The People

Dr. Niall McEvoy (nmcevoy at

SFI SIRG Principal Investigator

Niall is a materials scientist with ~12 years' experience in the synthesis and characterisation of various nanomaterials. His 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, Niall has extensive experience in the use of Raman spectroscopy for the characterisation of nanomaterials produced by both CVD and liquid-phase exfoliation.
Niall is currently funded by an SFI Starting Investigator Reseach Grant (SIRG) and is hosted in AMBER and the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin.
Niall has a strong interdisciplinary background combining physics, chemistry and materials science. Following the awarding of a gold medal and the Henderson-Lloyd prize in materials science in 2005, he joined Prof Werner Blau's Molecular Electronics group and was awarded a PhD in physics in 2011. His PhD research focused on the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other nanocarbon forms. Niall then joined Prof. Georg Duesberg's research team where he worked on a number of applications-focused industrial collaborations. He led TCD's activities in the EU project ElectroGraph, which investigated the use of graphene in commercial supercapacitors. In 2015 Niall was awarded an independent SFI TIDA grant to develop TMD materials for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). In 2016 he was awarded an SFI SIRG grant to optimise the synthesis of 2D material heterostacks. Since 2017 Niall has led the research efforts of the ASIN group in AMBER. Further details of Niall's research can be found on his personal website.

Prof. Georg S. Duesberg (duesberg at

Adjunct Professor - Now In UniBW Munich


Georg graduated in Physical Chemistry at the University of Kassel, Germany. His PhD was conducted at the Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, and Trinity College, Dublin from 1997 - 2000 on a collaborative European project, where he dealt with purifying, assembling and imaging carbon nanotubes. During the work he was able to characterise individual carbon nanotubes by Raman spectroscopy for the first time.
From 2001 - 2005 Georg worked at the Corporate Research Department of Infineon AG, in Munich, Germany. The research focus was on the integration of bottom-up grown structures into CMOS based devices. Wafer-scale chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of CNTs as well as the growth of individual nanotubes from lithographically defined nano-holes are among the achievements. Furthermore, they were able to produce the world's smallest transistor and the first power transistor with carbon nanotubes.
From 2005 - 2007 Georg worked in the Thin Films Department of the Qimonda AG, Dresden, Germany on the implementation of new ultrathin carbon films into future DRAM technology.
In July 2007 Georg moved to Dublin to take on a position as ETS Walton Researcher in the School of Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin and as Principal Investigator in CRANN and AMBER.
In January 2017 Georg moved to the Bundeswehr University in Munich to take on a chair in sensor technologies. Georg is an adjunct professor in the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin and maintains strong ties with AMBER.

Dr. Graeme Cunningham (grcunnin at


Graeme is a materials scientist with a strong knowledge of semiconductor physics, processing and device fabrication at both lab and industrial technology scales. He will be working on the doping of CVD-grown 2D materials and has just recently (August 2017) joined the ASIN group. Previously he was with Nokia Bell Labs working on the R&D of integrated micro-thermoelectric coolers, for next generation photonic integrated circuits. Prior to this Graeme earned his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Coleman in 2014, where he studied the photoelectric properties of solution processed layered 2D materials for their application in solar energy conversion. For undergraduate he studied experimental physics at UCD where he received a First Class Honours Degree and the Nevin Medal for top graduate in 2008, followed by working as a process engineer for a year in ion implant with Intel.

Dr. M. Daniela Angione (angionem at


Daniela graduated in 2007 with a masters degree in Chemistry from University of Bari “A. Moro” (Italy). In January 2008 she started the Doctoral School in Chemistry on Innovative Materials at the University of Bari “A. Moro” obtaining her PhD degree in 2011 with a dissertation on “Supramolecular Structures for Organic Electronic Devices”. Her principal research interests lie in the design and development of electro/photo active polymeric and carbon-based architectures with multifunctional properties for applications in sensing, diagnostics and biology. Since her PhD studies, she’s carried out fundamental investigations on the correlation between supramolecular organization of polymeric and small organic molecular architectures with their opto-electronic and stimuli responsive properties. She has spent two years at the University of Manchester (UK) in 2011 as Marie Curie Experienced Researcher and then moved to Trinity College Dublin in 2013. Since then she has expanded her expertise in polymer modification andsensors development, and she joined ASIN group in 2016.

Dr. Cormac Ó Coileáin (ocoilecl at


Cormac joined the ASIN group to work on the ‘Intel 2D Materials project’, which looks at the development of industrially compatible 2D nano-materials. Having previously worked in the School of Physics at Beijing Institute of Technology and for King Saud University, recent research has focused on the growth and synthesis of metal and oxide thin-films by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and 2D materials by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). These studies also included the subsequent magnetic and electrical characterisation of these materials at room and cryogenic temperatures. Cormac was awarded his PhD in 2012 as part of the Applied Physics Research Group, where he examined controlled electromigration on vicinal surfaces and the growth planar nanowire arrays. He has extensive experience in the use of atomic force microscopy and ultra-high vacuum systems, and additionally holds qualifications in the fields of Theoretical Physics and Leadership for Sustainable Development.

John McManus (mcmanuj2 at

Graduate Student

John joined the group in April 2015 having worked in Intel Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College in 2013 with a degree in Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials. John’s project focuses on synthesis of transition metal dichalcogenides by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) and on the growth of heterostacks and heterojunctions of these to create electronic devices.

Conor Cullen (cullencp at

Graduate Student

Conor joined the group in 2015, following the completion of an undergraduate desgree in N-PCAM. His research is centred on the functionalisation, and subsequent characterisation, of 2D materials. Conor is particularly interested in XPS and has used this technique to investigate a wide array of different nanomaterials.

Lisanne Peters (petersli at

Graduate Student

Lisanne received both her BSc. and MSc. in Chemistry at KU Leuven University (Belgium) after which she joined the group in 2016. Her research focuses on the synthesis of different transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), by CVD and making heterostacks of these materials for integration in optoelectronic devices.

Katie O'Neill (oneillk3 at

Graduate Student

Katie joined the group in early 2017 after graduating from Nanoscience - Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials at Trinity College Dublin. Katie's project focuses on the atomic force microscopy (AFM) characterisation and manipulation of transition metal dichalcogenides synthesised by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) to create electronic devices. Prior to this Katie worked with Adama Innovations on AFM nanoindentation using Adama's diamond probes.




Recent Alumni:


Dr. Riley Gatensby, former Graduate Student (now working in the Mokarian group in AMBER)

Dr. Kangho Lee, former Postdoc (now working at Bundeswehr University Munich)

Dr. Maria O'Brien, former Graduate Student (now working for the AA)

Dr. Toby Hallam, former Postdoc (now working at Newcastle University)

Hyun-Jeong Kim, former visiting researcher

Wungyeon Kim, former visiting researcher

Mahvish Chaudhry, former visiting researcher

Dr. Hugo Nolan, former Graduate Student and Postdoc (now working in Queen's University Belfast)

Dr. Sinead Winters, former Graduate Student and Postdoc

Chris Murray, former Intel RiR

Dr. Nina C. Berner, former Postdoc (now working for the AA)

Dr. Christian Wirtz, former Graduate Student

Dr. Ehsan Rezvani, former Graduate Student

Dr. Chanyoung Yim, former Graduate Student (now working in the Bundeswehr University Munich)

Dr. Hye-Young Kim , former Postdoc (now working at the Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart)

Dr. Ashok Kumar Nanjundan , former Postdoc (now working at the University of Queensland)

Dr. Rohit Mishra, former Postdoc

Dr. Gareth P. Keeley, former Postdoc (now working at the Max Planck Institute, Dusseldorf)

Dr. Shishir Kumar , former Graduate Student (now working at the Indian Institute of Science)

Dr. Ravi Joshi, former Postdoc (now working at Infineon, Austria)

Dr. Ronan Daly, former Postdoc (now lecturing at Cambridge)

Dr. Nikos Peltekis, former Postdoc (now working at Intel, Leixlip, Ireland)

Dr. Satheesh Krishnamurthy, former Postdoc (now lecturing at The Open University, Milton Keynes)