People

Postdoctoral Fellows

Shouguo Wang

Shou-Guo Wang received his BSc in chemistry from Soochow University in 2010. He obtained his PhD from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Shu-Li You. From 2015, he joined the Cramer Group as a postdoctoral researcher. His research interests are focused on ligand design and asymmetric catalysis.

Alissa Götzinger

Alissa Götzinger obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Düsseldorf. After several research stays at Stockholm University, RWTH Aachen and at Bayer she went on to do a PhD in Organic Chemistry in Düsseldorf under the supervision of Professor Thomas J. J. Müller. She joined the Cramer group as a new postdoc in 2017. Outside the lab, Alissa has been training Aikido for more than a decade and enjoys reading and music.

Josep Mas-Rosello

Josep Mas Rosellό graduated in Chemistry in 2013 from the University of València (Spain). He obtained his PhD from the University of Bristol (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Clayden in collaboration with Syngenta®. His research focused on the development of novel synthetic strategies for the α-functionalisation of α-amino acid derivatives. In 2017, he joined the Cramer group as a postdoctoral researcher, where he is currently working in ligand design and transition-metal-based asymmetric catalysis. Outside the chemistry lab, Josep enjoys playing percussion, although by far, his favourite hobby is having a mojito cocktail under a beach umbrella.

Lukasz Wozniak

Łukasz Wozniak received his BSc from the University of Gdansk (Poland) and MSc from Jagiellonian University (Poland). After a research stay at the Polish Academy of Sciences he moved to the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (Spain) where he undertook his PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Paolo Melchiorre. His research focused on the development of new strategies for enantioselective catalysis of photochemical reactions. In 2015, he spent time in the group of Professor Melanie Sanford at the University of Michigan (USA) and in 2016 in the group of Professor Takashi Ooi at Nagoya University (Japan) as a visiting PhD student. In January 2018, he joined the laboratory of Professor Cramer as a postdoctoral researcher. Łukasz enjoys running, hiking and live jazz music.

Marcus Brauns

Marcus Brauns studied economical chemistry and chemistry at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. He obtained his PhD from the University of Düsseldorf under the supervision of Prof. Jörg Pietruszka in 2016. His research focused on the development and application of novel allyl boronates for the asymmetric synthesis of homoallylic alcohols. During his doctorate he completed a 6-month internship at Evonik and worked as a postdoc in the group of Prof. Jörg Pietruszka afterwards. He joined the Cramer group in February 2018 and is now working on selective C-H activations.

Maria Frias Rodriguez

Maria Frias Rodriguez graduated in Chemistry in 2012 and in Biochemistry in 2013 from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). She obtained her PhD from the same university under the supervision of Dr. Jose Aleman. Her research focused on the development of new strategies for enantioselective catalysis of organocatalytic reactions. In 2015, she spent time in the group of Professor Corey Stephenson at the University of Michigan (USA) as a visiting PhD student. She joined the Cramer group in March 2018 and is now working on ligand design and asymmetric catalysis.

Ana Pascual Escudero

Ana Pascual Escudero graduated in Chemistry in 2012 from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where she also obtained her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Juan Carlos Carretero and Prof. Javier Adrio. Her research focused on the development of novel strategies for enantioselective metal-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions. In 2016, she spent some time as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, working in the Walsh group. In May 2018, she joined the Cramer group as a postdoctoral researcher. Outside the lab, she enjoys sport activities in nature (mountain biking, hiking, climbing…) as well as music and playing drums.

PhD Students

Yang Sun

Yang Sun obtained her BSc majoring in chemistry at Lanzhou University, China in June 2012. She completed her masters at Université de Rennes 1, France under the supervision of Dr. Mathieu Achard and Dr. Christian Bruneau with a Fondation Rennes 1 Fellowship. She started her PhD in the Cramer group in September 2014 where she focuses on the synthesis and application of chiral Cp Rhodium complexes. In her spare time she enjoys travelling around Europe and enjoying the sunshine on the beach, even though she can’t swim.

Daria Grosheva

Daria Grosheva was born and raised in St Petersburg, Russia. While completing her Specialist of Chemistry degree at St Petersburg State University she conducted a summer internship at the University of Texas at San Antonio with Prof Oleg Larionov and a research stay at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, with Dr Yvan Six, supported by a Scholarship of the President of the Russian Federation. She began her doctoral studies in late 2014, working on the development of enantioselective Pd-catalyzed C–H functionalization reactions. In her free time Daria enjoys discovering in-and-around Lausanne and reading fashion blogs.

Yun-Suk Jang

Yun-Suk Jang grew up in Berlin and obtained his MSc. from LMU Munich. He joined the Cramer group in 2015, and works on catalytic C-H functionalization utilizing novel Cp metal complexes. Outside the lab he enjoys hiking, cycling and cooking delicious food.

Johannes Diesel

Johannes Diesel studied chemistry at Leipzig University and at Ohio University as a DAAD ISAP fellow. During the final year of his studies he moved to Basel to join the Roche pRED team as a medicinal chemistry intern. In 2015 he graduated with a MSc in Chemistry, having worked in the Schneider group at Leipzig University in the field of organocatalysis. He then moved back to Switzerland to begin his doctoral studies in the Cramer group in August 2015, working on the development of new chiral carbene ligands and their application in asymmetric catalysis. Outside the lab Johannes likes playing sports, traveling, and listening to quality music.

Philipp Georg Werner Seeberger

Philipp Georg Werner Seeberger is from Kaiserslautern, Germany and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. During his studies, he spent a year in industry at BASF, and carried out his Masters project under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Smith on the topic of enantioselective organocatalysis. Philipp started his PhD studies in the Cramer group in October 2015, and is working on methodology driven total synthesis of peptidic natural products. In his free time, Philipp enjoys playing tennis as well as the piano, looking for cheap golf courses and chillaxing.

Sung Hwan Park

Sung Hwan Park received his BSc from Seoul National University in 2009, and his M.S. degree in 2011 from the same university. During his masters course he researched the chemistry of ruthenium vinylidene complexes. After graduation he worked at the Korea Instituted of Industrial Technology (KITECH) where he designed and synthesized new epoxy monomers to develop low-CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion) polymers. He joined the Cramer group in November 2015 and is now researching the application of chiral cyclopentadienyl ruthenium(II) complexes.

Coralie Duchemin

In 2014, Coralie Duchemin received both an Engineering Degree in organic chemistry at the Graduate School of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand in France (ENSCCF) and a Research Master’s Degree in organic chemistry and biocatalysis at the University of Clermont-Ferrand. After graduation, she performed a one-year industrial placement at Spirochem in Zürich, Switzerland. She joined the Cramer group in January 2016 as a PhD student, working in the field of enantioselective rhodium catalyzed C–H functionalization. In her spare time, Coralie enjoys dancing, climbing and going to music festivals.

Audic Benoît

Benoît Audic is from Nantes, France, and completed his undergraduate degree at Sanofi-Aventis. During his Master’s degree, at the University of Nantes, he carried out an internship at the University of Toronto in Canada, and his final project at BASF in Germany. He started his Ph.D. in the Cramer group in October 2016, where he is working on in situ cyclopentadienyl metal complexation. In his spare time Benoît enjoys hiking, listening to music and playing sports.

John Reed

John Reed graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons I) from the University of Sydney in 2014 and completed my Master’s degree in 2016 under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Morris investigating the application of the diene-regenerative Diels-Alder reaction to natural-like scaffolds. In November 2016, he started his doctoral studies in the Cramer group. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing, as well as following the latest cricket and AFL results.

Qui-Hien Nguyen

Qui-Hien Nguyen was born and raised in Saigon. He spent his undergrad years at the University of Southampton, UK. During his studies, Hien worked as an intern at Merck Chemical Ltd. in Chilworth for a year, on reactive liquid crystal. After that, he moved back to Southampton to finish his master studies under Prof. Bruno Linclau on the synthesis of UDP-difluorogalactose and graduated in summer 2016. Hien then moved back to Saigon to work in a publishing company for a short spell before joining the Cramer group in April 2017. Outside the lab, Hien enjoys reading about history and arts, and experimenting with strange cuisine.

Jin Fay Tan

Jin Fay Tan obtained his undergraduate degree from National University of Singapore under the supervision of Prof. Brian Dymock, where his honours year research focused on the total synthesis of a designed multiple ligand. He subsequently carried out an internship in homogenous catalysis at the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Sciences, Singapore. He began his PhD studies in the Cramer group in September 2017.

Kristers

Kristers Ozols obtained his undergraduate degree at Riga Technical University working on the development of fluorescent nucleoside derivatives under the supervision of Prof. Erika Bizdena and Dr. Irina Novosjolova. During his Master’s studies (with honors) at the same university, he received an EEA and Norway grants sholarship covering a 5 months stay at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway. During this time Kristers worked on a joint synthetic and computational study in the field of purine heterocyclic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Maris Turks and Dr. Kathrin H. Hopmann. In October 2017 he joined the research group of Prof. Nicolai Cramer to work on asymmetric cobalt-catalyzed C-H activation. Apart from chemistry, he enjoys playing the piano and sports activities.

Elena Braconi

Elena Braconi is from Osimo, Italy. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Camerino, Italy. After carrying out an internship in Professor Cramer’s group, working in the field of enantioselective palladium-catalyzed CH functionalization, Elena joined as a PhD student in November 2017. Outside of the lab Elena enjoys playing volleyball and cooking.

Vitalii Smal

Vitalii Smal received his Bachelor degree from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 2016. During his studies, he was also simultaneously working at the Institute of Organic Chemistry located in the same city, where his work was mostly focused on custom synthesis of building blocks and research in organophosphorus chemistry (advisor – Dr. Aleksandr Kostyuk). After graduation, Vitalii moved to France where he started Master program in Molecular Chemistry at Ecole Polytechnique. After 1st year Master internship in asymmetric gold catalysis at the Institute de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (advisor – Dr. Xavier Guinchard) and subsequent 2nd year theoretical part, Vitalii joined the Cramer group in February 2018 to conduct research for his Master Thesis in the next 6 months. Apart from doing chemistry, Vitalii enjoys travelling around Europe, learning foreign languages (currently French) and attending heavy metal festilvals.

Aragorn Laverny

Aragorn Laverny received both an engineering degree in organic chemistry and a master degree in biomolecules from the National graduate School of Montpellier (ENSCM) in France. During his master courses, he work on stereoselective carbosulfenylation of alkenes under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Scott E. Denmark. He started his Ph.D in the Cramer group in November 2018, where he is currently working on cyclopentadienyl metal complexation.

Master’s students

Trainee

Administrative Assistant

Fabienne Rudin

Fabienne Rudin is the administrative –assistant of the laboratory of Professor Nicolai Cramer. She is working in the lab LCSA since 2012. She joined the EPFL in 2009 after several jobs in marketing. In her spare time, Fabienne likes to play tennis and enjoys skiing in Winter. A nice wine and a good meal also contributes to her happiness !