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New Research Professor within the Department of Chemistry

  • 16 Jun 2016

Prof. Paul Hurley

Prof. Paul Hurley has been appointed as a Research Professor within the Department of Chemistry at UCC. Paul is an internationally renowned expert in electronic materials and devices. A brief bio on Paul is given below.

Paul Hurley received his Ph.D. (1990) and B.Eng. (1985, 1st  class honours) in Electronic Engineering at the University of Liverpool. Paul is a currently Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Nanoelectronic Materials and Devices Group at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork. He leads a research team of around ten PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, visiting students and Tyndall Research staff who perform research into alternative semiconductor materials and device structures aimed at improving the energy efficiency in the next generation of logic devices which will be used in a range of applications covering: nanoelectronics, flexible electronics, mobile communications and low power sensor technologies. In particular the group are working on III-V and 2D (e.g., MoS2, WSe2) semiconductors and their interfaces with metals and oxides which will form the heart of logic devices incorporating these materials.  The group are also exploring the use of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) systems for the creation of solar fuels through water splitting reactions. Paul received an Intel Outstanding Researcher award for his work on high-k/III-V interface defect studies in 2012, and has been the recipient of three prestigious national awards from Science Foundation Ireland (2005-2010, 2010-2015 and 2016-2020).  In addition to research activities, he lectures on undergraduate courses at University College Cork. He has published over one hundred papers in the field of micro and nanoelectronics, and has given over 35 invited presentations and seminars in the high-k area from 2006 to 2016.


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