Esther García-Tuñón (PI) 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. Esther also loves practicing and teaching yoga. She is an upside-down ‘addict’ and likes working sitting on the floor in her office. Her research interests include colloidal processing, complex fluids and rheology.
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.
Andrew Corker is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Engineering and Materials Innovation Factory at the University of Liverpool. He received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the same institution. His research interests focus on the rheology of complex fluids, the study of 2D colloids and their role in extrusion-based 3D printing techniques.
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.
UG students in MEng and Materials Science Yoann Di Maiolo (France, EU) and Yizhi Lyu (Toronto, Canada) joined the group over the summer to learn all about printing soft matterials.