Applied Nanoscience Group

Group members

Colm O'Dwyer was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1977. He received his B.S. degree in applied physics and Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Limerick in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He conducted postdoctoral research in nanotechnology and nanolithography using magneto-optically trapped, ultracold Cs atoms beams at the University of Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France followed by research on inorganic nanostructures for nanoelectronics and nanophotonics at Tyndall National Institute in Cork. From 2008 to 2012, he was a Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Lecturer on nanomaterials at the University of Limerick. He is Professor in Chemical Energy at the School of Chemistry, University College Cork and Principal Investigator at Tyndall National Institute and the Environmental Research Institute, leading the Applied Nanoscience Group. He serves as Chair of the Electronics & Photonics Division of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), and on the Board of Directors of ECS, and has organized >25 symposia in nanoscience, solid state science and semiconductor electrochemistry.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

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Ph.D. students

David McNulty

Elaine Carroll

Colm Glynn

David McNulty was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1986. He received his first class honours B.Sc in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick in 2009. His PhD research funded by Science Foundation Ireland through the Charles Parsons Initiative involved the synthesis and material characterisation of various vanadium oxide nanostructures for high capacity Li-ion batteries. His research is focused on metal oxide nanostructures as cathode materials for next generation moldable Li-ion batteries on 3D printed platforms.

Elaine Carroll is a Cork woman. She received her B.Sc. in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick in 2011, and is currently working towards her Ph.D. degree. Her research focuses on the exfoliation of 2D crystals and paintable layered materials, their structural, electrical and thermal characterisation. The aim is to fundamentally study the link between the physical properties of single-molecule thick materials and paintable thin films, and their temperature-dependent charge transport characteristics  for thermoelectrics.

Originally from Galway, Colm Glynn received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2009 and his M.Sc. in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick in 2011. He completed his Ph.D. on metal oxide and transparent thin film formation as optical coatings. Currently, he is developing 3D printed Li-ion batteries with long life and customizable shape for remote deployment telecoms and consumer electronics.

Visiting Researchers

Oleksandr Bilousov

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, 2013


Dr Damien Aureau

Institut Lavoisier de Versailles, 2013


Laila Balobaid

King Saud University, 2016


Jimmy Moore  

M.Sc. in Applied Physics 2009

Kenneth Treacy  

M.Sc. in Applied Physics 2009

Dr Lynn Power  

Postdoctoral researcher 2010

Jim Heneghan  

M.Sc. in Applied Physics 2010

Dr George Amarandei

Ph.D. 2012

Undergraduate Students

Kathryn McCarthy

Chem 2017/18


Fia Coughlan

Chem 2017/18


Sylwia Sroka



Yuh Wei Wong



Andrew Crowley

Chem Phys 2017/18

Darragh graduated in 2014 from University College Cork with a First Class Honours B.Sc. in Chemical Physics. He is currently working towards his PhD, funded by the Irish Research Council. His research is focused on thin film high mobility metal oxides used in a variety of applications such as thermo/electro-chromic devices, photovoltaics, sensors and optical coating materials. He is developing the chemical, structural, optical and electrical phenomena of these thin films in electrochromic high pixel transmission thin film transistors on transparent substrates.  

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Han Shao

Han Shao was born in Harbin, China in 1989. Han came to Ireland in September 2011. She received her B.E degree in Environmental Engineering from Beijing Technology and Business University Beijing, China in 2012, diploma in Engineering, postgraduate diploma in Analytical Chemistry from UCC in 2012 and 2013, respectively. She joined Tyndall National Institute-UCC as a PhD student in June 2014 working on nanowire/nanoparticle based supercapacitors for energy storage.

Dr Eileen Armstrong

Ph.D. 2015

Dr Michal Osiak

Ph.D. 2015

Dr William McSweeney

Ph.D. 2014

Dr Mahesh Datt Bhatt

Postdoctoral researcher

Andres Molina

Andres Molina is originally from Colombia and is working on assemblies of photoactive molecules and films, electrochemsitry, and photelectrochemsitry at liquid-liquid interfaces.  

Sally O'Hanlon

Sally is from Waterford and received an honours degree in BSc Chemical Physics from UCC in 2015. She is now working towards her PhD funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Her research is focused on the growth and application of 3D structured porous metal oxide material architectures for high performance Li-ion batteries and electrochemical energy storage devices. These devices will provide a new range of optically active power-check modules integration-capable with other thin film technologies.

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Dr Hugh Geaney

Senior Postdoctoral researcher


Vijaykumar Jadhav

Vijaykumar Jadhav was born in Maharashtra, India in 1987. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in physics from the S.R.T.M.U. Nanded, MH, India in 2009 and 2015, respectively. During his PhD research he was selected for an Indo-Korea research internship in 2014 in the School of Material Science and Engineering, Pusan National University in South Korea to work on perovskite-based materials for energy storage applications. He then completed postdoctoral research in energy storage materials for supercapacitor applications using MXene materials at Pusan National University. His research is focused on metal oxide and MXene materials for energy storage and chemical gas sensor applications. He is a recipient of a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2016 to develop advanced materials for 3D printed Li-ion batteries.

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Alex Lonergan

Alex is from Tipperary and graduated in 2016 from University College Cork, receiving a First Class Honours degree in Chemical Physics. Currently, he is working towards his PhD with funding from the Irish Research Council. He was the recipient of the Quercus College Scolarship based on academic performance for the years 2015 and 2016. His research is focused on electro-photonic materials circuitry for enhanced electrochemical energy storage with the aim of developing diffractive optics and photonic probes as opticall diagnostic aids for in-situ monitoring of battery materials.

Anya Curran

Emma Coleman

Anya is from West Cork, and graduated from University College Cork in 2017, earning a first class honours degree in Chemistry. Since October 2017 she has been working at the Tyndall National Institute as a PhD student, having received funding from the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme in conjunction with Intel. Her PhD research involves the understanding, control, and applications of 2D electron gases on semiconductor surfaces.    


Emma Coleman is from Cork. She graduated from University College Cork in October 2017 with an honours BSc in Chemistry.  She is currently based in the Tyndall National Institute working towards her PhD. She is funded by Science Foundation Ireland in a project shared with Trinity College Dublin. Emma’s research is focused on investigating 2D material base alternative channels for next generation integrated nanoscale electronics. More specifically, she is studying the use of transition metal dichalcogenide MoS2 as a channel material in electronic devices.

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Éadaoin Casey

Éadaoin is from Louth. She graduated from University College Cork in 2017 with an honours B.Sc. in  Chemistry. She is currently working towards her M.Sc. in research. Éadaoin's research is focused on producing sustainable and eco-friendly Li-ion batteries and anode battery materials from waste coffee grounds.