Hendrik completed his bachelor and master thesis at the TU Dortmund, Germany in organic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Hiersemann. He contributed to the total synthesis of Menverin C and F, and worked on the development of catalytic asymmetric Claisen rearrangement of kojic acid derivatives. For his PhD studies he moved to the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, Germany, where he pursued the design, synthesis and applications of new cationic ligands of the 15th main group elements under the supervision of Prof. Fürstner and Prof. Alcarazo. He finished his PhD degree after moving with Prof. Alcarazo to the Georg-August-University Göttingen. Afterwards Hendrik joined Rowan´s group in February 2018 as a research fellow, focusing his research interest to PCcarbeneP pincers and their late stage modification for applications in catalysis. In his spare time, he enjoys bouldering and a good chess match.
Daniel graduated with a PhD degree in Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 2019. His PhD research was focused on the application of oxa-Michael cyclisations in the total synthesis of polyketides as well as computationally investigating stereoselectivity and mechanistic details of the cyclisations, under the supervision of Prof Roderick Bates. After completing his PhD, he joined the Theoretical Chemistry Research Group led by Imre Pápai at the Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Budapest, where his research was centered on the computationally aided molecular designs of catalysts. During this period, he was involved in collaborations focusing on hydrogen activation with cationic tin(IV) Lewis acids, Au(III)-catalysis, stereoselective alkylation, and the conformational exploration of corannulene derivatives. Daniel joined Rowan´s group in 2020, where his current research interest includes the synergistic use of computations and experiments to study C-F bond activation and functionalization.
Richa completed her undergraduate at Miranda House, University of Delhi, India. After that she moved to Hyderabad to pursue M.Sc. in Chemical Science from Hyderabad Central University, India. Under the supervision of Prof. M. Sathiyendrian, she worked towards the synthesis of Rhenium-based Metallacycles for her final year M.Sc. Project. Then she moved to Delhi to take a position as Technical Consultant Chemistry in Scube Scientific, India. Richa has joined Rowan’s group as a graduate student in January, 2018 and is working on C-F bond activations. In her spare time she loves to play badminton or go out for clubbing.
Zhi Hao graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Highest Distinction) in Chemistry in June 2020. He joined the RowDY group to complete his final year honours project titled “The synergistic alkali-base metal cooperation” involving the use of zero-valent basic iron complexes and alkali metal salts to cooperatively activate carbon-halogen bonds. In August 2020, he happily returned to RowDY group to pursue his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Chemistry, working on synthetic organometallic chemistry. Outside the lab, Zhi Hao enjoys dancing, especially in the genres of Street Jazz and Jazz Funk. He also enjoys Table Tennis and walking around nature reserves.
Chakyu R Chan completed his Bachelors in Chemical Physics at the University of Toronto, St. George in 2018. While there, he also completed his undergraduate thesis on the frustrated Lewis pair reduction of carbon dioxide with Professor Geoffrey A. Ozin. After that, he worked for two years as an analytical chemist in industry. Richard joined Professor Rowan Young’s group in September of 2020 and is working on frustrated Lewis pair C-F activations. In his free time, Richard enjoys kayaking and tabletop games.
Kenneth obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2020 from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is currently waiting to embark on his PhD studies but in the meantime, he has accepted a position in Rowan’s group as a Research Assistant and is currently working on C-F bond activation using Frustrated Lewis Pairs. In his spare time, Kenneth enjoys working out and chilling with a good movie or a book in hand.
Clarence is a current 3rd-year Chemistry undergraduate in the National University of Singapore. He extended his UROPS project as a part-time Research Assistant and is working on the synthesis of non-symmetric Rhodium PCcarbeneP Pincers. In his free time, Clarence brews tea and coffee, and does long-distance cycling. He also travels to remote and obscure places for trekking.