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Dr. Emmet O'Reilly


Emmet is currently a lecturer in polymer/organic chemistry in the Department of Chemical Sciences and the course director for the BSc in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry. He completed his undergraduate studies (Analytical Science - DCU) in 2004 and doctoral studies in 2008 (PhD in Polymer Chemistry - Biomedical Diagnostics Institute - DCU). In 2010 he was awarded an Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship and took up a position with the CNRS in Montpellier, France, returning to Ireland in 2013.

Emmet's research involves investigating novel polymeric materials for applications in bio-sensing and pharmaceutical processing. He has extensive experience in polymer characterization and synthesis of electroactive polymeric materials. He is an active member of the Bernal Institute currently leading a group of 7 researchers at the including 2 Marie Curie Research Fellows, 1 Post-doctoral researcher and 4 postgraduate students. He as co-authored multiple peer reviewed articles and acts as an international accreditation assessor for the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterisation of stimuli-responsive polymeric materials for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications.

Specific research strands include;

  • Synthesis of bio-degradable electroactive polymeric materials for in-vitro/in-vivo diagnostics and disposable electronics.
  • Hydrogel/Silicone porous materials with tunable mechanical properties.
  • Novel polymeric materials/processing approaches for improved pharmaceutics.

Core competencies include;

  • Polymer synthesis/characterisation/functionalisation.
  • Electrochemistry and Electrochemiluminescence (ECL).
  • Spray-drying, NMR, Mass Spectroscopy, Electrochemistry.

Research is currently funded by Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, EU-Commission and the Irish Research Council.

Teaching Interests

Course Director: BSc. Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry

Current modules:
CH4103 Organic Chemistry 2A
CH4015 Organic Chemistry 4
CH4306 Analytical Chemistry 4
BC4401 Introduction to Biochemistry

Professional Activities


  • 2015 University of Limerick - Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship
  • 2008 Biomedical Diagnostics Institute - Dublin City University - PhD
  • 2004 Dublin City University - BSc (Hons)


  • 2014 S&E Research Committee,
  • 2013 CES Safety Committee ,


  • 2013 Associate Member (AMRSC) , Royal Society of Chemistry


  • 2010 - Marie Curie Fellowship


  • IPSEN Pharmaceuticals - Quality Control Analyst


  • French

Research Collaborators

  • Conor Hogan - External Examiner - La Trobe University -Australia
  • Lynn Dennany - Joint Publication - University of Strathclyde -Scotland
  • Paolo Bertoncello - Joint Publication - Swansea University -Wales
  • Paolo Bertoncello - External Examiner - Swansea University -Wales
  • Patrice Mollard - Joint Publication - Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle (IGF) -France
  • Paul Conroy - Joint Publication - Monash University -Australia


Conference Contribution


International Dairy Federation
Dr Akeem Olaleye, Prof Harry Van Den Akker, Prof Gavin Walker, Dr. Emmet O'Reilly, Dr Kevin Cronin


International Dairy Federation
Mahsa Naghshineh*, Harry Van den Akker, Emmet O‘Reilly and Gavin M. Walker


1st Lauret Imaging meeting 2012
O'Reilly, E.J., Molino, F., Lafont, C., Mollard, P.,


International Electromaterials Science Symposium, CSIRO
Dennany, L., O'Reilly, E.J., Innis, P.C., Wallace, G.G., Forster, R.J.,


Polymers Down-under Makes Irish Sense
O'Reilly, E.J., Forster, R.J., Wallace, G.G.,


210th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society,
O'Reilly, E.J., Dennany, L., Keyes, T.E., Forster R.J.,


234th American Chemical Society (ACS) International Meeting
O'Reilly, E.J., Dennany, L., Innis, P.C., Wallace, G.G., Forster R.J.,


International Society of Electrochemistry,
O'Reilly, E., Dennany, L., Forster.,


International Conference on Synthetic Metals (ICSM)
O'Reilly, E.J., Dennany, L., Innis, P.C., Masdarolomoor, F., Wallace, G.G., Forster, R.J.,


Electrochem 2005
O'Reilly, E.J., Dennany, L., Griffith, D., Keyes, T.E., Forster, R.J.,

Conference Publication


Lauret Imaging,
O'Reilly, E.J., Molino, F., Lafont, C., Mollard, P.,


324th Meeting of the American Chemical Society
Lynn Dennany, Emmet J O'Reilly, Peter C Innis, Gordon Wallace, Robert J Forster

Peer Reviewed Journal


An investigative study on the effect of pre-coating polymer solutions on the fabrication of low cost anti-adhesive release paper
Vasilev S.;Vodyashkin A.;Vasileva D.;Zelenovskiy P.;Chezganov D.;Yuzhakov V.;Shur V.;O’reilly E.;Vinogradov A.
Journal Of Nanomaterials DOI: 10.3390/nano10081436


Poly(amidoxime) ligand derived from waste palm fiber for the removal of heavy metals from electroplating wastewater
Rahman M.L.;Fui C.J.;Sarjadi M.S.;Arshad S.E.;Musta B.;Abdullah M.H.;Sarkar S.M.;O'Reilly E.J.
Environmental Science And Pollution Research International DOI: 10.1007/s11356-020-09462-0


Poly(hydroxamic acid) ligand from palm-based waste materials for removal of heavy metals from electroplating wastewater
Rahman M.L.;Wong Z.J.;Sarjadi M.S.;Abdullah M.H.;Heffernan M.A.;Sarkar M.S.;O'Reilly E.
Journal Of Applied Polymer Science DOI: 10.1002/app.49671


Co-crystal polymorphic control by nanodroplet and electrical confinement
Padrela L.;Castro-Dominguez B.;Ziaee A.;Long B.;Ryan K.;Walker G.;O'Reilly E.
Crystengcomm DOI: 10.1039/c9ce00060g


Impact of polymeric excipient on cocrystal formation via hot-melt extrusion and subsequent downstream processing
Karimi-Jafari M.;Ziaee A.;Iqbal J.;O'Reilly E.;Croker D.;Walker G.
International journal of pharmaceutics DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2019.06.031


Particle engineering of excipients: A mechanistic investigation into the compaction properties of lignin and [co]-spray dried lignin
Solomon S.;Ziaee A.;Giraudeau L.;O'Reilly E.;Walker G.;Albadarin A.
International journal of pharmaceutics DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2019.03.061


Spray drying ternary amorphous solid dispersions of ibuprofen - An investigation into critical formulation and processing parameters
Ziaee, A,Albadarin, AB,Padrela, L,Faucher, A,O'Reilly, E,Walker, G
European Journal Of Pharmaceutics And Biopharmaceutics DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpb.2017.08.005


Electrochemiluminescence platform for the detection of C-reactive proteins: application of recombinant antibody technology to cardiac biomarker detection
O'Reilly, E.J., Conroy, P.J., Hearty, S., Keyes, T.E., O'Kennedy, R., Forster, R.J., Dennany, L.
Rsc Advances


A Cholesterol Biosensor Based on the NIR Electrogenerated-Chemiluminescence (ECL) of Water-Soluble CdSeTe/ZnS Quantum Dots
Stewart, A.J., O'Reilly, E.J., Moriarty, R.D., Bertoncello, P., Keyes, T.E., Forster, R.J., Dennany, L.
Electrochimica Acta


The application of water soluble, mega-Stokes-shifted BODIPY fluorophores to cell and tissue imaging
Moriarty R.;Martin A.;Adamson K.;O'Reilly E.;Mollard P.;Forster R.;Keyes T.
Journal Of Microscopy DOI: 10.1111/jmi.12111


The application of water soluble, mega-Stokes-shifted BODIPY fluorophores to cell and tissue imaging
Moriarty, R.D., Martin, A., Adamson, K., O'Reilly, E., Mollard, P., Forster, R.J., Keyes, T.E.
Journal Of Microscopy


Electrochemically induced release of a luminescent probe from a rhenium-containing metallopolymer
Valenti, G., O'Reilly, E.J., McNally, A., Keyes, T.E., Marcaccio, M., Paolucci, F., Forster, R.J. ChemPlusChem


Insights into electrochemiluminescent enhancement through electrode surface modification
O'Reilly, E.J., Keyes, T.E., Forster, R.J., Dennany, L.


Ground and excited state communication within a ruthenium containing benzimidazole metallopolymer
O'Reilly, E.J., Dennany, L., Griffith, D., Moser, F., Keyes, T.E., Forster, R.J.
Pccp Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics


Demonstration of surface plasmon-coupled emission using solid-state electrochemiluminescence
Yuk, J.S., O'Reilly, E., Forster, R.J., MacCraith, B.D., McDonagh, C.
Chemical Physics Letters


Chronocoulometric determination of urea in human serum using an inkjet printed biosensor
Suman, O'Reilly, E., Kelly, M., Morrin, A., Smyth, M.R., Killard, A.J.
Analytica Chimica Acta


Solid state photochemistry of novel composites containing luminescent metal centers and poly(2-methoxyaniline-5-sulfonic acid)
Dennany, L., O'Reilly, E.J., Innis, P.C., Wallace, G.G., Forster, R.J.
Journal Of Physical Chemistry B


Electrochemiluminescent monolayers on metal oxide electrodes: Detection of amino acids
Dennany, L., O'Reilly, E.J., Keyes, T.E., Forster, R.J.
Electrochemistry Communications