Early-Stage Researchers

Key Figures

  • 15 Early-Stage Researcher positions
  • 15 Early-Stage Researchers recruited
  • 25+% women
  • 10 nationalities 🇮🇹🇲🇽🇩🇪🇹🇷🇨🇳🇮🇳🇺🇦🇬🇷🇮🇷🇷🇺

Université de Strasbourg, France

ESR1: Luca Cusin 🇮🇹

BSc in Chemistry (2016), University of Trieste, Italy

MSc in Photochemistry and Molecular Materials (2019), University of Bologna, Italy

Project Formation of S2DMs via surface-assisted dynamic covalent chemistry approach

Supervisor Paolo Samorì

Email lcusin(at)unistra.fr



ESR2: Francesca Urban 🇮🇹

BSc in Physics (2015), University of Salerno, Italy

MSc in Physics (2017), University of Salerno, Italy

Project S2DMs in field-effect transistors: fabrication and multiscale characterization

Supervisor Paolo Samorì

Email francesca.urban(at)unistra.fr


ESR3: Sara Gullace 🇮🇹

BSc in Chemistry (2015), University of Messina, Italy

MSc in Chemistry (2017), University of Messina, Italy

Project Synthetic 2D materials in energy related applications: from supercapacitors to membranes

Supervisor Paolo Samorì

Email gullace(at)unistra.fr




Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS)

Université de Strasbourg & CNRS

8 allée Gaspard Monge

67083 Strasbourg Cedex, France


Graphenea, Spain

ESR4: Javier Porcayo Loza 🇲🇽

BSc in Industrial Biochemical Engineering (2012), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico

MSc in Biotechnology (2014), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico

Project Bulk synthesis of S2DMs using industrially relevant processes

Supervisor Amaia Zurutuza

Email j.porcayo(at)graphenea.com



Paseo Mikeletegi 83

20009 San Sebastián, Spain


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

ESR5: Niklas Herrmann 🇩🇪

BSc in Chemistry (2017), Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany

MSc in Chemistry (2020), Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany

Project On-surface S2DMs: formation, characterization, manipulation and processing

Supervisor Steven De Feyter

Email niklas.herrmann(at)kuleuven.be


Division of Molecular Imaging and Photonics

Department of Chemistry

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Celestijnenlaan 200F

3001 Leuven, Belgium


IBM Research – Zurich

ESR6: Leonard-Alexander Lieske 🇩🇪

BSc in Physics (2019), Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany

MSc in Physics (2021), Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany

Project Generation, charging and characterization of S2DM on insulating films

Supervisor Leo Gross

Email lal(at)zurich.ibm.com



Atom and Molecule Manipulation Group

IBM Research – Zurich

Säumerstrasse 4

8803 Rüschlikon, Switzerland


Technische Universität Dresden

ESR7: Elif Ünsal 🇹🇷

BSc in Physics (2016), Middle East Technical University, Turkey

MSc in Physics (2020), İzmir Institute of Technology, Turkey

Project Modeling and computational design of S2DMs

Supervisor Gianaurelio Cuniberti

Email elif.unsal(at)tu-dresden.de




Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Institute for Materials Science

Technische Universität Dresden

01062 Dresden, Germany



ESR8: Lin Yang 🇨🇳

BSc in Chemistry (2016), Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, China

MSc in Chemistry (2019), Xi’an Jiaotong University, China​

Project S2DMs based on metal-bis(dithiolene) coordination by the interfacial synthesis

Supervisor Xinliang Feng

Email lin.yang1(at)tu-dresden.de




ESR9: Anupam Prasoon 🇮🇳

MSc in Chemistry (2019), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, India

Project S2DMs for energy storage applications

Supervisor Xinliang Feng

Email anupam.prasoon(at)tu-dresden.de






Chair for Molecular Functional Materials

Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) & Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry

Technische Universität Dresden

Mommsenstrasse 4

01062 Dresden, Germany


DWI – Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien

ESR10: Filippo Giovanni Fabozzi 🇮🇹

BSc in Industrial and Environmental Chemistry (2018), University of Pisa, Italy

MSc in Organic Chemistry (2020), University of Pisa, Italy

Project Building blocks for generation of S2DMs via surface-assisted dynamic covalent chemistry approach

Supervisor Stefan Hecht

Email fabozzi(at)dwi.rwth-aachen.de





DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

Forckenbeckstrasse 50

52074 Aachen, Germany


APE Research

ESR11: Anton Naumenko 🇺🇦

BSc in Aircraft Engines and Power Plants (2017), National Aerospace University “Kharkiv Aviation Institute”, Ukraine

MSc in Aviation and Aerospace Technologies (2018), National Aerospace University “Kharkiv Aviation Institute”, Ukraine

Project Nanoscale studies of the properties of the S2DMs by SPM techniques

Supervisor Stefano Prato

Email anton.naumenko(at)aperesearch.com


APE Research

Area Science Park

Basovizza Campus, s.s. 14, Km 163,5

Building Q

34149 Trieste, Italy


Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

ESR12: Vasiliki Benekou 🇬🇷

BSc in Physics (2016), University of Patras, Greece

MSc in Materials Science (2019), University of Patras, Greece

Project Supramolecular self-assembly and characterization of S2DMs

Supervisor Vincenzo Palermo

Email vasiliki.benekou(at)isof.cnr.it




Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF)

CNR Area della Ricerca di Bologna

Via Piero Gobetti 101

40129 Bologna, Italy


Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Nazionale delle Ricerche

ESR13: Ahmad Bagheri 🇮🇷

BSc in Applied Chemistry (2011), Urmia University, Iran

MSc in Analytical Chemistry (2016), Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran

Project Solution processing of S2DMs and deposition on large area for realizing photoelectrochemical cells

Supervisor Francesco Bonaccorso

Email ahmad.bagheri(at)iit.it



Graphene Labs

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Via Morego 30

16163 Genova, Italy


Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

ESR14: Ilias Gazizullin 🇷🇺

MSc in Chemistry (2009), Moscow State University, Russia

Project Formation of novel covalent S2DMs by dehalogenation and their structural, electronic and electrical characterization

Supervisor Leonhard Grill

Email ilias.gazizullin(at)uni-graz.at




Single-Molecule Chemistry Group

Department of Physical Chemistry

University of Graz

Heinrichstrasse 28

8010 Graz, Austria


Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt

ESR15: Elia Turco 🇮🇹

BSc in Physics (2016), University of Trieste, Italy

MSc in Physics (2019), University of Trieste, Italy

Project Fabrication and nanoscale characterization of S2DMs at surfaces

Supervisor Roman Fasel

Email elia.turco(at)empa.ch



nanotech@surfaces Laboratory

Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Überlandstrasse 129

8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland