Professor Hugh J. Byrne


Professor Hugh J. Byrne


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Technological University Dublin


Head of Focas Research Institute


Professor Hugh J. Byrne is the Head of the Focas Research Institute, DIT. He has over 25 years experience in research science and has published over 250 peer reviewed journal and conference papers.He has been responsible for over €20 million in funded projects, including PRTLI Cycles 1,4 and 5 an well as SFI, EI and EU projects and has over 15 years of experience in the management and development of research infrastructure. He has supervised over 25 PhD students.

Received his Bachelor of Arts (moderatorship) degree in Experimental Physics, from Trinity College Dublin in 1985.

His doctoral research was in Experimental Physics ane he received his Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin in 1989. He went on to hold a postdoctoral research fellowship in Physics Department, Trinity College Dublin from October 1989- April 1991. Research Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, from April 1991-July 1995, funded in part by a Marie-Curie Fellowship.Visiting Research Scientist at the National Institute of Materials and Chemistry Research, Tsukuba, Japan, October 1995- January 1996.

Appointed to staff of DIT in January 1996, as lecturer in the School of Physics. Seconded as manager of FOCAS at DIT in 2000.

Principle research interests are in applications of spectroscopy and the study of molecular and nano-materials. Recent activities have extended to biospectroscopy for diagnostics and biochemical analysis and nano-bio interactions.

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This interview was recorded in the Focas Institute on the 11th. of July, 2012,

Professor Hugh J. Byrne