Dr Pola Goldberg Oppenheimer BSC (Hons), BEng (Hons), MSc (Hons), PhD

Dr Pola Goldberg Oppenheimer

School of Chemical Engineering
Birmingham Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Pola G. Oppenheimer is an Academic Birmingham Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering.

Dr Oppenheimer’s  research interests lie in nano and submicron structure formation (please see the group website: Advanced Nano-Materials, Structures and Applications) at surfaces and in thin films, including pioneering the potential use of hierarchical electrohydrodynamically generated functional structures to develop novel polymer-based nano-detection devices. She brings detailed expertise in creating and aligning a wide range of nanostructures in polymers, carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites, crystalline materials and a synergistic interest in biomimetics, including the use of polymers with 10-nm morphologies as templates to create inorganic functional devices.

Over the past three years she has given five invited talks at major international conferences. Her publications include regular papers in leading journals such as Advanced Optical Materials, Advanced Functional Materials and Small. In 2012 she was awarded the Carl-Zeiss Prize in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. As a result of her research, several images were published as cover images including the Science Magazine of the University of Cambridge, the Carl-Zeiss Imaging Competition at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the 2012 annual reports of the University of Cambridge featuring her image named 'We all fall over sometimes' as a cover.


Academic Birmingham Research Fellow in Advanced Materials, Structures and Applications:

  • Leadership and Management Award, University of Cambridge & ILM, 2013
  • PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge, 2011
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, 2007
  • BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, 2005
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, Ben-Gurion University, 2005


Pola Goldberg Oppenheimer started her studies in Chemical Engineering (BEng) and Chemistry (BSc) at the Ben-Gurion University in 2001 (graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2005) continuing then to obtain Master of Science degree in 2007 (Cum Laude) for her work on gold-labelling enhanced transmission electron microscopy imaging of carbon nanotubes and nano-bio-assays.

In 2007 she has received a competitive overseas research scholarship from Kodak to commence her doctoral course in Physics at the Cavendish Laboratories at the University of Cambridge in the group of Professor Ullrich Steiner. In 2011 her doctoral thesis was recognised as an outstanding PhD research and published as a book edition by Springer. In 2011 she undertook a postdoctoral research position in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge specialising in growth, characterisation and applications of carbon nanomaterials. In August 2013, she became a University Academic Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK.

Her major research interests involve development and manipulation of novel materials and structures on the nanometric scale for a broad range of applications as well as advanced, cost-effective soft-lithography techniques.


Teaching Programmes

  • BEng Chemical Engineering
  • MEng Chemical Engineering

Postgraduate supervision

Pola G. Oppenheimer is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Design and Fabrication of Micro and Nano-structured Sensing Surfaces
  • New Bio-Nanomaterials for Therapeutics and Health Care
  • Structural Nanotechnology: Nano-assemblies and Scaffolds
  • Structured Carbon Nanotubes & Graphene-Based Devices
  • Biommimetics

If you are interested in any of these subject areas please contact Pola Oppenheimer on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5287.

PhD opportunities



Novel Lithographic Techniques

  • Development and implementation of advanced, cost-effective and versatile soft lithography techniques
  • Alternative routes capable of more than the generation of patterns below the sub-100 nm to develop tuneable 3D structures

New Bio-Nanomaterials for Therapeutics and Health Care

  • A paradigm shift from bulky and expensive diagnostics to rapid real-time chemical and biological detection
  • Specific and field-deployable analytical technologies for quick point-of-care medical diagnostics
  • Miniaturised and portable therapeutic systems

Structural Nanotechnology

  • Engineering designed molecules and materials as bottom-up building blocks for large area, highly ordered diverse 3D structures on the nanoscale
  • Porous templates for patterning inorganic materials
  • Applications for hybrid photovoltaics, solar cells, electrochromic devices and display technology


  • Bottom-up and top-down fabrication strategies to create new classes of high performance structur
  • Mimic the intriguing morphologies and patterns found in nature
  • Exploit and implement superior bio-properties

Structured Carbon Nanotubes & Graphene- Based Devices

  • Patterning of CNTs into well-ordered arrays for broad range of applications
  • Enhanced properties and advanced applications of CNTs /graphene based structured materials

Combining Soft & Hard Matter

  • Generate new classes of high-performance carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles -based composite materials
  • Simultaneous structuring and alignment to control the properties of the nanocomposites
  • Development of functional devices for microelectronics, displays and biochemical sensors


  1. Tuneable Micro-Structured Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrates via Electrohydrodynamic Lithography. Mahajan, S., Hutter, T., Steiner, U. and Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Submitted, 2013.
  2. Bio-Inspired Hierarchical Polymer Fibre-Carbon Nanotube Adhesives. Rong, Z., Zhou, Y., Chen, B., Robertson, J., Federle, W., Hofmann, S., Steiner, U. and Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Advanced Materials, adma.201304601, 2013.
  3. Hierarchical Orientation of Crystallinity by Block-Copolymer Patterning and Alignment in an Electric Field. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P., Kabra, D., Vignolini, S., Huttner, S., Sommer, M., Neumann, K., Thelakkat, M. and Steiner, U. Chemistry of Materials., 2013, 25 (7), pp 1063–1070 DOI: 10.1021/cm3038075.
  4. Hierarchical EHD Structures for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Springer, 2013, pp 79-89, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-0078306.
  5. Patterning of Crystalline Organic Materials via Electrohydrodynamic Lithography. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Springer, 2013, pp 91-105, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-0078307.
  6. Structural Hierarchy of Functional Block Copolymer System Induced by Electrohydrodynamic Lithography. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Springer, 2013, pp 117-129, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-0078309.
  7. Theoretical Background and Physical Principles of Electrohydrodynamic Instabilities. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Springer, 2013, pp 11-30, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-0078301.
  8. Alignment of Carbon Nanotubes via Electrohydrodynamically-Driven Patterning of Nanocomposites. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Springer, 2013, pp 63-78, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-0078302.
  9. Rapid Patterning of Low-Viscosity Resists Using Electrohydrodynamic Lithography. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Springer, 2013, pp 47-61, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-0078304.
  10. Electrohydrodynamic Lithography of a Conducting Polymer. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Springer, 2013, pp 107-115, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-00783-08. Experimental Tools and Analytical Techniques. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. Springer, 2013, pp 31-46, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-0078303.
  11. Adhesive Properties of Gecko-Inspired Mimetic via Micro-Patterned Carbon Nanotube Forests. Chen, B., Goldberg Oppenheimer, P.,* Shean, T., Tobias W., Hofmann, S., and Robertson, J. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116 (37), pp 20047–20053.
  12. Hierarchical Electrohydrodynamic Structures for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering. Goldberg-Oppenheimer, P., Mahajan, S. and Steiner, U. Advanced Optical Materials, 2012, 24, pp OP175–OP180. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201104159.
  13. Optimized vertical carbon nanotube forests for multiplex surface-enhanced Raman scattering detection. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P.*, Hutter, T., Chen, B., Hofmann, S., Robertson, J., and Mahajan, S. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2012, 3, pp 3486-3492. ISSN 1948-7185.
  14. Patterning of Crystalline Organic Materials via Electrohydrodynamic Lithography. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P., Kohn, P., Langford, R. and Steiner, U. Small, 2012, 8(6), pp 2595-2601.
  15. Hierarchical Electrohydrodynamic Structures for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering. Goldberg-Oppenheimer, P., Mahajan, S. and Steiner, U. Advanced Materials, 2012, 24, pp OP174. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201290143.
  16. Electrically Conductive Polymeric Photonic Crystals. Imai, Y., Finlayson, C. E., Goldberg Oppenheimer, P., Zhao, Q., Spahn, P., Snoswell, D. R.E., Haines, A., Hellman, P. and Baumberg, J.J. Soft matter, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM06740D.
  17. Optical Feedback Mechanisms in Laser Induced Growth of Carbon Nanotube Forests. M. C. D. Bock, R. Denk, C. T. Wirth, P. Goldberg Oppenheimer, S. Hofmann, and J. J. Baumberg, Applied Physics Letters, 2012, 100, p 013112.
  18. Carbon Nanotubes Alignment via Electrohydrodynamic Patterning of Nanocomposites. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P., Eder, D. and Steiner, U. Advanced Functional Materials, 2011, 21(10), pp 1895-1901.
  19. Rapid Electrohydrodynamic Lithography Using Low Viscosity Polymers. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P., and Steiner, U. Small, 2010, (6), pp 248-1254.
  20. Preparation and Characterization of a Novel Pyrrole-benzophenone Copolymerized Silica Nanocomposite as a Reagent in a Visual Immunologic-agglutination Test. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P., Cosnier S, Marks RS and Regev, O. Talanta, 2008, 75 (5), pp 1324-1331.
  21. Exploring a Nanotube Dispersion Mechanism with Gold-labeled Proteins via cryo-TEM Imaging. Goldberg Oppenheimer, P. and Regev, O. Small, 2007, 3(11), pp 1894-1899.
  22. Proton Enriched High-surface Area Cesium Salt of Phosphotungstic Heteropolyacid with Enhanced Catatlytic Activity Fabricated by Nanocasting Strategy. Madhusudhan Rao, P., Goldberg Oppenheimer, P., Kababya, S., Vega, S. and Landau MV. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 2007, (275), pp 214-227.