Hanusch Grab was born in Augsburg, Germany, in 1993. He studied chemistry at the Technical University Munich, where he received his B. Sc. (2014) and M. Sc. (2016). During the course of his master’s studies, he joined the research efforts of Prof. Stephan Sieber and Prof. Bernhard Rieger for internships on the development of anti-cancer agents and catalysts for the stereoselective synthesis of biodegradable polymers, respectively. Eventually aligning his research focus on the total synthesis of natural products, he became a member in the group of Prof. Thorsten Bach working on the first total synthesis of vioprolide D. After receiving his Ph. D. in early 2020, he started pursuing his postdoctoral studies in the Dydio research group where he is investigating the synthetic potential of the hydroacylation equilibrium. Besides chemistry, he is interested in comic books, snowboarding and ice hockey.

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Alessandra Casnati was born in Cremona, Italy in 1991. She studied Chemistry at the University of Parma earning first a Bachelor degree in 2013 and then the Master degree in 2015. For both her thesis she joined the Clean Synthetic Methodology group of Prof. Raimondo Maggi. She worked on the development of novel methodologies in heterogeneous catalysis. In 2015 she started her PhD in the same university under the supervision of Prof. Elena Motti and Prof. Nicola Della Ca’ in the former group of Prof. Mart Catellani. She worked on innovative homogeneous catalytic approaches for the synthesis of value added chemicals. During her studies she has hosted in the Noël research group at the Eindhoven University of Technologies, The Nederlands where she studied continuous flow chemistry in gas-liquid systems. After receiving her PhD in early 2019 she joined the Dydio research group where she is working on reversible creation of non-inherent reactivity patterns in catalytic organic synthesis. Outside of the lab she likes climbing and swimming and reading history books.

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, Formula 1 and reading history books.


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.

MSc Students:


Sergiu Bicic (M1 Student of Complex Systems Chemistry Graduate School at Unistra)


Debora Schiroli (Visiting MSc Student from University of Parma)



March 2021


May 2019


September 2018


July 2017


October 2016



Dawid Lichosyt

Yang Zhang

Karolina Hurej

Nikola Bregović

Stefano Libri

PhD Students:

Imane Boudhil

Annette B. Vliegenthart

MSc Students:

Maiia Aleksandrova

Michel Sigrist

Imane Boudhil

Visiting Students:

Gourahari Behera (MSc student)

Sylwester Domański (PhD student)

Kinga Piechura (PhD student)