Dr. Larisa Florea is Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin and the AMBER Research Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research, Ireland.
Larisa studied organic chemistry and chemical engineering at University Politehnica in Timisoara, Romania (B.Sc. Hons). In 2009 she joined the Adaptive Sensors Group at Dublin City University where she earned her Ph.D. in materials chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dermot Diamond. Larisa began her postdoctoral career at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, and in 2016 she achieved a senior position as Team Leader in Materials Chemistry and Microfluidics. Since starting her independent career at Trinity College Dublin, Larisa has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including an ERC Starting Grant (2018) and an Irish Research Council – Laureate Starting Grant (2018).
Larisa’s research comprises several distinct strands of research in the soft matter realm, including development of new stimuli-responsive polymers, 3D fabrication technologies, micro-fabrication of polymeric actuators & sensors and development of smart micro-vehicles.