February 2022

IPA Photo Contest

Bhavya (ESR 5) and Nidia (ESR 7) both won prizes at the photogenic science contest organized by the IPA (International Photodynamic Association)! Light can save lives, and look amazing in the process! Congratulations to both of them!

photo jury

Dr Nidia Maldonado-Carmona

ESR 7 is now Dr Nidia Maldonado-Carmona
She successfully defended her thesis on September 14th, 2021, titled Acetylated lignin nanoparticles as a new photosensitizer’s vehicle for Photodynamic Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (PACT) and graduated both from the University of Limoges and the University of Coimbra


Dr João Simões

ESR 4 is now Dr João Simões!
He successfully defended his thesis on November 26th, 2021, titled Radiolabelled porphyrinic metalla-assemblies linked to cellulose nanocrystals as PDT and imaging agents. He was supervised by Bioemtech, and graduated both from the University of Neuchâtel and the University of Limoges

soutenance Daire

Dr Dáire Gibbons

ESR 3 is now Dr Dáire Gibbons!
He successfully defended his thesis online, on January 28th, 2022, titled Triplet state access in multi-component heavy atom free photosensitizers in photomedicine and gratuated both from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Limoges


Pre Final meeting 

All the PIs and ESRs met on January 7th, 2022, to prepare the last 6 months of the project implementation.
Due to the pandemic, the meeting was held online. 


From ESR to postdoc

3 of the ESRs are now post docs!
  • Nidia has a 1 year postdoc at Sorbonne Université (France) since October 2021, in the Laboratoire Jean Perrin UMR 8237 working for the Light4Lungs project
  • Dáire has a 3 years post doc in Université Paris-Sarclay (France) in the ICCMO of Orsay from April 2022
  • Bhavya has a technical scientist position in Abbot Ireland (Ireland), from March 2022


More publications have been accepted. 

Find them all here: http://www.polythea.eu/publications/



  • NWO Chains 2021Zoi gave an online presentation titled « Aluminium tris-Dipyrrinato Complexes as Potential Photosensitizers in Photodynamic Therapy » at NWO CHAINS 2021, the Dutch Chemistry Conference in the parallel session ‘Molecular tools for application in life sciences’.

Upcoming events Bhavya's defense - March 21st, 2022 


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