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 Nagaraju Goli

GoliNagaraju received his Master’s degree (2012) in Chemistry from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was then awarded Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) from Kyung Hee University, South Korea in 2017, where his investigation was mainly based on the fabrication and working chemistry of electrochemical asymmetric/hybrid supercapacitors. He also worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Kyung Hee University for two years. Currently, he is working as Research Associate in Dr Mattevi Group, Imperial College London. His research focus transmits on the fabrication of emerging two-dimensional (2D) materials and 3D-printed flexible electrodes for high-performance micro-batteries and metal-ion capacitors.

Dr Maria Sokolikova

Maria joined the Department of Materials in 2015 as a President’s PhD scholar working under the supervision of Dr Cecilia Mattevi. Prior to this, Maria received the Master’s degree in Chemistry (2013) and the Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science (2011) from Lomonosov Moscow State University, where she was developing synthesis and investigated optical properties of colloidal quantum dots and quantum wells in Dr Roman Vasiliev group. During her PhD training, Maria was working on colloidal synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) with controlled morphology, chemical composition and crystal phase, and in 2020 she graduated with the PhD degree in Materials Research. Maria is now a Research Associate in Dr Mattevi group, and her current research works towards engineering functional inorganic materials for electrocatalytic water splitting.


PhD Students

Mr Gang Cheng
Gang Cheng

Gang completed his MEng degree in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. His research focuses on heterostructure of transition metal dichalcogenides and their optoelectronic properties.

 In September 2018, he was awarded the CSC Scholarship and joined the Mattevi group as a Ph.D. candidate. His project mainly focuses on Semiconducting 2D materials: synthesis and electronic devices.


Mr Apostolos Panagiotopoulos
Apostolos Panagiotopoulos

Apostolos 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 Stefano Tagliaferri

Stefano graduated in 2019 from University of Naples Federico II (Italy), where he studied Materials Engineering. His master's thesis centred on the additive manufacturing of 2D materials for the production of miniaturised supercapacitors.

In October 2019 he joined the Mattevi Group for a PhD project on the 3D printing of innovative energy storage devices with miniaturised footprint area.



Ms Rachael Quintin-Baxendale

Rachael was awarded her MEng Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Exeter, UK in 2020. Her master’s thesis investigated graphene coated textiles for the application of wearable electronics. In October 2020, Rachael joined the Mattevi Group as a PhD student.



 Ms Yewande Adesida
Yewande's pic

Yewande completed her MEng degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London in 2016. Her master's thesis investigated ultrasensitive plasmonic chips that can be used for the detection of pancreatic cancer markers.

In 2017 she joined the Department of Surgery and Cancer and is co-supervised by Prof. A. McGregor and Dr Mattevi, developing flexible strain sensors for measuring knee kinematics in rowing.

Mr Haoyu Bai

Haoyu was awarded his MEng degree from Wuhan University of Technology, China. His master thesis focused on the liquid exfoliation of 2D clay nanosheets and the nanofluidic channel arrays assembled by clay nanosheets.

In October 2021, Haoyu was awarded with the CSC-Imperial scholarship and joined the Mattevi group as a Ph.D. student. His research is now focusing on the large-area synthesis of 2D magnetic materials.


Mr Evan Fisher

Evan was awarded their MEng in materials science and engineering from Imperial College London in 2022. Their Master’s thesis focussed on negative linear compressibility and negative thermal expansion in transition metal-based molecular framework materials.

They joined the Mattevi Group as a PhD student in October 2022, researching the 3D printing of flexible batteries for wearable electronics.


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

Past Group Members

Dr. Mauro Och - Ph.D. Graduate - September 2022

Dr. Sum Wei Siang - Joint Postdoc

Dr. Jingjing Jia - Joint Postdoc

Dr Pawel Palczynski - Ph.D. Graduate - December 2019

Ms Giulia Zoe Zemignani - FYP Politecnico di Milano - July 2019

Dr Peter Sherrell - Postdoc - August 2018 - Current position: University of Melbourne

Dr Chiara Grotta - Ph.D. Graduate - March 2018 - Current Position: Maserati

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

Dr Federico Pesci - 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