Professor in Materials and Manufacturing and Deputy Director of Exeter Advanced Technologies (X-AT)
University of Exeter
Oana holds a Chair in Materials Science and Manufacturing in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. She has also the role of Deputy Director of Exeter Technology Group (ETG) which includes three research centres: Exeter Advanced Technologies (X-AT); Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) and Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing (CALMARE). She started her career as a Research Fellow at Cranfield University- Royal Military College of Science, in the Sensors and Composites Research Group and then at Exeter University.
At Exeter, she has secured funding in value of £3.5M to Exeter through a wide range of research projects (TSB, EU and EPSRC). Her research is focused on high performance polymers and composites and related manufacturing processes including conventional and new emerging manufacturing processes such as Additive Manufacturing (AM). Her work concentrates on understanding the relationship between molecular structure/morphology, manufacturing and desired final properties. In AM, Oana works in High Temperature Laser Sintering (HT-LS) and Free Form Fabrication (FFF) focused primarely on high performance, high temperature engineering polymers such as PEK, PEEK, medical grades of PEEK and PEKK as well as composites (glass, graphatised carbon, ceramic – fibres and fillers and CNTs reinforcement) and polymeric blends. Exeter University has the unique capabilities and expertise in additive manufacture high performance polymers using the commercial HT-LS system, EOSINT P800 and in house developed – High Temperature FFF systems.
She has also been involved in the development of in-line monitoring sensors and novel instrumentation for efficient material use and reduction of manufacturing waste (near IR and Raman spectroscopy, combined NIR/Raman-thermal analysis).
Oana works closely with industry, is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and reviewer and technical expert for European Commission.
Selected member of the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research in 2012