Dr Gerard O’Connor is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of the School of Physics at National University Ireland Galway. His research is primarily focused on short pulse laser material interactions-centered on understanding laser electron lattice interactions for different materials and laser parameters.
Dr Gerard O’Connor’s research interests are driven by the development of laser enabled manufacturing. He is particularly interested in the application of laser matter interactions for future laser enabled printed electronics and printed biomaterials.
He is actively investigating future reconfigurable manufacturing platforms using subtractive (laser) and additive (inkjet and spray) technologies for applications in smart medical devices & tissue engineering. This includes the development of processes for selective patterning of transparent conductive layers, the creation of microfluidic components, and the selective modification of printed materials. He has a particular interest in creating structured biomaterials which can be activated by integrated micro- heaters, micro-electrodes, and compact optical emitters.
Dr O’Connor has developed an expertise in performing a value chain and systems analyses leading to a new methodology for assessing the innovative potential of research projects. An analysis tool is currently being applied to assess scalable innovative opportunities for a new Additive and Subtractive Printed Electronics and Biomaterials Manufacturing Test-bed at NUI Galway.
Dr O’Connor is the Director of the NCLA Laser Laboratories in NUI Galway since 2011 and is an SFI Industry Research Fellow with M-Solv (Oxford) Ltd (2015-2017). Dr Gerard O’Connor has authored over 117 peer reviewed publications with 1 patent awarded, 8 patent applications and 6 invention disclosures filed.
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