Two New Adjunct Professors

3 May 2013

The ABCRF is delighted to welcome two new Adjunct Professors!

Professors Tony McKervey and John Luong are internationally renowned researchers in Organic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry respectively.

Their input to the ABCRF will be enormously beneficial to the PhD students and early career researchers within the ABCRF bringing their perspective and experience to the research teams in Cork.


Prof Tony McKervey:
Professor M A McKervey was born in Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland in 1938. He received his degrees, BSc (1st H,1961), PhD (1964), and DSc (1972),  from Queen’s University, Belfast. Following a period in the US where he was a postdoctoral fellow and, later assistant professor at M.I.T., he returned to Queen’s to a lectureship in 1966 and  in1973, a readership.

In 1976 Professor McKervey was appointed to the Chair ofOrganic Chemistry in UCC where he served three terms as Head of Department. Hereturned to Queen’s in 1990 as Professor of Organic Chemistry and Head of theResearch Division of  the Chemistry School. During 1986-2003 he was Adjunct Professor of Organic Chemistry, at the EcoleEuro-peenne Des Hautes Etudes Des Industries Chimique De Strasbourg (E.H.I.C.S.),University of Strasbourg.

Professor McKervey served as Vice-President and President of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland (1980-1984). After retiring from Queen's in 1998, he continues to work inchemistry as a consultant to companies in the US, Great Britain and Ireland.  In 1992 Professor McKervey founded the campus-based Irish Custom Synthesis and Process Development Centre(QUCHEM) which later became part of the Almac Group of pharmaceutical companies.  He has authored or co-authored approximately 280 research publications including 12 patents.


Prof John Luong:
John has been with National Research Council of Canada since 1983. He is Principal Research Officer and Leader of the Biosensors and Nanobiotechnology Group at the NRC Biotechnology Research Institute (BRI).

He obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical/Biochemical Engineering from McGill University in 1979, and worked four years as a research engineer for a large Canadian food/specialty chemical company before joining BRI.

He has also acted as visiting professor of Chemical Engineering at McGill University and is currently adjunct professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

His research interests include nanostructure-based biosensors, probing cell behavior by impedance spectroscopy, labs-on-chips, fabrication and bioanalytical application of nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes.

He has 5 patents to his credit, and several other patents pending, has published over 200 scientific articles and has served on the editorial board of several international journals. He has received several awards for research excellence.




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