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Dr Cecilia Mattevi

Dr Cecilia Mattevi

Portrait - Cecilia

Cecilia Mattevi is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London since October 1, 2012. Her research interests centre on science and engineering of novel 2D atomically thin semiconducting materials to enable applications in optoelectronics and energy storage.  Mattevi’s research group focuses on the synthesis of these materials, developing tunability of their characteristics, and on the fabrication of devices based on planar structures and on highly porous 3D hierarchical structures where a diverse range of assembly methods is employed.

Cecilia’s current funding supports: science and engineering of 2D semiconducting materials (EPSRC 1st grant, EPSRC-Royal Society fellowship engagement, The Royal Society University Research Fellowship), the development of methods for large scale synthesis of graphene for applications in different technology areas from energy storage to polymer/ceramic composite materials (EPSRC-Graphene Engineering), engineering large scale implementation of graphene-composite (Petronas), and energy applications of graphene derivatives (EU-Graphene Flagship).

Prior to this appointment Cecilia, gained her PhD in Materials Science in 2008 undertaking her doctoral research at the European Synchrotron Facility Elettra, Trieste, IT. Cecilia then joined the group of Prof. Manish Chhowalla in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Rutgers University, NJ, USA as a postdoctoral associate where she worked on chemically derived graphene for large area optoelectronic applications. In 2010, Cecilia joined Imperial as Junior Research Fellow.

Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr Peter Sherrell (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow)

Portrait - Peter Peter completed his Bachelor of Nanotechnology (Advanced) (Honours) from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia in 2007. Under the supervision of A/Prof Andrew Minett and A/Prof Jun Chen Peter was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Wollongong  in 2012.

Following a successful Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Linköping University (2013-2015) with Peter was awarded a 2014 H2020 Marie Sklowodska-Curie Individual Fellowship at Imperial College London with Dr Cecilia Mattevi.

Research Projects

Peter is currently working on Advanced multifunctional composites of graphene oxide and Mesoscale design of multifunctional 3D networks of 2D materials


Joint Post-Docs

Dr. Jingjing Jia, Postdoc shared with Prof. Milo Shaffer funded by The Graphene Flagship

Dr. Sum Wei Siang, Postdoc shared with Prof. Eduardo Saiz, funded by Petronas


PhD Students

Mr Apostolos Panagiotopoulos

Apostolos PanagiotopoulosApostolos was awarded his Bachelor in Materials Science from University of Patras, Greece. He did his undergrad thesis in amperometric sensors, under the supervision of former director of Molecular Vision (now Abingdon Health), Dr. Emmanuel Topoglidis. He initiated a collaboration with ICL, in fabricating low-cost mesoporous thin films for rapid, quantitative pollutant recognition in aqueous solutions,  where he continued his research  under the supervision of Bio-Nano Consulting’s Director Prof. Tony Cass.

He has now shifted his attention on the promising field of additive manufacturing in developing mass producible/high-throughput 3D printable devices for an abundance of applications, and joined the Mattevi Research group to begin his Ph.D working on Mesoscale design of multifunctional 3D networks of 2D materials


Mr Mauro Och

Mauro OchMauro holds a BEng (Laurea) in Industrial Engineering and a MEng (Laurea Magistrale) in Process and Materials Engineering from University of Trieste, Italy. During his study, he spent a semester at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), acquiring specific knowledge in the nanotechnology field and working in the Anja Boisen’s Group, and another semester in the Eychmüller Group at TU Dresden in Germany, completing his thesis titled “Cation Exchange on Cu2-xSe Nanocrystals”.

In March 2018, Mauro became part of the Mattevi’s Group and he is now currently working on Semiconducting 2D materials: synthesis and electronic devices.


Ms Maria Sokolikova (Imperial Scholarship Student)

Portrait - Maria In 2013 Maria graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia with Master's degree in Chemistry. During the years spent in MSU, she was involved in the investigation of cadmium chalcogenide nanoparticles of various size, shape and composition grown by colloidal method.

In August 2015 Maria was awarded an Imperial College Scholarship and joined the Mattevi group and started her Ph.D. project on Semiconducting 2D materials: synthesis and electronic devices


Mr Pawel Palczynski

Portrait - Pawel Pawel studied Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London. His master's thesis, graduated from in June of 2015, focused on Raman and Photoluminescence spectroscopy of CVD grown WS2 mono and few layers flakes.

In July 2015 Pawel joined the Mattevi group for his Ph.D. working on Semiconducting 2D materials: synthesis and electronic devices


Joint Phd Students

Mr. Tom Siday, PhD student CDT Advanced Materials Characterization , Supervisors: Dr. Oleg Mitrofanov (Electrical Engineering UCL) and Dr. C. Mattevi

Ms. Farah Aba, PhD student  Supervisors: Prof. Kang Li (Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College) and Dr. C. Mattevi

Mr. Jeng Chong, PhD student  Supervisors: Prof. Kang Li (Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College) and Dr. C. Mattevi

Mr. Alan Leong , PhD student, Supervisors: Prof. Eduardo Saiz  and Dr. C. Mattevi


Past Group Members

Dr Chiara Grotta - Ph.D. Graduate - March 2018

Dr Francesco Reale - Ph.D. Graduate - March 2018 - Current Position: Oxford Instruments

Dr Federico Pecsi - Postdoc - Current Position - Postdoc, Imperial College London

Dr Kanudha Sharda - Postdoc - Current Position - Assisstant Editor, Nature Communications

Ms Elisa Burbaum, Erasmus Student - March 2018

Mr Nikesh Patel, FYP Student - March 2018

Mr Jeremy Tan, FYP Student - March 2018

Ms Annemieke Janssen, FYP Student - Sept 2017

Mr Hao Wen, FYP student - May 2017

Mr. Julian Bachinger, FYP student - May 2017

Mr. Jean Vergnet, FYP student June - Sept 2016

Mr. Zejun Zheng, FYP student June - Sept 2016

Ms. Weijie Wu, FYP student June - Sept 2016

Ms. Mengnan Cao, FYP student June - Sept 2016

Ms. Nik Sharifulden, FYP student June - Sept 2016

Mr. Kevin Legrand, FYP student Mar - Aug 2016

Mr. Rayan San Juan, UROP Student (University of Grenoble) May - Aug 2016

Mr. Jacopo Ranalli, Visiting Student (Politecnico di Milano) Nov 2015 - July 2016

Ms. Hamizah Mohd Nor, FYP student June - Sept 2015

Ms. Rhanda Tajdeen, FYP student June - Sept 2015

Mr. Feng Pan, FYP student June - Sept 2015

Ms. Aleksandra Krajewska, Internship student (University of Edinburgh) July - Sept 2015

Ms. Yi Qiu, Internship student (Imperial College London) Aug - Sept 2015

Ms. Xiaoxi Zhu, Internship student (Imperial College London) Aug - Sept 2015

Ms. Sun Li (Nicole), Internship student (Tsinghua University, CN) July - Aug 2015

Mr. Jerome Nicolas, UROP (INSA Rennes Engineering School, FR) June - Aug 2015

Ms. Juliette Cardoletti, UROP (Functionalized Advanced Materials Department, Grenoble University, FR) May - Aug 2015

Ms. Emilia Donata, Erasmus student (Univerista’ di Padova, IT) June - July 2015    

Ms. Marie Delaflotte, UROP (engineering superior school of Rennes) June - July 2014

Ms. Qian Li, FYP student June - Sept 2014

Dr. Liping Lu, Postdoc July 2013 - Sept 2014 

Mr. Giovanni Pierin, Erasmus student (Univerista’di Padova, IT) Feb - July 2014

Mr. Luca Iuzzolino, FYP student during Oct 2013 - May 2014

Mr. Szymon Bartus, UROP Aug - Sept 2013

Mr. Cong Lu, FYP student during Oct 2013 - May 2014

Dr Joseph Shaw, PhD 2014 Supervisors: Prof. Thomas Anthopoulos (Physics Department, Imperial College) and Dr. C.Mattevi.

Mr. Ezra Feilden-Irving, FYP student May 2013 - Sept 2013

Ms. Hélène de Maleprade, FYP student May 2013 - Sept 2013

Ms. Celeste van den Bosch, FYP student Oct 2012 - May 2013

Mr. Amirul Haji Amir Abas, FYP student Oct 2012 - May 2013

Dr. Hokwon Kim, May 2013 "A study of the nucleation and growth mechanism of graphene on copper"

Supervisors: Dr.Cecilia Mattevi, Prof. Manish Chhowalla, Prof. Eduardo Saiz now Postdoctoral Associate at EPFL

Mr. K. Park, FYP student Oct 2011 - May 2012

Mr. Toby Davis, FYP student Oct 2010 - May 2011