Office: 12-239 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
9211 - 116 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
Dr. Anastasia Elias joined the department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2008, and is currently an Associate Professor. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (U of A, 2007) and a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics (U of A, 2002). During her graduate studies she was a visiting researcher at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (2003-2006), where she conducted research in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. From 2007-2008 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Materials and Interfacial Chemistry Group at the NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) in Edmonton. From 2016-2017 she was a visiting scientist at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany. Dr. Elias serves on the Editorial Board of PLOS One, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Scientific Reports (A Nature Publication). Dr. Elias’ work is recognized by numerous awards, including the APEGA Early Accomplishment Award, NSERC Discovery Accelerator, and a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. She held the University of Alberta McCalla Professorship from 2017-2018.
Nanotechnology, Microfabrication, Biomaterials, and Materials Characterization
Dr. Elias’ research is focused on the development of responsive and functional polymers and composites, and on developing new techniques to pattern soft materials on the micro- and nanoscale. Some of her work focuses on the development of smart materials for sensors, particularly for applications relating to food freshness and safety. As such she is developing responsive materials which undergo both reversible and irreversible transitions in response to stimuli including temperature, pH, humidity, and bacteria.