Imperial College London

Dr Eleonora D'Elia

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Senior Teaching Fellow



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Eleonora is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Materials since February 2018. Together with teaching UG courses she focuses on the development of Outreach activities in the department, including summer schools and work experience programmes, and is responsible for organising school visits and events run outside Imperial College London. She is a STEM ambassador and a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

Eleonora worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Materials in the group of Professor Eduardo Saiz. Her project was based on the development of self-healing, shape-memory composite materials with structural and functional capabilities and the ability to sense the environment and adapt autonomously. The project was the result of a collaboration with several institutions including IK4-CIDETEC (Spain) and is currently being funded by DARPA.

She obtained her PhD from Imperial College London (with no corrections required), in the department of materials in 2015, where she worked on the development of organic/inorganic self-healing composites with structural and functional capabilities. During her PhD she worked at the same time on the preparation and characterisation of graphene aerogels, the preparation of soft-flexible electronics and pressure and flexion sensors. During these years she supervised several master students, worked in the department at a GTA for 5 different laboratories and Is part of Imperial Consultants through which she collaborated with several companies including Element Six Ltd.(UK) and Southwest Research Institute (US). During her PhD she has been awarded four prizes for presentations and posters in several symposia. She has moreover been awarded the prestigious Santander Mobility award in October 2015.



09/2015                     PhD In Materials Science with thesis titled  "Self-Healing Organic Inorganic Composites", Imperial College London, Dept of Materials, UK.

09/2011                     MSc In Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials in Imperial College London, Materials Department, UK. 

02/2010                     Degree in Materials Science, Department of Physics in University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy.



10/2015  Santander Mobility Award

2011-2015  EPSRC PhD fellowship award 

Finalist at the STEM for Britain 2017, among the 50 best scientists in the UK, British Parliament.

Finalist at the MRS Boston 2016 Image competition.

24/03/2014  E. D’Elia “A bio-inspired self-healing composite” Postgraduate day Imperial College, Mat. Dept. Awarded the prize for “Best Scientific Content Presentation”, London, UK.(runner up prize)

10/09/2012 “Porous Freeze-Cast Ceramic Scaffolds” IWAC05 Imperial College London, UK. Awarded “Best Student Poster Presentation”

29/01/2014 “A bio-inspired self-healing composite” Postdoctoral Research Symposium 2014, Imperial College London, UK. Awarded “First Prize Poster Presentation”

18/07/2014 “Ultralight Graphene Networks as Synthetic Skin” Postgraduate Summer Symposium 2014, Imperial College London, Awarded “Highly Commended Poster”



D'Elia E, Ahmed HS, Feilden E, et al., 2019, Electrically-responsive graphene-based shape-memory composites, Applied Materials Today, Vol:15, ISSN:2352-9407, Pages:185-191

Rocha VG, Garcia-Tunon E, Botas C, et al., 2017, Multimaterial 3D Printing of Graphene-Based Electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Storage Using Thermoresponsive Inks, Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:9, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:37136-37145

Feilden E, Ferraro C, Zhang Q, et al., 2017, 3D printing bioinspired ceramic composites, Scientific Reports, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-2322

Garcia-Tunon E, Feilden E, Zheng H, et al., 2017, Graphene Oxide: An All-in-One Processing Additive for 3D Printing, Acs Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol:9, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:32977-32989

Saiz Gutierrez E, Picot O, Ferraro C, et al., 2017, Using graphene networks to build bioinspired self-monitoring ceramics, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

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