Meet our Researchers: Maria Damaskou

This is Maria Damaskou, PhD student with the Renewable Engine Project. She has given an account of her experience as a PhD student with both South West College and the University of Strathclyde: “At home in Greece, I completed an MEng in Electrical & Computer Engineering which led me to embrace the importance of energy … Continued

Meet our Researchers: Mansoureh Khaljani

This is Mansoureh, PhD student with the Renewable Engine Project. She has given an account of her experience as a PhD student at South West College: “My background is in Mechanical Engineering and after my Master’s degree, I decided to broaden my knowledge by working with a highly prestigious international research group. So I started … Continued

Renewable Engine PhD Researchers contribute to PPE Production

With a global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) to fight against COVID-19, a call for support was put out by Sligo University Hospital and the Health Service Executive Ireland. On responding to the request, a team of volunteers at the Institute of Technology Sligo set up a mini production line to manufacture face shields … Continued

Renewable Engine PhD Student Enhances Entrepreneurial Skills

Renewable Engine PhD student Zara Shiels recently enhanced her entrepreneurial skills and knowledge by completing a virtual ‘Science Entrepreneur Experience’ delivered by Spin Up Science in May 2020. Spin Up Science – who specialise in teaching PhD students and post-doctoral researchers the pathway to commercialising a research idea into a fully-fledged company – delivered the course … Continued

Could Polymer Foams Help in Solving the Global Energy Crisis?

Exciting research being conducted at QUB in collaboration with Kingspan Water & Energy aims to assist rotational moulders in the manufacturing of viable large-scale offshore wave energy generation devices.  By learning more about the development of polymer foams, it is hoped that larger, more robust, and complex structures could be manufactured using the process in … Continued

Understanding Composite Structures in Rotational Moulding

The race to find a new alternative to produce renewable energy has begun a long time ago, but limitations in the way we manufacture products affects the development of new prototypes.  Rotational moulding is the forgotten manufacturing technology that has the potential to produce large structures, like those needed in renewable energy generation.  The principle … Continued

Photoelectrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into Fuels and Value-Added Products

IT Sligo’s Dr Vignesh Kumaravel has published a review article entitled “Photoelectrochemical conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into fuels and value-added products” in ACS Energy Letters (ACS Energy Lett. 2020, 5, 2, 486-519, Publication date – January 8th, 2020 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsenergylett.9b02585).  ACS Energy letters is one of the top ten journals in the field of energy … Continued

New Research and Innovation Coordinator joins the University of Strathclyde Team

Dr Jillian Couto-Phoenix joined the University of Strathclyde team as the new Research and Innovation Coordinator in November 2019, replacing Pauline Murray.  Jill is a former academic with a multidisciplinary research track record that spans both medicine and environmental engineering (more at: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9371-3795).  Jill transitioned from the basic sciences into engineering because of a desire … Continued

QUB PhD Researcher presents at Rotomoulding Conference in Goa

In January, QUB researcher Jitendra Seregar presented his research on “The Advanced Simulation of the Rotational Moulding Process” during the Society of Asian Rotomoulders (STAR) Annual Conference in Goa, India.  He, along with colleagues from QUB, also visited the local university BITS-Pilani Goa campus, toured the rotomoulding lab facilities there and discussed about future collaboration … Continued

Renewable Engine at the 3rd International Symposium on Biomimetic Microreactors for Photoconversion Chemistry

Dr Vignesh Kumaravel (IT Sligo) delivered an invited talk entitled “Metal oxide nano-composites: Antimicrobial food packaging and medical polymers” at the 3rd International Symposium on Biomimetic Microreactors for Photoconversion Chemistry.  There were approximately 100 researchers and faculties participating in this conference, organised by Yeungnam University, Republic of Korea, during January 9-10, 2020.  Dr Kumaravel’s talk … Continued


The project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match funding provided by the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland) and Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Republic of Ireland).
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