Selvan Demir studied chemistry at the University of Cologne and received her Diploma in 2007. She conducted research on scandium solid state chemistry with Prof. Gerd Meyer and scandium organometallic chemistry with Prof. William J. Evans at the University of California, Irvine earning her Dr. rer. nat. in 2010. In 2011, Selvan accepted a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship and began her postdoctoral research on lanthanide-based single-molecule magnets and porous aromatic frameworks with Prof. Jeffrey R. Long at the University of California, Berkeley. She was also a postdoctoral research affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on neptunium, plutonium, and americium chemistry with Dr. David K. Shuh. Since 2016, Selvan is a junior professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Göttingen. Her research interests are in the areas of synthetic organometallic chemistry and magnetism.
Christina Legendre studied chemistry at both the École Normale Supérieure de Paris and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. During her studies, she accomplished several long-term internships abroad and gained international research experience. She worked on metal-organic frameworks with Prof. Jeffrey R. Long at the University of California, Berkeley in the United States. She conducted her Master’s thesis on spin-crossover materials with Prof. Eugenio Coronado at the University of Valencia, Spain, earning her Master of Science degree in 2016. Since August 2017, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Göttingen, working on f-elements-based single-molecule magnets under the supervision of Professor Dr. Selvan Demir.