Elena Dieckmann is a PhD student at the Dyson School of Design Engineering in co-supervision with Prof. Chris Cheeseman from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her specialist areas are biomaterials, physical prototyping, waste resource conversion, design and manufacturing of circular materials.
Her main research contribution to date is the development of the world’s first feather based thermal packaging material, which was launched in Europe (2018) under the brand pluumo through Aeropowder Ltd.
Research involves the investigation of feather textiles with regards to their mechanical, thermal, biodegradation, sound absorption, tensile, oil absorption properties.
Climate KIC-Imperial Grant
Winner Mayor of London Low Carbon Entrepreneur Award 2016
Winner SHELL LiveWire Award 2016
Royal Society of Arts Student Awards- No man’s waste category 2016
International Design Award 2014 Bronze- Student Category
Dyson Award 2014, Runners-Up: The BRUISE suit
Internation Design Award (Bronze) for GNOME project
Echoing Green Fellowship 2018
Green Alley Award 2018
Varsity Pitch Award 2017
EU Horizon 2020 SME instruments
Food for Thought Awards 2018
a) Elena Dieckmann, Balázs Nagy, Kika Yiakoumetti, Leila Sheldrick, Christopher Cheeseman, Thermal Insulation Packaging for cold-chain deliveries made from feathers, Food Packaging and Shelf Life, Manuscript submitted (May 2019)
b) Elena Dieckmann, Kosta Eleftheriou, Thibault Audic, Koon-Yang Lee, Leila Sheldrick, Christopher Cheeseman, New sustainable materials from waste feathers: properties of hot-pressed feather/cotton/bi-component fibre boards, Sustainable Materials and Technologies, 17 (2019) e00107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.susmat.2019.e00107
c) Elena Dieckmann, Stephen Dance, Leila Sheldrick, Christopher Cheeseman, Novel sound absorption materials produced from air-laid non-woven feather fibres, Heliyon, Volume 4, Issue 9 (2018) Article e00818. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00818
d) Tingting Zhang, Elena Dieckmann, Shizhuo Song Jingy Xie, ZeweiYu, Christopher Cheeseman, Properties of magnesium silicate hydrate (M-S-H) cement mortars containing chicken feather fibres, Construction and Building Materials, 180 (2018) 692-697. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.05.292