Dorina M. Opris is an organic chemist who uses her synthetic skills to develop novel functional materials. She obtained her B.Sc. in chemistry at Babes-Bolyai University (BBU), Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 1997. She then joined Natex S.A. as a chemist developing flavors and simultaneously did her MSc in chemistry at BBU. From 1999 to 2001 she worked with Prof. Grosu at BBU toward a PhD and then joined the group of Prof. Schlüter at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, where she finished her PhD in February 2005. After moving to Zürich in November 2006, she joined the Laboratory of Functional Polymers, Empa, Dübendorf, Switzerland, as PostDoc and later as scientist. Since 2014 she has been the leader of Functional Dielectric Elastomers group at the Laboratory of Functional Polymers. The aim of her work is to develop dielectric elastomers with increased dielectric permittivity to be used as dielectric in devices operated at low voltages.
She is married and the mother of two children.
2014 – Group leader at Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology,
Laboratory for Functional Polymers, Switzerland
2009 – 2013 Research Scientist, Functional Polymers Division, Empa, Switzerland
2006 – 2009 PostDoc, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science
and Technology Functional Polymers, Empa, Switzerland
2001 – 2004 PhD Candidate (Assistant in Chemistry) Organic Chemistry,
Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
1999 – 2001 PhD Candidate, Faculty of Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
1997 – 2001 Researcher (food flavor field), Natex, Cluj-Napoca
(full time 1997 – 1999 and part time 1999 – 2001)
1992 – 1997 Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
1998 – 1999 Master degree in Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2001 – 2005 PhD degree in Chemistry
Organic Chemistry, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
PhD Supervisors: Prof. A. D. Schlüter (presently at ETH) and Prof. H.-U. Reissig
Awards and Fellowships
2019 EuroEAP Society award “For important contributions to the field of
new materials for dielectric elastomer transducers” at the
Ninth International Conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP)
Transducers & Artificial muscles, Dresden, Germany, June 5th 2019.
2001 – 2004 Fellow of the German Science Foundation (DFG) Sfb 448
“Mesoscopically Structured Hybrid Materials”
1992 – 1997 Romanian Government Scholarship for best students,
Faculty of Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
2018-2019 “Profile” – the annual report of the Swiss National Science Foundation
2018-2019 Annual report of the ETH board “Actuators instead of motors”
2017 Empa news: “A rubber power plant"
2016 Advanced Science News: “An All-Organic Elastomeric Electret Composite”
2018 – ETH Zürich: Lecturer of the course “Introduction to Macromolecular Chemistry” and
the polymer part of the course “Materials Science I/II” for chemistry
and materials science students, respectively
2001 – 2002 Teaching assistant in the lab course “Organic Chemistry”
for bachelor students in chemistry, FU Berlin, Germany
1999 – 2001 Teaching assistant in the lab course “Organic Chemistry”
for chemistry students, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Memberships of Scientific Societies
2007– Member of the Swiss Chemical Society
2015 – Member of the scientific committee, Research Network “EuroEAP society”
2016 – Member of the Empa research commission (FOKO A)
Since 2016 Member of the Empa research commission (FOKO A)
Representing the Functional Polymers Laboratory at several meetings with industry delegations, including those from Danfos (Danmark), Dow (Switzerland), Evonik (Germany), Wacker (Germany), Abatek, IBM (Switzerland), Swiss Plastics (Switzerland), Panasonic (Japan/Belgium), Jonson Electrics (Switzerland), Sateco (Switzerland), Logitech (Switzerland).
01.01.2005 – 01.11.2006 Pregnancy and maternity break
10.05.2013 – 01.10.2013 Maternity break