Dr David Benito Alifonso
Dr. David Benito-Alifonso comes from the Catalonia, and did his undergraduate and PhD studies at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, a small city south Barcelona. He got degrees in biochemistry and chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry. This is the reason why his interests have always been at the interface between chemistry and biology, and the use of chemistry to solve biological problems. After a short postdoctoral position at University of Bath he was awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to University of Bristol. Since then he has been working in the development of nanomaterials for biological applications.
Dr Robbie Cook
Robbie is an engineer, with interests in aeroelasticity, nonlinear systems and control theory. After getting his PhD in 2012 from Imperial College London, he worked in industry and then moved back into academia to do a post-doc at the University of Bristol. He has joined the QTEC fellowship in order to commercialise some of his research.
Alex completed an MPhys at the University of Southampton with a project in creating and testing biosensors. He is now completing a PhD at the University of Bristol working in optical microscopy. Alex joined the QTEC program hoping to apply his optics and fabrication knowledge to creating highly sensitive sensors.
Dr Carmen Palacios-Berraquero
Carmen is the founder and CEO of Nu Quantum, Quantum Cybersecurity spin-out from the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where she carried out her PhD and Postdoc at the Quantum Optical Materials & Systems lab, as a scholar of St John’s College. During her PhD she studied the quantum optical properties of atomically-thin materials, and discovered and patented a method to deterministically create single photon-emitting sites in these materials. This method is the core technology behind Nu Quantum.
For her work, she received the Jocelyn Bel-Burnell Medal 2018 from the Institute of Physics, and her thesis ‘Quantum Confined Excitons in 2-dimensional materials’ was published by Springer. Carmen is involved in race, gender & sexuality equality activism. Carmen studied her MSci in Physics at Imperial College London, and is originally from Madrid, Spain.
Dr Roland B. Simon
Dr. Roland B. Simon is an applied physicist with experience in wide band gap semiconductors and thermal physics and a wide range of interests from nuclear to aerospace industry. As a QTEC Fellow, currently he is working to create a company specialised in building thermal characterisation instruments and providing corresponding services.
Dr. Olivia Stodieck
Dr Olivia Stodieck is developing an innovative flexible wing structure, that can be used to increase the capabilities of aircraft, drones and wind-turbine blades. She aims to setup a business that will bring this leading-edge aerospace technology to a wide user community. Before becoming a QTEC fellow, Olivia worked across industry and academia for 11 years.
Dr. Magdalena Ulmeanu-Stanton
Magda moved to University of Bristol in 2014 as a Marie Curie Individual Fellow. Her research was based on laser-initiated liquid-assisted colloidal lithography. As a QTEC Fellow Magdalena is working towards developing and commercialising high resolution optical etching technology that is easy to use.
Dr Evangelos Zympeloudis
Evangelos has received a Mechanical Engineering diploma from NTUA and an Aerospace Engineering PhD from UoB. He was the co-founder and CEO of Nima Composites Ltd., a composites manufacturing startup and has now transitioned as the CTO and co-founder of iCOMAT, a composites manufacturing spin-off from UoB.