Gwenn studied for her Bachelor’s degree at KU Leuven, where she worked in the The Renewable Materials and Nanotechnology Research Group under the supervision of Prof Wim Thielemans. In this lab she did different projects, one involving the production and characterisation of surface modified cellulose nanocrystals, and one involving Pickering emulsions stabilised by cellulose nanocrystals. Gwenn has also done an internship at Cambridge University in the research group of Dr Silvia Vignolini. She worked on a project in collaboration with Dr Waddood Hamad from FP Innovations on size sorting of cellulose nanocrystals.
She went to Uppsala University for her Master’s thesis to work on a collaboration between Dr Lukazs Pilarski’s group in Biomedicinskt centrum (BMC) and that of Dr Anders Thapper at Uppsala’s Ångström laboratory. The aim of Gwenn’s project was to use C-H activation methods for tuning catalysts used in water oxidation.
Gwenn finished her Master’s program at KU Leuven and started her PhD at AMI in October 2017.