Cristina Valles


Personal profile


Dr Cristina Vallés is a Lecturer at the Department of Materials. Her group’s research focuses on the development of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for applications in the aerospace sector, and nanostructured polymer fibres for wearable electronics. In close collaboration with industry, Dr Vallés is also currently working on the development of bio-derived materials that can replace products currently used in the foundation industry. Her research activity in the field of Functional Nanomaterials has been published in over 50 high-ranking, peer-reviewed international journals. She has presented her research work in more than 50 International Scientific Conferences (including 15 invited seminars) and has two international patents accepted out of her work. In her research career she has formed and actively maintain multiple collaborations in an international and interdisciplinary context, including both academia and industry.

Dr Vallés is the academic lead for the Polymers and Composites theme at the Department of Materials, and the Fibre Technology Platform Lead at the Henry Royce Institute.

My group


Academic Course 2023/2024:

MATS15551 - Preliminary Chemistry (Unit Coordinator & Lecturer)

MATS68301 - Principles of Polymers & Composites (Unit Coordinator & Lecturer)

MATS32402  - Multiphase Polymers & Nanocomposites (Unit Coordinator & Lecturer)


Research interests

Current research projects in my group include:

  • Epoxy nanocomposites for out-of-autoclave thermosets curing and CFRPs repair through resistive heating.
  • Multifunctional polymer composite fibres based on nanomaterials.
  • Sustainable replacements for coal tar pitch binders.



  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • National Graphene Institute


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Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • FET Fibre Line

    Cristina Valles (Academic lead), Jonny Blaker (Academic lead), Chloe Loveless (Senior Technical Specialist) & Nicola Jones (Technical Specialist)

    Materials Engineering

    Facility/equipment: Equipment