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Dr Eleni Toumpanaki

Dr  Eleni  Toumpanaki

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Office Phone: 44(0)1223760124


Eleni completed a MEng with honours at the National Technical University of Athens in 2010 with specialisation in Concrete and Steel Design and Earthquake Engineering. She holds a Master's degree with distinction in Structural Steel Design and Sustainable Development from the Imperial College. She completed her PhD in the Concrete and Composite Structures group at the Engineering Department University of Cambridge in 2015. The research project was on the Durability and bond performance of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) tendons in high strength concrete in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA in Zürich). After completing her PhD degree she worked as a Structural Engineer at Foster + Partners in a interdisciplinary design environment. Eleni joined the Natural Material Innovation (NMI) group in 2017 studying the mechanics of timber from micro- to macroscale in close collaboration with biochemists, chemists and fluid mechanical engineers. Her research focus on timber connections (with steel and composite materials) and tall timber buildings. Research interests also include footfall vibration analysis of timber floors and biomechanics.

Research Interests

Timber connections (timber-FRP and timber-steel)

Tall timber buildings

Footfall vibration analysis on timber floors



Research Supervision

-Structures: 1st Year Architect students

-Part IB Structures: 2nd Year students -Engineering Deparment

Key Publications

Lees, J.M., Toumpanaki, E., Barbezat, M. and Terrasi, G.P. (2016). 'Mechanical and Durability Screening Test Methods for Cylindrical CFRP Prestressing Tendons', Journal of Composites for Construction, 10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000727.

Toumpanaki, E., Lees, J.M. and Terrasi, G.P. (2014). "Shear modulus of cylindrical CFRP tendons exposed to moisture",Journal of Composites for Construction, 19(3). 10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000521.

Toumpanaki, E., Lees, J.M. and Terrasi, G.P. (2014). "Measurement of the sand coating layer in CFRP tendons through image processing",Proc., CICE 2014:7th International Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering, Vancouver, Canada, 20-22 August.

Toumpanaki, E., Lees, J.M. and Terrasi, G.P. (2013). "Effect of Moisture Uptake on the Shear Stiffness of CFRP Tendons and the Role of the Manufacturing Route",Proc., FRPRCS-11:11th International Symposium in Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Guimarães, Portugal, 26-28 June.



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A strategy to improve the processing of softwood to sustainable biomaterials and biofuels

Sep 21, 2017

In a paper recently published in Biotechnology for Biofuels we are looking at a possible way to improve the processing of timber derived from conifers to feedstock used for sustainable manufacturing of novel biomaterials and biofuels. Softwood, as any other timber, is predominantly composed of plant secondary cell walls - an intricate matrix of polysaccharides and phenolic compounds which surround wood cells. Due to abundance of trees, plant secondary cell walls are the largest, renewable, resource of bioenergy on the planet.

Green method developed for making technical fibres

Sep 07, 2017

The team at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation has designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk and viscose rayon, and is ‘spun’ from a material that is 98% water.

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