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Dr Ronan Daly

University Lecturer in the Science and Technology of Manufacturing

Inkjet Research, Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET), Research Capability Development Programme


Ronan is a University Lecturer in the Science and Technology of Manufacturing. He is also part of the Inkjet Research Centre based at the IfM, he is a member of the Research Capability Programme team and an SCR Associate at Churchill College.


Ronan joined the Institute for Manufacturing in 2011, working on Project BiognostiX, a European FP7 funded project to develop technologies and flexible manufacturing methods for the fabrication of inexpensive biodiagnostic sensors on fibre-based materials. This involved the analysis of single and multiphase porous and microfluidic flow as well as exploring the use of inkjet as a means of precise dosing of biological reagents.


Prior to this, Ronan was based at The School of Chemistry and the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) in Trinity College Dublin (2006-2011). In 2010, he worked with the ASIN lab and the Nanobio-Nanomechanics Lab, developing scalable graphene-based biosensors. From 2006-2010 he worked for Professor John Boland and the focus of his work was building an understanding of a self-organisation technique to make highly ordered porous polymer materials for drug delivery applications by using water droplets to template the polymeric matrix. This included  exploring the mechanical, biological and optical properties of the final materials. In addition, he collaborated with the Supramolecular & Medicinal Chemistry Research Group looking at supramolecular gels for biological applications.


Ronan completed his MEng (Chemical Engineering with European Studies) at the University of Edinburgh. He then joined Unilever R&D, where his final role was Process Technology Manager, leading the scale up work for a range of deodorant/antiperspirant innovations from lab to pilot and factory scale. He completed his PhD in Chemistry at the nanoscience centre (CRANN) and School of Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin in 2010.


Academic/Research interests

His current role is focused on the scaling up of emerging technologies and the applications of inkjet to novel manufacturing techniques. This involves continuation of research into nanomaterials, biological sensors and scaffolds but with a broader set of multi-disciplinary collaborations to understand the links that need to be forged and criteria that need to be met to move an early-stage technology towards a manufacturing scale.


Key research interests include:

  • Scale-up and manufacturing of emerging technologies
  • Novel applications for inkjet technologies
  • Self-organised nanostructures
  • Supramolecular gels
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Biosensors and paper-based diagnostics


  • R. Daly, J. E. Sader, J. J. Boland, The Dominant role of the Solvent/Water Interface in Water Droplet Templating of Polymers. Soft Matter 2013, 9, 7960-7965
  • R. Daly, O. Kotova, M. Boese, T. Gunnlaugsson, J. Boland, Chemical Nano-Gardens: Growth of Salt Nanowires from Supramolecular Self-assembly Gels. ACS Nano, 2013,7(6):4838-45
  • R. Daly, J. E. Sader, J. J. Boland, Existence of Micrometer-Scale Water Droplets at Solvent/Air Interfaces.  Langmuir, 2012, 28 (37), 13218–13223.
  • O. Kotova, R. Daly, C.M.G. dos Santos, M. Boese, P.E. Kruger, J.J. Boland, T. Gunnlaugsson, Europium Directed Self Assembly of a Luminescent Supramolecular Gel from a Tripodal Terpyridine Based Ligand. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2012, 51 (29), 7208-7212
  • R. Daly, S. Kumar, G. Lukacs, K. Lee, A. Weidlich, M. Hegner, G. S. Duesberg, Cell Proliferation Tracking Using Graphene Sensor Arrays. Journal of Sensors, 2012, Article ID 219485.
  • S.Kumar, N. McEvoy, H. Kim, K. Lee, N. Peltekis, E. Rezvani, H. Nolan, A. Weidlich, R. Daly, G. S. Duesberg, CVD growth and processing of graphene for electronic applications.  Physica Status Solidi (b), 2011, 248, (11), 2604–2608.