Since she joined the Laboratory of Organic Electronics as a postdoctoral scholar in 2014, Eleni Stavrinidous’ research at Linköping University has resulted in a number of high-profile breakthroughs and publications. It made the news worldwide when, in 2015, she and other researchers showed that electronic circuits can be produced inside the vascular system of a rose. Later, the research group has made further progress.
Eleni Stavrinidou has received several major research grants and awards, including a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship and the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Prize. Recently she has been awarded the Tage Erlander prize for research in Natural Sciences and Technology. The latter is given to her “for her studies of the interface between electronics and plants and for the development of bioelectronic tools for real-time monitoring and dynamic control of plant physiology". The prize consists of SEK 200,000 in personal prize and SEK 75,000 for organising a symposium or workshop.
“This prize is an important recognition of my work from the scientific community. Furthermore, the publicity that comes with the prize enables my research to reach a broader audience, not only in Sweden but also abroad”, says Eleni Stavrinidou.
In the future she envisions continued research with internationally competitive research groups and more interdisciplinary cooperation between material scientists, engineers, and plant biologists. She would also like to be involved in the commercialization of some of the technologies for application in agriculture or forestry.