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After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with an MEng in Chemical Engineering with European Studies, Ronan became a Process Technology Manager for Unilever R&D, working with global brand teams to tackle formulation, scale-up and supply chain innovation challenges. His PhD from the School of Chemistry and the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin led to a new-found passion for novel manufacturing techniques. In 2011 he joined the IfM's Inkjet Research Centre to continue his work on biosensor platforms using digital fabrication techniques and inexpensive materials for commercially-targeted tests.
His current role as head of the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing group is focused on research into chemical and physical phenomena of polymeric, biological and nanomaterials when exposed to advanced fluid-based manufacturing techniques. This combines research into novel materials and devices with exploration of their manufacturing challenges to drive effective scale-up of emerging technologies.