Read on to find out about Elsevier's in-house materials science team. For information on individual journals, including editors and editorial boards, visit the journals page. For additional contact information, including marketing and advertising, visit the contacts page.

Meet the team
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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Emma Ducker
Emma Ducker

Emma Ducker, Publisher, Biomaterials 

Emma joined Elsevier in early 2018, initially working on social science titles before joining the materials science team. She is responsible for the biomaterials portfolio which includes: Biomaterials; Materials Research Bulletin; Materials Science and Engineering: C; Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing; Synthetic Metals; Superlattices and Microstructures; Nano Today; Nano Energy and Materials Today Nano.  During her publishing career she has worked across various disciplines, and most recently worked on multidisciplinary open access journals.

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Daniel Staemmler
Daniel Staemmler
Robert Moran
Robert Moran
Yu Xia
Yu Xia

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).