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Welcome to the Ryan Research Group

The Ryan  Research Group at the Bernal Institute is led by Professor Kevin M. Ryan who holds a Personal Chair in Chemical Nanotechnology at the Department of Chemical Sciences  at the University of Limerick. He is coordinator of the H2020 EU projects Si-Drive and NEILLSBAT in the area of  Li-ion and Lithium-Sulfur batteries respectively, Co-Principal Investigator on SFI Centres MaREI and AMBER and funded Investigator on SSPC. He is holder of SFI IVP and IRC Laureate awards.  Previous affiliations included Marie Curie Fellowship positions at the University of California, Berkeley, USA and Merck Chemicals Southampton, UK following  BSc and PhD degrees at University College Cork. The group research Interests are in  Nanocrystals and Nanowires with emphasis on Synthesis, Assembly and Device Applications in ICT, Energy Storage (Batteries) and Energy Conversion Applications. The group also studies nucleation and growth in both hard (metal, semiconductor) and soft (pharmaceutical) nanocrystal materials with emphasis on size, shape and crystal phase control.
Address: MS1021, University of Limerick, Limerick Ireland. Phone: + 353 (61) 213167,  Email: kevin.m.ryan(at)ul.ie.

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Current Research Team

Dr. Killian Stokes
Postdoctoral Researcher (H2020)

Research Interests: Nanomaterial synthesis and characterisation, Li-ion battery testing

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Dr. Sheida Ishkli
Marie Curie Career Fit Fellow

Research interests: Electrochemical energy storage, lithium ion batteries, polymer electrolytes

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Dr. Vivek Verma
Postdoctoral Researcher (SFI/EI) Joint with Dr L Padrela

Research Interests: Continuous manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients, their isolation and formulation

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Dr. Ibrahim Aminu
Marie Curie Fellow

Research Interests: Novel Nanomaterial Synthesis, Li-ion Batteries, and Al-ion Batteries

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Dr Uma Ghorpade
Postdoctoral Researcher (SFI)

Research Interests: Nanomaterial synthesis, thin film solar cell, LED

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Dr. Laurent Perge
Postdoctoral Researcher (EI) Joint with Dr. L Padrela

Research Interests: Pharmaceutical Nanocrystals, Supercritical Fluids 

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Dr Parimaladevi Palanisamy
Reseach Assistant (EI) joint with Dr L Padrela

Research Interests: Continuous manufacturing of drug nanoparticles, screening of co-crystallization conditions of BCS II drugs


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Huan Ren
PhD Student (SFI) Joint with Prof C. McCarthy

Date of PhD start: 1st Jun, 2015
Research Interests: Morphology control and polytypic studies in colloidal nanocrystals

Fiona McGrath
Phd Student (IRC/Intel)

PhD Start date Jan 2016

Research interests: Nanoparticle Synthesis, Materials for Sustainable Energy, Perovskites

Barry Long
PhD Student (SFI/SSPC) joint with Dr L Padrela

PhD Student since 2016
Current Role: PhD Researcher
Research Interests: Supercritical Fluid Technology, Polymorphic Control, Nanocrystal Synthesis

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Seamus Kilian
PhD Student (SFI/M-ERA)

PhD Start Date Oct 2017

Research Interests: Nanomaterials for Li-ion Batteries, Si Nanowire Synthesis, Battery Testing, Nanomaterial Characterization.


Kieran McCarthy
PhD Student (IRC/Analog) joint with Dr T Kennedy

PhD Student since Jan 2018
Research Interests: Nanomaterial synthesis & SMART estimation of Li-ion battery state parameters

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Gearoid Collins
PhD Student (IRC/Intel)

PhD Start Jan 2018

Research Interests: Renewable energy, energy storage, lithium-ion batteries, bottom-up synthesis, synthesis and applications of silicon and germanium nanostructures for use in LiB and FETs

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Dylan Storan
PhD Student (SFI)

Date of PhD start: 1st June 2018

Research Interests: Semiconductor nanowire synthesis, doping and device fabrication

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Sumair Imtiaz
PhD Student (SFI MaREI)

Date of PhD start: December, 2018
Research Interests: Nanomaterials Synthesis and Characterisation for Li-ion and Beyond Li-ion Batteries

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Nilotpal Kapuria
PhD Student (IRC Laureate)

Date of PhD start: 23rd Oct’ 18
Research Interests: Synthesis of anisotropic colloidal nanocrystals, characterization, and assembly

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Nandita Biswas
Research Assistant (Joint with Dr Ning Liu)

Date of start: 17th September, 2018
Research Interests: Synthesizing and Aligning nanorods for LED application

Saikat Bhowmick
MSc Student (Joint with Dr Ning Liu)

Research Interest: Ordered assembly of nanocrystals and nanorods into multilayered structures by Electrophoretic Deposition

Esther Adegoke
PhD Student (SFI Joint with Prof U Bangert)

Date of PhD start: Jan, 2019
Research Interests: High resolution and in-situ electron microscopy techniques

Maria Zubair
PhD Student (SFI)

Research interest: Material Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Colloidal Synthesis

Abinaya Sankaran
PhD Student (Si-Drive H2020) Joint with Dr H Geaney

PhD Student March 2019 Start 

Research Interests: Nanomaterials, Electrochemical Energy devices-Fuel cell and Batteries.

Mohini Mishra
Phd Student

PhD Student Feb 2019 Start 

Research Interests: Synthesis of colloidal nanocrystals, characterization, and assembly.

Adrian Hannon
MSc Student

Research Interests: Nanodevice Fabrication, Nanowire Synthesis, Charge Carrier Mechanisms & Behaviour, Materials Characterisation, Nano Deposition Techniques

Michela Ottaviani
Visiting PhD student from University of Rome

PhD start: 1st November, 2017- Visiting UL May-Aug 2019

Research Interests:  Silicon nanowires as anodes for Lithium-ion batteries

Keywords: Lithium ion Batteries, Silicon Anodes, Colloidal Nanocrystals, Nanorods, Nanowires, Silicon, Germanium, Cadmium Sulphide, Cadmium Selenide, Copper Indium Gallium Sulphide/selenide (CIGS), Dicopper-zinc-tin-tetrasulphide (CZTS), Nanorod Assembly, Electrophoretic Assembly, Charge based Assembly, Thin-films, Photoabsorbers, Pharmaceutical Nanocrystals.