BRIGETTE ALTHEA FORTUIN

Presentation

Brigette started her academic career studying Chemistry with minors in Physics and Mathematics at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. After completing her Bachelor’s Honours’ degree with Cum Laude, conducting her Bachelor Thesis in Organic Chemistry, focusing on the synthesis of a novel compound found in Porphyra Capensis (Red seaweed). She participated in a 1-month internship at SAIAMC (South African Institute for Advanced Materials Chemistry) located at UWC in South Africa. Following her Bachelor studies, she completed an exchange semester with Erasmus+ at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She focused on Electrochemistry, Photosynthesis and Bioenergy, Modern Organic Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Her interests in the energy storage field developed into the pursuit of greater knowledge, as she continued her academic career by participating in the MESC+ Erasmus Mundus Programme (Materials Science for Energy Storage and Conversion). This EMJMD enabled her to study at various universities in Europe: Warsaw University of Technology in Poland, University of Toulouse Paul Sabatier in France and University of Basque Country in Spain. Currently, she is conducting her Master’s internship at CIC energiGUNE, with a multidisciplinary focus: Modelling and Computational Simulation and Advanced Electrolytes, specifically, the synthesis of novel polyanionic polymer electrolytes for Li-metal batteries. Her research will include inorganic synthesis, characterization and further investigation using Molecular Dynamics Simulations (GROMACS).

Scientific interests

  • Computational Chemistry
  • Solid-state Batteries
  • Polymer Electrolytes
  • Li-metal batteries

Scientific career

  • Electrochemical synthesis and characterization
  • Synthesis and Characterization towards novel organic compound from Porphyra Capensis (red seaweed)
  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry

Awards

  • James Moir Medal for Best BSc Hons Chemistry student at University or Technikon for 2019
  • Dean’s Merit Award for Outstanding Academic Performance during 2018
  • Erasmsus Mundus Master’s Joint Degree Scholarship (Fully funded)