Dr. Petra Bacova (November 2020 - April 2021)

Dr. Petra Bacova is a physical chemist. She received her Ph.D degree from the University of the Basque Country in 2014 under the framework of Marie Curie ITN Dynacop. She spent various years as a post-doctoral fellow at IACM-FORTH in Crete, where she was involved (among others) in a project focused on nanostructured materials with application in energy under the Stavros Niarchos fellowship and in a project in collaboration with Goodyear. During her research stay in the Materials Physics Center in San Sebastian in 2016, she was part of a multidisciplinary national project concerning single-chain polymer nanoparticles. Her research interests include simulations of all types of polymer materials. As a postdoctoral researcher in the SimEA group, she addressed a well-known problem of the degree of star penetration and of the cooperative motion of star-like molecules in dense (melt) conditions, by employing atomistic molecular dynamics simulations in combination with specifically designed analysis tools. In addition, she has been involved in the project development of molecular simulation methods of polymeric nanocomposites for tire applications, in the framework of a research collaboration with the company Goodyear. Dr. Bacova continues to work closely with the SimEA group through these two research projects.


Dr. Awais Mahmood (November 2020 - August 2021)

Dr. Awais Mahmood is a Mechanical Engineer and has received his doctoral degree from Tsinghua University, China in June 2020. In the SimEA research group, he worked on the development of efficient computational techniques for engineering applications related to wetting and transport phenomena