Bernal Institute MS1-013-026
1st Class Honours B.Sc. in Applied Physics
Ph.D. in Physics
Research and Teaching Interests
Due to David’s multidisciplinary background in physics, chemistry, materials science, and electrochemistry his research interests cover a range of topics including nanostructure synthesis, structural characterisation, and electrochemical energy storage. Specifically, David is interested in the development of advanced materials for application in lithium-ion and lithium–batteries. His teaching interests in general include solid state and condensed matter physics, physical chemistry, mechanics, modern physics, and structural characterization.
David received his B.Sc. in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick, in 2009 and his PhD from the Department of Physics in the University of Limerick in 2014. His PhD thesis focused on the synthesis, structural and electrochemical performance of V2O5 nanostructures as cathode materials for advanced lithium-ion batteries. Following this, David worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Chemistry in University College Cork (UCC) from 2014 – 2018. During this time, he researched the synthesis, and electrochemical characterisation of metal oxide and semiconductor nanostructures as anode and cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. While researching in UCC, David was awarded a prestigious Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant to investigate inverse opal structured battery electrode materials. David also gained lecturing experience while working in the School of Chemistry where he taught introductory chemistry to undergraduate students. From 2018 – 2020 David worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Electrochemistry Laboratory of the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland where his research focused on lithium–sulfur batteries. David returned to UL in 2020 to work as a postdoctoral researcher as part of a Confirm Centre funded project to develop bespoke batteries for autonomous mobile robots. In 2020, David was awarded an SFI Future Innovator Prize to lead a Team under the Plastics Challenge stream. Since 2021 David has been lecturing in the Department of Physics in UL, where he has been teaching solid state and condensed matter physics to 4th year B.Sc. and M.Sc. students. In 2021 David won a prestigious Marie Curie COFUND Fellowship as part of the ADMIRE programme through the AMBER Centre to investigate the conversion of plastic waste into porous carbons for use in lithium–sulfur batteries. Following this, in 2022 David was awarded an SFI-IRC Pathway Programme Grant to expand his research on advanced lithium–sulfur batteries. The Pathway award enabled David to begin his independent research career and establish his own research group.
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