Nicholas Dunne


Professor Nicholas Dunne is the Chair of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing and the Director of the Medical Engineering Research Centre Engineering ( at DCU. Professor Dunne is also a Visiting Research Professor of Biomaterials Engineering at the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University of Belfast, an Adjunct Professor of the School of Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and Principal Investigator in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering. Prior to his appointment at DCU, he was the Professor of Biomaterials Engineering at Queen’s University of Belfast. He has also held Joint-Directorship positions of the Advanced Materials and Processes Research Cluster and the Polymer Processing Research Centre at Queen’s University of Belfast.

Research Expertise

For the last 15 years, Professor Dunne’s research has focused on the stratified design/characterisation approaches of drug-biomaterial combinations for musculoskeletal repair/regeneration, wound-healing and cancer regimens, which have been developed via a strong, interdisciplinary programme complemented with over-arching national/international university and industrial collaborations. Professor Dunne’s research has been continuously supported by Research Councils, European Union, and Charity funding bodies and also attracts significant interest from industrial partners. To date, he has secured ≈€3.5M (PI) and ≈€10M (Co-I) research funding from EU, EPSRC, MRC, Invest NI, Innovate UK, IRC, SFI, The Royal Academy of Engineering and several major multinational medical device companies. He has authored +135 international peer-reviewed journal publications, and has presented his research findings at over 250 international and national biomaterials and biomedical engineering related conferences.