The group is made up of research and administration staff. Available positions within the group are advertised on the homepage of this website and may also be found on the AMBER and EURAXESS websites.
Parvaneh Mokarian
Photograph of Parvaneh. Dr Parvaneh Mokarian is a Principal Investigator at (SFI) Science Foundation Ireland Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (AMBER) in Trinity College Dublin. She is the coordinator of an €8.3 million European Horizon 2020 consortium called SUN-PILOT: Subwavelength Nanostructure Pilot Line (2018-2021). She has earned her PhD in University of Sheffield in the UK being awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin’s scholarship. Since then she worked as a Research Fellow in University College Cork in collaboration with Tyndall National Institute and Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), before joining TCD in 2016. Her research interests are in polymer thin films, polymers at surfaces and interfaces, light- nanostructure interaction, cell-nanosurface interaction and soft nanotechnology. Her research team (Intelligent Nano Surfaces Group) is currently focused on using materials such as block copolymers as templates for sub-wavelength nanostructures for nanofabrication, photonics applications, antireflective surfaces, self-cleaning and functional/smart surfaces. Dr Mokarian’s team won 1st prize for the “Best Innovation Award” by a multilateral project or technology in SPIE, Europe’s biggest optics conference held in Brussels in April 2016. She is the winner of the “One-to-Watch” Trinity Innovation Awards 2017.
Riley Gatensby
Photograph of Riley. Riley graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 with an undergraduate degree in N-PCAM. He subsequently undertook postgraduate studies in the ASIN group where he worked on synthesising and characterising two-dimensional semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides, he completed his PhD studies in 2017. He has joined the Mokarian group to work on plasma etching as a method of transferring BCP patterns into different substrates.
Brian Jennings
Photograph of Brian. Brian studied undergraduate physics in Trinity College Dublin and joined Prof. John Donegan's research group as a postgraduate student in 2013. Brian's PhD research was concerned with simulation, fabrication and experiments of planar optical elements for light focusing and manipulation. Having defended his thesis in late 2017, he joined the Mokarian group and works on simulation and measurement of the optical properties of fabricated materials.
Andrew Selkirk
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Sajjad Husain Mir
Photograph of Sajjad. Sajjad Husain Mir ( has a Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University, India and received his PhD degree in 2016 from Yamagata University, Japan, under a MEXT scholarship. His research focused on the development and fabrication of organic-inorganic functional hybrid materials through self-assembly processes. From 2017, he worked on a Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (KISTEC) project as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Yokohama City University, Japan, where he discovered ferroelasticity in molecular single crystals. He joined the Intelligent Nano-Surfaces Group at Trinity College Dublin (April 2018) on an EDGE-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellowship. Here, he is working on self-assembly of block copolymers to fabricate intelligent nanosurfaces for superior anti-reflection properties.
Research Interests: Synthesis of Polymers, Polymer-metal nanomaterials, Self-assembly, Hollow materials, Crystallography, Molecular crystals, Conductive inks, and Anti-reflective surfaces.
Elsa Giraud
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Gaulthier Rydzek
Photograph of Gaulthier. Gaulthier Rydzek was introduced to research in 2008 at the University of Montreal (CSACS Master Fellow). He earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2012 (MENRT fellow), within the group of Prof. Schaaf (University of Strasbourg, France). He became a JSPS fellow (2013-2015) and an ICYS researcher (2015-2018) in the National Institute for Material Sciences (NIMS, Japan) where he collaborated with Prof. Ariga. His research interest include the basic understanding and control of polymer and hybrid interfaces for developing nanostructured electrodes, catalysts, films and plastics. He joined Trinity College Dublin in 2018 within the frame of the European Sun-pilot Project.
Richard Twohig
Photograph of Richard. Richard is a certified Project Management Professional (PMI) with broad experience in coordinating research and development ventures in both academic and industry roles, from a background in chemical engineering (University of Cambridge) and renewable energy systems (Maynooth University). Richard has worked in diverse environments, with multinationals and start-ups, including downhole monitoring for upstream oil and gas, blockage and leak detection for pipelines on land and deep subsea, and developing light harvesting devices for intelligent, energy efficient buildings. In recent years he has focussed on management of national and EU funding awards for advanced research themes, providing support and leadership to project teams in delivering smooth progress and measurable success.