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Eithne Dempsey

Associate Professor MU

Eithne Dempsey received a PhD in Electroanalytical Chemistry from Dublin City University followed by postdoctoral research at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin. She then took up a position as Lecturer in Chemistry at Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus  where she managed the Centre for Research in Electroanalytical Technologies, resulting in successful graduation of 19 MSc./PhD  students and realising >€7.4M in recurrent funding with the establishment of the Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateway centre MiCRA Biodiagnostics. She was appointed visiting Professor of Chemistry at the University of the Western Cape, Capetown, South Africa in 2012 and recently (2017) took up a position as Lecturer in Chemistry at Maynooth University, currently as Associate Professor (2020). She has co-authored 87 peer reviewed articles impacting the scientific literature in relation to enzyme electrodes, electrochemical immunosensors, nanomaterial science and electrocatalytic materials for sensor applications (H index 26, total citations 1893 (Scopus, Aug. 2020), Orchid: 0000-0003-3607-5015). She has worked closely with a range of start up, SMEs and multinational companies on 20+ industry projects in the diagnostics, chemical analysis and sensor development areas. EU grant co-ordination has included Marie Curie individual fellowships and international staff exchange programmes. Research interests include nanostructured materials including nanoassembly and characterisation with use of modern electrochemical and surface based techniques, utilisation of electrocatalytic materials including inorganic redox active materials with applications in biomedical, fuel cell and environmental science and the design and fabrication of integrated fluidics/sensor microsystems which exploit the unique properties of electrocatalytic/nanomaterials for biomedical diagnostics.  

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