Former PIs

Prof Don MacElroy (Retired)

Head, UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering

PI: Former Director and Strand 2 Leader

Professional Bodies

  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • Member, Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).
  • Member, International Adsorption Society.

Prof Edmond Magner

Director MSSI, University of Limerick

Former Co-PI: Strand 1 leader

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Chemical Society.
  • Fellow, Institute of Chemistry of Ireland.
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Member, Electrochemical Society.
  • Member, International Society of Electrochemistry.

Prof Han Vos (Retired)

Former Head, UCD School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University

Former Co-PI: Strand 3 leader

Professional Bodies

In 1999 he was elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and was Chairman of the National Committee for Chemistry of the Royal Irish Academy.

Prof John T Sheridan

UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Former Co-PI, Deputy Director & Strand 4 leader

Professional Bodies

  • Life Member: OSA and SPIE; Member IEEE.
  • Chair of the Optical Engineering Society of Ireland (OESI) 2005-07.
  • Chair Local Organising Committee of Opto-Ireland (2005)
  • Co-Chair SPIE Optical Modelling and Design conference, Brussels 2010.
  • Engineers Ireland (IEI): Accreditation Boards: CIT (2005), DCU (2006) DIT (2006).
  • Chair TCD board (2006).
  • Member IEI transfer panel (chartered engineer).
  • Editorial Boards: Optik (Elsevier) since Jan 2004; Research Letters in Optics (Hindawi) since March 2008.
  • Applied Optics (Topical editor- Holography and Optical Signal Processing, OSA) since Sept 2008.
  • SPIE Reviews (SPIE) since Jan 2009.
  • Special issue editor SPIE Technical Working Group Newsletters.

Current Managers

Dr Niall English

Professor Niall English

UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering
UCD Webpage

Studies in Molecular and Electronic Modelling of Dye-sensitised and Semiconductor Nanorod PV Cells
Atomistic and quantum simulation of thin metal oxide films
Computational Analysis of the Active Site of Rubisco and Synthetic Analogues

Modelling of Hydrogen Storage and Release


My interests focus on molecular and electronic-level modelling of: (i) the effects of electromagnetic and electric fields on (nano)materials and biological systems; (ii) solar energy materials design; (iii) water, ice and clathrate hydrate simulation; (iv) general applications of molecular simulation towards energy; and (v) computational nanoscience and nanomedicine. In so doing, my group and I employ and develop both classical and quantum molecular simulation techniques and codes.He heads the Materials, Energy & Waters Simulations (MEWS) Group. 170 articles in refereed international journals.In 2013-14, he took over as SEC strand leader on Simulation & Modelling. He heads a recent SFI-NSFC project into molecular simulation for solar-driven water splitting, continuing the SEC’s goals

  • Committee member of the Nanoscale Simulators in Ireland (NSI), member of the Atlantic Centre for Atomistic Simulation (ACAM), and member of ICHEC’s Science Council of Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC).
  • Co-organiser of curriculum and development of the NSI molecular simulation training initiative.
  • Experience in workshop/symposium organisation (NSI and CECAM).
  • Manager of SFI-funded HPC cluster: grant, specification, procurement, system administration.
  • Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and American Chemical Society (ACS).
Prof K. Ravi Thampi

Professor K. Ravindranathan Thampi

Science Foundation Ireland-Airtricity Professorship (Associate) in Solar Energy Engineering

UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
UCD Webpage

Dye Sensitized Solar Cells; Q-dots; Cell design and Architecture

Photolysis & Photocatalysis

Before joining UCD in July 2009, he was a group leader and Project Manager at the Laboratory of Photonics & Interfaces (LPI), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he worked for over 23 years and intimately followed the invention and development of dye sensitized solar cells from their inception. He has extensive collaborations with several countries, notably EU countries, USA, India and Japan.

Besides his teaching and research activities, he directs and manages many research projects funded by various national and international institutions.


  • Catalysis, fuel cells, nanomaterials, solar cells, and photoelectrochemical water splitting. Some of his inventions have been commercially applied and licensed to industries.
  • He is an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology.
  • He is also an Editorial Board Member of IJoMS (International Journal of Materials Science).
  • He has about ten patents to his credit. He was the international co-ordinator of the ISCB biosensor development project funded jointly by the Swiss and Indian governments, which has now reached the commercial prototype stage (licensed to industry).
  • His past industrial experience includes the scaling up of a laboratory invention in catalysis to a large commercial petrochemical plant.
  • He has expertise in IP management and assisting industrial start-ups.
  • Previously a member of the IEA SOFC annexe panel for making standards for electrochemically testing solid oxide fuel cells.


Our research is partly funded and aided by our industrial collaborators; SSE Renewables (formally Airtricity Holdings Ltd), Celtic Catalysts Ltd., and SolarPrint Ltd. Please click on their links below and visit their websites.

SSE Renewables (Airtricity)Scottish and Southern Energy Renewables logo

Airtricity is No.1 for Renewable Energy in Ireland and supplies cheaper and greener electricity to almost 100,000 homes and businesses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. At Airtricity, 79% of the company’s electricity is from renewable sources ensuring its supply is the greenest in the market. Airtricity has been recognised as the leading green energy supplier in Ireland, winning the 2008 Green Energy Award.

Celtic Catalysts (No longer active)

Celtic Catalysts was co-founded in 2000 by Professor Declan Gilheany and Dr Brian Kelly as a spin-out from UCD’s School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. The company currently employs 17 people and is headquartered in NovaUCD the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at University College Dublin. Celtic Catalysts is an innovative venture capital backed company that has developed ground-breaking chemistry that enables our end-user clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech and fine chemicals industries to realise significant manufacturing cost savings.

SolarPrint Ltd (No longer active)

SolarPrint is developing DSSC technology, a novel 3 Generation printable flexible solar cell technology, which uses abundant, cheap raw materials and employs a lowcost, fast and easy manufacturing process. SolarPrint was founded in 2008 by Dr. Mazhar Bari, Roy Horgan and André Fernon to bring DSSC technology to market.