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Dr Ana Neves

Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering

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Telephone: 01392 724667

Extension: (Streatham) 4667

 

Overview

Background

I have a background in Chemistry, with a PhD awarded in 2013 by Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal, for work in the Solid State Group. Pursuing the path of applications, I then moved to the Organic Electronics group at INESC – Microsystems and Nanotechnology in Lisbon in as a postdoctoral researcher. 

Previously a Visiting Researcher at Exeter, I joined the Engineering Department in 2014 as an Associate Research Fellow working on graphene for flexible and wearable applications. I became a Lecturer in October 2016 after securing a prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

Employment History

  • Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering (since 2016), Engineering Department, University of Exeter.
  • Associate Reseach Fellow (2014-2016), Engineering Department, University of Exeter (Prof Monica Craciun).
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (2013-2014), INESC-Microsystems and Nanotechnologies, Lisbon, Portugal (Dr Helena Alves).  
  • Visiting Researcher (2013&2014), Centre for Graphene Science, University of Exeter (Prof Monica Craciun).
  • PhD Researcher (2009-2013), Solid State Group, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Sacavém (Dr Dulce Belo).
  • Research Associate (2008-2009), Solid State Group, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Sacavém (Prof Manuel Almeida).
  • Research Technician (2007), Solid State Group, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Sacavém, Portugal.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in Chemistry (2009-2013), Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal, Thesis: "New bisdithiolene complexes based on thiophenic ligands for conducting and magnetic materials". Supervisors: Dr Dulce Belo (Solid State Group, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Sacavém, Portugal) and Prof Rui T. Henriques (Department of Chemical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal).
  • MSc in Chemistry (2006-2008), Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal, Dissertation: "Coordination of Fe(III) bisdithiolenes: preparation and characterisation of Fe(qdt)2 (qdt = quinoxaline-2,3-dithiolate)". Supervisors: Prof Manuel Almeida (Solid State Group, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, Sacavém, Portugal) and Prof Jorge Morgado (Department of Chemical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal).
  • BSc in Chemistry (2001-2006), Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal. 

 

Other Roles

Director of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

As part of the Engineering Leadership Team, and under the direction of the Head of Department, this role aims at taking forward initiatives, themes and issues relating to Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility. As such, I chair the Engineering Wellbeing, Inclusion and Culture Committee (WICC) in identifying key actions to address specific EDIA and Wellbeing issues in the department. Anyone can get in touch with related concerns and they will be treated safe and confidential manner. 

Academic Lead for Student Support (Racial Equality and Inclusion)

Students should get in touch if they have any concerns or need support regarding experiences of racism, racial discrimination, or discrimination against any of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil relationship, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation). I offers a safe, confidential and non-judgemental place to discuss issues, problems and anxieties. Here's a list of ALSS(REI)s in other departments.

Senior Tutor

I provide induction to Academic Personal Tutoring for new students, as well as guidance and resources to tutors and signpost them to student support resources within the University. Other responsibilities include overseeing the tutor allocation and deal with more complex cases. As Senior Tutor, I am a member of the Engineering Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) and work with my university counterparts in the Senior Tutor Forum in sharing good practice

 

Teaching

My teaching spans across different subjects and disciplines, within Engineering and Natural Sciences programmes.

Modules

  • Taught:
    • ENG1009: Fundamentals of Electronics - Laboratory Lead (since 2018/19)
    • ENG1008: Fundamentals of Materials - Tutorials (since 2021/22)
    • NSC3007: Macromolecular and Supramolecular Chemistry (since 2018/19)
  • Project-based (supervisor):
    • ECM3175; ENGM015: Individual Project
    • ECMM164: MSc Dissertation
    • NSC3001; NSC3002; NSCM001: Research Project

Teaching Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2017), Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter (leading to Advance HE FHEA
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2019), Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter
 

Research

Interests

My research interests include fabrication and processing of organic and molecular materials, graphene and 2D materials for applications in flexible and wearable electronics, including sensing, namely for biomedical applications, and energy harvesting.

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