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Dr. Hugh Geaney



Hugh finished a degree in Industrial Chemistry in 2008 and a PhD in Chemistry in 2012 (both from UL). He subsequently moved to UCC as a postdoctoral researcher on the EU FP7 project STABLE, working on Li-O2 batteries. Following that, he was a senior postdoctoral researcher in UCC, investigating porous materials for Li-ion battery applications.

In 2016 he returned to UL as a postdoctoral researcher on an Enterprise Ireland commercialization project. In 2019, he received a SIRG (starting investigator research grant) and became an independent, Principal Investigator.

Since 2020, Hugh has been a lecturer in Chemistry in the Department of Chemical Science.

Full research output

Research Interests

Energy Storage: Li-ion, Li-S, Li-O2, Na-ion batteries.

Electrochemistry: Method development for battery testing.
Full-cell testing of battery materials. Ex-situ analysis of materials.

Materials Science:
Materials synthesis and characterization.

Nanowire catalysis, nanoparticle synthesis, porous material formation

Teaching Interests

Inorganic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry. Materials Science.

Professional Activities


  • 2019 - Bernal Mid-Career Researcher of the Year
  • 2019 - SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG)


Peer Reviewed Journal


Doping controlled roughness and defined mesoporosity in chemically etched silicon nanowires with tunable conductivity
McSweeney, William and Lotty, Olan and Mogili, Naga Vishnu V and Glynn, Colm and Geaney, Hugh and Tanner, D and Holmes, Justin D and O'Dwyer, Colm
Journal of Applied Physics