People

Esther García-Tuñón

Esther García-Tuñón (PI) is an UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Lecturer in Materials Science and Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering and Materials Innovation Factory.

Esther completed her degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain). She moved to the UK to join the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics (CASC) at Imperial College London with a Barrie de la Maza fellowship, in October 2011. After six years as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial, Esther joined the University of Liverpool in 2017 as a Lecturer in Materials Science and Engineering affiliated to the Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) and the School of Engineering. She has been awarded an UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship in 2021.

Esther is also a mother of two wonderful boys. She loves spending time outdoors and by the sea with her family and friends, practicing yoga and other movement forms like Tai Chi, swimming and bouldering.

Her research aims to develop novel processing techniques to bridge the gap between materials discovery and manufacturing; to design and understand the behaviour of complex yield stress fluids for 3D printing applications; and to create hierarchical structures for health and energy applications, such as cartilage repair and water splitting.

Naïma Saadi

Naïma Saadi took the decision to change her path from social sciences to engineering and did not look back, receiving her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool in 2019. The skills she picked up from her social science background did not go unused however and her love of research is a testament to that. Her PhD, “Multiscale Quasiperiodic Metamaterials”, embodies the curiosities she has for physics, materials and 3D-printing. The focus of her degree will be the additive manufacturing of aperiodic structures that can manipulate the path of EM waves and more recently how these complex structures deform. An interdisciplinary degree suits her well as she would describe herself as having a creative world view. She is an avid music lover, has travelled to 19 countries, enjoys baking and remains an active person (to stave off the baked goods). And of course, the occasional spot of nail art to brighten the mood.

FRANCESCA MIRICOLA

Francesca Miricola gained her 1st class MS in Biotechnology at the University of Pavia. After her industry experience as a formulation scientist in a personal care products company, she decided to move back to academia and pursue a PhD in the School of Engineering at University of Liverpool in 2019. With this background, she is now working on optimizing characterisation protocols for personal care products by combining microfluidics and advanced imaging techniques, partly funded by Unilever. She travelled and lived in a few countries before getting to the group, while learning new languages and perfecting her scientific background. She has a passion for the cosmetic field and shares her knowledge through her scicomm project, while she advocates for equality, inside and outside science.

Emma Jones

Emma Jones achieved her 1st class MChem at the University of Liverpool before crossing campus to join the Tuñón Group in the School of Engineering. Her PhD is entitled “Designing Assemblers for Bottom-Up Formulations with Tunable Rheology” and is partly funded by the Leverhulme Centre for Functional Materials Design. Her research interests mirror her interdisciplinary PhD and span the breadth of polymer chemistry, formulation engineering and colloidal processing. Nevertheless, she is a chemist at heart with a soft spot for colourful reactions and enjoys incorporating extraneous dyes into her work purely for the aesthetic. One day, she will own either a retirement home for cats and dogs or a popular science magazine.

BIN LING

Bin Ling joined Tuñón‘s group in November 2020, as a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering. His PhD project aims to bring newly discovered materials into additive manufacturing for energy and environmental applications. He collaborates with the Cooper group in the Materials Innovation Factory. Bin obtained his master degree at Hunan University in China in July 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Kai Wei. During his master studies, he was involved in the 3D printing of cellular metamaterials/structures. In his leisure time, he enjoys fitness, badminton, swimming, reading, and photography.

Alice Brettle

Alice Brettle is a PhD student it the Engineering Department of the University of Liverpool. She completed her Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot Watt University, and in 2017 graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a postgraduate Masters degree in Bioengineering, specialising in medical device design. Alice is part of the CDT based at Nottingham, and her project is part funded by EPSRC, as well as generous donations in memory of a Labrador called Lucky. Her research is centred around Canine Elbow Dysplasia, involving investigations into the efficacy of various current surgical treatments and the derivation of mathematical models to predict the outcomes of new treatments. The aim of Alice’s PhD is to utilise additive manufacturing to design and test a new method of treating Canine Elbow Dysplasia.

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