Kez + Dave Have Left the Building

As the winter holiday closure brings another term of Chemistry at Sheffield to a close, the Foster group has watched two of its first PhD students leave the group, as Doctors, for pastures new.

Dave, who joined in 2016, has completed both a PhD and a 1 year PDRA position in the group. As Jona’s first PhD student, he has done a fantastic job in helping lay the foundations of the research group, published 4 papers (so far), presented to MPs, and eaten ~1000 cakes. Dr Dave (and Dr Jen) have now moved to Glasgow, where he will be working with Dr Ashleigh Fletcher and Dr Iain Oswald, studying the structural responsivity of MOFs.

Kez joined us in 2017, as part of the groups second cohort of PhD students. Originally from Kerala, India, Kez embraced all (the best) facets of British life during her time here, though she also spent a stint in Deutschland. Kezia has pioneered the use of MONs in photovoltaics during her PhD, whilst also setting up a company and a solar cell outreach experiment. Kez continues her globetrotting by heading to Prague, where she will be working as an independent Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics.

Everyone in the group is incredibly proud of and inspired by what both Dave and Kez have accomplished in such a short time. We wish you both all the best, we know you’re gonna smash your next projects!

Paging Dr Kez: Another Viva Success

Our very own Kezia Sasitharan passed her PhD viva today, defending her thesis titled “Metal-Organic Nanosheets: A New Dimension in Photovoltaics”. Many thanks to Prof. Jenny Nelson and Prof. Graham Leggett for examining.

A socially distanced viva celebration saw lots of Schloer drank, and a fair few Falafel Kings eaten.

Kezia now heads to Prague to begin a 3 year fellowship position at the Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics.

Congratulations Dr Sasitharan!