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Yan Sun
Yan Sun
Liliana Birla
Liliana Birla

Yan Sun - Publishing Director, Materials Science

Yan is the Publishing Director of Elsevier’s Materials Science journals. She has overall responsibility for the growing portfolio of subscription/hybrid and Open Access journals in the field of materials science and related areas, and for leading and engaging a global team of Publishing staff across multiple locations in China, UK and Europe. Yan has over 10 years’ experience in STM publishing industry and has taken various positions including Publisher of Environmental Sciences, Health and Medical Sciences, Senior Manager of Publishing Content Department, as well as Executive Publisher of Energy & Applied Energy portfolio. Yan graduated from School of Environment, Tsinghua University, China, and also hosts an MSc from EU Erasmus program jointly issued by four universities from UK, Sweden, Poland and The Netherlands.

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Liliana Birla, PhD – Publisher, Energy Materials and Ceramics

Liliana Birla is the Publisher of the Energy Materials and Ceramics portfolio. She completed a PhD in (Bio-Physical) Chemistry at the University of Bucharest and continued as a Lecturer in Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy. After several research stages at the University of Utrecht, Perpignan and Toulouse, she moved to the Netherlands. She joined Elsevier in 2012, becoming a Managing Editor for Applied Surface Science, involved in the quality assessment of manuscripts and CrossCheck Report analysis. Afterwards, as Associate Publisher of the Computer Communications and Microelectronics portfolio, she managed journals such as Big Data Research, Nano Communication Networks and Microelectronic Engineering. Since 2015 Liliana is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

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Marlene Silva
Marlene Silva

Marlene Silva, PhD – Associate Publisher, Metals & Engineering

Marlene is a Publisher in Elsevier’s Materials Science group since 2016, focusing on journals related to Metals & Engineering. She has a PhD in Particle Physics and has worked as a scientist in Radiotherapy research in the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. While working for the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and Elsevier she discovered her passion for developing  science outreach methods for the 21st century.

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Daniel Staemmler
Daniel Staemmler
Robert Moran
Robert Moran
Yu Xia
Yu Xia
Lauren Ashby
Lauren Ashby
Jia Wang
Jia Wang
David Hopwood
David Hopwood

Daniel Staemmler, PhD – Executive Publisher Materials Engineering

Daniel Staemmler works in Elsevier’s Berlin office in Germany managing a portfolio of materials engineering journals, which includes the Acta Materialia journals, a number of other well-established materials engineering journals and HardwareX.  After finishing his Ph.D. researching cognitive styles and interactive online learning environments at the University of Hamburg, Daniel moved to San Francisco. He worked for Shanti's L.I.F.E. Institute (Learning Immune Function Enhancement) as their Manager of Research and Internet Services. On returning to Germany, Daniel worked for Bertelsmann at their educational start-up scoyo, an online learning platform for school children. Followed by positions at the German Institute of Continuing Education for Technologists and Analysts in Medicine (DIW-MTA e.V.) and Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, before joining Elsevier in 2015.

Robert Moran, PhD – Managing Editor, Materials Today Family

Robert Moran is the Managing Editor of several materials-based journals, including Materials Today Communications and Results in Materials. Robert’s role involves managing the flow of submissions, a process that involves the initial evaluation of all submitted manuscripts, prior to their assignment to the most relevant handling editor. Robert is also involved with the Article Transfer Service, specifically, in identifying potential strategies to improve the article transfer process for editors and authors. Prior to joining Elsevier, Robert completed a PhD in computational materials science at the University of St Andrews.

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Yu Xia - Senior Publisher, Polymer Sciences

Yu is managing the portfolio of polymer journals including: Progress in Polymer Sciences, Polymer, European Polymer Journal, etc. She joined Elsevier in 2016 to reshape the strategy of a portfolio of interdisciplinary journals in Environmental Science. She consistently managed to significantly increase the impact, but also the volume of her journals, as well as launching new titles, including Gold Open access ones.

Yu has a wealth of professional experience and academic qualifications; she holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Basel (Switzerland), and a Master and Bachelor in Physics from Heidelberg University (Germany) and Fudan University (China), respectively. Before joining Elsevier, Yu worked as Science Officer at the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  

Lauren Ashby - Executive Publisher, Materials

Lauren is an Executive Publisher in the Materials team, with a range of responsibilities within the group including oversight of MaterialsToday.com.  Lauren joined the Materials team in April 2021 after previously working in Elsevier’s Social Science division, where she led on the launch of a number of open access titles tailored for the Social Science community, with a specific focus on educational research.  Prior to working for Elsevier, Lauren began her career at SAGE Publications.  Lauren studied Modern & Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) at the University of Cambridge, including a year spent at Paris Sorbonne IV, before completing an MA in the History of Art (with a focus on contemporary Chinese practice) at the University of Edinburgh.  Outside of work, Lauren volunteers as a tutor with the Access Project, an organisation focused on supporting educational attainment for under-privileged students.  She lives in London.

Jia Wang, PhD – Senior Acquisition Editor, Materials Today Family

Jia Wang joined the Materials Science team as full-time Senior Acquisition Editor in January 2021, based in Shenzhen office. Jia obtained her doctoral degree in Materials Chemistry from the Technical University of Vienna, focusing on new photocatalysts and energy storage materials. Jia’s role is to support Chinese researchers in materials science excel globally. Key importance and prime goal is the acquisition of high impact content for the journals while working with editors identifying opportunities. Meanwhile, she will support to liaise and increase networking activities with top researchers in the field of materials science in China. For the moment, she focuses on Materials Today and several MT-titled journals.

David Hopwood - Composites, Synthetic Metals, and Nuclear Materials

David joined Elsevier in 2004 with a background in B2b Journalism, having been an Editor for  various International B2b magazines. His first roles were within Elsevier’s former Elsevier Advanced Technology (EAT) Group, where he worked in newsletter editing roles before progressing to hold the Editorship of 2 B2b magazines (Filtration and Separation, and Renewable Energy Focus). He became Publisher of the B2b unit in 2012, which involved the oversight of a portfolio of B2b magazines, newsletters, and their respective editorial teams.  When the B2b unit was later integrated with Elsevier’s Journals Publishing Group, David became a Journals Publisher managing a portfolio of Energy and Atmospheric Science Journals. During his time on the portfolio he launched 3 new Gold Open Access Journals, one of which – Progress in Disaster Science - was launched in a ceremony at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. His current role within the Materials Science Group sees David manage a list of Composites, Synthetic Metals, and Nuclear Materials Journals. He is also responsible for working on the NUMAT conference.