Kennedy Research Group

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Principal Investigator

Dr Tadhg Kennedy - PI

Dr Tadhg Kennedy is a Lecturer in Environmental Technology and PI in the Department of Chemical Sciences and Bernal Institute in the University of Limerick. Dr Kennedy is an expert in the development of nanostructured materials for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. His specific research interests lie in the development of nanostructured alloying anode materials. Dr Kennedy has been successful in securing >€2.4M from national, international and industry sources as either PI or co-applicant in the last 3 years. He is coordinator of the TRIDENT project, which has received €3.65 million in funding from the Irish Government through the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund. The goal of the project is to develop a low-cost, high-performance sodium-ion smart battery system for residential energy storage. He is also PI on a number of other battery related projects including a grant from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland for low-cost battery development for grid-scale storage of intermittent renewable energy. Dr Kennedy’s other research interests lie in the development of polymer nanocomposites with enhanced electrical properties. He also is actively researching the development of a nanostructured biosensor for detection of viral pathogens. 

Current Group Members

Dr. M. Balasubramaniam - Postdoc

Dr. M. Balasubramaniam – Postdoctoral Researcher

Bala studied Physics at undergraduate level and Nanoscience and Technology at postgraduate level before obtaining his PhD in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in the University of Madras, India. Dr. M. Balasubramaniam is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Sciences, Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, within the research team of Dr. Tadhg Kennedy, in the project entitled “Innovative Polymer Nanocomposite Formulations for High Performance Digital Isolation”. During his PhD research career, he have obtained adequate knowledge and hands on experience in preparing different types of novel nanostructures and nanocomposites by using various chemical methodologies for supercapacitor application and published more than 15 papers in international journals related to electrochemistry. Moreover, he have handling experience in High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM) and Electrochemical workstation. His primary focus in the current research involves the development of (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane and N1-(3-Trimethoxysilylpropyl)diethylenetriamine functionalized nanostructures such as Silica, Zinc Oxide and Graphene for the fabrication of polyimide based nanocomposites. 

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