Quan Li

Postdoctoral Researcher

Hometown: Hubei Province, P.R.China
Education: BM in Chinese Medicine, Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine (2008), MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011), PhD in Chemistry, Institut Charles Sadron-University of Strasbourg, France (2015).

Quan Li received his Bachelor Degree of Medicine from Shaanxi University of Chinese Medicine in 2008. Afterwards he enrolled into Chengdu Institute of Biology (CAS) as a master candidate, working on supramolecular polymers. After obtaining his master degree, he joined the group of Nicolas Giuseppone at the University of Strasbourg. His PhD thesis research mainly focused on light-driven molecular motors and their application in polymer science. He joined the Aprahamian group in November 2015 as a post-doctoral researcher, and works on hydrazone based adaptive polymers.

Mark J. Moran

Postdoctoral Researcher

Hometown: Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
Education: BS Chemistry, Queen's University (2004), MSc Chemistry, Queen's University (2007).

Mark received his bachelor's degree from Queen's University where he stayed to complete a master's degree under Prof. Bob Lemiuex. Mark then moved to the University of Colorado to pursue his doctorate. under Prof. David Walba where his research focused on structure-property relationships in the smectic A phase (SmA) of calamitic and bent-core liquid crystals as well as the manifestation of chirality in the polar SmA phase. In the fall of 2015 he joined the Aprahamian group to spearhead a new project with the goal of developing chiral near-IR switches to modulate the pitch of cholesteric liquid crystals. When not in the lab Mark enjoys craft beer and whisk(e)y, hiking, camping, rock climbing and cycling.

Susnata Pramanik

Postdoctoral Researcher

Hometown: Tamluk, West Bengal, India
Education: BS Chemistry, Vidyasagar University (2006), MSc Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (2008).

Susnata Pramanik received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Vidyasagar University (India) in 2006. After completing his MSc from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 2008, he joined Prof. Michael Schmittel's group at the University of Siegen (Germany). His PhD thesis focused on switchable catalysts, and chemical communication utilizing molecular switches equipped with orthogonal binding motifs. In the summer of 2014, he joined the Aprahamian group as a post-doctoral scholar, and he is working on utilizing hydrazone switches in switching cascades, catalysis and liquid crystals.

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