Group Leader

Dr. Shalini Singh

Associate Professor (Chemistry) Department of Chemical Sciences and The Bernal Institute, University of Limerick

Shalini received her PhD degree at University of Limerick within INSPIRE structured PhD Programme in 2016. Her work was focused on designing multicomponent metal chalcogenide semiconductor nanocrystals using methods of colloidal chemistry. She subsequently joined  Ghent University, Belgium to explore the surface chemistry of colloidal nanocrystals systems. She was awarded FWO postdoctoral grant in 2017 to work on designing novel semiconductors for photonic applications. In early 2020, she returned back to University of Limerick as a Lecturer.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Suvodeep Sen

Suvodeep obtained his Masters in Chemistry from Sikkim University and then subsequently joined Prof. Narayan Pradhan’s group for PhD at IACS Kolkata, India. He obtained his PhD in July 2023.  He obtained Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship 2023 and joined Singh’s research group in September 2023. He is working on developing new hybrid 2D electrocatalyst via colloidal chemistry.

PhD Students

Manoj Palabathuni

Manoj has a integrated BS-MS Degree in Nanotechnology from Acharya Nagarjuna university, India (2021). He pursued his MS project under guidance of Dr. Nimai Mishra on Stability of Metal Halide Perovskite Nanocrystals at SRM University India. He is currently a doctoral researcher investigating ternary metal dichalcogenides nanocrystals for energy harvesting and storage applications.

Hannah McKeever

Hannah has just received her BSc. in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry at the University of Limerick with a first-class honour. Having worked with Dr. Shalini Singh on her final year project she will now continue this work on the synthesis of colloidal ternary metal chalcogenide nanocrystals for uses in energy and environmental applications.

 “I loved every minute of my undergrad degree and am very excited to take the next step in my career as a PhD researcher in the field of nanomaterials at UL!”

Niraj Patil

Niraj received his BS-MS dual degree (2020) in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal. Niraj’s research interests are in the design of nanoscale functional materials and understanding their fundamental properties and mechanistic insight. Currently, he is a doctoral researcher at the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, exploring solution synthesis and assembly of colloidal chalcogenide nanocrystals for energy and environmental application.

Visiting Students

Davide Pratolongo

Davide is a second year PhD student at Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Genova in Italy. He is working in the group of Prof. Federico Locardi in Genova. Currently, he is visiting us as an exchange PhD student for 7 months to work on designing new chalcothalides with tunable optoelectronic properties. 

Past Members

Dr. Manh Pham

Former co-supervised PhD student with Prof. Kevin M Ryan. 

Dr Nilotpal Kapuria

Former co-supervised PhD student and Research Associate 

Currently a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University in Prof Sara Skrabalak’s group.

Dr Maria Zubair

Former co-supervised PhD student with Prof. Kevin M Ryan

Currently working as a Technical Instrument Scientist, Bernal Institute. 

Dr Pengshang Zhou

Former co-supervised PhD student with Prof. Zeger Hens

Currently working at Jiangnan University, China.