Imperial College London

Dr Esther Garcia-Tuñon Blanca

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Research Associate







Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Esther is a research associate at the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics (CASC) at Imperial College, London. She joined the university in 2011 with a Barrie de la Maza fellowship, after completing her PhD at the Instituto de Cerámica de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela University.

Her research is  focused on new colloidal processing approaches based on responsive building blocks, 3D printing and manufacturing complex architectures for key technologies such as energy storage and conversion, catalysis, tissue engineering or structural applications. Her interests include the development of novel approaches in colloidal processing for additive manufacturing. Her research is focused on surface engineering with responsive polymers, rheology of complex fluids and the characterization of the mechanical response of complex structures.


10/2011-03/2012             Postdoctoral research fellow of the Barrie Foundation.

06/2011-09/2011             Postdoctoral Researcher, Galician Institute of Ceramics, University of Santiago de Compostela.

12/2007-06/2010                         “María Barbeito” Predoctoral Contract of the “Consellería de Innovación e Industria” of Galician Government, and the European Found.


02/14/2011                     PhD in Chemical Engineering, Santiago of Compostela University, Galician Institute of Ceramics, Spain.

26/09/2005                     Degree in Chemical Engineering. Santiago of Compostela University, USC. School of Engineering. Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


Undergraduate Fellowship awarded by Ministry of Science (BSc Chemical Engineering) 2005-2006

Research Fellowship awarded by Government of Galicia (PhD Materials Science) 2006-2010

Fundacion Pedro Barrie de la Maza Fellowship (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) 2011-2012

Best oral presentation in the 5th Postdoctoral Symposium at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London (runner up prize).



Garcia-Tunon E, Machado GC, Schneider M, et al., 2017, Complex ceramic architectures by directed assembly of 'responsive' particles, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Vol:37, ISSN:0955-2219, Pages:199-211

Chabi S, Rocha VG, Garcia-Tunon E, et al., 2016, Ultralight, Strong, Three-Dimensional SiC Structures, Acs Nano, Vol:10, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:1871-1876

Feilden E, Blanca EG-T, Giuliani F, et al., 2016, Robocasting of structural ceramic parts with hydrogel inks, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Vol:36, ISSN:0955-2219, Pages:2525-2533

Ferraro C, Garcia-Tunon E, Rocha VG, et al., 2016, Light and Strong SiC Networks, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:26, ISSN:1616-301X, Pages:1636-1645

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