Zhen He was born in 1989 in China. She graduated in chemistry in 2011 from Sichuan University and carried out doctoral studies in the group of Prof. Ge Gao and Prof. Jingsong You at the same university (2011-2016). After completing her doctoral thesis, she moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a postdoctoral associate position in the group of Prof. David Procter at the University of Manchester (2016-2019). There, her research area was focused on organosulfur chemistry. In 2019, she carried out further postdoctoral studies in the group of Prof. Tobias Ritter at the Max-Planck-Institut KoFo. During her time at KoFo, she worked on synthetic organometallic chemistry and organic fluorine chemistry. In July 2022 she joined the Dydio research group where she is studying multi catalytic transformations. In her free time, she likes reading, cooking, listening music, learning English, German and French, playing the ukulele, fishing, playing basketball and so on. In addition, she is an audiophile.

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.


Flora Mammadova was born in 1995 in Baku, Azerbaijan. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Bilkent University in 2019 and did her senior project in the group of Assist. Prof. Yunus Emre Türkmen. The focus of the project was Polarization‐Enhanced Hydrogen Bonding in 1, 8‐Dihydroxynaphthalene. She continued her academic life at the Middle East Technical University and worked on the synthesis of push-pull chromophores under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Çağatay Dengiz. She graduated in February 2022. In her free time, she loves reading, discovering new coffee shops, and walking outside. 

Master Students:




March 2021


May 2019


September 2018


July 2017


October 2016



Yang Zhang

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:

Sebastián Martínez

Imane Boudhil

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

MSc Students:

Anastasiia Vorobei (now a PhD student with Prof. Nicolai Cramer, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Miguel Antonio Uceda

Eva Rose Himel Rubin

Sergiu Bicic

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

Bruno Lainer (now a PhD student in our group)

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)