Imperial College London

Dr Elena Dieckmann

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering




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Dyson School of Design EngineeringDyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Elena Dieckmann is part of the teaching team at the Dyson School of Design 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.

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. 

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.



Valk S, Chen Y, Dieckmann E, et al., 2023, Supporting collaborative biodesign ideation with contextualised knowledge from bioscience, Codesign, Vol:19, ISSN:1571-0882

Childs P, Han J, Chen L, et al., 2022, The creativity diamond - a framework to aid creativity, Journal of Intelligence, Vol:10, ISSN:2079-3200, Pages:1-20

Dieckmann E, Onsiong R, Nagy B, et al., 2021, Valorization of waste feathers in the production of new thermal insulation materials, Waste and Biomass Valorization, Vol:12, ISSN:1877-2641, Pages:1119-1131

Vilchez V, Dieckmann E, Tammelin T, et al., 2020, Upcycling Poultry Feathers with (Nano)cellulose: Sustainable Composites Derived from Nonwoven Whole Feather Preforms, Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Vol:8, ISSN:2168-0485, Pages:14263-14267

Zhao Y, Dieckmann E, Cheeseman C, 2020, Low-temperature thermal insulation materials with high impact resistance made from feather-fibres, Materials Letters: X, Vol:6, ISSN:2590-1508, Pages:1-5

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