Damien obtained a MS and BS in Chemistry (physical chemistry, material chemistry) from the University of Liege (Belgium). He received his Ph.D. in Science in September 2017. Working under the supervision of Prof. Anne-Sophie Duwez (ULiege) as a F.N.R.S.-F.R.I.A. fellow, Damien studied the mechanochemical properties of oligorotaxane foldamers at the single-molecule level, using the atomic force microscopy (AFM).
In October 2017, Damien moved to Northwestern University as a Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) fellow. He worked in the group of Prof. J. Fraser Stoddart, focusing on the design and the single-molecule characterization of artificial molecular muscles. He also obtained a Vocatio grant from the Ernest Solvay Funds (Fondation Roi Baudouin, Belgium) and is a fellow of the Foresight Institute (Class of 2018).
Damien is now working in the group of Prof Duwez as a F.N.R.S. postdoctoral fellow ("charge de recherches") and focuses on single-molecule force spectroscopy experiments on artificial functional molecules. He recently received the Antonella Karlson prize (FNRS).
Xun Li obtained her BS in Chemistry from Jilin University (China). Then she attended Prof. Wenke Zhang's research group (Jilin University) as a Ph.D. student, focusing on detecting the conformational and configurational isomerizations of polymers and also the breakage of macrocycles, using AFM-based single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS).
Now after receiving her Ph.D. in Science in 2018, Xun Li joins the group of Prof. Duwez as a postdoctoral fellow and working on SMFS experiments on functional polymers.
Dr. Namy is from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She received her Masters of Science degree in nano biotechnology with honours in 2014 from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
In 2017 she completed her Ph.D. studies in Philosophy and Origins of Life studies at Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) from the same university. During her major Ph.D. study in science, she obtained her minor degree in International Development Engineering more specifically learning global and sustainable development issues.
Before coming to ULiege, Namy spent quite a bit of her time in non-academic field by working as a market research associate in digital marketing and business development. She enjoys learning new things and has a diverse cluster of interests.
She joined the University of Liege to work as postdoctoral scholar in June 2019.
Sandrine Hubert obtained her master's degree in chemistry in 2015 at the University of Liege. She performed her master thesis in the NanoChem group on the subject of oligorotaxanes. She then joined the group for her PhD as a FNRS-FRIA fellow.
Her research concern G-quadruplexes, i.e. non-canonical nucleic acid structures, which have recently attracted significant research efforts for their potential roles in the regulation of numerous biological processes. This research focuses on bimolecular G-quadruplexes by using AFM-based single-molecule force spectroscopy. The NanoChem group recognizes the importance of collaborations and this project is carried out with the help of the group of Dr. Valerie Gabelica (Institut Europeen de Chimie et Biologie, Bordeaux, France). She defended her PhD thesis on April 2021.
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