Dr Pola Goldberg Oppenheimer's interdisciplinary background includes formal training in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics and electrical engineering. In 2012, she received her PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge and received the Springer Award for scientific excellence. In 2013, she was appointed to the University of Birmingham in the School of Chemical Engineering, winning the highly prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Research Fellowship. In recognition of her discoveries, she was promoted to Associate Professor in Microengineering and Bionanotechnology – five years after graduating with a PhD – recognising outstanding performance and impact.
She has published over seventy high impact papers and book chapters, two books, four patents, attracted considerable funding from the MoD, BAE-Systems, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society, and given over thirty keynote lectures at leading conferences worldwide. Other prestigious awards include WomenTech100 (2020), Excellence in Leadership, University of Cambridge (2014), and the Carl-Zeiss Technology Award (2013). In 2017, Dr Goldberg Oppenheimer was invited to take part in the 'Voice of the Future' session at Westminster, attended by government ministers. In 2018, she was featured in the ‘Birmingham Heroes in Healthcare Technologies’ campaign and became a member of the Parliamentary Engineering Group at the House of Lords.
Dr Goldberg Oppenheimer initiated a new area of research in synergistic materials and devices and has discovered intelligent methods for nano-structuring surfaces via a novel lithographic route. The enhanced performance of the developed nanoplatforms led to the development of new miniaturised devices, which are now being exploited in high-performance electronic chips, accurate chemical and biological sensors and powerful diagnostic tools for medical research.