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January Conferring Ceremonies 2015.

21.01.2015

Dr Kevin M Ryan, Claudia Coughlan, PhD, Dr Patrick Kiely, Maeve Kiely, PhD Dr Mary Shire, Vice President Research, Michael Bezuidenhout, PhD

Michael O'Regan, PhD, Robert Telford, PhD Dr Trevor Young, Edmond Tobin, PhD, Aidan Cloonan, PhD

Micheál O Regan, PhD, Robert Telford, PhD, Dr Trevor Young, Edmond Tobin, PhD, Aidan Cloonan, PhD, from the Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering and MSSI.

Winter Conferring for the University of Limerick was held on 20 January 2015.  During this ceremony, 12 PhD and 3 Masters students graduated from MSSI.  The full list of MSSI graduating students is provided below.  Congratulations to all our graduating students!

MSSI Graduates January 2015

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Michael Bezuidenhout

Thesis: Germanium & Silicon Nanowires: Novel Synthesis Methods and Applications
Internal Supervisors: Dr Patrick Kiely / Dr Kevin M. Ryan
Internal Examiner: Dr Syed Tofail
External Examiner: Dr Davide Mariotti, University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus
Chair: Dr Ronan Courtney

Edward Chadwick

Thesis: Microscopical Analysis and Characterisation of Bioactive Porous Silicon Nanosponge Particles

Internal Supervisor: Dr David Tanner
Internal Examiner: Dr Sarah Hudson
External Examiner: Dr Lisa Looney, Dublin City University
Chair: Dr Peter Tiernan

Aidan Cloonan

Thesis: Design and Development of Resorbable Scaffolds for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
Internal Supervisors: Professor Tim McGloughlin / Dr Jeremy Robinson
Internal Examiner: Dr David Hoey
External Examiner: Dr Brian Meenan, University of Ulster
Chair: Dr Tara Dalton

Claudia Coughlan

Thesis: Compound Copper Charcogenide Nanocrystals: Synthetic Approaches to Fabricate Multi-Component Semiconductor Nanocrystals for Technological Applications
Internal Supervisor: Dr Kevin M.Ryan
Internal Examiner: Dr Emmet O’Reilly
External Examiner: Dr Peter Reiss, Institute of Nanosciences Cryogenics CEA Grenoble, France
Chair: Dr Noreen Hanly

Karla Dussan

Thesis: Primary Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass for the Production of Furfural and Levulinic Acid
Internal Supervisor: Dr JJ Leahy
External Supervisor: Dr Buana Girisuta
Internal Examiner: Professor Jim Burdon
External Examiner: Professor Erike Heeres, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Chair: Dr Seamus McMonagle

Maeve Kiely

Thesis: RACK1 Facilitates the Activity and Substrate Specificity of PP2A in Breast Cancer Cells
Internal Supervisor: Dr Patrick Kiely
Internal Examiner: Dr Jakki Cooney
External Examiner: Professor Paraic Kenny, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, USA
Chair: Dr Eibhlís M. O’Connor

Mariana Kok

Thesis: Mitigation of Biological Adhesion to Aircraft Leading Edge Surfaces
Internal Supervisor: Dr Trevor Young
Internal Examiner: Dr Michael Walsh
External Examiner: Professor Jonathan Wilker, Purdue University, Indiana, USA
Chair: Dr Jeremy Robinson

David Madden

Thesis: Porous Solids for Low Temperature CO2 Adsorption
Internal Supervisor: Dr Teresa Curtin
Internal Examiner: Professor Edmond Magner
External Examiner: Dr Denise Rooney, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Chair: Dr Witold Kwapinski

Micheál O’Regan

Thesis: A Numerical and Experimental Investigation of the Mean and Turbulent Characteristics of a Wing-tip Vortex in the Near-Field
Internal Supervisors: Dr Philip Griffin / Dr Trevor Young
Internal Examiner: Dr Andy Niven
External Examiner: Professor Lakshmi Sankar, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
Chair: Dr Jeremy Robinson

Robert Telford

Thesis: Hygro-thermal Residual Stresses in Unsymmetrical Multi-stable Composite Laminates
Internal Supervisor: Dr Trevor Young
External Supervisor: Dr Kali-Babu Katnam
Internal Examiner: Dr Walter Stanley
External Examiner: Professor Paul Weaver, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Chair: Dr Jeremy Robinson

Edmond Tobin

Thesis: Evaluation and Correlation of Rain-eroded Aircraft Coatings Using Surface Topography
Internal Supervisor: Dr Trevor Young
Internal Examiner: Dr David Tanner
External Examiner: Professor Margaret Stack, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Chair: Dr Jeremy Robinson

David Weidt

Thesis: Computational Modelling of Energy Absorption Characteristics of Epoxy/CNT Nanocomposites
Internal Supervisors: Dr Łukasz Figiel / Professor Michael McCarthy
Internal Examiner: Dr Conor McCarthy
External Examiner: Professor Siegfried Schmauder, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Chair: Dr Jeremy Robinson

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Rachel Buckley

Supervisor: Dr Teresa Curtin

Jennifer Butler

Supervisor: Dr Patrick Kiely

MASTER OF ENGINEERING

Christian Wijaya

Supervisors: Professor Noel O’Dowd / Dr Łukasz Figiel