Henning Xavier,
PhD student (2021 cohort)

Research interests:

I’m studying light absorption, photovoltaic and plasmonic effects at a nanometer scale in promising new hybrid multilayer systems, especially ferroelectric covered with plasmonic nanoparticles. The goal is to deal with the interactions at play in those illuminated systems in depth, and to provide guidance on how to develop solar cells based on these materials.

Joanna WOLFF,
PhD student (2021 cohort)

Research interests:

My research project is about the exploration of magnetism in two dimensions and proximity effects in van der Waals magnetic heterostructures. To this aim, I fabricate and study nanoresonators made of suspended magnetic 2D membranes to probe, and further control, their magnetic order using strain. Nano-optomechanics and optical spectroscopies, two complementary experimental methods, are combined to probe the magnetic phase transition of these atomically-thin membranes.

Deshan Sandanayake,
PhD student (2021 cohort)

Research interests:

Upon completion of the 2-year Master’s degree in Subatomic and Astroparticle Physics as a recipient of the prestigious “Q-Master Fellowship”, I was able to secure a Ph.D. contract with the Doctoral College of Physics and Physical Chemistry of the University of Strasbourg in 2021. 
“JUNO” is a Neutrino Observatory under construction in Jiangmen, China, with the main goal of solving the mystery of Neutrino Mass Hierarchy by observing reactor electron anti-neutrino disappearance spectra, among many others. The Neutrino Group of IPHC-CNRS is a leading collaborator of JUNO. My Ph.D. project, carried out with the aforementioned group, concerns the final assembly and the first measurements of the JUNO Experiment. I truly believe that cintributions made to JUNO will be integral in revealing many hidden mysteries of the Neutrino, probably the most elusive particle in the Standard Model.
Being a QMat, I look forward to becoming a valuable intellectual asset towards the betterment of QMat as well as the humankind, while achieving my dreams of becoming a professional physics researcher in the field of Neutrino Physics.

David PIANCA,
PhD student (2021 cohort)

Research interests:

The used ligands together with their corresponding coordination compounds will be studied from an electrochemical point of view, using also EPR combined with electrochemical studies. Then, MOFs (Metal Organic Frameworks) generated from
these multi redox species will be obtained and evaluated as potential robust multi-electrons electrode nanomaterial for Ion-batteries. They will be studied in situ in an electrochemical cell specially designed for EPR spectroscopy. This will bring local information concerning the electrode behaviour of the system during charge/discharge process that cannot be accessible from other techniques.

Luís PIRES,
PhD student (2021 cohort)

Research interests:

My main technique is optical trap using it to probe colloidal interactions in electrolyte solutions, single cell mechanobiology and stochastic thermodynamics. In a broader view, I am also involved in studies of classical light-matter interaction and squeezed states of light.

Hartmann.Jean-Gabriel,
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I hold a B.Sc. in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a B.Eng. in Mechatronics Engineering from Nelson Mandela University (NMU), in South Africa. I completed my M.Sc. thesis in Applied Mathematics at UCT in 2020, where I studied information scrambling and chaos in many-body quantum systems.

I have joined IPCMS as part of the EUCOR QUSTEC Ph.D. programme, on the project “Hilbert Space Engineering of Nuclear Spin Qudits”. It is focused on the information processing capabilities of higher dimensional quantum states obtained from the hyperfine splitting of lanthanide single molecule magnet systems. Through this research, I aim to develop my theoretical and computational expertise within the field of quantum information and technology.

Manuel Morgado,
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I hold a 5-year B.Sc. degree from the Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela) where I completed a 1-year thesis on quantum error correction with superconductors. In 2018 I completed a M.Sc. MCN at the Université de Strasbourg as a QMat fellow doing my master thesis on experimental cold atom physics. Currently, I am part of the EUCOR QUSTEC programme within the project entanglement generation using dissipative state engineering with Rydberg atoms in EQM at I.S.I.S. I hope to contribute to QMat together with other fellows, with the same research interests on quantum computing and technologies, in promoting and encouraging new networks and events in this field.

Rémi Pasquier,
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I am mainly interested in Theoretical Condensed matter physics, especially the study of electronic structure and transport through several techniques such as Density Functional Theory, Dynamical Mean Field Theory or Tight binding approaches.

Denis Janković,
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I am actively a part of the QMat community since the beginning of the graduate school in 2018, during this time I obtained my MSc diploma in Condensed Matter and Nanophysics and I am now doing a PhD studying the theory of the hyperfine interactions in lanthanide-organic complexes for quantum information processing. I continue to contribute to the QMat community through my involvement in the Young Investigators Group of QMat.

My main domain of interest are Quantum Computing, AMO Physics as well as Magnetism and Open Quantum Systems. More generally I’m interested in quantum technologies and the progress that is being made nowadays, all the while being very keen on theoretical approaches of those subjects.

Mohammed Guerboub
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I hold a MSc diploma in ”Physics of new materials and renewable energies” obtained in 2017 at University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah Fez/Morocco. My MSc project was centred on the “Renormalization of the Non-Ionizing-Energy-Loss calculation to estimate the displacement damage introduced by protons irradiation in GaAs by means of Monte Carlo simulations”.
I am now a PhD student at IPCMS within the framework of the QUSTEC programme with a project on “Nuclear quantum effects and magneto-electronic patterns of hybrid and disordered materials: Insights and design via first-principles molecular dynamics”.
This project is allowing me to build specific skills in mastering different computational methods (DFT, FPMD, MD, ML) and have access to high-performance computing facilities for the study of complex materials and their performance. Such materials show a large window of potential applications, from neuromorphic computing to conducting electrochemical devices.

Thomas Allard,
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I am working in theoretical mesoscopic physics, more especially in topological photonics. My research aims at understanding the behavior of plasmon-polariton excitations in low-dimensional metasurfaces which exhibit peculiar properties.

Cédric VOULOT
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I am interested in the nanometric experimental study of ferroelectric
materials. I am particularly focused on their enhanced optical and electronic properties.

Valentina GIRELLI-CONSOLARO
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I am Valentina from Italy and I am a 1st year PhD student at IPCMS in Strasbourg. Since september 2019 I have been integrated to the QMat program.
After a bachelor degree in Physics in Bologna (Italy), I attended a 2-year master in Materials Science and Engeneering here in Strasbourg. My interests involve solid state physics,
2D materials and microscopy, but also environmental issues, equitable trade and durable development . I am grateful to the QMat program for giving students the opportunity to explore the huge universe of science and deepen our personal research.

Alex Fetida
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

After completing a master’s degree in applied physics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), I started a PhD at the IPCMS in the STM group of the surfaces and interfaces department. Within this frame, I am using the scanning tunneling microscope to probe the magnetism of surfaces decorated with magnetic objects. For instance, those objects are nickelocene molecules, iron atoms or an island of cobalt atoms deposited on a copper surface.

Aleena Joseph
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

My research aims to extend the concept of strong light-matter interaction to magnetic materials and investigate material properties’ modification under strong coupling regime. I have previously worked on modeling logic gates using nanomagnets and investigating the tunability of FMR frequency of skyrmions using micromagnetic simulations.

Gaëtan Percebois
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I am working on quantum trasport in two-dimensionnal nanomaterials and I try to use deep neural network to analyze images from scanning gate microscopy. I perform my thesis in the team theoretical mesoscopic physics.

Guillermo Preisser
PhD student (2020 cohort)

Research interests:

I’m mainly interested in the study of open quantum systems. More specifically, I’m studying how dissipation affects entanglement in many-body open quantum systems, and explore the limits on which quantum many-body systems can be classically simulated.

Jean Nippert,
PhD student (2019 cohort)

Research interests:

I’m working on nuclear fusion reactions in massive stars, more precisely on the carbon burning using the STELLA (STELlar Laboratory). The aim is to reproduce fusion reactions at the energy close to the Gamov window, so we can understand better the univers’ evolution.

Rémi Goerlich,
PhD student (2019 cohort)

Research interests:

I’m working on Brownian motion in optical trap. These experiments are suited tools to test novel statistical mechanics developments,  mostly through their ability to resolve single stochastic processes and implementing the ideas of stochastic energetics.

Loïc Moczko,
PhD student (2019 cohort)

Research interests:

I am exploring the rich physics of 2D materials by studying suspended Van der Waals heterostructures. The idea behind my PhD project is to couple the optical properties of 2D materials with the nanomechanics of an atomically thin drumhead. My main interests concerns optical spectroscopies, microscopies, optomechanics and photonics.

Ulrich Noumbe,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

I explore novel Van der Waals heterostructures by combinning 2D materials (graphene or TMDs) with others 2D materials or 0D materials (nanoparticles, colloids, molecules … ) to study electronic, optoelectronic and magnetic properties and functionalities.

Robin Pierron,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

My research centers on understanding the excellent efficiency of the ultrafast photoisomerization of biomimetic molecules to engineer new molecular functions.

Manouel Pichois,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

My research concerns the physical properties of binary nanoparticle superlattices, an array of possibilities

Maryna Hrytsaienko,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

My research aims to characterize and give an understanding of the carrier and spin dynamics in the GaN nanostructures (Quantum Dots) that we implement with the help of iltrafast optical experiments using pulsed laser

Tobias Wintermantel,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

I am pursuing a joint PhD between the University of Strasbourg and the University of Heidelberg. My research includes laser cooling and high resolution imaging of ultracold potassium atoms and how long-range interactions mediated by Rydberg states give rise to new phases and dynamics of quantum gases.

Marion Hurier,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

I work on absorption spectrum at nanoscale resolution with an atomic force microscope. I aim for a future as teacher-researcher in the field of nanosciences, nanomaterials or combine techniques with an atomic force microscopy

David Wellnitz,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

I am interested in understanding and describing quantum many body systems. In particular, I research the interaction of light and matter to answer fundamental questions with practical applications.

Luis F. Pineres Rico,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

From my previous studies, I had already acquired a very strong theoretical background in particle physics and more particularly on standard model.  And currently a PhD student in physics at IPHC (University of Strasbourg). My thesis subject is on the cosmogenic background study of the JUNO neutrino experiment using the Top Tracker

Guido Masella,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

I explore the physics of quantum many-body systems in and out of equilibrium, with emphasis on phases and phase transitions in (ultra)cold atomic gases. I am also deeply interested in developing numerical methods for solving many-body quantum problems.

Amir Khammari,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

I’m using an ultrafast transmission electron microscope (UTEM) to study ultrafast transformations in nanomaterials (structural and chemical evolution of reversible and irreversible reactions). This microscope which has been developed at the IPCMS in Strasbourg (France), is able to obtain images, electron diffraction patterns, and electron energy-loss spectra (EELS) with nanometer and pico/nanosecond space–time resolution.

Sayali Shevate,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

I work on the topic of quantum simulation of energy transport using Rydberg atoms. I aim to study how quantum effects influence the excitation transport, and find analogies with similar processes occurring in natural light harvesting molecules and synthetic optoelectronic materials.

Mauricio Gómez Viloria,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

I am currently working in theoretical mesoscopic physics.  The aim of my research is to understand spin–orbit coupling and how it can be engineered to manipulate the electronic transport in low-dimensional systems. Recently, I have also studied the unusual magnetism of gold nanoparticles.

Suvidyakumar Homkar,
PhD student (2018 cohort)

Research interests:

My research interest is in experimental condensed matter physics and spintronics. I am inclined towards applied physics and would like to extend my career further in innovative R&D projects.