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 Eleonora Cali – Nanotechnology and Nanoscale Characterisation

I’m the Nanotechnology and Nanoscale Characterisation postdoc rep in the Department of Materials. I joined Imperial in October 2014, when I started my PhD working on nanoparticles for environmental application. Since January 2018 I am a PDRA working with nanomaterials produced in-situ on support ceramic oxides for energy storage application.

As a PDRA and Fellows rep I am a member of the Departmental Space Committee which discusses the best configuration of the available space in our Department.

The most enjoyable aspect of being a postdoc rep is to try and make every member of our community feel welcome and part of a supportive (and fun!) group. So, if you have any suggestion on ways to make this happen please get in touch: we want to hear your voice!

E-mail Dr Eleonora Cali
Department of Materials    
Bessemer Building
Room B321

Dr Claudia Gasparrini - Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Engineering Alloys

Hi everyone! I am Claudia and I am the PDRA and Fellows rep for the Centre for Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Alloys theme in the Department of Materials.

I have been at Imperial since April 2014 when I started my PhD in the Ceramics and Glasses group studying nuclear fuels. I am now continuing to do research in the nuclear field as a postdoc in the Engineering Alloys group studying steel used for nuclear reactor pressure vessels.

I am also a postdoc representative in the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre (PFDC) Committee so please do let me know if you have any questions or just would like to know more about this. I am always happy for a chat!


E-mail Dr Claudia Gasparrini
Department of Materials
Bessemer Building
Room B301

Dr Oriol Gavalda Diaz – Ceramics and Glasses

Hello, I am Oriol and I am the PDRA and Fellows representative for Ceramics and Glasses in the Department of Materials. Coming from Nottingham where I did my PhD on Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) for aero-engines applications, I recently moved to Imperial to keep working on these fascinating materials within the CASC group. 

Dr Celeste van den Bosch and I are the representatives for the Equality and Diversity Committee and we are very excited to makes things better, so feel free to contact us with new ideas you want to discuss!

E-mail Dr Dr Oriol Gavalda Diaz
Department of Materials    
Royal School of Mines
LM04, Ground Lower (Mezzanine)

Dr Axel Moore – Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Hello, I’m 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 hosted by Professor Molly Stevens.

I am on the Healthy and Safety Committee, so if you have any comments, questions, or concerns my door is always open. 

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

Dr Joseph Prentice – Theory and Simulation of Materials

Hi, I'm Joe, and I'm the PDRA and Fellows Representative for the Theory and Simulation of Materials theme within the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. I've been a member of the groups of Professor Arash Mostofi and Professor Peter Haynes since October 2017. My research focuses on developing and applying linear scaling density functional theory methods to complex systems, such as dyes in solution. Additionally, I maintain an interest in developing and applying methods for accurately calculating anharmonic vibrations from first principles.

I also represent PDRAs on the Research Committee of the Department. If there is anything you would like to suggest, ask, or if you would like me to discuss something with the Department, come and talk to me or send me an email!

Email Dr Joseph Prentice
Department of Materials    
Bessemer Building
Room 321

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 Celeste van den Bosch – Functional Materials

Hi, I’m the PDRA and Fellows representative for the Functional Materials research theme and a member of the Equality and Diversity 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 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