Dr Ioannis Manolakis
Co-Investigator & Project Manager
IComp Research Coordinator
Dr. Ioannis Manolakis is the UL co-Investigator and Project Manager in the Horizon 2020 project FIBRESHIP, with Dr Anthony Comer as the UL Principal Investigator. He is also the principal investigator in an Innovation Partnership project with Ventac (an Irish SME specializing in acoustic solutions for the land transport and agricultural sectors) on composite materials for noise reduction solutions. Since joining IComp and UL, Ioannis has attracted more than 800 k€ in research funding, as main or co-applicant.
Dr Anthony Comer
UL Principal Investigator For Fibreship
Lecturer in SoE
Anthony joined the Irish Composites Centre hosted by UL in 2009, to work on polymer composite materials, after previously working in the Structural Dynamics Group at the University of Oxford. The increasing demand for lightweight tailorable polymer composite materials in industry and the transport sector in particular requires significant improvements in the efficiency of industrial manufacturing techniques and the compatibility of materials with these processes. Since becoming a lecturer at the School of Engineering in 2014, Anthony has secured research funding of over €1 million for projects ranging from increasing the percentage of polymer composite materials used in large specialist marine vessels (FIBRESHIP Horizon 2020 project) to improving the compatibility of polymer composite materials with new automated industrial manufacturing processes. Anthony works closely with companies across Europe to achieve these aims.