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Dr Ana Neves

Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering

 (Streatham) 4667

 01392 724667





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



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


  • 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



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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Further information


Former Group Members

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Zakaria Saadi, 2019-2022 (EPSRC EP/S019855/1 Self-powered wearable sensors for vital signs monitoring)

PhD Students

  • Zepeng Wang, PhD Engineering, 2020-present (co-supervised by Dr Yang Liu)
  • Ineta Grikalaite, PhD Physics and Engineering, 2018-2024 (co-supervised by Dr Anna Baldycheva)
  • Kavya Sadanandan, PhD Physics and Engineering, 2018-present (co-supervised by Prof Monica Craciun)
  • Gopika Rajan, PhD Engineering, 2017-2021 (co-supervised by Prof Monica Craciun)
  • Vicky Kyrimi, PhD Physics and Engineering, 2018-2021 (co-supervised by Prof Geoff Nash)

Project Students

  • Engineering Individual Projects: Brandon Long, MEng MechEng; Shaowen Zhu, BEng MechEng; Joshua Donaldson, BEng MechEng; Jet Sim, BEng MechEng; Shay Zhang, BEng ElectEng, 2022-23; Chuqi Zhong, BEng Electronic Engineering, 2022-23; Lukhman Mukhtar, MEng MechEng, 2021-22; Toby Calder, MEng MechEng, 2021-22; Will Brudenell, BEng MechEng, 2021-22; Alastair Minshall, MEng MechEng , 2021-22; Henry Brenninjmeijer, BEng MechEng, 2020-21; Jack Coates, BEng MechEng, 2020-21; George Coulson, MEng MechEng, 2020-21; Alex Ducourneau, BEng MatEng, 2020-21; Alexei Peters, BEng MatEng, 2020-21; Aaron Simon, BEng MechEng, 2020-21; Kaya Albayrak, MEng MechEng, 2019-20; Annie Bugbird, MEng MechEng, 2019-20;Hannah Carney, MEng MechEng, 2019-20; Jonathan Mallett, BEng MechEng, 2019-20; Aditya Pardeshi, MEng MatEng, 2019-20; Jonathan Bailey, MEng MechEng, 2018-19; Edward Burbridge, MEng MechEng, 2018-19; Andrew Pruvost, BEng MechEng, 2018-19; Fred Rose, BEng MechEng, 2018-19; Edward Tanner, MEng MatEng, 2018-19; Borja Mata, MEng EngManag, 2018-19; Alexander MacFarquhar, MEng MechEng, 2017/18; Bryan Ang, BEng MechEng 2017/18; Kaan Bulguroglu, BEng EngManag, 2017/18; David Brearley, MEng MechEng, 2016/17; Michael Dorman, MEng MechEng, 2016/17; King Kit Pang, BEng MechEng, 2016/17; Jiye Ren, BEng MechEng2016/17.
  • Natural Sciences Research ProjectsCeri Reed, MSc Natural Sciences, 2019-20; Joshua Farnham, MSci NatSci, 2019-2020; Oli Marks, MSci NatSci, 2018-2020; Mitchell Sandy, MSci NatSci, 2018-2020; Catherine Edington, BSc NatSci, 2018-19; Saskia Sherwood, BSc NatSci, 2018-19; Amy Hampshire, MSci NatSci, 2017-2019; Luke Orgill, MSci NatSci, 2017-2019
  • MSc Students: Tongzhi Zheng, MSc MatEng w/Management, 2017-18
  • Interns: Justine Locmele, BSc NaySci, 2022; Veronica Agaeva, MSci NatSci, 2022; Dylan Radford, BSc NatSci 2021-22; Mariame Madi, IUT d'Evreux, Université de Rouen, France, 2020; Sarah Guillotel, IUT d'Evreux, Université de Rouen, France, 2019; Benjamin Welsh, MSc Natural Sciences, 2019; Emma Doran, BSc Natural Sciences, 2019; Nadir Chatoui, IUT d'Evreux, Université de Rouen, France, 2018 (internship, 2018); Hugo Joulie, ESNMM Besançon, France, 2017-18


News Archive


Hannah Jones shadowed Gopika for a week in the scope of a in2scienceUK summer placement to gain first-hand experience in STEM research.


Gopika and Kavya attended the 12th International Symposium on Flexible Organic Electronics (ISFOE) in Thessalokini, Greece. Well done, ladies!


Celebrating the Summer Solstice by the river Exe. Congratulations to Gopika Rajan for the poster price earlier in the International Women in Engineering Day, and farewall to Sarah Guillotel after a very successful 3-month internship with us. 


Gopika at the Cheltenham Science Festival, sharing the stand with the group of Dr Neophytos Neophytou from the University of Warwick, and demonstrating some of our devices. Great fun!


Proud supervisor of three Natural Sciences projects 2018-19! This photo was taken in the NatSci Summer Ball, a few days after the NatSci conference and assessments.

Left to rigth: Mitchell, Luke, Oli, Ana (the shortest, even on high heels!), Saskia, Catherine and Amy. Congratulations to Luke, Amy, Saskia and Catherine who will graduate this summer. Mitchell and Oli, I'll see you in the next academic year!


Gopika Rajan presenting her research in the high street at Soapbox Science Exeter 2018. Well done! Brilliantly assisted by one of the newest additions to the group, Kavya Sadanandan. A big thank you also to Amy and Luke for volunteering in the event. What a success it was! 



Nadir Chatoui with Gopika and I, shortly before going back to France to graduate, after a 3-month internship with us. Good luck for yout future, Nadir.


Hugo Joulie sucessfully presented his report at ESNMM Bensançon, after a very successful 6-months internship with us and Dr Anna Baldycheva at Exeter. We took this photo from in the lab before Hugo left. A big thank you to Gopika Rajan for being such as extraordinary mentor during this internship!


Amy and Luke went to the Second National Natural Sciences Student Conference in Lancaster University to present a poster about their MSc project. 

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