Two Limerick researchers awarded fellowships from Science Foundation Ireland

Minister for Further and Higher Education Patrick O'Donovan.

TWO Limerick researchers are to get a share of €1.4million worth of funding that was announced this past week by Minister for Further and Higher Education Patrick O’Donovan as part of a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) fellowship programme.

The Research, Development, and Innovation programme sees €1.4m allocated to 15 projects across Ireland aiming to conduct research into a variety of areas including energy efficient communications networks, electrochemical sensors for rapid medical diagnostics, seaweed extract for use in cosmetics or health products, and moorings for offshore wind platforms.

Two of the 15 researchers are from the University of Limerick, and will be based in two separate companies during their fellowship.

Amit Kumar will be based in Analog Devices, working on his ‘Advancing Polyimide Thin Film Processing for High Voltage Applications’ project, for which he was awarded €90,472.

Andrey Bezrukov will be based in Waterford’s NEG8 Carbon to work in his project, ‘ChemiSorb: Development of Solid Chemisorbents to Enable Direct Air Capture of CO2’. He was awarded €90,237 to undertake his research.

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Both researchers will be partnered with the University of Limerick throughout their work.

Limerick Minister for Further and Higher Education, Patrick O’Donovan, said that the programme will connect “academic researchers and industry partners to collaborate and mutually benefit from each other’s invaluable knowledge and expertise”.

“Academic-Industry collaborations maximise the economic and societal impact of Irish State-funded research and resources, and foster impactful innovation. I look forward to seeing the achievements that will shape the years ahead,” Minister O’Donovan said.