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Sorcha’s research interests include membrane science for environmental applications, such as desalination, water reclamation, gas transfer, and engineering waste to resources.

Her area of expertise is membrane science, including forward and reverse osmosis and nanofiltraion, fouling, including organic and biofouling and chemical free cleaning.

Sorcha is currently working as a postdoc with Prof Eoin Casey on the Selective Separation Platform examining waste gas separation & conversion processes using membranes and separately, production of lactic acid from a waste energy source.

Awards

2019:

Doctor of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

2014:

Bachelor of Engineering, University College Dublin

Dr Aideen O’Dochartaigh is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UCD College of Business and BiOrbic specialising in sustainability accounting and responsible business. She completed her PhD at the School of Management, University of St Andrews in Scotland, followed by an IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCD.

Prior to her current role she worked with Business in the Community Ireland, playing a key role in the development of their Low Carbon Pledge. She is also working on a project funded by the Chartered Accountants Ireland Educational Trust (CAIET) to explore sustainability accounting at the multiple organisation level through a study of Bord Bia’s Origin Green programme.

Within BiOrbic, Dr O’Dochartaigh is responsible for developing the knowledge hub and business interface for the Irish Bioeconomy. Her areas of research include narratives of sustainability in organisations, sustainability accounting, multi-stakeholder partnerships for sustainability and sustainable network development.

Awards

2014:

PhD, University of St Andrews, Scotland

2008:

MBS (Research), University of Limerick

2004:

BSc Equine Science, University of Limerick

Dr Corine Nzeteu is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Microbiology Department at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include organic waste management, anaerobic digestion and process improvement, anaerobic fermentation, microbiome involved in anaerobic digestion processes, and process design. Her areas of expertise include the anaerobic fermentation of solid waste for the production of valuable products (process design and controlled) and molecular techniques to analyse the microbiome of the anaerobic digestion system. She is currently working on chain elongation for medium-chain fatty acid production from solid organic waste.

Awards

2016:

PhD Microbiology, NUI, Galway

2011:

MSc Biotechnology, NUI, Galway

2008:

BSc Biotechnology, Athlone Institute of Technology

Dr. Rituparna Duarah joined Trinity College Dublin as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CRANN/School of Chemistry in February 2020. Prior to this, Dr. Rituparna worked as Research Associate at CSIR NEIST, India, in Materials Science and Technology Division in Advanced Materials Group, for a brief period (November 2019-February 2020).

Dr. Rituparna is specialised in synthesis of bio-based hyperbranched polymers; preparation of nanomaterials and carbon-based nanohybrids. Her research work involved synthesis of high-performance hyperbranched polymers, preparation of carbon-based nanomaterials and subsequent fabrication of polymer nanocomposites for advanced prospective applications such as self-healing, self-cleaning, photocatalysis, coatings, smart biomedical devices (self-expandable stent, antibacterial self-tightening suture, etc.).

Dr. Rituparna’s current project is focused on the development of bio-based polymer nanocomposites as alternatives to petroleum-based polymers for packaging films applications. The aim of the project work is to overcome the challenges posed by biopolymers such as low heat distortion temperature, high gas permeability, and moderate mechanical properties which restrict their use.

Awards

PhD Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University, India

MSc Chemistry, Tezpur University, India

BSc Chemistry, Jorhat Institute of Science and Technology, India

Dr Rokade is a trained organic chemist and his research interest involves the development of new organic transformations. During the past 4 years, he has been working in the area of novel ligand design for asymmetric catalysis. His current research involves the application of carbon dioxide in asymmetric catalysis.

Awards

MSc, PhD, IRC Postdoctoral fellowship

Dr Federico Cerrone

Key professional interests:

  • Production of biobased biopolymers/biomolecules for novel materials applications (cell regeneration and bioinspired nanodevices)
  • Functionalization of biopolymers for novel applications
  • Use of renewable resources for microbial fermentation (high cell density/optimised volumetric productivity) for bioactives production

Key expertise:

  • High cell density fermentation with multiple microrganisms (bacteria/fungi/microalgae) with different fermentation design
  • Holistic approach for the use of biobased products in cross-disciplinary applications
  • Project management tailored formation and lab management
  • Bioreactors control and design of experiments for optimised volumetric productivity of fed-batch and continuous fermentation

Latest Project:

Submerged cultivation of fungal biomass for bioactives production

Awards

2011:
PhD in Microbiology by University of Granada-Spain

2008:
Specializing Master in Environmental Microbiology by University of Granada-Spain

2005:
MSc in Marine Biology by Polytechnic University of Marche-Italy

Dr Finn Purcell-Milton is a research fellow in Trinity College Dublin. He received his B.Sc in Chemistry from University College Dublin in 2007 and his M.Sc in Materials Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 2010, and his Ph.D in Chemistry in 2015 from Trinity College Dublin. His research interests are centrally concerned with quantum confined nanomaterials, particularly quantum dots and 2D materials, and their applications in a range of fields including luminescent solar concentrators, photovoltaic cells, chiral sensing and chiral separation.  Recently, the development of heavy metal free quantum dots for these applications is of paramount concern.

In addition, the application of 2D nanomaterials now to chiral separation via the fabrication of a range of novel membrane composites has also been a recent area of focus.

Awards

2010-2014:
PhD in Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin

2009-2010:
MSc in Materials Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

2003-2007:
B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry Single Major, University College Dublin

Dr Konstantinos Papoutsis

Dr Papoutsis has a PhD in Food Science from the Newcastle University, NSW, Australia, where he developed a sustainable extraction method for the recovery of bioactive compounds from wastes generated from citrus juice industries. He has experience in the extraction, identification, and purification of bioactive compounds from food wastes. Currently, as a Postdoctoral Researcher, he is working on the stimulation of vitamin D in mushroom mycelia in order to create functional foods. Papoutsis research interests include food waste valorisation, food waste reduction by extending the postharvest life of fruits and vegetables using sustainable treatments, and functional food creation.

Awards

2018:
Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

2014:
Master of Science in Horticulture, Aristotle university of Thessaloniki, Greece

2011:
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Horticulture, Aristotle university of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Dr Martin Pedersen is an organic chemist with a strong interest for synthetic carbohydrate chemistry. He has specialised in this area of research and possesses a solid knowledge on anything from purification (e.g. preparative chromatography and crystallization) and analytical techniques (e.g. NMR and mass spectroscopy). He is currently working to produce pneumonia vaccine candidates and fluorinated MR-probes, all starting from milk sugar – lactose.

Dr Michelle Rich

Dr Rich is interested in the development of microorganisms for various biotechnological applications. She is an experienced microbiologist, with expertise in synthetic biology and protein engineering. Her current research project uses synthetic and systems biology to develop a microbial strain that can produce value added products from dairy waste streams.

Awards

2017:
PhD in Biotechnology, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

2012:
BSc (1st Class Honours) in Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Dr Reynold’s key research interests include entrepreneurial and innovative action towards sustainability, inclusive development, the circular bioeconomy, and qualitative research methods.

She has experience of teaching and research in the fields of sociology, psychology, strategic management, business ethics, sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Her current research focuses on the dynamics of constructing a Knowledge Hub and Business Interface for the bioeconomy in Ireland. The hub and interface will be a space for the diverse bioeconomy stakeholders to share knowledge, as well as co-create and market innovations. Working with partners across the Centre and in the UCD School of Business, she is developing an evidence base for how best to create a space to facilitate the growth of the bioeconomy.

Awards

2018:
Structured PhD, Department of Management, School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway.

2012:
MSc Forensic Mental Health Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

2011:
BSocSc Social Science, University College Cork

Dr Rosanna Kleemann is a postdoctoral research fellow working on the Agri Bio Circular (ABC) Economy project. The ABC Economy project aims to help farmers, food producers, and foresters in Counties Tipperary & Monaghan create value from their waste. Dr Kleemann gained her engineering doctorate in Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems from the University of Surrey. Her doctorate, based in Thames Water UK, focused on the sustainable recovery of phosphorus from wastewater. Rosanna has presented her research on various media outlets including BBC News, Sky News, Al Jazeera, and The Independent and Guardian newspapers.

Rosanna has a strong expertise in water and waste treatment and management, sustainable development, and circular bioeconomy. She has a keen interest in conducting industry relevant research, maintaining links between industry and academia, and disseminating research through a variety of methods to reach a broader audience.

Awards

2011-2015:
Engineering Doctorate in Sustainability for Engineering & Energy Systems, University of Surrey, UK

2011-2015:
MSc Sustainable Development, University of Surrey, UK

2010-2011:
MSc Water & Environmental Engineering. University of Surrey, UK

2006-2010:
BAI Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering. Trinity College Dublin

Dr Saravana Sivagnanam

Saravana is interested in extraction of bioactives from various natural products using green solvents or green technology where the final product can be used as a functional food ingredient, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical. He has an expertise in sub and supercritical fluids, ultrasound, microwave technologies. Saravana is currently working in project titled ‘Marine & clean and green extraction technology for bioactives from seaweeds’.

Awards

2017:
PhD., Pukyong National University, Republic of Korea

2010:
M.Phil, Bharathiar University, India

2008:
M.Sc, Periyar University, India

2006:
B.Sc, Bharathiar University, India

Dr Nadia Lamari is a postdoc in the group of Prof Gerard Cagney in the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science (Conway Institute). Although she is molecular biologist by training, with a completion of her PhD in Applied Biology at the University of Naples Federico II in 2010, she is widely experienced in using mass spectrometry methodologies to achieve different scientific subjects, such as microbial metabolism, plant metabolomics, environmental aquatic toxicology and marine chemical biology. Currently, as LC-MS metabolomics specialist within the Centre, her research activity is focused on the development of a targeted metabolomics approach to assess the physiological role of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) in metabolically engineered bacteria for biopolymer production based on bio-chiral molecules as starting materials.

Dr Christopher Davis

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After working on a dissertation regarding genetic engineering and tool development for the halophile Haloferax volcanii, Chris is eager to broaden his understanding of bioengineering, equipment design, molecular biology and evolution, especially within the context of microbial evolution and bioeconomy research.

Chris’ main research interests include evolution of microorganisms to survive harsh/inhospitable environments, quorum sensing and microbial communities, and the effects of extreme environments on microbial systems, microbial metabolism, and virulence.

Chris’ primary career goal is to work with government or affiliated organisations, and aid studies designed to increase our knowledge of evolutionary systems, how changes to the environment alter these systems, and how to resolve detrimental changes. He is keenly interested in furthering his own education and educating others.

His work at BEACON is to genetically modify bacteria so it can process waste materials from an agricultural factory into sources of chemicals, which can then be used to make biodegradable goods.

Awards

2018:
Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Bioscience

2007:
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and History

Email Dr Cathal Geoghegan
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Dr Geoghegan is interested in rural economic development, resource usage, especially regarding land and sustainability. He is especially interested in how concepts such as the circular economy can contribute to increasing economic activity in rural areas in a sustainable manner. Cathal has worked in the areas of choice modelling, microsimulation and policy analysis, and is skilled in the use of econometrics and statistical software.

He is currently developing an analytical framework to undertake an economic-environmental-spatial impact assessment of new bioeconomy sectors. This research presently involves mapping value chains within the Irish dairy sector and exploring value chains for new sectors arising from the dairy processing industry.

Awards

2018:
PhD in Economics NUI, Galway

2011:
Masters in Economic Policy Evaluation and Planning, NUI, Galway

2010:
Higher Diploma in Economic Science, NUI, Galway