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Nuno Bacharel YourFormula

Nuno Bacharel

Hello! I’m Nuno, a communicator with some years of experience across the communications sphere, and I’ve been working with Cefic since 2011.

I am a graduate in Public Relations and have a Masters in Communication and European Affairs. I am passionate about communications, sustainability and its integration into the corporate domain – I wrote my Masters thesis on it.

I plan on recruiting more people to help me run the site so if you would like to join the YourFormula team or want to write articles for the site, then please send me an email.

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David Dupont

Hi! I’m David, a PhD student in chemistry at the University of Leuven. My research focuses on therecycling of rare earths and valuable metals.

I am involved in the Rare3 research platform where industrial partners exchange knowledge with a team of young scientists working on securing the European supply of rare-earths trough the development of innovative recycling technologies.

I’m interested in moving towards (R&D) management or policymaking in the chemical industry or in a European institution. This would combine myinterest in chemistry and sustainable resources with my aptitude to think global and change the way we think about resources.

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Albert Khaoutiev

Hello ! My name is Albert, I am a Bachelor student in Business Engineering at Solvay Business School.

I am also proudly an active member of AIESEC, the largest student-run organisation in the world which helps young people to develop themselves. Thanks to it, I had different leadership roles and attended many conferences about leadership development. I fully adhere to businesses with more CSR.

In my opinion, it is one of the major keys to support a sustainable world.

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Alexander Tskhovrebov

Hi! My name is Alex, I am a PhD student at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and at the same time I am a vice-president at Swiss Young Chemists Association (SYCA) and chief scientific officer at European Young Chemists Network (EYCN).

My professional interests are the discovery of sustainable methods in chemical synthesis and activation of greenhouse gases (N2O and CO2). In my opinion cooperation and information exchange between specialists from different fields is very important for solving global problems facing the world.

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Jonathan De Roo

Hello everybody! I am Jonathan, a PhD student at Ghent University, Belgium. I’m currently working on a project which unites the “Sol-gel Centre for Research on Inorganic Powders and Thin films Synthesis” (SCRiPTS) and the Physics and Chemistry of Nanostructures Group (PCN) of the University of Ghent Department of Inorganic Chemistry.

The focus of my PhD is the synthesis of various oxide nanoparticles that can be used for photocatalytic hydrogen production and to enhance the properties of superconductors. I believe that research in this field can provide new energy sources and new ways of energy storage, hence paving the road to a sustainable future.

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Gleb Sorohhov

Greetings everyone! I’m Gleb, currently a PhD student at the University of Bern, and simultaneously external communications team leader of the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN), which is the younger division of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS).

My research interests are dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and organic field-effect transistors (OFET), which will have a huge impact on renewable energy in the future. More efficient and less costly methods to gain energy will be developed and applied. Sustainable and reliable technologies to cover energy demands of humankind are needed.

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Simon Müller

Hey everyone! My name is Simon and I’m a chemist. For some strange reason, that’s not usually the best comment to break the ice at a party! When most people think of chemistry, they don’t normally think of fun, or of terms like green and sustainability. But chemistry can really be fun, and it will definitely play a key role in making this planet more sustainable. That’s why I want to contribute to YourFormula.

Originally from Hannover, Germany, I am a PhD student at Cardiff Uni in the UK in the field of continuous flow chemistry. Apart from my PhD research topic on improving chemical processes, my scientific interests range from synthetic methodologies to organocatalysis and chemical biology. They all have in common that they will hopefully contribute to making chemistry and society a bit more sustainable.

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Omar Afify

Hi I’m Omar, I am final year Chemical and Process Engineering student at London South Bank University. I am also a student member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). I am currently managing a project designing a Coal to Synthetic Liquid Fuels (CtL) plant, with a focus on sustainability.

I have a keen interest in sustainable engineering, and was fortunate enough to complete an internship at Shell, helping to develop a ‘Biofuels Advocacy Toolkit’. I believe that by working together to develop innovative solutions to the world’s increasing energy demands, a sustainable future can be achieved.

I believe that although it is important to determine how things work, it is perhaps more valuable to understand why they fail and to use this knowledge to our advantage, constructing better solutions. I aspire to become an engineer because I wish to contribute to the difference engineers make daily, by creating solutions for the many problems that face our world today

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Tom Wright

Hi, I`m Tom and I`m proud to call myself both an environmentalist and a chemist. While this may have been contradictory in the 20th century, I hope to show you all how in the years ahead the practice of chemistry will be essential if we are to accomplish the goal of a carbon-zero society.

I am just starting my PhD at Oxford University in the area of chemical biology, looking at the benign chemical manipulation of proteins. I would love to hear from everyone interested in the growing synthesis of environmental concern and molecular science!

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Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Research Group

At the Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Research Group, our team performs potentially life-saving research. Our area of expertise is located in the development, processing and characterization of polymers for mainly biomedical applications.

Tissue engineering, novel wound dressings, biosensors, self-healing concrete, etc are all made possible thanks to polymer chemistry. Stay tuned for updates on the macromolecular world we all live in.

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ThaoNguyen Nguyen

Xin chào, I’m ThaoNguyen from Vietnam and the UK. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southampton and a Master of Chemistry from the University of Oxford. I am now working for the UK KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) programme to transfer knowledge between academia and industry.

I enjoy working on interdisciplinary collaborations (science, voluntary, social enterprise projects, etc.) which stems from my living experience with Asian and European cultures. I’m very interested in bridging the gap between academia and industry to drive sustainable chemistry innovations. Coming back from the recent World Chemistry Leadership Meeting 2013 as a Young IUPAC Observer, it was brought to my attention that it’s very important that we young scientists participate in events that support science. I think young scientists should have the opportunities to communicate and engage science with the public and decision makers.

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Alasdair Taylor

Hi, I’m Alasdair, a Business Science Fellow at the University of Nottingham. I am responsible for linking our researchers to chemical-using businesses so we can develop green and sustainable industrial processes. From my early days as an undergraduate student, I have been excited by green chemistry.

In my research career I investigated the behavior of supercritical fluids and ionic liquids as alternative, cleaner solvents. I also designed and made supercapacitors that store the electrical energy produced from renewable power sources. I am interested in the interface between academic research, industry and policy, and am a passionate believer that science is key for a sustainable future.

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Lydia Rhyman

Hi, I’m Lydia and I’ve recently completed my PhD in Computational Chemistry at the University of Mauritius in Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean. I am passionate about this field as it is applicable to the whole of the chemical spheres – without handling chemicals.

Nowadays it has become common practice to use computers to simulate experiments before carrying out real ones in the lab. The most exciting opportunities come from the interplay between theory and experiment.

My scientific interests range from elucidation of reaction mechanism of organic reactions to atmospheric chemistry. It is known that studies which are carried out at microscopic level using computational chemistry aid in designing dye-sensitized solar cell, in forecasting future atmospheric conditions and in predicting alternative energy source which eventually will unleash new horizon towards a sustainable future.


Tessa Fiorini Cohen

Hi! I’m Tessa, a scientist from Malta, a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.  I have a double degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Malta, and so far I’ve worked in fields as varied as pharmaceutical development, higher education, botany, fisheries science and nature protection.

In all areas of science, though, communication is key. No real progress can happen without it. This is why initiatives like are so important, and I look forward to contributing to the site. I love writing about science and currently work as a freelance writer.

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Giulia Paggiola

Hi! I am a chemist, I graduated in Modena (Italy) then moved to York (UK) for a Master’s and a PhD in Green Chemistry.
My research work is strongly multidisciplinary. My areas of interest and expertise are: pharmaceutical industry, solvents, bio-based chemicals, solvents manufacture, drug manufacture, biocatalysis, chemicals regulation, supply-chain management, stakeholder engagement, corporate social responsibility (CSR).
I’ve founded what is now a very active sustainability initiative at the University of York, greenSTEMS, and I’ve been involved in establishing an international network of early-career sustainable scientists, NESSE.
My career objective is to work in policy-making and international relations with regards to sustainable development and CSR.

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Krisztina Fehér

Hello there! I am Krisztina, I am a researcher in Ghent University in Belgium. I have seen both sides of research, in universities and academic research institutes but also in industry: I worked in big pharmaceutical and small biotech research. My main interests are molecules that able to affect the immune system, their working mechanisms and applications in fighting infections, autoimmune diseases and in vaccination. I am using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and biomolecular modeling as tools, which help to understand what happens between molecules at the atomic level.

I find it very important that the people on the street (=non-natural scientists) get an idea about what scientists are doing and how research, chemistry in particular, contribute to their daily life. For my research, I am digging myself into areas like immunology, vaccination (I’m a chemist by training, so it is tough), but I would like to get an understanding of the chemical processes involved using methods of physics. I have been looking for a chance to talk about these “little discoveries” of mine, sort of AHA feelings, when I start to understand something that was foreign to me before, so these are the topics that I am writing about.


David Yafté

I am an engineering student at UNAM, Mexico. My interest focuses on the recycling of valuable metals from medical and clinical sources. I found that this leads directly towards a proper chemical waste management.

I do believe that is necessary to change way to think about waste and resources to make a more sustainable future. Check my blog posts!

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Violetta Iacobacci

Hello! I am a recent university graduate in Translation and Interpreting studies. For years I´ve been interested in sustainability, and I recently worked together Slow Food Italy on a project “Food, not goods! Slow Food’s guides to responsible consumption” in which i translated guides for the general public on food safety and health related issues. During the course of my studies, I have also investigated the principles of Buen Vivir “Well Being” as innovative and alternative practices guiding socioeconomic development in Latin America.

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