Pola G. Oppenheimer is an Academic Royal Academy of Engineering and Birmingham Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering. Dr Oppenheimer leads an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Birmingham, closely working with the clinical teams at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) and Alta Innovation, the UoB technology transfer specialists. the group's research programme is targeted at exploring the frontiers of micro to nanomaterials engineering while bridging the gap between nano-to-macroscopic-level understanding and implementations of novel hybird and nanocomposite materials and submicron structures for miniaturised functional devices for advanced healthcare applications.
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 biometrics, including the use of polymers with 10mm 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 Engineeringat 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.