Yang Zhang was born in 1980 in Changzhou, China. He was awarded bachelor degree in Chemical engineering at Huaihai Institute of technology, China (1998-2002). Then, he has served as a  technician in a chemical company for six years in China. He continued his master study in Physical Chemistry at  XiangtanUniversity in 2008. Subsequently, he became a doctor candidate in the group of Dr. Angela Marinetti at Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles in Gif, France, where he worked on new chiral platinum and gold complexes for asymmetric catalysis. After he completed PhD studies in 2014, he joined in the group of Prof. Christophe Thomas at Ecole National Supérieure de Chime de Paris where he did one year’s postdoc research in tandem synthesis of polymers with organometallics. At CoSyCat, starting October 2016, he will strive to develop improved synthetic methodologies by constructing new catalytic systems using supramolecular toolbox. In his spare time, Yang enjoys playing football, basketball and doing some outdoor activities with friends.


Karolina Hurej was born in 1988 in Lubin, Poland. In 2007-2012, she studied biological chemistry at the University of Wrocław. In 2010-2017, she worked in the group of Professor Lechosław Latos-Grażyński at the University of Wrocław. Firstly, she was a M.Sc. student (2010-2012). In 2012, she prepared and successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis titled “The extension of porphhyrin’s delocalization π-system by involving the meso-pyrrole”. Being truly fascinated by the properties of porphyrins and their analogues, she decided to continue the research in that area as a PhD student in the same group. Her investigations, during PhD studies were dedicated to carbaporphyrinoids and their complexes of rhodium and ruthenium. In 2018, Karolina won the „Mobilnośc Plus” Scholarship from the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education to join the group Dr. Dydio to explore the use of metalloporphyrins in catalysis. Currently, Karolina is working in tandem with Dawid Lichosyt in the area of tandem catalysis exploiting the strategy of temporary substrate activation. In her spare time, Karolina enjoys reading books, riding a bike and walking.


Dawid Lichosyt was born in 1988 in Rabka-Zdrój, Poland. In 2007-2013, he studied natural sciences and mathematics at the University of Warsaw. As an undergraduate student he began his scientific adventure working on natural product synthesis in the laboratories of Prof. Zbigniew Czarnocki at the same university. In 2008, he joined the group of Prof. Janusz Jurczak at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences to work in the filed of supramolecular chemistry. After receiving MSc in Chemistry in 2013, he started his graduate studies in the group of Prof. Jurczak. In 2018, he finished his PhD thesis on the investigation of the macrocyclic anion receptors based on the azulene skeleton in the same group. In CoSyCat, he is investigating cooperative tandem catalysis with temporary substrate activation using ‘hydrogen borrowing’ chemistry.  In his spare time, Dawid enjoys meeting with friends and sports like voleyball, jogging and gym.



Nikola Bregović was born on 12. June, 1986 in Čakovec, Croatia. In 2009 he started his PhD study under mentorship of Professor Vladislav Tomišić at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. Nikola devoted his career to research and teaching in the field of physical chemistry. He defended his PhD thesis in 2014 and continued working in the Department of Chemistry as post-doctoral fellow, followed by his appointment as Assistant Professor in 2018. Nikola is interested in supramolecular chemistry and has been mostly focused on characterization and development of anion and ion-pair receptors. He also participated in various research projects including studies of cation coordination, acid-base properties in non-aqueous media and tautomerism of Schiff bases. He was involved in research projects collaborating with partners from pharmaceutical industry. At this stage, he is eager to expand his expertise towards supramolecular catalysis, which is the reason he joined the research group of Dr. Dydio. His short in the group was enabled through a scholarship granted by French government, and future engagement in these studies was supported by Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is a proud father of a two-year-old daughter and loves to spend time with his family. When he finds some spare time he enjoys playing bass guitar, fly fishing and skiing.

 PhD Students:


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.



Imane Boudhil was born in Strasbourg, in 1994. From 2012 to 2014, she studied chemistry at the Illkirch University Institute of Technology, University of Strasbourg, in the end earning the University Diploma of Technology in Chemistry. During that time, she did an internship at the School of Science and Engineering of Teesside University, England, where she investigated the amino acid composition of the fingerprints. In 2015, she earned  the Bachelor degree from the Chemistry Faculty, University of Strasbourg. In 2016, she did an internship at the School of Science and Engineering of Teesside University, England, where she investigated phosphine organocatalysis for Wittig and Mitsunobu reactions, as part of a program “Master of Green Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry”. In 2017, she graduated from this Master of Green Chemistry. Intrigued by research on cooperative catalysis in CoSyCat while a MSc Student (2017), she decided to pursue a PhD in the same lab. Outside of the lab, she likes reading and playing sport (especially gym), and volunteering in local organizations.



Stefano Libri

PhD Students:

Annette B. Vliegenthart

MSc Students:

Imane Boudhil

Visiting Students:

Gourahari Behera