Fernando Izquierdo Ruiz
Fernando received his MS in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling in 2014 from the University of Oviedo. He earned a joint Ph.D. from the University of Oviedo and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2018, where he worked on the study of clathrates hydrates under the supervision of J. M. Recio, J. Contreras-García and O. Prieto-Ballesteros. After his Ph.D. he did a postdoc at the U. Complutense of Madrid for 18 months, studying interfaces between ice/air and other substances by means of the Lifshitz theory of van der Waals forces. Fernando’s scientific interests are high pressure chemistry, planetary science and astrobiology. At Chalmers he is working on developing the new field of Computational Astrobiology.
Kjell Jorner is an international postdoc fellow in the group of Martin Rahm but based at the University of Toronto, Canada, in the group of Alán Aspuru-Guzik. His research is about using artificial intelligence and machine learning in the design and optimization of molecular materials and chemical reactivity. Applications of this research are very general and include for example accelerated development of new light-absorbing materials and new tools in chemical biology research. Kjell Jorner is a recipient of an International Postdoc Grant from the Swedish Research Council.
Alvaro Lobato Fernandez
Alvaro received his MSc in Chemical Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid and earned his PhD in the group of Valentín Garcia Baonza. During grad studies he was developing new mechanochemical models to understand how chemical bonding is modified under extreme pressure conditions. After the PhD studies he did a postdoc at the University of Oviedo for 8 months, studying pressure phase transitions in flexible materials. Alvaro is now a postdoctoral researcher at Chalmers, focused on high pressure chemistry and chemical bonding analysis. Outside of research, Alvaro enjoys cooking, rock and jazz music, hiking and reading books.