Dr. Virginia Olazábal is member of the NDEAA Technologies since January 28, 2000. Her research involves Artificial Muscles based on Electroactive Polymers for robotic applications. Dr. Olazábal received his B.Sc. in Chemistry (Polymer Materials option) in 1993, M.Sc. (Electrochemistry of the Conducting Polymers) in 1994 and Ph.D. (Electrochemical Synthesis, Characterization and Degradation of the Polypyrrole/Polyvinyl-Sulphonate in Aqueous Solution) in 1998 from the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastián, Spain. Her work experience includes: (1993-1995) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Holder by IBERDROLA S.A. in the Laboratory of Electrochemistry of the Faculty of Chemistry in San Sebastián, which involved electrochemical studies of Conducting Polymers. (1995-1996) Participant in the Program of Collaboration between the University of the Basque Country and the University of Pau, France, which involved a stay in the Helioparc Technological Center in Pau, working in the FTIR characterization of Conducting Polymer. (1995-1998) Scientific Collaborator in the Department of Polymer Science and Technology of the Faculty of Chemistry in San Sebastián, which involved studies of the Conducting Polymers degradation processes and its stabilization. (January-May of 1997) Visitor Research in the Laboratory of Conducting Polymers of the Institute of Chemistry at the UNICAMP University, Brazil, where she collaborated in the development of the first Artificial Muscle based on a Conducting Polymer and a Solid Polymer Electrolyte able to work in air. (1997-2000) Fellowship Holder by the University of the Basque Country in the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence of the Faculty of Computer Science in San Sebastián. Dr. Olazábal is a member of the Ibero-American Society of Electrochemistry (from 1995), foundational member of the Spanish Society of Materials (from 1996) and she has about 15 publications in the field of Conducting Polymers and Artificial Muscles based on EAP’s.
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