The PDRA and Fellows representatives have a fundamental role in the Department promoting social and scientific events to enhance professional and personal development of PDRAs (Postdoctoral Research Assistants/ Associates), also called postdocs, and Fellows. Our activities are planned to promote networking, training and support opportunities with the only aim to maximise PDRAs development. If you are a PDRA in the Department of Materials we would love to hear from you and get you involved in our activities so come and meet us, or if you’re interested in becoming a member of the Materials' Postdoc and Fellows Committee simply email Dr Ainara Aguadero.

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  • Dr Ainara Aguadero

    Dr Ainara Aguadero, Department of Materials, Imperial College London

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    Dr Ainara Aguadero Senior Lecturer/ Departmental PDRA and Fellows Champion

    +44 (0)20 7594 5174

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    As PDRA and Fellows Champion, I coordinate their great labour with the Department Management and the College Postdocs and Fellows Development Centre. Our activities are planned to promote networking, training and support opportunities with the only aim to maximise PDRAs development.

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    Royal School of Mines
    Room 1.07 - 1st Floor

Materials' Postdoc and Fellows Committee members

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Dr Ioannis Bantounas - Engineering Alloys

Hello, I’m Ioannis. I joined Professor David Dye’s group at Imperial College London as a postdoc in August 2015 and am the PDRA and Fellows representative for the Engineering Alloys theme in the Department of Materials.

My area of research is alloy development for structural materials in gas turbine engines, with a particular interest in the deformation mechanisms of Co-base superalloys. I’m also a member of the Departmental Space Committee which deals with ensuring optimal configuration of the space available to the Department.

What I enjoy most about being a representative is the opportunity to help organise fun events where postdocs can get together and share their experiences. If you have any questions or would like to make any suggestions, please feel free to send us an email.

E-mail Dr Ioannis Bantounas
Department of Materials    
Royal School of Mines

Dr Thomas Mellan – Theory and Simulation of Materials

I'm the the PDRA and Fellows representative for Theory and Simulation of Materials in the Department of Materials.

My research involves method development and solid-state simulations to predict the electronic, thermodynamic, and transport properties of materials. I represent Research Associates on the PFDC (Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre) committee.

To discuss anything, theory and simulation or postdoc related, get in touch!


E-mail Dr Thomas Mellan
Department of Materials
Bessemer Building
Room B312

Dr Axel Moore – Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Hello, I’m Axel, the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering PDRA and Fellows representative in the Department of Materials.

The central theme to my research is the study of soft hydrated interfaces with a special focus on tribological performance. I have been at Imperial since October 2017 and I am in Professor Molly Stevens' research team.

As a PDRA and Fellows representative I hope to engage, promote, and support the highly interdisciplinary research that our Department is involved in. My door is always open if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

E-mail Dr Axel Moore
Department of Materials    
Royal School of Mines

Dr Federico Pesci – Functional Materials


Hi, I am Fed and I represent the PDRA and Fellows in the Functional Materials research theme. I am part of the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre (PFDC) committee and on a regular basis I attend meetings with postdoc reps from other Departments at Imperial College London to update them on the events that are going on in the Department of  Materials and discuss improvements for the PFDC.

Please feel free to come and see me if you would like for any suggestion, comment or issue to be heard by the PFDC.

E-mail Dr Federico Pesci
Department of Materials    
Royal School of Mines
Room 1.10, Level 1

Dr Anna Regoutz – Research Fellow Representative

I’m the representative for the Independent Research Fellows (IRFs) in the Department of Materials, which include schemes like ICRF, URF, RAEng, and the EPSRC Early Career Fellows.

I sit on the Departmental Equality and Diversity Committee - which amongst other things looks at the systems in the Department to make sure they are fair, transparent and accessible; and ensures the Department continues its commitment to advance gender equality and enhance the working environment - and am part of the Functional Materials research theme.

I’ve been at Imperial since 2015 and my research focuses on functionality in oxides and at oxide interfaces particularly for electronic device applications. My speciality are X-ray spectroscopy methods and I am a Visiting Scientist at Diamond Light Source.

I’m always happy to chat anything IRF related and if you’re thinking of applying for a fellowship do get in touch!

E-mail Dr Anna Regoutz
Department of Materials    
Royal School of Mines
Room 2.M14, Level 2 (Mezzanine)

Dr Camilla Stitt – Nanotechnology and Nanoscale Characterisation

Hello, I’m Milly, the Nanotechnology and Nanoscale Characterisation PDRA and Fellows representative in the Department of Materials.

I joined Imperial in June 2016 and currently work with Professor Mary Ryan FREng on the corrosion of metals, mostly steels, in aqueous environments using electrochemistry and synchrotron radiation. I am also Project Manager for the Shell-Imperial Advanced Interfacial Materials Science Centre.

As a PDRA and Fellows representative I am a member of the Departmental Research Committee which discusses research performance and opportunities in the Department of Materials.

Overall, I really enjoy supporting postdocs and fellows, and it is great being part of a team to achieve this. If you have any questions or want to raise any issues, please feel free to contact me by e-mail anytime.

Email Dr Camilla Stitt
Department of Materials    
Royal School of Mines

Dr Celeste van den Bosch – Ceramics and Glasses

Hi, I’m the PDRA and Fellows representative for the Ceramics and Glasses research theme and a member of the Health & Safety Committee.

I’ve been at Imperial since starting my undergrad in the Department of Chemistry in 2009 and joined the Department of Materials as a PhD student in 2014. I enjoy being part of the Imperial community and recently became a PDRA in the Electroceramic Materials Group working on the characterisation of buried interfaces and determining interface structure of model systems representative of solid-state electrochemical cells.

Let me know if you want to chat, are interested in organising an event for the Department or have any (safety) concerns that you would like to raise.

E-mail Dr Celeste van den Bosch
Department of Materials    
Royal School of Mines
Room 1.10, Level 1