Prof. Max García-MelchorGroup Leader; PhD in Chemistry (UAB); MSc in Theoretical & Computational Chemistry (UAB); BSc in Chemistry (UAB)
Max is a Tenured Ussher Assistant Professor in Chemical Energy Systems in the School of Chemistry and Principal Investigator of the CCEM Group. He is also the Director of the MSc in Energy Science and Principal Investigator at the AMBER Research Centre. He enjoys playing tennis, watching good movies and Barcelona soccer games.
Dr. Marconi Peñas de FrutosMargarita Salas Postdoctoral Fellow; PhD in Chemistry and MSc in Synthetic & Industrial Chemistry (U. Valladolid); BSc in Chemistry (U. Valladolid)
Marconi joined the CCEM group for 3 months in 2017 as a visiting PhD student, and returned in December 2020 as an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2022, he was awarded one of the prestigious Margarita Salas Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research on the design of cost-effective catalysts for the reduction of oxyanions. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Fout from Texas A&M University.
Michael J. CraigPhD Student; BSc in Theoretical Physics (TCD)
Michael joined the CCEM Group in September 2018 as a PhD student. His doctoral research will be centred on employing DFT methods and machine learning algorithms to accelerate the discovery of catalytic materials for sustainable energy.
Kevin BrennanPhD Student; BSc in Chemistry with Molecular Modelling (TCD)
Kevin joined our Group in October 2019 and his research focuses on the modelling of cost-effective electrocatalysts for the sustainable production of ammonia. Before joining our group, Kevin did a summer research internship and his final year undergraduate project with us.
Anna CiottiPhD Student; BSc and MSc in Chemistry (University of Bologna)
Anna will join the CCEM group in September 2020 from the University of Bologna. Anna's PhD research will be funded through the SFI-funded AMBER Research Centre and it will revolve around the rational design of (electro)catalysts for the activation of small molecules to produce high-added value chemicals and fuels.
Manting MuPhD Student; BSc in Chemistry (TCD)
Manting did her Chemistry undergraduate in Trinity College Dublin. After finishing her final year project in our group, she was awarded one of the prestigious Postgraduate Scholarships from the Irish Research Council to stay with us for a PhD. Manting's research focus on modelling and rational design of C–H metallation processes catalysed by earth-abundant bimetallic complexes.
Cian ClarkePhD Student; BSc in Chemistry with Molecular Modelling (TCD)
Cian obtained his undergraduate in Chemistry with Molecular Modeling from Trinity College Dublin. He joined the CCEM group to conduct his undergraduate final year project, which involved the modeling of the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction on solid surfaces. Cian has joined our team to work on the accelerated rational design of electrocatalysts for green hydrogen production.
Felix KleukerPhD Student; MSc in Mathematics (U. Heidelberg); BSc Mechanical Engineering (Leibniz University)
Felix has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Leibniz University), BSc in Mathematics (U. Heidelberg), and two MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Mathematics (U. Heidelberg). He has joined our team to develop machine learning algorithms to accelerate the discovery of electrocatalysts for green hydrogen production.
Timo SommerPhD Student; BSc and MSc in Physics (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Timo obtained his BSc and MSc in Physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and will join our team in September 2022 as a PhD student. Timo's research will revolve around the accelerated design of hybrid materials for green hydrogen production by combining DFT methods and machine learning.
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Vivek ChristhunathanVisiting PhD Student (National University of Ireland Galway, NUIG)
Vivek is a final year PhD student from NUIG working under the supervision of Prof. Pau Farràs and Prof. Tong Mingming. Vivek joined the CCEM group in May 2022 and will be working with us in a collaborative project with NUIG which focuses on developing earth-abundant photocatalysts for sustainable energy.
Eric Mates-TorresPhD Student (2017-2022)
Eric joined the CCEM Group in September 2017 as an Ussher PhD Scholar. His doctoral studies focused on the computational modelling and design of cathode materials for sustainable energy applications. Eric completed his PhD on March 2022, and in April 2022, he joined the group of Prof. Albert Rimola at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona as a postdoctoral researcher.
Oscar KellyUndergraduate Student (2020-21)
Oscar joined our group for a summer internship while he was a 3rd-year Chemistry undergraduate student in Trinity College Dublin. Oscar's research focused on the use of density functional theory methods to elucidate the mechanisms of reduction reactions involving oxyanions and non-precious metal complexes.
Dr. Arantxa Davó-QuiñoneroEDGE Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021)
Arantxa spent two years in our group as an EDGE-COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow co-supervised with Prof. Mick Morris (AMBER Research Centre). Her postdoctoral research focused aimed to combine experimental work with periodic-DFT calculations to develop novel oxide materials for sustainable energy and environmental protection.
Giuseppe CirilloVisiting MSc Student (2020)
Giusseppe (aka Peppe) joined our group in February 2020 as a visiting MSc student from the University of Bologna to conduct his MSc research thesis. His project focused on developing new machine learning-led approaches to accelerate the kinetic description of homogeneously catalyzed processes.
Panagiotis MallisMSc Student (2019)
Panagiotis joined our group as a postgraduate student in the multidisciplinary MSc in Energy Science offered in Trinity College Dublin. His MSc project involved the use of density functional theory methods to shed light on the underlying reaction mechanisms in CO2 methanation processes promoted by metal-supported catalysts.
Matthew McCullaghUndergraduate Student (2019)
Matthew joined our group as a 4th year student in the CMM degree in Trinity College Dublin. He joined the CCEM Group in June for a summer internship followed by his final year project from September until December. Matthew's research involved the modelling and prediction of earth-abundant metal alloys for sustainable energy applications.
Joaquin SorianoEDGE Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2020)
Joaquin joined our group in February 2018 as an EDGE-COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow with the co-supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt (School of Chemistry). Joaquin's research focused on designing low-cost materials for electrochemical water splitting.
William HearneVisiting Undergraduate Student (2019)
Will was a final year student in a dual degree program in Chemistry and ChemE offered by King’s College and the University of Notre Dame. Will joined the CCEM Group in June through the Naughton Undergraduate Research Fellowships. His research involved the elucidation of reaction mechanisms of organometallic transformations catalyzed by first-row transition metal complexes.
Alex GilsanzUndergraduate Student (2018-19)
Alex was a 4th year Chemistry student from the Universidad de Alcala (Madrid, Spain) when he joined the CCEM Group as an Erasmus student. Alex carried out a research project from September to December that focused on applying DFT methods to explore the reaction mechanisms of enantioselective cross-coupling reactions.
Julien StiennonMSc Student (2019)
Julien was a MSc student from the Université de Namur (Belgium) that joined the CCEM Group in February 2019. During his 3-month internship, Julien employed DFT methods to elucidate the mechanism of cross-coupling reactions between aryl halides and alkynyltin compounds.
Laia Vilella ArribasResearch Assistant & Project Manager (2018); PhD in Chemistry (UAB); MSc in Theoretical & Computational Chemistry (UAB); BSc in Chemistry (UAB)
Laia joined the CCEM group to help to explore new research horizons and to manage our research funded projects. Her position was funded thanks to the generous financial support from Enterprise Ireland through an Enterprise Ireland ERC Coordination Support Grant.
Niamh KearneyUndergraduate Student (2018)
Niamh was a final year undergraduate student in the Chemistry with Molecular Modelling (CMM) degree in Trinity College Dublin. She joined the CCEM Group to conduct her final year project on the modelling of the CO-PROX reaction on oxide surfaces.
Arantxa DavóVisiting PhD Student (2018)
Arantxa was a visiting 4th year PhD student from the group of Prof. Agustín Bueno and Prof. Dolores Lozano (U. Alicante) that joined the CCEM group for 6 months to complement her experimental research with periodic-DFT calculations. Her research in our group focused on developing catalysts for sustainable energy and environmental protection.
Pablo GómezVisiting PhD Student (2018)
Pablo joined the CCEM group in May 2018 as a visiting 3rd year PhD student from the group of Prof. Gregori Ujaque and Prof. Agustí Lledós (UAB). His research focused on developing linear scaling relationships for homogeneous catalysis.
Geoffrey KeatingUndergraduate Student (2018)
Geoffrey joined the CCEM group in June 2018 as a 3rd year student in the Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials (NPCAM) degree in Trinity College Dublin. He spent three months with us applying periodic-DFT methods to novel materials for the sustainable production of ammonia.
Romain Barda-ChatainUndergraduate Student (2018)
Romain joined the CCEM group in April 2018 as a 2nd year student from the Université Toulouse-III-Paul-Sabatier. His 3-month internship involved the use of DFT methods to rationally design novel molecular OER catalysts based on Earth-abundant elements.
Marconi P. de FrutosVisiting PhD Student (2017)
Marconi joined the CCEM group in September 2017 as a visiting 3rd-year PhD student from the experimental group of Prof. Pablo Espinet (UVa). He spent three months with us learning how to apply DFT methods to elucidate the reaction mechanisms of various transmetalation processes.
Shannon AhernUndergraduate Student (2017)
Shannon joined the CCEM group in September 2017 as a final year Chemistry student in Trinity College Dublin. Her project involved the computational investigation of novel Pd-catalysed C-C cross-coupling reactions.
Gabriel CoulterUndergraduate Student (2017)
Gabe joined the CCEM group in June 2017 as a final year student in the Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials (NPCAM) degree in Trinity College Dublin. He spent with us three months working on the development of linear scaling relations for homogeneous catalysis.
Eoin DolanUndergraduate Student (2017)
Eoin joined the CCEM group in June 2017 as a final year student in the Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials (NPCAM) degree in Trinity College Dublin. His undergraduate research project focused on developing linear scaling relations for homogeneous catalysis.
Łukasz GryglickiUndergraduate Student (2017)
Łukasz joined the CCEM group in May 2017 as a final year student in the Chemical Technology Degree in Gdańsk University of Technology. He spent three months as an IAESTE research scholar working on the elucidation of reaction mechanisms of hydroboration and hydrosilylation reactions catalysed by first-row transition metal complexes.