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Karrina McNamara

Karrina received her undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry from University of Limerick in 2009. In 2014, she graduated with a PhD in surface and interfacial analysis from the Department of Physics, University of Limerick. From 2014-2016 she was a postdoctoral researcher with the MOSAIC group focusing mainly on surface analysis of biomedical devices (stents & biopsy needles) using spectroscopy (XPS, FT-IR) and microscopy (SEM & TEM) techniques. She is currently the Research Co-ordinator for the MOSAIC group. Her research interests include surface and interface characterisation, biomedical materials and devices, nano-biomaterials for biomedical applications in particular treatment of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Current Project: CURAM (Centre for Research in Medical Devices). 

Curam is a SFI funded centre focused on medical devices.  The aim of this centre is to improve current and develop new medical devices. One of the projects which Karrina is coordinating is investigating ways of improving current medical devices.

Research Group: Modelling, Simulation And Innovative Characterisation (MOSAIC) Group

Contact Details:


Phone: 061 234141

Office: MS1-028


Publication List

Book Chapters

1.McNamara K. Powder metallurgical processing of NiTi using spark plasma sintering, In Comprehensive Materials Finishing, edited by MSJ Hashmi,, Elsevier, Oxford, 2017, Pages 336-346.

2.McNamara KBiomedical applications of nanoalloys, In: Florent Calvo, Editor(s), Nanoalloys, Elsevier, Oxford, 2013, Pages 345-371.

Journal Publications

1.McNamara K.

2.Tuissi A., Carr S., Butler J., Gandhi A.A., O’Donoghue L., McNamara K., Carlson J.M., Lavelle S., Tiernan P., Biffi C.A, Bassani P. and Tofail S.A.M. Radiopaque shape memory alloys: NiTi-Er with stable superelasticity, Shape Memory and Superelasticity,

3.English, A., Azeem, A., Spanoudes, K., Jones, E., Tripathi, B., Basu, N., McNamara, K., Tofail, S.A., Rooney, N., Riley, G. and O’Riordan, A., Substrate topography: A valuable in vitro tool, but a clinical red herring for in vivo tenogenesis. Acta biomaterialia, (2015), 27, pp.3-12.

4.McNamara K Nanosystems: the use of nanoalloys, metallic, bimetallic, and magnetic nanoparticles in biomedical applications, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2015), 17, pp. 27981 – 27995.

5.McNamara K., Kolaj-Robin O., Belochapkine S., Laffir F., Gandhi A.A. and Tofail S.A.M., Surface chemistry and cytotoxicity of reactively sputtered tantalum oxide films on NiTi plates, Thin solid films, (2015), 589, pp. 1-7.

6.McNamara K., Tofail S.A.M., Conroy D., Butler J., Gandhi A.A. and Redington W., X-ray analyses of thermally grown and reactively sputtered oxide films on NiTi alloy. Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res B. (2012); 284; 49-52.

7.Butler J., Tiernan P., Gandhi A.A., McNamara K. and S.A.M. Tofail Production of Nitinol Wire from Elemental Nickel and Titanium Powders Through Spark Plasma Sintering and Extrusion, Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, (2011) 20 (4–5), pp.757-761.


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