Raw Materials and Metallurgy Group, University of Limerick
EPA Ireland Funded Project

Project Team

Previous collaborators:

Dr. Lisa Maria T. O’Donoghue

Dr. O’Donoghue is a Ph.D. Scientist who has received the Young Entrepreneur of Year Award, Molex-Kriebel Award for Innovation in Global Business and Technology and the JCI Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award in Science and Technology  in Ireland. Dr. O’Donoghue holds a first class honours degree in Materials Science and Technology and a doctorate in High Temperature Technology in Aero Gas Turbines Engine applications.

Dr. O’Donoghue possesses the skills of strategising and leading research in her field of expertise, materials science, metallurgy and technology development. She is the lead inventor of the LCD recycling equipment developed while leading the research project at the University of Limerick. She has since set up a spin out company Votechnik and has licenced the technology to take it to the global market. In 2011, She successfully lead the company to take Best High Growth Company on the Island of Ireland at the InterTrade All Island Seedcorn Business competition and has secured investment for the company. Votechnik has been awarded a €1.6 million EC project to launch the technology on the European market.

She has a varied background in leading industrial focused research in multidisciplinary fields such as metallurgy, electrochemistry and hydrometallurgy, automated recycling systems, abrasives technology, process optimisation of industrial electroplating systems, development of high temperature gas turbine coating systems , and development of a manufacturing process for shape memory alloys for biomedical stents. She has significant experience in both working with and managing teams in the above sectors, as well as designing industrial projects, work and task planning, budget / financial and IP management. Dr. O’Donoghue has raised over 3 million funding over the last 5 years and has 4 patents granted and an additional 2 pending across the manufacturing and biomedical fields. She currently lectures in materials for the School of Engineering and coordinates the Raw Materials Research Group the University of Limerick.

Seamus Gordon

Present Position: Lecturer in Manufacturing Processes, School of Engineering, UL
Course Director M.Eng. (Mechatronics)
Qualifications: B.Tech (ed) M.Tech., PhD

Career History
Joined UL in 1993 after fifteen years working in the manufacturing and education sectors.
Course Director B.Tech.(ed) programme 2003 -2013
Head of Department 2013 -2016
Currently teaches in the areas of Automation and Manufacturing processes,
Is Course Director of the new Masters of Engineering in Mechatronics
Research interests include Engineering Education, Machining of Metals and Composites, Intelligent Automation.
Currently supervising 1 PhD and 3 masters research projects in Automation, Engineering Education and Sustainable Manufacturing.

Chinnam Rama Krishna

Dr. Chinnam Rama Krishna studied bachelors in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from India. With the help of Erasmus Mundus Program, he studied masters in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering in Sweden and Germany. He worked in EMPA, Switzerland as research assistant and later received doctorate from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Dr. Chinnam took first postdoc position at Imperial College London and second postdoc at University of Limerick, Ireland. He is currently part of Raw Materials and Metallurgy and MOSAIC Groups at UL.
Dr. Chinnam has expertise in materials processing, materials joining, corrosion and characterization. Most of the projects that he is part of are related to developing and testing environmental friendly processes and reuse of industrial or electronic wastes for sustainable materials usage. At University of Limerick, he learnt to write Life-Cycle-Assessment for LCD televisions recycling machine (Revolv project). He is currently studying novel techniques for extraction of Indium from ITO present on discarded LCD screens (LCDVal project). This includes developing fast and reproducible ITO recovery techniques from LCD screens and accelerating ITO dissolution for Indium extraction.

Teresa Curtin

Teaching Duties
Teaching Chemistry to all 1st year scientists and engineers. Also delivers modules entitled “Environmental Catalysts” and “Clean Technology” to 4th year Environmental Science students.
Research Activities:
Current research interests are in the area of materials, catalysis and adsorption. The work has been funded by agencies such as the HEA, EU, SFI, EPA, Rusual Alumina, IAI, UL Foundation, CES department etc…). 15 students have graduated (12 PhD and 3 MSc students) and 2 PhD students are currently working on these projects. Some of these research projects include
The development of a Pt based catalyst for the hydrogenation of edible oils: The overall aim was to develop catalysts that limit the formation of trans fatty acid formation. The work was carried out in conjunction with DeSmet Spain and Bisser Olivia Bulgaria
Development of a Pt catalyst for the conversion of furfural for upgrading of biomass.
the development of copper and Pt based regenerable catalytic adsorbents for the treatment of organic compounds in wastewaters
CO2 capture from flue gas streams using a range of solid sorbents based on silica and amines. This work was been carried out in conjunction with Glantreo, Cork.
Constructed wetlands for treatment of alkaline leachate from bauxite residue disposal areas. This work is being carried out in conjunction with Rusual Alumina, Limerick

John Mulcahy

Mr John Mulcahy is a Principal Investigator and Research Project Manager in the MOSAIC Group. As an EC Project Manager he has worked with 33 Partners from 16 countries many of whom have been SME’s, large companies and MNC’s. He has experience as the project manager on five FP7/H2020 UL coordinated projects (BioElectricSurface, DIBANET, LANIR, DEMA, IBUS) and also in partnering in EU projects (SANOWORK, SUN, ReVolv). He also worked as Project Manager for multi-million Government and Industry funded Innovation Partnership projects. As a Principal Investigator his key research areas are Automation, Recycling, and Risk.



Paul Moroney

Paul Moroney is a Materials Scientist with a BSc and MSc from the University of Limerick. Paul completed his master’s thesis as part of an Enterprise Ireland funded collaborative study between UL and Aerogen Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer & distributor of high performance aerosol drug delivery nebulisers. This collaboration project was shortlisted for the 2012 Collaborative Impact Award organized by the prestigious PraxisUnico, UK and the 2011 Engineering Ireland Excellence Awards. Paul subsequently worked as a metallurgist developing a new innovative brazing process for nebulisers, again with UL and Aerogen Ltd.