Prof Don MacElroy

Head, UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

PI: Director and Strand 2 Leader

Academic Experience

  • July 2003-present: Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head of the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, University College Dublin.
  • October 1996-June 2003: Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University College Dublin.
  • June 1991-September 1996: College Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University College Dublin.
  • September 1989-May 1991: Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering (tenured), University of Missouri-Rolla, U.S.A.
  • September 1983-August 1989: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering (tenure-track), University of Missouri-Rolla, U.S.A.
  • January 1982-August 1983: Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, U.S.A.

Present Research Interests

  • Novel materials and device design for photovoltaic and photo-electrochemical conversion of solar energy.
  • Development of nanomembranes for CO2 capture at high temperatures.
  • Metal oxide deposition processes via sol-gel, CVD and PVD techniques.

Research Activity

Total Refereed papers / invited reviews: 56 / 3 (Intl Journals) Total Books /Book Chapters: 0 / 2
Post-doctoral supervision: 3 Total PhD/ MSc students graduated: 7 / 6
Current Size of Research Team: 8 (7 Post-Grads; 1 post-Docs)
Conferences: 76 papers presented and in proceedings of international conferences

Professional Bodies

  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • Member, Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).
  • Member, International Adsorption Society.

Prof Edmond Magner

Director MSSI, University of Limerick

Co-PI: Strand 1 Leader

Professional Experience

  • 2003-present: Director, Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick.
  • 2007-present: Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Sciences, University of Limerick.
  • 2002-2007 Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Environmental Sciences, University of Limerick.
  • 1997-2002 Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Environmental Sciences, University of Limerick.
  • 1996-1997 Senior Scientist, Abbott Laboratories, Boston MA.
  • 1994-1996 Scientist, MediSense, Inc, Abbott Laboratories, Boston MA.
  • 1992-1994 Postdoctoral research assistant, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • 1989-1992 Postdoctoral research assistant, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London.

Present Research Interests

  • Enzyme immobilization on porous materials.
  • Electrochemistry of enzymes in nonaqueous solvents.
  • Biocatalytic transformations.
  • Electrochemical biosensors and biofuel cells.

Research Activity

Total Refereed papers/ Invited Reviews: 51 / 1 Book Chapters: 2
Postdoctoral Supervision: 2 PhD/MSc students graduated: 11 / 5
Current Research Team: 9 PhDs & 3 Post Doctoral Researchers
Conferences: In excess of 50 conference proceedings

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Chemical Society.
  • Fellow, Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Member, Electrochemical Society.
  • Member, International Society of Electrochemistry.

Prof Han Vos

School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University

Co-PI: Strand 3 Leader

Academic Experience

  • Johannes G. Vos obtained his Primary Degree and Ph.D. (with Dr. W.L. Groeneveld) in Coordination Chemistry (1978) from Leiden University, The Netherlands.
  • He carried out post-doctoral work at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, 1978-1979 and 1980-1982, under the direction of Prof. J.M. Kelly and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (1979-1980, with Prof. A. von Zelewsky).
  • He was appointed Assistant Lecturer at Dublin City University in 1982, Lecturer in 1984, Senior Lecturer in 1987, and Associate Professor in 1994 and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 1999.
  • Between September 1996 and September 1999 he was Head of the School of Chemistry at DCU and from January 1997 to February 2000 he was a member of the Executive of Dublin City University.

Research Interests

  • The design of multinuclear ruthenium and osmium polypyridyl compounds as components in molecular devices.
  • Investigation of energy and electron transfer pathways at supramolecular assemblies involving of molecular components and a solid surface.
  • The design of new photocatalytic systems for the generation of hydrogen from water using solar energy.
  • Chemical modification of carbon nanotubes.
  • Development of novel synthetic methods in inorganic chemistry.
  • The partial deuteriation of polypyridyl type ligands.
  • The investigation of the effect of partial deuteriation on the photophysical properties of ruthenium and osmium polypyridyl complexes.
  • Electrochemistry of polymer-modified electrode surfaces.
  • The design of luminescent and electrochemical sensors.

Research Activity

  • He has supervised in excess of 25 PhD students, 5 MSc students and 12 Post-Doctoral Fellows.
  • He has brought in a large amount of research funding from Enterprise Ireland, the EC and industry and has published over 180 refereed papers.

Professional Bodies

In 1999 he was elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and was Chairman of the National Committee for Chemistry of the Royal Irish Academy.

Prof John T Sheridan

UCD School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering

Co-PI: Deputy Director and Strand 4 Leader

Academic Experience

  • 2008 - present: Professor of Optical Engineering, UCD School of E., E. & Mech. Engg.; Deputy Director UCD Communications and Optoelectronic Research Centre.
  • 2005-2007: Senior Lecturer, UCD School of E., E. & Mech. Engg.
  • 2000-2004: Lecturer, UCD School of E., E. & Mech. Engg.
  • 1997-2000: Lecturer, School of Physics, Dublin Institute of Technology.
  • 1994-1996: Visiting scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, in Italy.

Research Interests

  • Fundamentals of optics and the electromagnetic theory of diffraction.
  • Optical Signal Processing, including applications of the Wigner Distribution Function and the Fractional Fourier and Linear Cannonical Transforms.
  • Optical encryption.
  • Surface relief diffraction gratings and refractive melted microlens arrays.
  • Photopolymer materials, holographic optical elements and holographic data storage.
  • Optical fiber Bragg grating sensors.
  • Optical metrology including confocal microscopy, holographic interferometry, speckle photography and interferometry.
  • Solar light concentrators and energy conversion.
  • Optoelectronics and applied optical engineering.
  • Fast numerical algorithms for the design and analysis of optical systems.
  • Lucky imaging, synthetic apertures and turbulence.

Research Activity

  • 3 international patents, 2 book chapter, ~120 reviewed papers (5 invited), ~120 conf. proc. papers, (~10 invited/plenary).
  • 4 papers republished in the SPIE Milestones books 3 others recently republished in: the Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics 2006,, and IoP Select 2006: [Web of Science: h~22; Google Scholar: h~ 19].
  • Currently one 100% industrially funded project with Bayer Material Science Germany.

Professional Bodies

  • Life Member: OSA and SPIE; Member IEEE.
  • Chair of the Optical Engineering Society of Ireland (OESI) 2005-07.
  • Chair Local Organising Committee of Opto-Ireland (2005)
  • Co-Chair SPIE Optical Modelling and Design conference, Brussels 2010.
  • Engineers Ireland (IEI): Accreditation Boards: CIT (2005), DCU (2006) DIT (2006).
  • Chair TCD board (2006).
  • Member IEI transfer panel (chartered engineer).
  • Editorial Boards: Optik (Elsevier) since Jan 2004; Research Letters in Optics (Hindawi) since March 2008.
  • Applied Optics (Topical editor- Holography and Optical Signal Processing, OSA) since Sept 2008.
  • SPIE Reviews (SPIE) since Jan 2009.
  • Special issue editor SPIE Technical Working Group Newsletters.


Dr Mahfujur Rahman

UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

Cluster Manager

Dr. Mahfujur Rahman graduated in 2006 with a PhD in manufacturing engineering from Dublin City University, Ireland. He is currently a Research Manager at UCD. In his earlier role, Dr Rahman worked as a senior R&D engineer (2012-2013) in the SolarPrint Ltd, Sandyford, Ireland. He also previously worked as a postdoctoral research from 2006 to 2008 and was later promoted to research fellow and team leader (2009-2011) in material development for solar energy application of the Solar Energy Conversion SFI SRC at University College Dublin, Ireland. In particular, he has worked on development of key technology for the novel nano-scale materials, processes and devices for the application of sustainable energy research (Solar water splitting, photo-electrochemical CO2 reduction, Dye-sensitized solar cell -DSSC and gas separation membrane.

Dr. Rahman acted as an external expert evaluator for COST actions meeting (2013), co-chair (Nanosmat conference, 2010, France) and reviewer of five international journals. He has also worked with various world-class experts in solar hydrogen/electricity production and in thin solid film technology. Dr. Rahman has published over 75 research papers including more than 40 in various international peer reviewed journals and 2 book chapters


Our research is partly funded and aided by our industrial collaborators; SSE Renewables (formally Airtricity Holdings Ltd), Celtic Catalysts Ltd., and SolarPrint Ltd. Please click on their links below and visit their websites.

SSE Renewables (Airtricity)Scottish and Southern Energy Renewables logo

Airtricity is No.1 for Renewable Energy in Ireland and supplies cheaper and greener electricity to almost 100,000 homes and businesses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. At Airtricity, 79% of the company’s electricity is from renewable sources ensuring its supply is the greenest in the market. Airtricity has been recognised as the leading green energy supplier in Ireland, winning the 2008 Green Energy Award.

Celtic Catalysts

Celtic Catalysts was co-founded in 2000 by Professor Declan Gilheany and Dr Brian Kelly as a spin-out from UCD’s School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The company currently employs 17 people and is headquartered in NovaUCD the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at University College Dublin. Celtic Catalysts is an innovative venture capital backed company that has developed ground-breaking chemistry that enables our end-user clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech and fine chemicals industries to realise significant manufacturing cost savings.

SolarPrint Ltd

SolarPrint is developing DSSC technology, a novel 3 Generation printable flexible solar cell technology, which uses abundant, cheap raw materials and employs a lowcost, fast and easy manufacturing process. SolarPrint was founded in 2008 by Dr. Mazhar Bari, Roy Horgan and André Fernon to bring DSSC technology to market.