Prof. Dirk Aarts
DiStruc coordinator

Professor of Chemistry, Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford

Fellow of Christ Church


Dr. Pavlina Schmitz
DiStruc Project Manager

Dr. Pavlina Schmitz graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. She studied the effects of ionising radiation on polymers, under the supervision of Prof. Simon Pimblott, in cooperation with the University of Notre Dame, USA. Prior to undertaking her current post, Pavlina worked at the European Commission in Belgium and was the Project Manager for RADIOMI and Gouverneur Group at the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford.


  Mercedes Groba
  DiStruc Network Administrator (maternity cover)

She studied Agri-food Science in University of Vigo (Spain). She was responsible for the implementation and compliment of the European Common Agricultural Policy in Northern Spain. She complemented her academic background with an additional training in international projects & grants management. He has been working on a wide range of European projects funded by EU under H2020, FP7,MSCA, ERA-Net schemes, among others, as well as national programmes. Prior undertaking her current post, she worked as a Project Manager for private and public organizations where she worked on large consortiums with partners across Europe including, Greece, Portugal, France, German, Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, United Kingdom, etc. involving industries, universities, research centres, etc.