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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.


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.

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.
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.


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.


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.

Visiting Researchers:


Sylwester Domański was born in Biała Podlaska, Poland, in 1990. He studied Organic Chemistry at the University of Natural Science and Humanintes in Siedlce, Poland, where he successfully defended his BSc degree. Later, he also received his MSc degree at the same university, presenting the thesis entitled “Investigation of experimental and theoretical properties of tosyl cynchotoxin enolate”, on his research conducted in the group of Prof. Teodozja Lipińska. Next, he moved to Warsaw, Poland, to start his PhD studies in the group of Prof. Janusz Jurczak at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Science, working under the guidance of Dr. Wojciech Chaladaj. The research during his PhD studies was dedicated to developing new palladium-catalyzed methodologies for the synthesis of 3- and 4-substituted alkenes containing perfluoroalkyl group –  important motives in the context of bio-active compounds. In 2018, he was awarded with the Etiuda scholarship from the National Science Center of Poland and in the same year he joined the Dydio Lab as a visiting researcher. His whole free time Sylwester spends reading books and working out at the gym.



Nikola Bregović

Stefano Libri

PhD Students:

Annette B. Vliegenthart

MSc Students:

Imane Boudhil

Visiting Students:

Gourahari Behera