Dr Eleni Routoula

School of Chemical, Materials and Biological Engineering

University Teacher

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Dr Eleni Routoula
School of Chemical, Materials and Biological Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

I was appointed University Teaching Associate for Employability in the department in 2021. My main duties involve the overview and delivery of the Skills for Employability module and the coordination of MEng Research Projects. Prior to this I was a Training Coordinator for PhD researchers at CMAC (University of Strathclyde), overviewing their training needs and progress through their degree. My previous professional experience includes a postdoc at King’s College London, and freelance scientific editing and science communication contracts.

I studied chemical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, in Athens, Greece, and then I moved to the UK to pursue a MSc in Sustainable Engineering, at the University of Strathclyde. From there, I continued to pursue a PhD degree in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield, under the supervision of Professor Siddharth Patwardhan. My research focused on remediation of textile effluents, using bioinspired silica 'sponges' with immobilised enzymes, in an effort to remove toxic dyes from water. 

During my PhD I discovered an interest in teaching, researchers’ development, science communication, networking, and employability, through participation in numerous extra-curricular activities ranging from teaching assistance, to chairing committees and an editorial placement in the journal Nature. I decided to pave my way in a sector different than originally intended, by pursuing further experience and employment in areas of interest. Her main focus has been the realisation and development of transferable skills and extracurricular experience as a means to shape and pursue unconventional careers.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Associate member: IChemE
  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Invited editor: Current Research in Microbial Sciences
  • Guest contributor for “Hidden Curriculum in Doctoral Education” and “Voices of Academia” blogs.
  • STEM ambassador
  • Invited speaker for the following events:
    • Annual Wonder Women in STEM conference (2021)
    • Guest lecture at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras Research Affairs (2021)
    • International Women’s Day 2021 (Women in Engineering Society, University of Sheffield)
    • Women in Science Networking event 2021 (Equate strathclyde, Strathclyde University)
    • International Women’s Day 2020 (FemEng network, University of Glasgow)
  • Mentor for FemEng: Empowering Women in  Engineering, a network of the University of Glasgow (2020-present)
  • Finalist “academic” in Sheffield Documentary Festival, pitching a research-based idea (2019).
  • Organiser of Engineering Research Symposium at the University of Sheffield (2019)
  • Receiver of a grant to pursue extracurricular placement as editorial assistant in Springer-Nature (Nature Reviews Chemistry) (2019).
  • Chair of Early Career Researchers branch of Women’s Network at the University of Sheffield (2018-2019)
  • Winner of best oral presentation (2018) and best poster (2017) at Engineering Research Symposium, organised at the University of Sheffield
  • Winner of best poster at Waste and Resources Management Conference (2018, Milton Keynes, UK)
  • Winner of best poster at ChemEngDay UK (2017, Birmingham, UK)