Energy

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The EU is committed to transforming its economy from one heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels to a more indigenous low carbon economy centred on energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart networks. The Ryan Institute has a very strong and active team of over 100 researchers working in the area of Energy, with ongoing and planned research organized into the following sub-themes: Bioenergy, Renewable Resources, Energy Efficient Technologies, Energy and Society, and Built Environment and Smart Cities. In 2007, the Energy Research Centre (ERC) was formed to reflect the societal and strategic importance of this research area, and to provide researchers with the strongest possible platform for sharing ideas and sparking innovation.  The ERC now boasts 100+ members, and is actively engaging with the national and international energy research community, industry partners, government agencies and NGOs, and the local community.

An exciting development at the Ryan Institute is the establishment of a national Technology Centre for Bio-refining and Bio-energy.  The Centre was established in 2010 to bring together industry stakeholders, academic experts and government agencies working in this area to support a sustainable and competitive Irish biomass industry.

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Photo: Dr. Eoghan Clifford, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Eoghan Clifford
Civil Engineering
Phone: (091) 49 2219; Email: eoghan.clifford@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Clifford has been involved in the development of a number of water and waste treatment technologies. His research focus is on the development and validation of new environmental and energy efficient technologies for water treatment, wastewater treatment, sludge treatment, and odour & gas treatment.
 My Photograph Prof. Colin Brown
Earth and Ocean Sciences
Phone: (091) 49 2691; Email: colin.brown@nuigalway.ie
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Prof. Brown is the Director of the Ryan Institute, and is the Project Manager for the €3.1M  Griffith Biogeoscience Project.  His research interests include: (i) investigating the structure of the crust (ii) electromagnetic induction methods (iii) acoustic, and seismic, imaging and classification of sediments (iv) marine habitat mapping using remotely operated vehicles.

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Dr. Donal Leech, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Dónal Leech
Chemistry
Tel: (091) 49 3563; Email: donal.leech@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Leech is the Director of the Biomolecular Electronics Research Laboratory. Environmental diagnostics research in the laboratory focuses on the preparation and characterisation of electron-transfer catalysts and modified electrode surfaces.  A recently awarded sensor technology projects is the SFI-funded “Metals In the Marine Environment” (MIME) project, for the development, validation and deployment of autonomous electrochemical instrumentation for analysis of metals in the marine environment.
Dr. Henry Curran, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Henry Curran
Chemistry
Tel: (091) 49 3856; Email: henry.curran@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Curran is the Director of the Combustion Chemistry Centre, which is engaged in fundamental research on the combustion of fossil and biofuels. Research interests include the application of combustion research to the design of energy-efficient engine and gas turbine combustion systems and the impact of their use on toxic and greenhouse gas emissions.
Prof. Vincent O'Flaherty, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Professor Vincent O’Flaherty
Head of School of Natural Sciences
Phone: (091) 49 3734; Email: vincent.oflaherty@nuigalway.ie
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Prof. O’Flaherty is the director of the Microbial Ecology Laboratory. Main interests are in the areas of anaerobic biofilm and microbial ecology research, focused on: anaerobic biofilm reactor technology for energy production and wastewater treatment; and the microbial ecology of anaerobic biofilms and soil ecosystems.

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Dr. Gavin Collins, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Gavin Collins
Microbiology
Tel: (091) 49 2390 ; Email: gavin.collins@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Collins is Director of the Microbial Ecophysiology Research Group, which is concerned with linking the identity (ecology) and in situ function (physiology) of yet-to-be cultivated microbes. Focus is on populations from natural systems and from engineered biofilms, by adopting a Systems Biology approach. One of his main research interests is the microbial populations underpinning waste-to-bioenergy systems.
Photo: Michael Hartnett, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Michael Hartnett
Civil Engineering
Phone: (091) 49 2502; Email: michael.hartnett@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Hartnett is the Research Director of the Marine Modelling Centre.  Activities within the centre include: deep ocean water circulation modelling; estuarine and coastal circulation modelling; nutrient modelling; water quality modelling; biological modelling; heavy metal modelling; wave climate modelling; and modelling air-sea interfaces.
Prof. Sean Leen, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Prof. Sean Leen
Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Tel: (091) 49 5955; Email: sean.leen@nuigalway.ie
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Prof. Leen’s main interest is in the development of computational solid mechanics solutions related to the ‘Materials for Energy’ theme. Examples are the: (i) development and analysis of novel floating concepts for offshore wind energy and (ii) development of structural integrity methods for use of composite materials in seawater environments.
Dr. Jamie Goggins, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Jamie Goggins
Civil Engineering
Tel: (091) 49 2609; Email: jamie.goggins@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Goggins’ research interests linked to the activities of the Institute for Environment, Marine and Energy include the development of sustainable construction technologies, energy efficient buildings, embodied energy analysis, ocean energy, structural control and health monitoring, and computational mechanics.
Dr. Maeve Duffy, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Dr. Maeve Duffy
Electronic Engineering
Phone: (091) 49 3972; Email: maeve.duffy@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Duffy’s research interests are in magnetic component design, wearable power generators, wireless powering, and sensors. She is based in the Power Electronics Research Centre at NUI Galway.

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Prof. Ger Hurley, Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research Prof. Gerard Hurley
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Phone: (091) 49 3136; Email: gerard.hurley@nuigalway.ie
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Prof. Hurley is the director of the Power Electronics Research Centre, established in 1992.  He has over 30 years experience in the areas of electromagnetics, power electronics, and renewable energy.  He has published over 100 papers in journals and at international conferences.
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Dr. Rory Monaghan

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: n/a; Email: rory.monaghan@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Maria Tuohy

Biochemistry

Phone: (091) 49 2439; Email: maria.tuohy@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Marcus Keane

Civil Engineering

Phone: (091) 49 2211; Email: marcus.keane@nuigalway.ie
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Dr. Keane is the leader of the Sustainability and Built Environment priority tesearch area.  He is a lecturer in Civil Engineering, and the founder and NUI Galway Head of the Informatics Research Unit for Sustainable Engineering (IRUSE), which is dually affiliated to UCC.

Dr. Mark Johnson

Ryan Institute

Phone: (091) 49 5864; Email: mark.johnson@nuigalway.ie
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