PhD & Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. David McNulty
Principal Investigator

Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Lithium-ion Batteries, Nanostructure Synthesis, Structural Characterisation

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Dr. Ibrahim Aminu
Product Quality & Failure Analyst (SFI RD&I Fellow with Analog Devices)

Research Interests: Novel Nanomaterial Synthesis, Li-ion Batteries, and Al-ion Batteries, Nano-Micro Fabrication, Failure Analysis

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Dr. Michela Ottaviani
Lecturer below the bar (Department of Physics)

Postdoctoral researcher from January 2021 – October 2022 (Si-DRIVE project)

PhD Sapienza University of Rome (November 2017 October 2020) joint project Sapienza University of Rome and ENEA Research Center
Visiting researcher in the UL May 2019- September 2020

Research Expertise in the synthesis of silicon-based nanomaterials for energy storage applications.

Dr Muhammad Rashad
Postdoctoral Researcher

Metal Matrix Composites, Synthesis of Functional Nanomaterials, Mg/Li-Ion Batteries

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Dr Kwadwo Asare
IRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests: Developing new nanomaterials and chemistries for energy conversion and storage devices 

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Dr Marina Moraes Leite
Postdoctoral Researcher

Na-ion batteries, material synthesis and characterization.

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Dr S. Chandra Sekhar
Postdoctoral Researcher

Na-ion batteries, Li-ion batteries, supercapacitors, and water splitting

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Dr Cathal O’Donnell
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Research Interests: Renewable Energy Generation, Large Scale Energy Storage, Smart Grid technology, Electric Vehicles.

Brief Bio (CV): Received BE in Electronic & Computer Engineering specializing in Electrical Engineering from University of Limerick (2017).

Completed PhD titled:  Analysis and Accommodation of Effects of Wind Gusts for Offshore Directly Interconnected Wind Generation Systems supervised by Prof Daniel Toal in the University of Limerick (2022). During his PhD Cathal investigated a novel power interconnection technique for offshore wind generation in order to minimise requirements for high rate of failure components to be located offshore, instead relocating and sharing this infrastructure to centralised platforms or entirely onshore. Cathal ’s current project funded through SEAI focuses on second life use of EV battery packs for smart grid applications.

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Dr Amit Kumar
Postdoctoral Researcher

Characterization and optimization of the curing of Benzocyclobutene for semiconductor application

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Nilotpal Kapuria
PhD Student (IRC Laureate) Supervisors K Ryan, S Singh

Date of PhD start: 23rd Oct’ 18
Research Interests: Synthesis of anisotropic colloidal nanocrystals, characterization, and assembly

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Sumair Imtiaz
PhD Student (SFI MaREI) Supervisors K Ryan, T Kennedy

Date of PhD start: December, 2018
Research Interests: Nanomaterials Synthesis and Characterisation for Li-ion and Beyond Li-ion Batteries

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Esther Adegoke
PhD Student (SFI Joint with Prof U Bangert)

Date of PhD start: Jan, 2019
Research Interests: High resolution and in-situ electron microscopy techniques

Maria Zubair
PhD Student (SFI) Supervisors K Ryan, S Singh

Research interest: Material Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Colloidal Synthesis

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Abinaya Sankaran
PhD Student (Si-Drive H2020) Joint with Dr H Geaney

PhD Student March 2019 Start 

Research Interests: Nanomaterials, Electrochemical Energy devices-Fuel cell and Batteries.

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Mohini Mishra
Phd Student (Supervisors K Ryan, S Singh)

PhD Student Feb 2019 Start 

Research Interests: Synthesis of colloidal nanocrystals, characterization, and assembly.

Adrian Hannon
PhD Student (Supervisors T Kennedy, K Ryan,

Research Interests: Nanodevice Fabrication, Nanowire Synthesis, Charge Carrier Mechanisms & Behaviour, Materials Characterisation, Nano Deposition Techniques

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Rebecca Forde
PhD Student Amber (Supervisors K Ryan, H Geaney)

Aluminium sulfur batteries, Lithium sulfur batteries, Nanomaterials 

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Manh Xuan Pham
PhD Student: Supervisors K Ryan, S Singh

Research Interests: Synthesis of anisotropic colloidal nanocrystals; characterization and assembly 

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Syed Abdul Ahad
PhD Researcher

Metal anode, Li-ion and Na-ion batteries, Nanomaterial synthesis for energy storage applications

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Mei Li
PhD Researcher Supervisors K Ryan, H Geaney, T Kennedy

Nanomaterial Synthesis, Lithium ion batteries, electrochemistry energy conversion 

Niraj Patil
PhD Researcher

Design of nanoscale functional materials and understanding their fundamental properties and mechanistic insights

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Aaron O'Sullivan
PhD Researcher

Supercritical fluids, Atomization, (Bio)Pharmaceuticals, Cocrystals, Crystallization

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Marco Cornago
PhD Researcher

Solid-state batteries, solid electrolytes, Lithium-ion batteries, nanomaterial synthesis

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Luigi Jacopo Santa Maria
PhD Researcher

Research interests: Ionic liquids electrolytes, Li-ion batteries, Silicon NW as anodes in Li-ion batteries

Kelly Murphy
PhD Researcher

Lithium-ion batteries, Sodium-ion batteries, nanomaterial synthesis.

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Hannah McKeever
PhD Researcher

Synthesis of colloidal nanocrystals for energy & environmental applications.

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Misbah Mushtaq
PhD Researcher

Na-ion battery , CNFs synthesis and characterization

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Aaron Hennessy
PhD Researcher

Aaron is a CONFIRM PhD student working under Prof Kevin M. Ryan. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick, and is currently working on developing new bespoke battery technologies for autonomous mobile robots using silicon materials. 

Deaglan Bowman
PhD Researcher (Supervised by Dr. David McNulty)

Li-S batteries, CNS synthesis and characterisation for energy storage applications.

Muhammad Zain Bin Amjad
PhD Researcher

Starting date of PhD: November 2022

Research Interests: 
~Silicon Nanowire / Graphite Composite Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries
~Sodium Batteries 
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Keywords: Lithium ion Batteries, Silicon Anodes, Colloidal Nanocrystals, Nanorods, Nanowires, Silicon, Germanium, Cadmium Sulphide, Cadmium Selenide, Copper Indium Gallium Sulphide/selenide (CIGS), Dicopper-zinc-tin-tetrasulphide (CZTS), Nanorod Assembly, Electrophoretic Assembly, Charge based Assembly, Thin-films, Photoabsorbers, Pharmaceutical Nanocrystals.

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