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Next EC2/BIG-NSE symposium on Wednesday, September 1, from 5 to 6 pm

Sina Dortaj (WS19 batch, Matera group) and Simon-Victor Ghysbrecht (WS19 batch, Keller group), present the progress of their PhD work

5:00-5:20 pm: Sina Dortaj

"Investigating rate-limiting steps in heterogeneous catalysis using Cramér–von Mises distance" (abstract here).

Sina is an EC2/BIG-NSE PhD student from the WS19 batch. He is currently doing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Sebastian Matera at Fritz Haber Institute (FHI). He comes from Tehran, Iran. He studied Physics at Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS). After his master thesis, he was for six months at the University of Luxembourg. He joined the FU Berlin mathematics department in summer 2019 and after three months he joined the EC2/BIG-NSE. 


5:30-5:50 pm: Simon-Victor Ghysbrecht

“Calculating free energy profiles and rates for thermal isomerisation in retinal" (abstract here).

Simon is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bettina Keller funded by a EC2/BIG-NSE position (WS19 batch). Originally from a small city called Veurne near the coast of Belgium, he did a Master in Chemistry at KU Leuven where he specialised in Physical Chemistry and subsequently went to ETH Zürich to do a Master in Interdisciplinary Sciences with a focus on Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Science. After his studies, he worked in the financial sector for a year before going back to academics joining EC2/BIG-NSE.


The EC2/BIG-NSE symposium represents a new series of scientific presentations given by our EC2/BIG-NSE PhD students (see schedule of the coming months here). On Wednesday afternoons, two students give an online talk from approximately 5-6 pm (20 min presentation each + 10 mn Q/A). The symposium takes place online using Zoom. The access to the event is restricted to members of UniSysCat. The Zoom Link is sent to them a few days before symposium date.

Looking forward to welcoming you at the next symposium!