 2016 he joined the Dydio research group where he is studying transition-metal-catalyzed funtionalizations of alkenes or alkynes. Ouside of the lab, he likes doing sports and travelling.

PhD Students:


Bruno Lainer was born in 1997 in Austria. He studied Chemistry at the University of Warsaw, simultaneously working in the group of Prof. Janusz Jurczak at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where he worked on supramolecular chemistry. He obtained his B. Sc. in 2018. He joined the Complex Systems Chemistry Graduate School for his M. Sc. at the University of Strasbourg in 2018. Here, in 2019 he worked for 9 months in the group of Prof. Thomas Hermans in the field of Non-equilibrium systems kinetics. In 2020 he worked in the Dydio Research Group, investigating cooperative catalysis using “hydrogen borrowing” chemistry, obtaining his M. Sc. at the University of Strasbourg in June. As of September 2020 he re-joined the Dydio Research Group to continue his research on cooperative catalysis as part of a PhD program, within the Complex Systems Chemistry Graduate School. In his free time Bruno enjoys miniature painting and playing rugby.


Michel Sigrist was born in 1995 in Obernai, France. From 2015 to 2018, he studied chemistry and biology at the University of Strasbourg, where he received the Bachelor degree from the Biology Faculty. During that time, he did two internships, both at the Strasbourg Institute of Material Physics and Chemistry, France. He worked on the synthesis of platinum(II) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes against cancer and on the synthesis of nitriles based on a ruthenium-catalysed oxidation of primary amines under oxidant free conditions. In 2018, he entered the Chemistry-Biology-Medication program at the University of Strasbourg. In 2019, he joined the Dydio group at the Institute of Science and Supramolecular Engineering and worked on regioselective palladium-catalysed hydroformylation of unsymmetrical alkynes together with Dr. Yang Zhang. In 2020, he decided to continue the research in the same lab, investigating palladium-catalysed hydrocarbonylation reactions of olefins, for his Master’s thesis project and then as a PhD student. Outside of the lab, he enjoys meeting with friends and sports like badminton and table tennis.


Lukas Veth was born in Koblenz, Germany in 1994. He studied Biomedical Chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, where he received his B. Sc. in 2017 and his M. Sc. in 2019. As a part of his master’s studies, he joined the group of Prof. Andrei Yudin at the University of Toronto for six months, working on the synthesis of heteroatom-rich boron-containing compounds. For his master’s thesis, he worked in the research group of Prof. Frank Rösch in the field of radiopharmaceutical chemistry. In July 2019, Lukas started his PhD in the Dydio group where he is working on a transition-metal catalyzed equilibrium as a tool to access a new reactivity pattern for organic molecules. Outside the lab, he enjoys meeting with friends and making music.


Sebastián Martínez was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 1992. His passion for chemistry began during his high school studies. In 2010, he participated as a member of the Uruguayan team in the International Chemistry Olympiad helded in Tokyo. From 2011 to 2017 he studied chemistry at Facultad de Química, Universidad de la República (UdelaR, Uruguay). As a result he obtained a Bachelor Degree (2015), a Chemist Degree in materials chemistry (2016) and an Advanced Bachelor Degree in computational chemistry (2017). In 2013, he joined the research group of Prof. Carlos Kremer at the same university to work in the coordination chemistry and supramolecular chemistry fields. During this time he participated in several research projects that cover the study of transition metal complexes with aminopolycarboxylic ligands; heterometallic metal–organic frameworks and novel luminescent metal complexes based on Schiff-base ligands. Also, he participated in the computational chemistry research group of Prof. Nicolás Veiga to study the assembly of nitrilotripropionate metal complexes; Diels-Alder reactions of synthetically valuable heterocyclic scaffolds and double [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangements of substituted benzyl azides.
In 2018, Martínez was awarded the Solvay PhD Fellowship provided by Solvay and the FRC foundation. He joined The Dydio Research Group to pursue his PhD studies and carry out the projects aiming to enable new transformations for organic synthesis by constructing (multi)catalytic networks of reactions. Outside work, he enjoys drumming and coffee.

Master Students:


Anastasiia Vorobei was born in Ukraine in 1998. While participating in the International INESPO (Netherlands) she discovered a curiosity for science. Anastasiia obtained her Bachelors diploma in Organic Chemistry in Kyiv (Ukraine) and moved to France for further degrees. Studying at the Université Grenoble Alpes in a Master in Chemistry program she conducted her Master 1 internship in EPFL (Switzerland) in the group of Prof. Nicolai Cramer working on the application of new chiral phosphines. In 2022 she joined the Dydio group at the University of Strasbourg where she is working on Ru dual-catalytic systems. During her free time she enjoys city walks and baking.


Miguel Uceda was born in 1993 in Callao, Peru. From 2013 to 2016, he studied geology engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. After taking courses of chemistry in geology and crystallography, he grew passionate about chemistry, biology, and structures. In 2017, he came to France to study biology and chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in life sciences: chemistry – biology. In 2021, he started the master’s program in chemistry, biology, and drugs. During his first year, he did an internship in the group of Prof.  Nierengarten group, where he worked under the supervision of Dr. Hahn on the synthesis of sugar-appended phenanthroline ligands for the preparation of Cu(I) complexes. In 2022, he joined the Dydio group at the Institute of Science and Supramolecular Engineering, where works on the regioselective palladium-catalyzed hydrocarbonylation reactions in collaboration with Michel Sigrist and Yang Zhang. Outside the lab, he enjoys listening to music, reading books, and coffee.


Eva Rose Himel Rubin was born in 1994 in San Francisco, California. She grew up wanting to be a chef and started college in 2014 by taking culinary classes and working in the kitchen of a restaurant. At the restaurant she did recipe development and optimization of pastries and she realized she was using the scientific method to conduct research in the kitchen. After quitting kitchen life and focusing on her studies, she fell in love with organic chemistry when she had the opportunity to do classroom based research in her organic chemistry course in 2017. After finishing the organic courses, she continued her research on green chemistry synthesis of cobalt catalysts with schiff base ligands via independent study with Dr. Mas Iimura at Santa Rosa Junior College for another year in 2018. She graduated in 2019 and spent her summer in Lyon, France at CPE Lyon for an International Research Experience for Students through the University of New Orleans. While there, she worked in the C2P2 lab investigating the kinetics of platinum nanoparticles for the hydrosilylation alkenes. In the Fall of 2019 she began her studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and immediately joined the Diaconescu lab where she worked on synthesizing redox switchable catalysts for block copolymerization. In Fall 2021 she entered the Complex Systems Chemistry master’s at the University of Strasbourg, and in 2022 she joined the Dydio group there for her M1 internship and is working on multi catalytic transformations. When not in lab, she enjoys going to see live music and traveling.



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October 2016



Hanusch Grab (now a research scientist at SpiroChem, Basel, Switzerland)

Alessandra Casnati (now a postdoc with Dr. Mónica H. Pérez-Temprano, ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain)

Dawid Lichosyt (now an assistant professor at the Institute of Physical Chemistry,
Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland)

Karolina Hurej (now an assistant professor at the University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland)

Nikola Bregović (now an assistant professor at the University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)

Stefano Libri

PhD Students:

Imane Boudhil

Annette B. Vliegenthart (now a trainee patent attorney at Vriesendorp & Gaade
South Holland, Netherlands)

MSc Students:

Sergiu Bicic

Maiia Aleksandrova (now a PhD student with Dr. Claudia Bonfio, ISIS, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France)

Michel Sigrist (now a PhD student in our group)

Imane Boudhil

Visiting Students:

Debora Schiroli (MSc student)

Gourahari Behera (MSc student)

Sylwester Domański (PhD student)

Kinga Piechura (PhD student)