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.


 PhD Students:


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.


Visiting researchers:


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. He is finishing the preparations of his PhD thesis on the investigation of the macrocyclic anion receptors based on the azulene skeleton. To expand his research experience to the field of chemical catalysis, supported by the Polish NSC Etiuda Doctoral Fellowship, Dawid joined the group of Dr. Dydio at ISIS/Unistra as a visiting researcher. In CoSyCat, he was investigating cooperative tandem catalysis with temporary substrate activation using ‘hydrogen borrowing’ chemistry. Now, Dawid is finishing his PhD Thesis, but soon he is coming back to re-join CoSyCat as a postdoctoral researcher. In his spare time, Dawid enjoys meeting with friends and sports like voleyball, jogging and gym.



Stefano Libri

PhD Students:

Annette B. Vliegenthart

MSc Students:

Imane Boudhil

Visiting Students:

Gourahari Behera