Patrick McNally


Prof. Patrick McNally served as Head of the School of Electronic Engineering in DCU (2012-2015) and is currently Co-Director of the Nanomaterials Processing Laboratory (NPL) in DCU and Co-Director of DCU’s Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre (APT) and a Principal Investigator in Ireland’s National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology (NCPST). He is Editor of Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics. He is also a member of the Scientific Programme Committee for the annual Materials for Advanced Metallization (MAM) conference series and a member of the International Advisory Committee for the series of International Conferences on Optical and Optoelectronic Properties of Materials and Applications (ICOOPMA). He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the ANKA-ISS Synchrotron, Karlsruhe and was a member of the X-Ray Topography Workgroup for construction of the ANKA Synchrotron Beamline, Karlsruhe, Germany. Prof. McNally has authored and co-authored more than 300 scientific peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Research Expertise

Patrick is a world leader in the field of copper halide materials and device development, advanced x-ray diffraction imaging technology, and nondestructive nanomaterials characterisation (including micro-Raman and photoacoustic spectroscopy techniques). He holds significant IP in the area of photoacoustics metrology and this technology was spun out of DCU leading to the establishment (2010) of a new SME, Sonex Metrology Ltd. (of which he was a founding Director, and formerly its CTO).

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