Prof Michael Morris is a graduate of Liverpool University in 1982 (BSc and PhD). He was a post-doctoral fellow at Imperial College in London before moving to Strathclyde University as a lecturer. He then took an ICI endowed lectureship at Cardiff University for research into surface science and catalysis, which was followed by a move to ICI as a research scientist. He was appointed to a post in Materials Chemistry at UCC in 1993 and while there held the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry and was Head of the Department of Chemistry at the university. Prof Morris is a founder of Glantreo, a SME spin out for Cork, and maintains links in developing novel stationary phase materials for chromatography applications. In 2015, he was appointed Academic Director of AMBER and Professor of Surface and Interface Engineering at the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin. Within BiOrbic, Prof Morris acts as a Funded Investigator on the Selective Separation Platform.
Prof Morris’s work largely focuses on self-assembly of materials in thin films. This has been geared towards production of mesoporous films and recently block-polymer microphase separation to form periodic arrangements. These periodic structures can be used to engineer surfaces for applications such as circuit elements in integrated circuitry, manipulation of light, self-cleaning surfaces and antimicrobial packaging.
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.
Doctor of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Engineering, University College Dublin
Tomislav obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Zagreb in 2016 and 2018, respectively, in chemical and chemical process engineering. His PhD work focuses on chemical and bioprocess design for producing biobased and biodegradable plastics. He is adept at using software for process design (Chemcad) as well as MATLAB and Simulink. He also used various CAD software. His primary interest lies in chemical process engineering. He is also interested in biological processes, such as fermentation to produce biobased compounds that can be processed further into usable products. His latest area of work involves the fermentation, separation and purification of lactic acid to produce polylactic acid (PLA).
Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, University of Zagreb
Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, University of Zagreb
Saranya Rameshkumar joined BiOrbic as a Research Fellow working on the Selective Separation Platform and is presently based at CRANN institute, Trinity college Dublin. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology-Trichy, India. Her first post-doctoral research was at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India by securing a national post-doctoral grant. Later, she moved to Trinity College Dublin and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre in a project focusing on ‘Polymeric membranes for filtration and biomedical applications’. Her main research interests and activities include developing and characterising advanced membrane materials for separation applications; design and implementation of integrated membrane separation processes for sustainable water, energy and environment. She has demonstrated skills in performing a wide spectrum of material characterisation techniques, in particular analysing polymers and membrane samples from various industry partners. She has 13 peer-reviewed publications in renowned journals, three book chapters and two generic articles in technical magazines. She has been actively involved in various education and public engagement activities, such as transition year (TY) workshops on the theme of ‘Sustainable Materials’. Saranya is currently working on a project titled ‘Functionalised electro-spun membranes for selective separation applications’.
PhD Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology-Trichy, India
Natalia is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on nanomaterials in the TCD School of Chemistry, where she has learned new techniques, such as rotavap, vacuum filtration, SEM, circular dichroism and FTIR.
Her interests lie in educational and outreach work, both of which she is involved in through schemes, such as Spectroscopy in a Suitcase which gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy (UV-Vis and IR) through hands-on experience. She has been a judge for SciFest, a demonstrator in undergraduate labs, as well as acting as a representative for postgraduates in the ChemEd group in TCD.
Natalia is currently working on developing new membranes for nanofiltration using 2D nanomaterials.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Biochemistry, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Nadezda’s work interests include the development of sustainable materials and interdisciplinary approaches to problems, with expertise in inorganic, physical chemistry as well as previous experience in cell biology. She is currently working on the fabrication of novel polymer membrane materials with a focus on functionalisation and filtration.
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Syron has worked in the environmental engineering sector for over 15 years in both Academia and Industry. He has successfully scaled up and commercialised the Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor for the treatment of wastewater. His research examines the use of green molecules to assist the decarbonisation of the energy system, with a special focus on gaseous molecules such as Hydrogen. Dr Syron’s current research projects include
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.
PhD in Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin
MSc in Materials Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry Single Major, University College Dublin
Yurii Gun’ko graduated from the Chemistry Department of Moscow State University in 1987. He also received his Ph.D degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Moscow State University in 1990. Then he worked as a lecturer in Chemistry in Belorussian Institute of Technology (Belarus). In 1994 he received a postdoctoral position in the group of Professor M.F. Lappert in the University Sussex (UK). In 1995, he was awarded Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and worked in the University of Magdeburg (Germany) with Professor F. T. Edelmann. After that he returned to the University Sussex and worked as a postdoctoral researcher. In 1999, Yurii moved to the Chemistry Department of Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) to take up the position of lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry. He is currently the holder of the established Chair of Inorganic Chemistry (1922). His main research interests and activities are: nanomaterials synthesis, magnetic nanostructures, plasmonic and quantum dot based materials.
PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, Moscow State University, Russia
MSc, Chemistry, Moscow State University, Russia
Professor Eoin Casey is currently based in the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. He leads a research programme aimed at developing new and improved processes for the bioeconomy and for water/wastewater treatment. His research output spans fundamental research (funded by ERC, IRC and SFI) to applied research (funded by Enterprise Ireland & industry) through to successful commercialisation with patenting & licencing. One of his flagship achievements was the development the reaction engineering framework and scale-up strategy for the MABR, a wastewater treatment technology that uses 75% less energy than existing technology. This technology has been commercialised by OxyMem Ltd. OxyMem has won numerous national and international awards and is a Global Cleantech 100 company.
Ph.D., University College Dublin.
B.E. (Chemical), University College Dublin