Trinity College Dublin
Research Project: Synthesis of self- and metal templated mechanically interlocked molecules and the investigation into their higher order self-assembly superstructures
Supervisors: Prof. Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson (TCD)
Niamh graduated from the University of Limerick (UL) in 2022 with a MSc in Applied Physics. She completed her master’s project on the movement of Domain Walls in Multiferroic Materials specifically boracites and investigated them using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, under the supervision of Prof. Ursel Bangert (UL) and Dr Michele Conroy (ICL). Niamh also graduated with a BSc in Physical Sciences with concurrent teacher education (Physics and Chemistry) from University of Limerick in 2021. Niamh completed her final year project in Chemistry on the manipulations of the solution and solid-state behaviour of peptides, where the future use of Nisin as a potential antibiotic was investigated and the best method for delivery through Solid Lipid Nanoparticles (SLN). Her PhD will be developing interlocked self-assembled structures from their boiling point motives and designing them to have various functions at the pyridine site. With the overall aim of developing novel functional materials for application in imaging, electronic and magnetic devices.
Being part of the CDT-ACM was an all-round fantastic experience; I not only received great training in a range of advanced characterisation techniques, but I also made strong links with industry and strong bonds with my cohort which have both led to fruitful collaborations.