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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at NUI Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at NUI Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Engineering & Informatics
Dr Barry O'Brien
Mechanical & Biomed Engineering
T: Ext. 4266
Barry graduated from University of Limerick in 1987 with a B.Eng in Materials Engineering and then worked as a project engineer at BHP Laboratories in Limerick until 1995. During this time he worked on materials research projects investigating aerospace alloys, engineering ceramics and medical device materials. He also completed an M.Eng in 1991 on lightweight alloys for satellite structures. Barry joined Boston Scientific in 1996, working in R&D on projects to develop materials and processes for a range of self-expanding devices and balloon-expanding stents. Subsequently he was Technical Team Leader on a number of medical device technology projects covering topics such as iridium oxide stent coatings, alternative stent materials and novel drug delivery concepts. Barry returned to university, completing a PhD in 2009, in the field of MRI-compatible implant materials. He has since worked as Principal Investigator and Project Manager on a number of medical device projects relating to biodegradable magnesium implants and peripheral vascular stents. Currently he is NUI Galway's project manager on an FP7 project that is developing a tissue-engineered tracheobronchial stent.
Medical device materials
In-vivo performance of devices and materials
Barry is an inventor on over 10 granted patents in the fields of medical devices and device materials & processes, as well as a further 10 published patents currently under reviiew.
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(2014)|| 'Strain-gradient modelling of grain size effects on fatigue of CoCr alloy'
Sweeney, CA,O'Brien, B,Dunne, FPE,McHugh, PE,Leen, SB (2014) 'Strain-gradient modelling of grain size effects on fatigue of CoCr alloy'. Acta Materialia, 78 :341-353 [DOI] [Details]
|(2014)|| 'Experimental characterisation for micromechanical modelling of CoCr stent fatigue'
Sweeney, CA,O'Brien, B,McHugh, PE,Leen, SB (2014) 'Experimental characterisation for micromechanical modelling of CoCr stent fatigue'. Biomaterials, 35 :36-48 [DOI] [Details]
|(2011)|| 'A corrosion model for bioabsorbable metallic stents'
Grogan, JA,O'Brien, BJ,Leen, SB,McHugh, PE (2011) 'A corrosion model for bioabsorbable metallic stents'. Acta Biomaterialia, 7 :3523-3533 [DOI] [Details]
|(2009)|| 'The evolution of cardiovascular stent materials and surfaces in response to clinical drivers: A review'
O'Brien, B.,Carroll, W. (2009) 'The evolution of cardiovascular stent materials and surfaces in response to clinical drivers: A review'. Acta Biomaterialia, 5 (44):945-958 [Details]
|(2008)|| 'Development of a new niobium-based alloy for vascular stent application'
O'Brien, B. (2008) 'Development of a new niobium-based alloy for vascular stent application'. Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 1 :303-312 [Details]
|(2008)|| 'Characterization of an NbTaWZr alloy designed for magnetic resonance angiography compatible stents'
O'Brien, BJ,Stinson, JS,Boismier, DA,Carroll, WM (2008) 'Characterization of an NbTaWZr alloy designed for magnetic resonance angiography compatible stents'. Biomaterials, 29 :4540-4545 [DOI] [Details]
|(2008)|| 'Development of a new niobium-based alloy for vascular stent applications'
O'Brien, B,Stinson, J,Carroll, W (2008) 'Development of a new niobium-based alloy for vascular stent applications'. Journal Of The Mechanical Behavior Of Biomedical Materials, 1 :303-312 [DOI] [Details]
|(2008)|| 'Initial exploration of Ti-Ta, Ti-Ta-Ir and Ti-Ir alloys: Candidate materials for coronary stents'
O'Brien, B,Stinson, J,Carroll, W (2008) 'Initial exploration of Ti-Ta, Ti-Ta-Ir and Ti-Ir alloys: Candidate materials for coronary stents'. Acta Biomaterialia, 4 :1553-1559 [DOI] [Details]
|(2002)|| 'Passivation of nitinol wire for vascular implants - a demonstration of the benefits'
O'Brien, B,Carroll, WM,Kelly, MJ (2002) 'Passivation of nitinol wire for vascular implants - a demonstration of the benefits'. Biomaterials, 23 :1739-1748 [DOI] [Details]
|(2011)|| 'Shape Memory Alloys for use in Medicine'
O'Brien, B. (2011) 'Shape Memory Alloys for use in Medicine' In: Comprehensive Biomaterials. Elsevier. [Details]
|(2004)|| Materials & Processes for Medical Devices
Barry O'Brien, Chandru Chandrasekaren (2004) Development of Iridium Oxide as a Cardiovascular Stent Coating Materials & Processes for Medical Devices [Details]
|(1999)|| First European Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies
Barry O'Brien (1999) Application of NiTi in minimally invasive medical devices - an overview from a device manufacturer First European Conference on Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies [Details]
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BME401 Biomedical Engineering Final Year Project (2014-15, 2013-14)