I am a materials scientist with a wealth of experience in the synthesis and characterisation of various nanomaterials. My current research focuses on the synthesis of different 2D nanomaterials, including graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), by chemical vapour deposition (CVD), a scalable and industry-compatible method. The use of these materials as active components for an array of different applications is currently being assessed. Additionally, I have extensive experience in the use of Raman spectroscopy for the characterisation of nanomaterials produced by both CVD and liquid-phase exfoliation.
I have a strong interdisciplinary background combining physics, chemistry and materials science. Following the awarding of a gold medal in materials science in 2005, I joined Prof Werner Blau's Molecular Electronics group where I was awarded a PhD in physics in 2011. My PhD research focused on the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other nanocarbon forms. I then joined Prof. Georg Duesberg's research team where I worked on a number of applications-focused industrial collaborations. I led TCD's activities in the EU project ElectroGraph, which investigated the use of graphene in commercial supercapacitors. In 2015 I was awarded an independent SFI TIDA grant to develop TMD materials for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). In 2016 I was awarded an SFI SIRG grant to optimise the synthesis of 2D material heterostacks.