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Louise Bradley


Professor Bradley leads a vibrant research group in Nanophotonics and Plasmonics in the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. Her research is directly relevant for development of higher efficiency light emitting devices, solar cells and sensing applications. She has previously made significant contributions to the development of novel devices for optical telecommunications systems. In 1992 she received a BSc (First Class Hons.) in Experimental Physics from University College Dublin. She was awarded Forbairt and Trinity College Dublin scholarships to pursue postgraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin, obtaining a MSc in 1994 and a PhD in 1998. During her PhD she studied nonlinear optical processes in semiconductor microcavity systems. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow she worked on the development of semiconductor microcavity devices for lighting applications. In 1999, she became a Lecturer in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, before returning to join the academic staff of the School of Physics in Trinity College Dublin in 2000. Subsequently, she was appointed Senior Lecturer and elected to Fellowship of the College in 2009. More recently, in 2016, she was appointed Professor in Physics. Professor Bradley has published over 140 scientific papers, including 86 peer reviewed journal papers, and delivered over 30 invited presentations. Her research has been funded by competitively won grants from Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council.

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