PEOPLE

"It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.​"

Our people are at the core of what makes the Nanorobots Center such a unique and fulfilling place to work. We’re proud of the diversity of our staff, with each member contributing their unique skills to the projects we’re working on. Together, we’ve planned and executed some of the most innovative and cutting edge experiments. Find out more about our team members below. Our team members come from all over the world, from Peru to Singapore and knowledge available encompasses nanofabrication, synthetic chemistry, biology, electrical engineering, colloidal chemistry, 3D printing, electrochemistry and synthesis of materials.

Martin Pumera

Director of the AFN Center, Head of the Pumera Research Group

Martin Pumera, PhD

Martin moved to his Director of the Center for Advanced Funct. Nanorobots position from Singapore where he was tenured Assoc. Prof. for ~7 year at NTU. He was group leader at NIMS, Japan, from 2006-2009. He held ERC-StG grant and currently he is "2017 Highly Cited Researcher.

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Zdeněk Sofer

Deputy Director of the AFN Center, Head of the Sofer Research Group

Zdeněk Sofer, PhD

Zdeněk is Assoc. Prof. of Inorganic Chemistry. He is holder of Neuron Science Award. Zdeněk runs his own materials research group in addition to AFN Center.

Soňa Hermanová

Assistant Director of the AFN Center, Head of the Hermanová Research Group

Soňa Hermanová, PhD

Soňa is Asst. Prof. at the Faculty of Chemical Technology, with focus on polymers and drug delivery systems.

Marcela Knížková

Assistant to Martin

Marcela Knížková

Marcela is an administrative assistant of the center. Experienced, trustworthy, efficient. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team.

Bahareh Khezri

Senior Scientist

Bahareh Khezri, PhD

Originally from from Iran, Bahareh received her PhD from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She worked as post-doc at Cambridge University-Singapore Low Carbon Energy Center before moving to Prague.

Rui Gusmao

Senior Scientist

Rui Gusmao, PhD

Originally from Portugal, Rui received PhD from University of Barcelona and spent post-doc in Portugal before joining us first in Singapore before moving to Prague.

Carmen C. Mayorga-Martinéz

Senior Scientist

Carmen C. Mayorga-Martinéz, PhD

Carmen is originally from Peru, has PhD from Argentina, spent post-doc in Barcelona and Singapore before moving to Prague.

Yulong Ying

Senior Scientist

Yulong Ying, PhD

Yulong came to our center from Zhejiang University, China, where he finished PhD with Prof. Peng.

Mohsen Beladi Mousavi

Senior Scientist

Mohsen Beladi Mousavi, PhD

PhD at University of Osnabrück, Germany, post-doctoral experience at the same place before joining us in 2018.

Jan Plutnar

Senior Scientist

Jan Plutnar, PhD

Jan received PhD from Charles University, Prague; worked with Prof. J. Michl at Institute of Org. Chem. & Biochem. before joining us.

Katherine Villa

Senior Scientist

Katherine Villa, PhD

Katherine is from Columbia, where is obtained her PhD. She joined as after having 1 year post-doc experience in Samuel Sanchez lab in Barcelona.

Adaris Lopez

Senior Scientist

Adaris Lopez, PhD

Adaris came from Barcelona, Orginally from Cuba.

Veronika Urbanová

Senior Scientist

Veronika Urbanová, PhD

PhD and post doc in France, originally Czech.

Lorena Manzanares

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

Lorena Manzanares, PhD

Lorena is from Venezuela and studied in Brazil, Portugal and she has PhD from Complutense University, Madrid. She received her own Marie Curie fellowship in 2018.

Filip Novotný

Scientist

Filip Novotný, PhD

Filip finished PhD at CVUT. He stayed in Germany and Australia before joining us in Prague.

Michaela Fojtů

Scientist

Michaela Fojtů, PhD

Michaela came from famous Masařík lab, Brno. She spent 6 months in Singapore in 2015 with us.

Jan Vyskočil

Scientist

Jan Vyskočil, PhD

Jan can make any electronic equipment we need. Coming from Institute of physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Jellett Cameron Wesley

Scientist

Jellett Cameron Wesley, PhD

Michelle Browne

ChemJet Research Fellow

Michelle Browne, PhD

Michelle did PhD at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. After post-doc at Queens University in Belfast, she moved to Prague. Her work is focused on 3D printed electrocatalysts.

Yaroslav S. Kochergin

Scientist

Yaroslav S. Kochergin

Lucie Reinišová

PhD student

Lucie Reinišová

Lucka belongs to Hermanova group. She is a great addition to our team, She works on polymer micromachines.

Petr Šálek

PhD. student

Petr Šálek

Lukáš Děkanovský

PhD. student

Lukáš Děkanovský

Dávid Haluška

MSc. student

Dávid Haluška

Petr Krupička

Technician

Petr Krupička

Technician

Alumni

We take a pride in the fact that our former collegues have rewarding careers, many of them in academia.

Alumni in Academia

Samuel Sanchez

Professor, IBEC Barcelona

Samuel Sanchez

Samuel was visiting student in 2008 and mentee of Martin in 2009 at NIMS, Japan.

Alessandra Bonanni

Senior Lecturer, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Alessandra Bonanni

Alessandra was post-doc at Martin's group in 2010-2012.

Stanislav Presolski

Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS, Singapore

Stanislav Presolski

Stanislav was post-doc in Martin's group in 2014-15 in Singapore.

Hong Wang

Professor, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou

Hong Wang

Hong was PhD student 2012-2016 in Martin's group.

Jiří Šturala

Group Leader, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague

Jiří Šturala

Jiří was post-doc 2017-2018 in Martin's Nanorobots Center.

Former Postdocs from Martin's group

Adriano Ambrosi

NIMS, Japan & NTU, Singapore, 2009-2020

Adriano Ambrosi

Adriano has been with me for 10 years. He is the only post-doc who is Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivative Analytics

Alessandra Bonanni

NTU Singapore, 2010-2013

Alessandra Bonanni

After 2 years in our group at NTU, Alessandra was promoted to Lecturer and Senior Lecturer possition at the same department at NTU Singapore.

Chua Chun Kiang

NTU Singapore 2013-2016

Chua Chun Kiang

After PhD in our group, CK was postdoc for 3 more years with us. He was key enabler of graphene chemistry.

Zafir Nasir

NTU Singapore 2017-2019

Zafir Nasir

Zafir joined us after FYP in spectroscopy group. He did a great job in the field of nanomotors and sensing. He could take anything life threw on him and overcome it. Way to go (and apology for calling you "Nasir" after my old Egyptian friend first 3 years 🙂

Ludmila Krejcova

UCT Prague 2017 - 2018

Ludmila Krejcova

Lida was responsible for biology work.

Jiří Šturala

UCT Prague 2017 - 2018

Jiří Šturala

Jiří was post-doc 2017-2018 in Martin's Nanorobots Center.

Elham Rahmadian, PhD

UCT Prague 2018 - 2019

Elham Rahmadian, PhD

Elahm came from Teheran. She was with us in 2015 in Singapore for 6 months.

Amir Masoud Pourrahimi

UTC Prague 2018

Amir Masoud Pourrahimi

Amir went to Sweden. Key developer of novel light propelled micromachines.

Maria Laura Ermini

UCT Prague 2019

Maria Laura Ermini

Former PhD students from Martin's group

Chua Chun Kiang

NTU Singapore 2010 - 2013

Chua Chun Kiang

After post-doc at NTU, he works in private chemical company in Singapore. CK published over 50 papers with us, mostly on graphene chemistry. He was key chemist in the group in our golden graphene era. First student who graduated in Martin's group. Married to Adeline (see line bellow).

Guanjia Zhao

2010-2014 NTU, Singapore

Guanjia Zhao

Guanjia got a job as a lead scientist at P&G research facility, Singapore. Now working for an Australian company, he spends more time in the air than on the ground. He is grandfather of microrobots in our group, he started this whole topic with us.

Elaine Chng

2010-2014 NTU, Singapore

Elaine Chng

She started nanotoxicity work with us. Persistent, smiling, she was a great asset. Elaine workes for pharmaceutical company.

Hwee Ling Poh

2010-2014 NTU, Singapore

Hwee Ling Poh

Hwee Ling worked at graphene. She was able to work on anything the graphene chemistry brough to her and she is one of our most cited group members!

Alex Yong Sheng Eng

2012-2016 NTU, Singapore, NPGS fellowship

Alex Yong Sheng Eng

Alex was very focused, hard working excellent young scientist. After receiveing PhD he continues his research in A*Star, Singapore.

Wei Zhe Teo

2012-2016 NTU, Singapore, NPGS fellowship

Wei Zhe Teo

Wei Zhe was very versatile student, worked on anything from CNTs, graphene to microrobots.

Adeline Huiling Loo

2012-2016 NTU, Singapore, NPGS fellowship

Adeline Huiling Loo

Adeline worked very hard, focused on biosensing. After working in research department of Taiwanese company, she turned back to academia and she does post-doc in Nam-joon's group at NTU. Married to CK (see line above, left 🙂

Colin Hong An Wong

2012-2016 NTU, Singapore, NPGS fellowship

Colin Hong An Wong

Colin worked on graphene during his PhD. He is now in education, going to start his own school. Married to our FYP student (Martin group produces papers but also happy marriages in large numbers :-). 

Hong Wang

2013-2017 NTU, Singapore

Hong Wang

Hong worked on micro and nanomachines. She recieved award from Chinese ministry for the best overseas PhD; straight after PhD she received full professorship in China.

Shu Min Tan

2013-2017 NTU, Singapore, NPGS fellowship

Shu Min Tan

Shu Min is very talented young scientist. She worked on 2D materials and after short post-doc at NTU she joins Singapore Ministry of Interior on the important (and secret) mission.

Rou Jun Toh

2013-2017 NTU&MIT, Singapore, CREATE MIT fellowship

Rou Jun Toh

Rou Jun did combined PhD with MIT (under Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, SMART) and NTU with Martin as main supervisor and Prof. Jongyoon Han (MIT) as co-supervisor. She did an excellent job and she embarked at post-doc in Australia.

James Moo

2013-2017 NTU, Singapore, EWI fellowship

James Moo

James did BSc with us in 2011, moved to Tokyo Tech for masters and after he had enough he moved back to do PhD finished. James was incredible not only in research but in ability to attract his own travel funding. He will not get lost in the World.

Zafir Nasir

NTU Singapore 2013-2017

Zafir Nasir

Zafir joined us after FYP in spectroscopy group. He did a great job in the field of nanomotors and sensing. He could take anything life threw on him and overcome it. Way to go (and apology for calling you "Nasir" after my old Egyptian friend first 3 years 🙂

Lu Wang

2013-2017 NTU, Singapore

Lu Wang

Lu worked on graphene and he published 2 Angew. Chem. papers as first author (among many other papers). Imagine that he was dismissed by previous group as "unusable". As Martin's moto says ". It's about ... how you're led, and how much you get it." He does post-doc at Geoffrey A. Ozin's lab in Canada.

Xinyi Chia

2014-2018 NTU, Singapore, NPGS

Xinyi Chia

Xinyi, always smiling, focused, very hard working, replying to emails at 2 AM have more papers than many senior post-docs (and she is much better than most of them) did tremendous work.

Naziah binte Mohamad Latiff

2014-2018 NTU, Singapore, CREATE-Cambridge

Naziah binte Mohamad Latiff

Naziah joined us under join NTU-University of Cambridge PhD fellowship. Naziah was instrumental to our nanotoxicity work. Always smiling, easy to be found in the group (before Nur and Nasuha joined) because of hidjab.

Nasuha Rohaizad

2015-2019 NTU, Singapore, IGS fellowship

Nasuha Rohaizad

Nasuha has been working on biosensing. Smiling and energetic, she always brought a smile and good mood to the group.

Hui Ling Chia

2016-2020 NTU, Singapore, IGS fellowship

Hui Ling Chia

Hui Ling is very quiet but very focused and hard working. Great asset to the group, works on biosensors.

Nur Farhanah Rosli

2015-2019 NTU, Singapore, CREATE-Cambridge fellowship

Nur Farhanah Rosli

Nur develops her Ph.D. project under join NTU-University of Cambridge degree (supervised by Martin and Prof. Adrian Fisher, Cambridge). He interests are cells and nanomaterials interactions.

Tiana Maric

2015-2019 NTU, Singapore, Singa fellowship

Tiana Maric

Tiana works on micromachines development. Tiana does not give up easily. Perhaps because she holds the same surname as Mileva Maric, the first wife of Albert Einstein (who likely co-developed everything  Einstein claimed during his year mirabilis 1905). Both from Serbia, Tiana has the advantage of military training 🙂 

Wang Yong

2015-2019 NTU, Singapore

Wang Yong

Yong went long way from applied to the basic research, working on 2D materials as well on nanomachines.

Cheong Yi Heng

2016- NTU, Singapore, EDB-Bosch fellowship

Cheong Yi Heng

Yi Heng was with us only short time before Martin moved to Prague. Nevertheless, he made significant contribution to sensing with modified graphenes - topic co-developed at Bosch research labs Singapore.

Lei Kong

2016-2018 NTU, Singapore, CSC fellowship

Lei Kong

Lei was with us half of his PhD on CSC fellowship. He made big advances in light powered motors. He returned back to China to his wife and baby.

Former master students from Martin's group

Tomáš Kroupa

MSc student

Tomáš Kroupa

Tomas belongs to Hermanova group. He is a great addition to our team, he works on polymer micromachines.

Hindia Nahdi

MSc student NTU Singapore

Hindia Nahdi

Hindia continued her PhD at Sorbone University

Chua Xing Juan

MSc student NTU Singapore

Chua Xing Juan

Yew Ying Teng

MSc student NTU Singapore

Yew Ying Teng

Vitor Marin

MSc student NTU Singapore

Vitor Marin

Rozi Alice Thearle

MSc student NTU Singapore

Rozi Alice Thearle

Chee Shan Lim

MSc student NTU Singapore

Chee Shan Lim

Tian Huidi

MSc student NTU Singapore

Tian Huidi

Huidi went to USA to pursue her PhD

Emma. J. E. Stuart

MSc student NTU Singapore

Emma. J. E. Stuart

Emma followed her MSc with PhD at Oxford University with R.G. Compton

Claire L. Scott

MSc student NTU Singapore

Claire L. Scott