Biofuels are an important alternative to fossil fuels that can minimise the impact of energy production on global climate change. DIBANET is an Irish-led research project aimed at developing an integrated approach to biomass development that further enhances international cooperation between the EU and Latin America in the field of biofuels. This project aims at developing technologies to sustainably exploit biomass for the profitable production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals.
Biofuels have the potential to significantly reduce the output of carbon caused by transport, and reduce the impact of transport on climate change. DEMA is a University of Limerick-led project focused on microalgae found in oceans, lakes and damp soil, and on rocks, where energy is extracted via photosynthesis to produce biofuels. DEMA is focused on the development, demonstration and licensing of a complete, economically competitive technology from the direct production of bioethanol from microalgae by 2016.
The vital importance of nanotechnology is being celebrated during NanoWeek in Ireland this week with the flagship event, the NanoNet Conference 2015 taking place at the University of Limerick on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd October.
Dr Ken Byrne, Department of Life Sciences at the University of Limerick has been nominated as an International Expert, for the UN Intergovernmental Science‐Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Dr Byrne will be a Lead Author for the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration. This commenced at a meeting in Switzerland this August and is due for completion in 2017. He will work as part of a team of international experts to conduct regional/subregional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia.
Meet Dr Anthony Maher - UL BSc Industrial Biochemistry Graduate, researcher and Kerry Senior Footballer. One of UL's many PhD graduates striving for excellence and making a real impact to our knowledge economy. 94% of our PhD graduates are employed, with the majority working in Ireland and helping to build our world-leading innovation ecosystem.
Dr Sinéad O’Keeffe, UL researcher is applying sensor technology to the treatment of cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Sinéad and her team at the Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre, UL, are developing sensors which can be applied to critical organs to ensure they are not exposed to high levels of radiation. This technology will allow us to get up close to tumours to deliver treatment in a completely innovative way. A great example of Irish sensor research playing a part in the global battle against cancer.
Dr Maeve Kiely is part of UL’s research team in the Laboratory of Cellular & Molecular Biology which is studying the complex interactions occurring between proteins inside cells in the hope of blocking the onset of breast cancer. Maeve is one of UL's many PhD graduates striving for excellence and making a real impact to our society. 94% of UL’s PhD graduates are employed, with the majority working in Ireland and helping to build our world-leading innovation ecosystem.
UL research fellow, Dr Mark Dalton has collaborated with high-potential Irish start-up company, GenCell Biosystems to develop next generation genetic analysis technology. This research partnership helps to deliver technological edge to enable Irish industry compete on a global scale. The Limerick-based GenCell recently announced a major with Brazilian partners to develop new clinical screening systems to address that country's healthcare needs.