Head of Laboratory
|Prof. Tiffany Abitbol|
Tenure Track Assistant Professor
Tiffany Abitbol is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Institute of Materials at EPFL, where she holds the lndustry-funded Chair on Sustainable Materials co-sponsored by BASF SE, Logitech, Nestlé, and SIG Combibloc Services.
Her research group focuses on the valorization of bio-based materials as alternatives to materials from petrochemicals. Tiffany’s research interests are broad, with a particular interest in taking advantage of the inherent self-assembly of nanomaterials and opportunities for their directed assembly using the growth-driven mechanisms of living organisms such as fungi. Tiffany is originally from Montreal and has a PhD in Chemistry from McGill University (2011). Before joining EPFL, Tiffany was a senior researcher at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden in Stockholm (2017-2022), where she worked closely with industry under the general umbrella of bioeconomy and health. Tiffany is a long-time fan of cellulose and a rather new enthusiast of fungal materials.
Post-docs and Research Staff
|Dr. Wenjing Sun|
Research project: Mycelium materials
I obtained my PhD in bioproducts engineering at the University of Maine. I have worked with natural-based materials (mostly wood and other lignocellulosic materials and fungal mycelium materials) for more than ten years. My research goal is to understand natural-based materials, develop them into functional all-bio-based products, and investigate strategies to improve their properties.
|Dr. Matteo Hirsch|
Cellulose nanocrystal-based inks
After obtaining his PhD in Materials Science at EPFL, Matteo joined the Sustainable Materials Laboratory to work on novel alternatives to replace conventional inks for packaging. He has a strong background in soft matter and advanced manufacturing. Whenever he is not in the lab, Matteo enjoys playing volleyball and finding treasures in flea markets.
Research project: Cellulose nanomaterials
Buse received her master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from EPFL following her undergraduate studies at Sabanci University in Turkey. Her work focuses on nanocellulose materials from different sources.
Doctoral Assistant, co-supervised by Professor Stellacci
Research Project: Protein materials for packaging applications
Anna received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Fundamental and Applied Chemistry at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. She worked in the laboratory at MSU and in industry, developing and synthesizing catalysts for the oxidative desulfurization process.
Research Project: Mycelium-based composite materials
Born in Brazil and raised in Italy, Matteo received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Bologna, respectively in Chemistry and Photochemistry and Molecular Materials. He spent ten months as an intern at Nestlé Institute of Packaging Science of Lausanne and is currently working on mycelium-based materials.
|Inyoung Yonah Lee|
Research Project: EPS from submerged fungal fermentation
Inyoung Yonah received her BSc in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, then her MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at EPFL. She is an enthusiast of membrane materials for separation processes and joined the Sustainable Materials Laboratory to work on the synthesis of self-assembled cellulosic membranes.
Research Project: Multilayered mycelium materials
Yuki received her master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from EPFL after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Sheffield in the UK. She spent six months as an R&D intern in Body In White Part at Sika Technology and contributed to the odor improvement of thermally expandable foams and the development of an ammonia measurement method. She is currently working on multi-layered mycelium material in SML.
|Blanca de Miguel Martínez|
Research Project: Colloidal particles from mycelium
Blanca completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Complutense University of Madrid and her master’s degree in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Technical University of Denmark. She has worked on biomass valorisation and phase change materials for thermal energy storage and biocatalysis.
|Dr. Francesca Scarpelli|
Francesca obtained her PhD in Physical, Chemical and Materials Sciences and Technologies at Unical (Università della Calabria). She is currently a junior researcher in General and Inorganic Chemistry at Unical, where she works on the design, synthesis, and characterization of inorganic compounds as multifunctional additives for biopolymeric matrices.
Xiao was born and raised in China. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry from University of Chinese Academy of Science, she is now a PhD student at Zhejiang University. Her work focusses on the assembly and formation processes of nanocellulose into materials and the interactions between nanocellulose and other functional particles.
Research Project: Cellulose nanomaterials
Kosuke is currently pursuing his master’s degree in the Materials Science and Engineering department at EPFL and is working on the characterization of microcrystalline cellulose and other cellulose nanomaterials in the Sustainable Materials Laboratory as part of his master’s thesis project.
Research Project: Self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystals
Lise is a Master’s candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at EPFL. Her research in the Sustainable Materials Laboratory focuses on characterizing the effects of sugars on the self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystals.
|Alicia Vivas Hernando|
SML researcher from Sept 2022-Aug 2023