After graduating with a BSc. degree in chemistry from University College Dublin (Ireland), I moved to the University of Cambridge (UK) to complete my post graduate studies. In the Chemistry Department at Cambridge I completed my PhD studies under the supervision of Prof William Jones in close collaboration with the Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Studies. I developed and explored the use of atomic force microscopy techniques for studying chemical reactions at the surface of molecular organic crystals. These techniques provided real-space, nano-micro scale images of localised surface reactions, which were initiated by manipulating the environment (either solid, liquid or gas) surrounding the organic crystal.
In 2010 I moved to Aarhus to become a post doctorial research assistant at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University. I have worked primarily in the Surface Dynamics Group with Prof. Liv Hornekær but also with Prof. David Field (now Prof. Emeritus) in the Electron Molecule Scattering group. Originally (2010-2013) my research was funded as an Early-Stage Researcher under the Marie-Curie ITN “LASSIE”. Between 2013-2016 my research was funded by a grant from the Danish High-Technology Research Foundation, “NIAGRA”. In 2016 I became the project manager for a new Marie-Skłodowska Curie ITN, funded under Horizon 2020 – “EUROPAH”. And now I am the center manager at InterCat.
As the center manager at InterCat, it is my responsibility to coordinate the activities within the center and to take charge of reporting these activities to our primary funding body, DNRF. This includes the management of center-wide activities, the maintenance of the center's communication infrastructure, and keeping a general overview of ongoing and future research projects.
In tandem with this, I maintain a healthy research profile and perform experimental research on the structure-property relationships in molecular solids. These activities include scanning tunnelling microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, neutron scattering, and VUV absorption spectroscopy. You can read more about my research activities here and a link to my publications list is available here.