De La Salle College Churchtown (2005-2011). Trinity College Dublin (2011-2015)
BA Nanoscience: Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials
CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) Trinity College Dublin for a summer
PhD Researcher in two-dimensional materials
AMBER (Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research) centre and School of Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin
Favourite thing to do in science: Making or looking at new materials to try and understand them and see what they can do!
I’m in the 2nd year of my PhD in Trinity and I’m really interested in all things science and technology. And I firmly believe that Game of Thrones, Mad Max:Fury Road, and Dark Souls are the best Tv show, movie and game of the last 5 years.
I make and try to find new applications of two-dimensional materials, which are materials that are less than a few atoms thick, like graphene.
My Typical Day
So typically I’d use a furnace at around 1000C to make a 2D-material, then I’d drop some chemicals on it to try do something interesting and then I’d look at it under a big X-ray machine to try and figure out whats going on.
What I'd do with the money
If I won the money I would try and partner with the Science Gallery here in Trinity as they work with many artists to better convey science and make it more exciting and accessible for people; hopefully together we could find a way expand the reach of the gallery to some local, and not so local schools.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Caffeinated, talkative and bad at counting
Who is your favourite singer or band?
It changes but I’d have to say the Libertines or Bastille
What's your favourite food?
Every type of pizza
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Hiking through the ancient Jordanian desert City of Petra
What did you want to be after you left school?
Unsurprisingly a scientist
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What are you a cop? Not really.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Got to go skiing in the Austrian Alps as part of a scientific conference so I’m counting that.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Doc Brown from Back to the Future
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
I’d probably want to be an Engineer
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
More wishes, Coffee whenever I want, and the ability to fly.
Tell us a joke.
The optimist sees a glass half full, A pessimist sees it half empty but the chemist sees the glass completely full, half with water and half with air.