Prof. Declan McCormack

Academic Director

Prof Declan McCormack is the Head of School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in DIT.  Teaching thermodynamics, materials chemistry and surface & colloid chemistry to undergraduate students in Year 3 and Year 4.

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Dr. Brendan Duffy

Centre Manager

Dr. Brendan Duffy is the CREST Centre Manager, having previously been a Senior Research Manager responsible for Hygiene and Corrosion Control in CREST. After Graduating from DIT Kevin St. with a BSc in Applied Sciences (Physics & Chemistry, Hons 1.1), he completed a PhD entitled “Development of Novel Gas Sensors” at the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) in DCU in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Dermot Diamond.

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Dr. Annaik Genson

Consultancy Manager

Dr Annaik Genson joined the CREST team in January 2014 as R&D Consultancy Manager. As a Senior Materials Engineer, she is currently responsible for the research and development consulting services for private companies as part of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network.

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Dr. Mohamed Oubaha

Research Fellow

Dr. Mohamed Oubaha obtained his PhD degree in Chemistry of Materials from the University of Montpellier II in 2003 on the development of photocurable hybrid organic–inorganic sol–gel materials and their application to the fabrication of photonic devices.

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Dr. Grainne Hargaden

Lecturer and Principal Investigator

Dr Gráinne Hargaden is a Principal Investigator at CREST and assistant lecturer in organic chemistry at the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at DIT Kevin Street.

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Dr. Ann Hopper

PI / Chemistry Lecturer

Worked for many years in the electronic manufacturing industry as Process Development Chemist responsible for the development of new products and processes.

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Dr. John Colleran

PI / Chemistry Lecturer

Current research interests are focused on development and characterization of composite materials for novel biological, inorganic and environmental applications …

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Dr. Patricia Ennis

Health and Safety Industrial Advisor / Chemistry Lecturer

Studied chemistry at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and was awarded a PhD from TCD for work with Prof. John Kelly on the photochemistry of polymer bound ruthenium complexes in 1987.

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Paul Quinn

Senior Associate Consultant

Paul Quinn is a graduate in applied physics (DIT) and advanced materials technology (University of Surrey). Paul is a professional member of the Institute of Materials Finishing (IMF) at Fellowship grade and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

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Dr Swarna Jaiswal

Research Scientist

Dr Swarna Jaiswal is a research scientist in the CREST team since 2012. She is associated with various commercial and academic projects in the area of medical microbiology, hygiene coating, biomaterial science and toxicology. Currently, she is working on bioabsorbable material for the potential applications in biomedical devices such as stent and bone fixation screws.

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Dr. Paddy Kane

Research Scientist

Paddy joined CREST in September 2013, in the post of Coatings Formulator on the Lazarus project, the aim of which is to formulate paints with a relatively low pigment content, which could result in significant savings for paint manufacturers and suppliers. Paddy is also Quality Manager at CREST, which is accredited to the quality management standard ISO 9001:2008.

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Garrett Melia

Research Scientist

Garrett joined CREST in February 2011 having graduated with a first class honours master’s degree in mechanical engineering (ME) from Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton St in September 2010. Previously Garrett garnered work experience as senior project/mechanical engineer in Ireland and New Zealand for Irish and international engineering companies.

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Lucie Causeret

Materials Analyst

Lucie joined CREST in 2015 as a Materials Analyst , she is currently working on the consultancy services for private companies.

Lucie was graduated in October 2014 with a Master’s degree in Solid State Chemistry and Materials, as well as with an Engineering degree in Material Science and Engineering, both from the University of Rennes 1, France.

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Mary O’Sullivan

Materials Scientist

Mary joined CREST in 2015 as a Materials Scientist, and she is currently working on the consultancy services for private companies.

Mary graduated in November 2014 with a Master’s degree by Research in Biomedical Diagnostics in the field of centrifugal microfluidics, and prior to that a first class honours BSc. in Physics with Astronomy from Dublin City University (DCU).

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Susan Warren

Research Engineer

Susan.warren@dit.ie

+353(0) 14027949

Dr. Eng. Daniela Romonti

Materials Chemist/ Senior Research Assistant.

Daniela.Romonti@dit.ie

Ensar Mulahmetovic

Research Scientist

Ensar holds a BSc in Chemical Sciences with Medicinal Chemistry (Hon 1.1) which he obtained from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2013 finishing top of his class. During his studies he undertook a six month research project in BAM (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing) located in Berlin, Germany.

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Sankalp Agarwal

Research Scientist

Sankalp Agarwal graduated in 2011 with M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from Banaras Hindu University, Vanarasi, India. In 2012, he joined as Junior Research fellow in CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB) at Hyderabad, India for two years.

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Maikki Cullen

PhD Researcher

c10396531@mydit.ie

+353 (0) 1402 7991

Bart Wojciechowski

PhD Researcher

d07116938@mydit.ie

+353(0)1402 7989

Craig Mullen

PhD Researcher

c09849840@mydit.ie

+353(0)1402 7928

Emma MacHugh

Research Scientist

Emma MacHugh graduated in 2015 with a BSc in Chemical Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry from Dublin Institute of Technology. While undertaking her degree she completed several projects including a final year project with CREST entitled “Investigation of the role of hybrid sol-gel materials on the optical properties of organic dyes”.

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Rihana Moussa

Postgraduate student

I completed a BSc Chemical Science with Medicinal Chemistry course with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Dublin Institute of Technology Kevin St. During my studies, I undertook a seven months’ work placement as QC analyst in Bord na Mona, Newbridge, Co Kildare. My final year project Titled ‘’Detoxification of Hexavalent Chromium by Seaweed Biomass’’.

I joined CRECT group in April 2017 as a postgraduate student under the supervision of Dr Brendan Duffy (CRECT Center Manager) and Dr Ann Hopper (School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences) on ‘’Developing of Novel Protective Coatings Technology’’.