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Past Members of MESTECH

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Pawel Świt

Paweł Świt, a recent graduate from analytical chemistry at Jagiellonian University in Kraków and chemical technology at AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków. He is currently a PhD student at Faculty of Chemistry at Jagiellonian University. His research focus on development of new calibration method in flow techniques, especially on generalized calibration strategy in chemical analysis. In the previous year, he held a research internship at the Charles University in Prague, during which dealt with the development of two component method for the simultaneously determination of paracetamol and caffeine in pharmaceuticals. His project at DCU involved the development of an ultra-sonication method of sample preparation for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and pesticides in the surface water samples.

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Quentin Mielle

Quentin is a fourth year student from the ENSIACET University. He is studying a degree in chemistry in the school of engineering in Toulouse, France. He is doing a four month internship with the MESTCH lab, where he is supervised by Prof Fiona Regan and Alan Barrett. His project involved the development of antifouling strategies such as UV light or sol materials as coating for sensors. These materials are made of metal nanoparticles like silver or copper nanoparticles, which have antibacterial properties, and maybe they can reduce bacterial or diatom attachment. This project consists in making these sol-gel materials and testing them on slides dropped into a medium with diatoms. He will present his work with a written report at the end of the internship in October 2015.

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Yvon Guntz

Yvon is fourth year student from the ENSIACET University. He is studying a degree in chemical engineering in the school of engineering in Toulouse France. He start a four and an half month internship within MESTECH under the supervision of Dr Lisa Jones and Prof Fiona Regan.

His project involved the development of an ultra-sonication method of sample preparation for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the surface water of the Poolbeg area. The main objectives of his project are the development of a non-destructive sonication extraction method and the optimisation of the HPLC-fluorescence analysis. This method will then be applied to water sample from the Poolbeg area in order to quantify the amount of PAHs.

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Denissa Coleen Quiwa

My name is Denissa Coleen Quiwa, I am currently an undergraduate in DCU, studying a Bsc. Degree in Analytical Science. I will have three of the four year course finished following the completion of this research internship, under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Jones and Prof. Fiona Regan. Within the research group I have been assigned to do work regarding the “development of passive sampling materials for the monitoring of pesticides in an aqueous environment”. My work involves editing and optimising the completed research paper based on the topic in question; in order to meet the feedback given by the reviewer, thus eventually have a stronger paper ready for re-publishing. In addition to this, I will also be carrying out the fabrication of the passive sampling materials (disks and membranes) discussed in the research paper and the analysis and overall identification of the extracted samples through GC-MS.

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Florence Orzechowski

My name is Florence ORZECHOWSKI, I come from France and I actually study Chemical engineering process at INSA de Rouen. I am here for a 10 weeks internship in environmental analysis field. The aim of my work is to develop a method on HPLC and with the ultra-sonication to analyze the most hydrophobic pharmaceuticals and pesticides compounds in water.

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Yunuen García Tellez

Yunuen García Tellez is an student of Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering from Universidad De Las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), México. Her studies focus on the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. During her degree  she has completed a five week program in Micro and Nanotechnology at Phelma MINATEC  Grenoble, France. Yunuen is currently working on an anti-biofouling project with Dr Aoife Power and Alan Barrett in the MESTECH research group under the supervision of Prof Fiona Regan.

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Vivienne Kearney

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Vivienne is currently in her final year studying Analytical Science in DCU. She has spent the last 5 months working closely with the PhD’s at MESTECH on her final year project. The project involved the determination of bacterial contamination in water using a bench top ColiSense sensor system. The ColiSense system is a real-time monitoring system for Escherichia coli, predicted to generate results within 4 hours. This system is a rapid detection method used to monitor the bacterial contamination of water, which can prevent any health risks where immediate action is required.

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Declan Murley

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Declan is currently completing fourth year of his B.Sc in Environmental Science and Health. His final year research project involves using the Optical Colorimetric Sensor to investigate its performance using standards in the laboratory and preparation of the sensor for field deployment. While working on the project Declan is under the supervision of Dr Kevin Murphy and Prof Fiona Regan.

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Mirandolina Correia

Visiting Researcher

Mirandolina Correia is a current Erasmus students with MESTECH. Starting in February 2014 she is working on a project with Drs Tim Sullivan and Aoife Power.

Mirandolina is studying Environmental Health at Coimbra Health School, Portugal and will finish in May this year. The Erasmus project allows the student to develop skills in material sciences and gain valuable laboratory experience to further their education.

Mirandolina is a working on materials development for antifouling purposes with a focus on nanomaterials and testing of doped sol-gels with both nanoparticles and natural compounds.

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Ana Esmeralda Gonçalves

Visiting Researcher

Ana Esmeralda Gonçalves is a current Erasmus student with MESTECH. Starting in February 2014 Ana Esmerelda is working on a project with Dr Kevin Murphy.

Ana Esmerelda is studying Environmental Health at Coimbra Health School, Portugal and will finish in May this year. The Erasmus project allows the student to develop skills in material sciences and gain valuable laboratory experience to further their education.

Ana Esmerelda has been working on LEDs as part of the optical colourimetric system. The aim is to learn concepts and techniques in the area of instrumentation as well as develop skills in engineering and in the laboratory from the work carried out with the sensor.

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Dr Enrico Marsili

Enrico Marsili established the Microbial Bioelectrochemistry group in 2008. He has eight years experience with microbial biofilms and their application to environmental clean-up and renewable electricity production. Member of academic staff at School of Biotechnology, Enrico Marsili is also a principal investigator of the National Centre for Sensor research atDublin City University. He collaborates with researchers from School of Physics and National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology

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Dr. Timothy Sullivan

Timothy Sullivan has a degree in Environmental Science from UCC and joined DCU in November 2007 as a postgraduate student of Prof. Fiona Regan, researching the Beaufort funded project entitled “Novel antifouling methods for application to the marine environment”. The focus of his work is on preventing the growth of biological material on environmental sensors and sensor platforms in the marine environment. Since beginning his postgraduate career Timothy has presented several posters and presentations on the use of biomimetic strategies for prevention of biofouling, most recently at the 2009 5th annual biofilms conference of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), held in Cancun, Mexico.

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Dr. Aoife Power

Aoife graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2007 with a 1st class B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Chemical Sciences at top of the class. She continued her studies at DIT, graduating with a PhD in July 2011 entitled “The Preparation and Characterisation of Silver Nanomaterials and their application in Sensing Techniques” under the supervision of Prof John Cassidy and Dr Tony Betts.

Aoife joined MESTECH in October 2013 working on the development of novel materials for industrial applications. The project involves the fabrication of a sufficiently robust, transparent, self-cleaning coating for optical devices/sensors in various environments. This is a highly desirable material as the overall performance of optical equipment and devices are critically dependent on their transparency.

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Dr. Kevin Murphy

Kevin graduated from NUI Galway in 2006 with a B.Sc in Applied Physics. He then in 2011 achieved a Ph.D in Applied Opticsalso from NUI Galway, focussing on wavefront sensing of optical vortices in turbulent fields with a view to correcting the defects in the phase field using adaptive optics technology. Since completing this Kevin has done nearly two years experience as an Optical Engineer at IRIS R+D. This involved designing and building prototypes and completing optical systems from both publicly and privately funded projects. These projects include various types of spectroscopy solutions in the visible/IR regions for agro-food and plastics industries and machine vision and imaging solution systems for industrial settings. Kevin began working at MESTECH in May 2013 where his role mainly consists of helping in data analysis and management, and developing a low-cost optical sensor for deployments.

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Dr Jenny Ronan

Jenny Ronan graduated with a BSc Hons degree in Marine Science from NUI Galway in 2003 and completed her PhD entitled ‘An integrated assessment of oestrogenic endocrine disruption in the Irish marine environment, with particular focus on chemical measurements’ with Trinity College in 2013. She then worked in the Marine Institute in Galway analysing shellfish for marine biotoxins and then worked in the institute’s residues monitoring programme.

She joined MESTECH in 2013 as a postdoctoral researcher on an EPA funded project investigating the role of passive sampling for screening and monitoring new and emerging chemicals. The project uses polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) samplers for organic contaminants and polar organic chemical integrative samplers (POCIS) for polar contaminants in the aquatic environment, along with water and biota sampling. The project aims to provide a report on recommendations for the use of passive sampling as a tool Ireland can use to meet the Water Framework Directive (WFD) specs.

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Louise Mc Keon

Louise is a currently in the third year of her PhD under Prof. Fiona Regan. She graduated from Dublin City University in 2010 with a BSc. in Chemistry with French. She began her PhD later that year through the IRCSET entrprise scheme in collaboration with Henkel Ireland Ltd. Her project is entitled “Characterisation and determination of rosin fingerprints using analytical approaches”

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Niall Durham

Niall graduated from Dublin City University with a B.Sc in Environmental Science in 2010. He was awarded the first multidisciplinary MESTECH scholarship for the project entitled “Smart environmental monitoring systems for buildings using sensing and traffic data”, under the supervison of Prof. Fiona Regan. This work will involve looking at the deployment of off the shelf sensors in developing an energy management plan for a building.

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Brendan Heery

Brendan holds a B.Eng in Mechatronic Engineering from Dublin City University. He has over 5 years experience in building electronic and mechanical prototypes mainly for research applications. He has now returned to DCU to carry out an IRCSET funded PhD scholarship under the supervision of Prof. Fiona Regan. The research topic is Generic sensing platform design for marine environment: In particular for Faecal indicator detection. Brendan’s future work will involve the integration and deployment of newly developed sensors.

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Colm O’ Hehir – MESTECH Communications Officer

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Colm O’Hehir has a degree in Microbiology from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and an MSc in Science Communication from Dublin City University (DCU). He has experience working in pharmaceuticals, bio-therapeutics and governmental funding bodies. He is the Communications Officer for the Marine & Environmental Sensing Technology Hub (MESTECH) at DCU,  responsible for the centre’s communications, publicity and event management. His role also involves working with Dr Edel O’Connor from the Marine Institute on the SmartOcean cluster.

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Dr. James Chapman

James was a postdoctoral fellow in MESTECH involved in material development for antifouling applications. His research focused on the use of nano-functionalised materials to prevent the effects of biofouling in the aqueous environment. First generation antifouling coatings were copper based and have negative impacts on the marine environment. Owing to this, novel environmentally friendly alternatives are currently being investigated. More current strategies include; highly hydrophilic and zwitterionic polymers, superhydrophobic and bioinspired patterned surfaces – which have all proven to prevent the negative effects of biofouling. James’ research has led him in to the development of metal nanoparticles as targeting biocides, superhydrophobic material design (examples taken from nature) along with smart optically clear polymers. He has presented both nationally and internationally in environmental, biofouling, biofilms, nanoparticle synthesis and material based conferences.

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Aoife White – NCSR Communications Officer

Aoife White has a degree in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University. She worked for KeyMed Ireland, an Olympus Group Company, in their Technical Department from 2005 – 2008. In May 2008 she was appointed Communications Officer for the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) where she was responsible for internal communications, external marketing and public relations, event management and the implementation of the Centre’s communications channels. She also provided support for QUESTOR at DCU. Aoife graduated from her Masters in Science Communication at DCU in March 2012.

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Dr. Lorna Fitzsimons

Having returned to full-time education as a mature student in 2003, Lorna graduated with a degree in engineering in 2007 and was subsequently awarded an IRCSET scholarship to fund her PhD studies. The focus of her recently completed PhD thesis in Mechanical Engineering was the use of exergy analysis to optimise the energy consumption of water purification processes (semiconductor manufacturing Ultra-Pure Water (UPW) plants). Research interests include thermodynamics, energy efficiency, environmental monitoring and water purification.

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Dr. Edel O’Connor

Edel O’Connor graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA (Mod) in Computer Science, Linguistics and French after which she completed an MSc in Multimedia Systems. She began working as a PHD Researcher in DCU on WP3 – video sensing of the Beaufort Project in October 2007. Her research interests lie in environmental sensing with a specific focus on visual sensing, multi-modal sensor networks and trust systems in the marine environment.

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Aine Moyna

MESTECH Post Graduate Researcher

Aine Moyna was post graduate student in MESTECH starting in December 2007 on a PhD based on the development of a capillary ion chromatography system for the separation of small ions with focus placed on analysis of environmental samples such as seawater. She carried out her undergraduate studies in Letterkenny Institute of technology where she graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Analytical Science in 2004. Following graduation, she commenced work as a quality control analyst in Norbrook Laboratories in Newry for 6 months before moving to Helsinn Birex in Blanchardstown where she worked for two years.

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Edwina Stack

MESTECH Post Graduate Researcher

Edwina Stack graduated with a degree in Biochemistry in 2006 from University College Cork after which she completed an MSc in Biomedical Diagnostics at Dublin City University. Edwina began working for Prof. Richard O’Kennedy on the Beaufort project entitled “Development of genetically engineered, highly stable and specific bio-recognition ligands for detection of marine contaminants”. This project is funded by the Beaufort Marine Initiative and is carried out in collaboration with Professor Chris Elliot of Queen’s University Belfast. Edwina has also participated in the running of the BDI Education and Outreach Primary School Science Programme Workshops, 2007/8.

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Dr. Mirek Macka

Mirek Macka received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Tasmania, Australia (1997) and held prestigious research fellowships in Australia (mid-career Australian Council Research Council Fellowship, 2000-2005) and since 2006 in Ireland at the Dublin City University (EC-FP6 senior fellowship and grant “Marie Curie Excellence Grants”). He has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and book chapters and is a member of editorial boards of 3 international journals. His research interests include separations by capillary electrophoresis and liquid chromatography, miniaturisation of analytical instrumentation, microfluidics, ‘exotic’ monoliths, solid-state light sources and computer-based approaches including numerical fluidic simulations. Mirek worked on WP 3 from June 07 to June 09.

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Prof. Brian MacCraith

Prof. Brian MacCraith is the current DCU President and was previously the Director and founder of the National Centre for Sensor Research (1999-2005) and Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at DCU (2005-2010 ). The BDI is a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Science, Engineering & Technology (CSET) focused on developing the underpinning science leading to next-generation biomedical diagnostics. The BDI is an academic-industry partnership involving 6 industrial and 4 academic partners. The funding awarded to the BDI includes over €6m from its industry partners and €16.5m from SFI. Brian was involved with WP4: Transduction from October 2005 until July 2010.

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Prof. Brett Paull

Prof. Brett Paull received his B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Environmental Sciences (Environmental Chemistry Option) from Polytechnic Southwest, Plymouth, in 1991. He was awarded a Ph.D from the University of Plymouth 1994. He took up the position of Associate Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tasmania, Australia in 1995. In January 1998 Prof. Paull moved to the School of Chemical Sciences in DCU and in December 2006 he was promoted to Associate Professor. Prof. Paull was the Director of the Irish Separations Science Cluster. His research interests include Analytical and Environmental Chemistry: Particularly fundamental and applied aspects of separation sciences, including high-performance liquid chromatography, ion chromatography, capillary zone electrophoresis and capillary electrochromatography.

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Prof. Colette McDonagh

Colette McDonagh has an honours degree in Experimental Physics from the National University of Ireland at Galway and a Ph.D. in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin. After postdoctoral work at Trinity College and at the Department of Applied Sciences at the University of California at Davis, she was appointed as a Lecturer in the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University in 1986. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor. Current Beaufort-related research activity includes development of an optical waveguide platform for microbial sensing and dissolved carbon dioxide sensor for environment monitoring. Prof. McDonagh has > 60 peer-reviewed publications and > 1000 citations.

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Prof. Kim Lau

Prof. Kim KT Lau is an associate professor in Department of Applied Chemistry, Xi’an JiaoTong-Liverpool University, China. Prof. Lau joined Dublin City University (DCU) in 2000 as a research fellow working on European Framework 4 project on developing optical sensors for on-line water quality monitoring. Prof. Lau was an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Sciences, DCU since 2004. Prof. Lau was also the senior research Fellow of The Beaufort Marine Research Award which aims to rollout platforms capable of remote sampling and analysis over extended periods of time and to ultimately produce the building blocks of an ‘environmental nervous system’ comprised of many distributed sensing devices that share their data in real time on the web, enabling the source of pollution events to be quickly located and remedial action initiated rapidly to minimise the danger to people and contamination of distribution systems. Prof. Lau also engages in wearable sensors development for personal health monitoring and for sport application. Conducting polymer based breathing monitor, smart insole, real-time on-fabric sweat analyser, smart bite-guard are among the prototype developed. Prof. Lau is the named inventor of over 10 patents; he has over 60 peer reviewed publications in international journals. Prof. Lau was the recipient of DCU Research Fellowship Award in 2007.

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Gabriel Nzulu

Gabriel Kofi Nzulu received his Bachelors of Science degree combining a major in Physics and Geology from the University of Ghana, Legon in June 2000. After working as a high school Physics tutor and Physics Examiner for the West African Examinations council for four years, he completed his Master’s degree in Materials Physics and Nanotechnology at the Linkoping University, Sweden in 2007. He then pursued other postgraduate certificate courses in areas such as Energy, Environmental Management Systems and Energy, and Sustainability. He begain his PhD at the School of Physical Sciences in DCU, working on the project “Optical waveguide platform for microbial sensing”and his supervisor is Prof. Colette McDonagh.

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Lizandra Fregonezi Paludetti

Visiting Researcher

Lizandra Fregonezi Paludetti is in her fourth year studying Food Engineering at São Paulo University (USP) in Brazil. She joined MESTECH for five months with the aim of learning analytical and electronic techniques for sensor development as well as to develop her engineering and chemistry skills.

Lizandra participated in innovation activities based in the School of Chemical Sciences under the supervision of Dr Kevin Murphy and Prof Fiona Regan. The project involved the development of a low cost optical sensor to be tested in the field. Her work also involved investigating optimal antifouling materials that can be used in applications with sensors in order to extend the working lifetime of the system as well as to verify characteristics that could be redesigned.

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Clare DeLaurentis

Clare Is studying a degree in Biology in the university of Notre Dame. She was working with MESTECH on a 10 week Nauthton fellowship. During her time here she wass under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Sullivan and Prof. Fiona Regan. Clare’s studies involved quantifying the amount of biofouling that takes place on various materials and surfaces via biochemical assays that determine protein, carbohydrate, and DNA concentrations. The goal wass to use these biochemical assays to numerically determine the amount of biofouling on each surface so that the success of the different antifouling materials can be established.

Project: Assay Analysis of Biofouling

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Remi Julio

Remi was a student from the ENSIACET University. He is studying a degree in chemistry in the school of engineering in Toulouse, France. He is a fourth year student and had a three month internship with MESTECH. During his time here he was supervised by Dr. Timothy Sullivan and Prof. Fiona Regan. His project involved the development of materials as coatings for sensors and other structures to reduce of prevent biofouling. The materials were bio-inspired polymers with surface features designed to reduce bacterial or diatom attachment. The materials may contain some effective chemistry also. The project involved preparing materials as well as testing them for protein, carbohydrate, and DNA. He presented his work with a written report at the end of the internship in October 2013.

Project: Assay Analysis of Biofouling

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Simon Furlan

Simon is fourth year student from the University of ENSIACET He is studying a degree in chemical engineering in the school of engineering in Toulouse France. He has a three month internship with MESTECH under the supervision of Dr Timothy Sullivan and Prof Fiona Regan. His project involved the development of materials as coatings for sensors and other structures to reduce of prevent biofouling. The materials will be bio-inspired polymers with surface features designed to reduce bacterial or diatom attachment. The materials may contain some effective chemistry also. The project involved preparing materials as well as testing them for protein, carbohydrate, and DNA. He presented his work with a written report at the end of his internship in October 2013.

Project: Assay Analysis of Biofouling

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Ciara Byrne

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Ciara was awarded a Beaufort Undergraduate Research Scholarship Programme at the end of her fourth year in Dublin City University where she studied for a B.Sc in Environmental Science and Health. Ciara’s internship was spent under the supervision of Prof. Fiona Regan. Her project involved her in a science communications role. She was involved in promoting MESTECH through updating the website, and other databases, along with running twitter and new feeds daily. Ciara presented her work to the Hamilton/Beaufort Symposium in both oral and poster formats at the end of her internship.

Project: Website Development and MESTECH Promotion

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Camila Nardi Pinto

Visiting Researcher

Camila Nardi Pinto, Brazil, visited the NCSR for 12 weeks in early 2012 to learn how to build sensors for gas monitoring and water quality monitoring. She is a student of Ernane Costa, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil who spent a sabbatical in DCU in 2011. Camila will return to Brazil with the knowhow of how to build sensors and MESTECH will send an optical event sensor for testing in Brazil later in the year.

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Antoin Lawlor

Antóin was a research assistant in the Analytical & Environmental Research Group based in the NCSR, DCU and was involved in two EPA funded projects. As part of the Monitoring Criteria for Priority Chemicals Leading to Emission Factors project he developed a simple, stochastic, risk-based model that can be applied across catchments to predict the relative risk of elevated Priority Substances & Priority Hazardous Substances loading. From April 2011, he was involved in a scoping study (Assessing, Preventing & Managing Priority & Hazardous Substances in Surface and Groundwaters) to provide a comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge & research in the assessment, management & prevention of Priority Substances & Priority Hazardous Substances in surface and groundwaters. Antóin previously worked on the SmartCoast and DEPLOY projects to develop and deploy a multi-sensor system. These systems are seen as an important building block in the realisation of a wide area autonomous network of sensors capable of monitoring the spatial and temporal distribution of important water quality and environmental target parameters.

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Paulo Santos

Visiting Researcher

Paulo Santos, Portugal, is a student of the College of Health Technology of Coimbra, currently enrolled in 3rd year of Environmental Health. Included in the Mobility program ERASMUS he had an opportunity to join a team of research fellow in the Marine and Environmental Sensing Technology Hub (MESTECH), conducting research in the field of biofouling and antifouling strategies Dublin City University (DCU) in Ireland for 3 months in early 2012.

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Liliane Tavares

Visiting Researcher

A student at College of Health Technology of Coimbra in Portugal. Studying for a degree in Environmental Health. Took advantage of the Erasmus Mobility programme to come to Dublin City University for 3 months in early 2012. Lillian worked under Dr. James Chapman in the Marine and Environmental Sensing Technology Hub (MESTECH) conducting research in the field of biofouling and antifouling strategies.

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Caitriona Farrell – 2011 Undergraduate Intern

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Caitriona Farrell was awared a Beaufort Undergraduate Internship at the end of her second year in University College Dublin where she is studying for a BE in Chemical Engineering. Caitriona spent her internship under the supervision of Prof. Alan Smeaton and Ms. Edel O’Connor and she completed a project entitled “Data aggregation for environmental monitoring” as part of the Beaufort Marine Research Awards. At the end of her internship Caitriona presented her work at the Hamilton/Beaufort Symposium in both oral and poster formats.

Project: Data aggregation for environmental monitoring 

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Iffat Naqvi – 2011 Undergraduate Intern

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Iffat Naqvi was awarded a Beaufort Undergraduate Internship at the end of her second year in DCU where she is studying for a BEng in Biomedical Engineering. Iffat spent her internship under the supervisioin of Prof. Noel O’Connor and Dian Zhang and she completed a project entitled “ImageSense: an autonomous intelligent camera platform for environmental and marine monitoring” as part of the Beaufort Marine Research awards. At the end of her internship programme Iffat presented her work at the Hamilton/Beaufort Symposium in both oral and poster formats.

Project: ImageSense: an autonomous intelligent camera platform for environmental and marine monitoring

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Lucinda Doyle – 2010 Undergraduate Intern

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Lucinda Doyle was awarded a Beaufort Undergraduate Internship at the end of her second year in DCU where she is studying for a BSc in Biotechnology. Lucinda spent her internship under the supervisioin of Prof. Brett Paull and Dr. Mercedes Vazques and she completed a project entitled “Development of a high sensitivity on-chip detection cell for environmental analysis” as part of the Beaufort Marine Research awards. At the end of her internship programme Lucinda presented her work at the Hamilton/Beaufort Symposium in both oral and poster formats.

Project: Development of a high sensitivity on-chip detection cell for environmental analysis

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Tony Blake – 2010 Undergraduate Intern

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Tony Blake was awarded a Beaufort Undergraduate Internship at the end of his second year in DCU where he is studying for a BEng in Electronic Engineering. Tony spent his internship under the supervisioin of Prof. Alan Smeaton and Prof. Noel O’Connor and he completed a project entitled “A Visual Platform for Environmental Monitoring” as part of the Beaufort Marine Research awards. At the end of his internship programme Tony presented his work at the Hamilton/Beaufort Symposium in both oral and poster formats.

 

Project: A Visual Sensing Platform for Environmental Monitoring

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Mary O’Sullivan – 2009 Undergraduate Intern

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Mary O’Sullivan was awarded a Beaufort Undergraduate Internship at the end of her third year in DCU where she is studying for a BSc in Applied Physics. Mary spent her internship under the supervisioin of Prof. Colette McDonagh and Dr. Robert Copperwhite and she completed a project entitled “Characterisation of Photocurable Sol-gel Materials for Microfluidic Applications” as part of the Beaufort Marine Research awards. At the end of her internship programme Mary presented her work at the Hamilton/Beaufort Symposium in both oral and poster formats.

Project: Characterisation of Photocurable Sol-gel Materials for Microfluidic Applications

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Christina Doherty – 2009 Undergraduate Intern

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Christina Doherty was awarded a Beaufort Undergraduate Internship at the end of her second year in DCU where she is studying for a BSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Christina spent her internship under the supervisioin of Prof. Dermot Diamond and Dr. Yuliya Shakalisava. She completed a project entitled “Development of Novel Methods for the Determination of Microbiological Contamination of Water” as part of the Beaufort Marine Research awards. At the end of her internship programme Christina presented her work at the Hamilton/Beaufort Symposium in both oral and poster formats.

Project: Development of novel methods for the determination of microbiological contamination of water

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Jonathan Collins – 2009 Undergraduate Intern

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Jonathan Collins was awarded a Beaufort Undergraduate Internship at the end of his third year in DCU where she is studying for a BSc in Athletic Training and Therapy. Jonathan spent his internship under the supervisioin of Prof. Fiona Regan. He completed a project entitled “Testing the performance of sensors in a marine environment” as part of the Beaufort Marine Research awards. At the end of his internship programme Jonathan presented his work at the Hamilton/Beaufort Symposium in both oral and poster formats.

Project: Testing the performance of sensors in a marine environment 

Manika Poply – 2008 Undergraduate Intern

MESTECH Undergraduate Intern

Manika Poply was awarded a Beaufort Undergraduate Internship at the end of her second year in DCU where she is studying for a BSc in Biotechnology. Manika spent her internship under the supervision of Prof. Dermot Diamond and Dr. Yuliya Shakalisava. She completed a project entitled ” Development of a microfluidic device for microbiological monitoring of water” as part of the Beaufort Marine Research awards. At the end of her internship programme Manika presented her work at the Hamilton/Beaufort Symposium in both oral and poster formats.

Project: Development of novel methods for the determination of microbiological contamination of water