New members of the IMDEA Materials Institute team – June, 2023

Every month, we welcome new members of the IMDEA Materials team. Here, you can find a short profile of our most recent additions, including their upcoming role with IMDEA Materials and their educational and professional background.
Dr. Phuong Thúy Vo

My name is Phuong Thúy Vo, and I am from Vietnam. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2021 and worked as a postdoc Research Associate at the University of Sydney before coming to IMDEA Materials Institute for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship with Prof. Maciej Haranczyk.

My career is dedicated to exploring the relationships between the chemical structures and their properties using a broad spectrum of modeling and simulation techniques.

I have been involved in developing atomistic structure models using molecular simulations, and working with various classical force fields, including customised parameters for metal organic frameworks, new simulation methods for ionic liquids in supercapacitor and bio-supercapacitor, perovskite crystal growths from solution.

In IMDEA Materials, my project will focus on multiscale modelling for MOF-polymer mix matrix material and machine learning model to predict their mechanical properties.

I love cooking, watching movies, hiking and having fun with friends after working hours.


Dr. Arnab Ghosh

My name is Arnab Ghosh, and I am from India. I received my Ph.D. degree in 2021 from IITB-Monash Research Academy, a joint venture of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (India) and Monash University (Australia).

During my Ph.D., my research was focused on cathode materials for lithium-sulfur and sodium-sulfur batteries under the supervision of Prof. Sagar Mitra (IIT Bombay), Prof. Doug MacFarlane (Monash University) and Dr. Mega Kar (Monash University). While performing a part of my Ph.D. research work at Monash University, I had a close collaboration with Prof. Maria Forsyth at Deakin University in Australia.

In April 2022, I joined as a Specially Appointed Assistant Professor at Yokohama National University in Japan. Here my research work was focused on fabrication of lithium-sulfur pouch cells and I closely investigated the failure mechanism of lithium-sulfur battery pouch cells in consultation with Prof. Masayoshi Watanabe.

After carrying out an important project on lithium-sulfur pouch cells at Yokohama National University for 14 months, I joined IMDEA Materials Institute as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions postdoctoral fellow in June, 2023. At IMDEA Materials, my research focuses on fire-safe lithium-ion batteries in consultation with Prof. De-Yi Wang.

In my leisure time, I enjoy watching sports, movies, and web series.