Dr. Kai Zhang
Kai did his undergraduate and master study in Chemistry at the University of Cologne, Germany. After completing his PhD in Cologne and partially at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany. In the spring of 2013, he joined the MPI-P as a research group leader.
Dr. Jeehye Byun
Jeehye Byun attained PhD from KAIST in 2016, where her research focused on the synthesis of porous polymers and their composites with nanocrystals. She obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree in environmental engineering from Handong Global University before joining KAIST for a graduate study. She is now working as postdoctoral fellow in Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research with an Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship. Her research interests include CO2 capture- and conversion, and water treatment using well-designed porous materials.
Dr. Calum Ferguson
Calum did his undergraduate and masters at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where he graduated with a Masters in Chemistry with Industrial Experience. After completion of his Masters he joined Syngenta Inc. as a Materials Formulation Scientist in the Fomulation Technology Group, Jealott’s Hill UK. In May 2014 he became a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Leeds between the Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemical Engineering. Calum joined the Zhang group at MPIP Mainz in 2018 working as part of the MaxSynBio project. He is interested in a diverse range polymer and colloidal systems that can be used for the enhancement of materials.
Cyrine undertook a National Diploma in Industrial Chemistry at the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology in Tunis (INSAT), Tunisia. She joined our group at the beginning of 2017, where she is a PhD candidate. Her research interests focus on porous hybrid materials for catalysis.
Olaia studied Chemical Engineering, getting a spezialized masters in Industrial Biotechnology from the Universities of Granada and Almería, Spain and the VIA University College, Denmark. She worked for over 2 years as a research engineer at the CNRS in Bordeaux, France. She is currently undertaking a joint doctoral thesis with the MPI-P and the University of Valencia about multifunctional hybrid nanoparticles with controlled structure.
Niklas studied Chemistry at the LMU in Munich, including two research projects abroad with Prof. Timothy Swager at MIT in Boston and Prof. Dieter Schlüter at ETH Zürich. After joining BASF USA for an internship, he started his PhD in the Zhang group in March 2018. Niklas looks into the development of new polymer designs for heterogeneous photocatalysis.
Joint Doctoral Researcher
Zhi-An is a joint PhD candidate between the Group of Prof. Xinchen Wang at Fuzhou University, China, and the Zhang group at MPI-P in Mainz. He is funded by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council and works on the development of conjugated polymers for photoredox catalysis.
Wenxin did his undergraduate in chemistry at the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University in China. After getting his master degree in the same university, he joined our group in October 2017, pursuing his PhD. His research interests are focused on porous materials for catalytic applications.
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- Ting Zhou, PhD Student, 2018 (Fudan University, Shanghai, China)
- Dr. Wei Huang, PhD, 2017 (now at: Soochow University, China)
- Dr. Run Li, PhD, 2017, (now: Assistant Professor at Hunan University, China)
- Dr. Lei Wang, PhD, 2017 (now at: Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
- Dr. Beatriz Ma, PhD, 2016 (now at: Dow Chemicals)
- Dr. Saman Ghasimi, PhD, 2016
- Dr. Zi Jun Wang, PhD, 2016
- Eleni Tzeiranidou, Bachelor Student, 2015
- Fabian Wittmann, Bachelor Student, 2015
- Kim Garth, Diploma Student, 2014
- Esther Riga, Diploma Student, 2014
Kai Zhang is a professor of chemistry and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP), Mainz, Germany. He is a polymer and materials chemist by training. From 2002 to 2007, Kai did his undergraduate study and master degree in chemistry at the University of Cologne in Germany. He completed his PhD by the end of 2010 in the group of Professor Bernd Tieke in Cologne, and partly in the group of Professor Peter Skabara at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, working on novel conjugated polymers for photovoltaic applications. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Markus Antonietti at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany. In the beginning of 2013, he joined the Department of Physical Chemistry of Polymer under Prof. Katharina Landfester at the MPIP as a research group leader. His research activity is mainly focused on photoactive porous polymer materials for catalytic studies.
Kai is currently associate editor of the journal Polymer International (Wiley). He holds a Guest Professorship “la chaire TOTAL de la Fondation Ballard” at Pole Chimie, University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France. He was selected to the “Young Leaders in Science” by the Schering Foundation, Germany in 2016, and awarded with the Grants for outstanding young university teachers and professors of chemistry, German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) . In 2018, he was selected as 2018 Emerging Investigator by Royal Chemical Society (RSC), in Materials Science (Journal of Materials Chemsitry). He also received several travel grants from the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK.
Professional Career and Education
2013 – today: Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
2011-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Markus Antonietti, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Colloid Chemistry, Potsdam, Germany