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Dr David Corcoran Profile

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Dr. David  Corcoran

Head of Department
Department of Physics & Energy
University of Limerick
Phone: +353 61 202509



Consultation Hours: Please contact Josephine Hogan ( for an appointment



1989-1994 Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

1985-1989 B.Sc. in Applied Physics, Dublin City University



2007-present               Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick

2005-2011                   Head of Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick
1999-2007                   Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Limerick
1996-1999                   Assistant Lecturer, Department of Physics, University ofLimerick
1994-1995                   Assistant Lecturer (Temp), Department of Physics, Dublin City

1990-1994                  Part-time teacher, Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton St.


Research Interests

Complexity: Statistical Physics, phase transitions, nucleation, criticality; Non-linear
physics, chaos; Computational Physics, Evolutionary Optimisation, Genetic Algorithms.


Current Teaching

  • PH4041           Optics
  • PH4013           Earth Science
  • PH4022           Physics for Environment & Biosciences


Some Publications

  1. Amarandei, G.,  C. O’Dwyer, A. Arshak, D. Corcoran, 2013, Fractal Patterning of Nanoparticles on Polymer Films and their SERS
    Capabilities, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 5, 8655-8662
  2. Amarandei, G. C. O’Dwyer, A. Arshak, U. Thiele, U. Steiner, D. Corcoran, 2013, The effect of Au nanoparticle spatial distribution on the
    stability of thin polymer films, Langmuir, 29, 6706-6714
  3. Amarandei, G., P. Beltrame, I. Clancy, C. O’Dwyer, A. Arshak, D. Corcoran, U. Thiele and U. Steiner,  2012, Pattern formation in a polymer-air-polymer thin film system induced by electric field, Soft Matter, 8, 6333-6349
  4. Dalton, E., I. Clancy, D. Corcoran., A. Arshak, and G. Gooberman, 2010, On-Off Intermittency and Criticality in Early Stage Electromigration, Phys. Rev Lett, 104, 214101 1-4
  5. Clancy, I and D. Corcoran, 2009, State-variable friction for the Burridge-Knopoff model, Phys.Rev E, 80,016113 1-10