Paula Teeuwen


Paula Teeuwen recently started her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge in the group of Prof. J.R. Nitschke. Her PhD is funded through a full scholarship from the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Automated Chemical Synthesis Enabled by Digital Molecular Technologies (SynTech). She obtained her BSc and MSc degrees (both Cum Laude) in chemistry from the Radboud University Nijmegen (2019) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA, 2022), respectively. Her bachelor’s project focused on the chiroptical properties of chiral porphyrin cages in the group of Prof. R.J.M. Nolte and briefly in the group of Prof. J. Crassous (Rennes). During her master’s project at the group of Prof. J.N.H. Reek (supervised by Dr. S. Pullen), she used a combined experimental and theoretical approach to study rhenium-decorated zirconium metal organic cages for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction. In 2017, she was awarded the Young Talent Encouragement Prize Chemistry of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. In 2022, she was awarded the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry Class of Excellence Research Proposal Pitch Prize. Currently, her main research interests are coordination chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and the bridge between theory and experiments. In her free time, Paula enjoys meeting up with friends, running, and speed- and inline skating. Since her arrival in Cambridge in October 2022, she has been trying out College rowing.

Selected publications:

1. Ouyang, J., Swartjes, A., Gilissen, P. J., Wang, D., Teeuwen, P. C. P., Tinnemans, P., Vanthuyne, N., Chentouf, S., Rutjes, F. P. J. T., Naubron, J.-V., Crassous, J., Elemans, J. A. A. W., Nolte, R. J. M., "Absolute configuration and host-guest binding of chiral porphyrin-cages by a combined chiroptical and theoretical approach". Nat. Comm., 2020, 11, 4776. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18596-1

2. Teeuwen, P. C. P., Melissari, Z., Senge, M. O., Williams, R. M., "Metal coordination effects on the photophyscis of dipyrrinato photosensitizers". Molecules, 2022, 27 (20), 6967. DOI: 10.3390/molecules27206967