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.

 

Current Position

2014 –                 Group leader at Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology,
                             Laboratory for Functional Polymers, Switzerland

 

Previous Positions

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)

 

Education

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

 

Highlights

2018-2019          “Profile” – the annual report of the Swiss National Science Foundation
                             http://www.snf.ch/en/theSNSF/profile/profile/Pages/default.aspx

2018-2019          Annual report of the ETH board “Actuators instead of motors”
                             https://www.ethrat.ch/en/node/4938

2017                    Empa news: “A rubber power plant"
                             https://www.empa.ch/web/s604/elektrischer-gummi

2016                    Advanced Science News: “An All-Organic Elastomeric Electret Composite”
                             https://www.advancedsciencenews.com/organic-elastomeric-electret-composite/

 

Teaching Activities

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)

 

Institutional responsibilities

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).

 

Career Breaks

01.01.2005 – 01.11.2006    Pregnancy and maternity break

10.05.2013 – 01.10.2013    Maternity break