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Dr. John O'Donoghue
RSC Education Co-Ordinator, Chemistry

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Regan, Annie, O'Donoghue, John, Poree, Carl, Dunne, Peter W., Introducing Materials Science: Experimenting with Magnetic Nanomaterials in the Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory, Journal of Chemical Education, 100, (6), 2023, p2387-2393 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

John O'Donoghue, Natalia Garcia Domenech, Fiona McArdle, Mary Connolly, Yvonne Lang, Niamh McGoldrick, Current Chemistry Investigators (CCI): Development and Evaluation of a Scientist in a Classroom Electrochemistry Workshop, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION, 100, (10), 2023, p4138 - 4146 Journal Article, 2023 DOI URL

J O'Donoghue, L Fitzsimmons, Simplified Low-Cost LED Nephelometer and Turbidity Experiments for Practical Teaching, Journal of Chemical Education, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

J. O'Donoghue, Stories from the Lab: Development and Feedback from an Online Education and Public Engagement Activity with Schools, Journal of Chemical Education, 97, 2020, p3271 - 3277 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

J. O'Donoghue, Spectroscopy in a Suitcase: A model for a national chemistry education and public engagement programme in Ireland, Filodiritto Editore - New Perspectives in Science Education Conference Proceedings, New Perspectives in Science Education, Italy, April 2019, edited by Filodiritto Editore , 8, 2019, pp194 - 199 Conference Paper, 2019 URL

J O'Donoghue, Simplified Low-Cost Colorimetry for Education and Public Engagement, Journal of Chemical Education, 96, (6), 2019, p1136 - 1142 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

John O'Donoghue, Christmas, community and chemistrees, Education in Chemistry, 59, (6), 2022, p40 - 40 Journal Article, 2022 URL

J. O'Donoghue, The Science of Smartwatches: I 'heart' my smartwatch, Education in Chemistry, January, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 URL

C. Reidy, J. O'Donoghue, Visualising Maths for Chemistry, Science: Journal of the Irish Science Teachers Association, (3), 2020, p18 - 19 Journal Article, 2020

M. Sammon, J. O'Donoghue, Cheaper and simpler to study in Ireland than the UK, Education in Chemistry, September, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 URL

J. O'Donoghue, ChemEd-Ireland 2018 proceedings and the TCD ChemEd Group, Chemistry in Action, 113, 2019, p10 - 11 Journal Article, 2019

J. O'Donoghue, G. O'Donovan, OChemistree, Education in Chemistry, 55, (6), 2019, p30 - 31 Journal Article, 2019 URL

J. O'Donoghue, Rates of Reaction; Experiment for Junior Cycle Science, Science: Journal of the Irish Science Teachers Association, 53, (3), 2018, p20 - 21 Journal Article, 2018

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Current Chemistry Investigators
  • Summary
    • Current Chemistry Investigators (CCI) provides students, teachers and the public with hands-on activities based on simple electrochemistry and electroanalytical concepts through tangible scientific role models. It also provides Irish researchers with valuable and beneficial experience in science communication, to help them develop skills to share their research to wider audiences. Using an Irish context, this project will create an appreciation for the role of chemistry research in everyday life, increasing interest in this vital area for the benefit of everyone"s future.
  • Funding Agency
    • Science Foundation Ireland
  • Date From
    • 01/01/22
  • Date To
    • 01/01/24
  • Title
    • Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Ireland
  • Summary
    • SIAS was a chemistry education and public engagement programme offered to secondary school students and teachers all over Ireland. It was a collaboration between the Royal Society of Chemistry, TCD, UCD, UCC, UL, CIT and IT Sligo.
  • Funding Agency
    • Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • 2020


Academic Achievement; Adult & Continuing Education; Classroom Instruction; College Students; Computer Education/Literacy; Consumer Education/Information; Continuing Professional Development; Educational Evaluation/Assessment; Elementary Education; Elementary/Secondary Education; Gifted or Talented Education; High School Education; Higher Education; Higher Education, Private; Higher Education, Public; Junior & Community Colleges; Junior High School Education; Middle School Education; Pharmacy Education; Pre-School Education; Precollegiate Education--Science/Mathematics; Public Education; Science Education; Teacher Education


Awards and Honours

Trinity Research Excellence Award - Engaging Profoundly with our Publics 2023

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Outstanding Contribution to STEM Communication 2018


MRSC 2015