I am Early Stage Researcher (ESR) 9 in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “Nanomotion”. My project is entitled “Piezoelectric properties of Aromatic Peptides (layers, nanotubes, and arrays)”. My research is based primarily at the University College Dublin in Ireland, in the Nanoscale Function Group at the Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, under the supervision of Dr. Brian Rodriguez. I am also spending secondment periods at the University of Aveiro in Portugal, supervised by Dr. Andrei Kholkin.
The focus of my research is to further understanding of piezoelectricity in peptide nanostructures, using Piezoresponse Force Microscopy, and also to control the assembly process with a view to developing a device based on these bio-materials for piezoelectric bio-sensing or energy harvesting. This is part of WP3: “Functional electromechanics in nano-biomaterials”.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomechanical Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2009. At that stage I was already interested in materials science, I then went on to complete an MSc in Polymer Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast in 2011. My master’s thesis was an investigation of the rheological properties of carbon nanotube (CNT) composites with varying weight percent of CNT’s. This experience of probing nano-scale material properties enhanced my interest in nano-science and functional materials; as a result I am delighted to be carrying out research in this area. One of the greatest advantages of my project is the prospect of carrying the scientific research through to an engineering application.
More information about my research can be found in the description of ESR9, and please contact me at email@example.com for any comments or questions concerning my project. <\blockquote>