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.
Following the completion of two master’s degrees of Materials Science and Solid State and Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Rennes 1 in 2001 for which she was awarded an excellency scholarship, Annaik completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering with a specialisation in Electrochemistry from the Grenoble Institute of Technology in partnership with the Pechiney Centre of Research of Voreppe. Her research was focused on the controlled corrosion of ultra-pure aluminium for high voltage capacitors. During this time, Annaik has also lectured in Theoretical Physics, Electrochemistry and has co-ordinated laboratory practical modules: Physics and Chemistry, Electrochemistry. Annaik then moved into the Materials Surface Science Institute at the University of Limerick as a research officer on a SFI research project in the field of glass and ceramics for biomaterials applications. She did a previous work experience at the University of Limerick in 2000 at the Materials Ireland Research Centre on a phase change ink patented in 2001.
In 2008, Annaik joined the cultural and scientific section of the Embassy of France in Ireland, where she was in charge of the enhancement of the scientific cooperation between France and Ireland. She was responsible for the Ulysses programme for research visit between France and Ireland. She was the coordinator of an innovative educational experiment on the theme of chemistry during the 2011-2012 school year to commemorate the 2011 International year of Chemistry, that involved the entire Lycée Français d’Irlande in Dublin (LFI), every level (from pre-school to sixth year) and every subject (French, Spanish, music, history …). She was pivotally involved in the creation of the Campus France office in Ireland in 2012 and in charge of events coordination during Dublin, European City of Science in 2012 which involved 2 French Nobel Prices and one French Fields Medallist and the following Festival of Curiosity in 2013
Annaik successfully secured funding, actively collaborated and generated peer-reviewed publications and proceedings, she reviewed papers for ATB Metallurgy, Powder Technology, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, and she was editor in chief and redactor for the Bulletin Electronique Ireland between 2008 and 2013.