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Dr. Larisa Florea

Assistant Professor (Chemistry)


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. In 2018 Larisa was awarded an Irish Research Council Laureate grant and an ERC-Starting grant that enabled her to establish an independent research career in School of Chemistry and AMBER.
 Artificial micro-vehicles with life-like behaviour (ChemLife)
 Functional & Dynamic 3D Nano- Micro- Devices by Direct Multi-Photon Lithography
 Smart coatings for medical devices
 SFI-AMBER PhD Programme
 The Development of Chemopropulsion-based Fluidic Transport Systems

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Evaluator, several H2020 calls (e.g. H2020-PHC-2014-Stage 1&2, 2020-PHC-2015-Stage 1, H2020-FET OPEN)
Reviewer for several internationally recognised journals: Science Robotics, Lab on a Chip, Sensors and Actuators B, Advanced Materials, among others.
Review Editor, Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering, Elsevier
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Romanian Fluent Fluent Fluent
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Member of European COST Action MP1205 - 'Advances in Optofluidics' 2014 2017
J. Qian, C. Delaney, L. Florea and A. L. Bradley, Direct laser writing of submicron photonic arrays for vapor responsive sensing, E-MRS 2022, Strasbourg, 1/6/2022, 2022, Poster, PUBLISHED
Dunne, A. and Francis, W. and Delaney, C. and Florea, L. and Diamond, D. and Ramadan, M., Stimuli-Controlled Fluid Control and Microvehicle Movement in Microfluidic Channels, 2021, 128-157pp, Notes: [cited By 0], Book, PUBLISHED  DOI
Colm Delaney, Jing Qian, Xia Zhang, Radislav Potyrailo, A. Louise Bradley, Larisa Florea, Direct laser writing of vapour-responsive photonic arrays, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 9, 2021, p11674 - 11678, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Marc del Pozo, Colm Delaney, Marina Pilz da Cunha, Michael G. Debije, Larisa Florea, Albert P. H. J. Schenning, Temperature-Responsive 4D Liquid Crystal Microactuators Fabricated by Direct Laser Writing by Two-Photon Polymerization, Small Structures, 2021, p10.1002/sstr.2 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Geoghegan, N. and Delaney, C. and Florea, L. and O'Loughlin, M. and Kelleher, S.M., Two-photon polymerization of masters for polymeric nanopillar replication, 24th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2020; Virtual, Online, 2020, pp368-369 , Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
del Pozo, M. and Delaney, C. and Bastiaansen, C.W.M. and Diamond, D. and Schenning, A.P.H.J. and Florea, L., Four-dimensional photonic micro-actuators for microfluidics applications, 24th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2020; Virtual, Online, 2020, pp346-347 , Notes: [cited By 0], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Marc del Pozo, Colm Delaney, Cees W. M. Bastiaansen, Dermot Diamond, Albert P. H. J. Schenning, Larisa Florea, Direct Laser Writing of Four-Dimensional Structural Color Microactuators Using a Photonic Photoresist, ACS Nano, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Danielle Bruen, Colm Delaney, Johnson Chung, Kalani Ruberu, Gordon G. Wallace, Dermot Diamond, Larisa Florea, 3D Printed Sugar-Sensing Hydrogels, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2020, Notes: [10.1002/marc.201900610], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Delaney, Colm, Geoghegan, Niamh, Ibrahim, Hossam, O'Loughlin, Mark Thomas, Rodriguez, Brian J., Florea, Larisa, Kelleher, Susan M, Direct Laser Writing to Generate Molds for Polymer Nanopillar Replication, ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Grogan C., Amarandei G., Lawless S., Pedreschi F., Lyng F., Benito-Lopez F., Raiteri R., Florea L., Silicon microcantilever sensors to detect the reversible conformational change of a molecular switch, Spiropyan, Sensors, 20, (3), 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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A. L. Bradley, Responsive spiral photonic structures for visible vapor sensing, pattern transformation and encryption, Biophotonics Seminar, IPIC Tyndall, 16/09/2022, 2022, IPIC, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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European Research Council Starting Grant 2018
IRC Laureate STG Award Winner 2018
Invent Commercialisation Award, conferred by Dublin City University for the collaboration with UES & GE Global Research 2016
Irish Research Council PhD scholarship award winner - EMBARK Initiative 2009
SFI UREKA Ireland - Undergraduate Research Experience & Knowledge Award Winner 2008
My 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.