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Professor John Doran was appointed interim President of TU Dublin in April 2024.

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD Physics, Trinity College Dublin
  • BA(Mod) Experimental Physics, Trinity College Dublin

Following several years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Physics at Trinity College and within the Optronics Ireland Programme for Advanced Technology, John joined the Dublin Institute of Technology as a physics lecturer in 1996. He was appointed as Assistant Head of School in 2003 and as Head of School of Physics, Clinical & Optometric Sciences in 2009. During his time in school leadership, the school has grown significantly, with more than a doubling of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He was awarded a professorship from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2017 and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Health at TU Dublin in 2022. 

A photo of Prof. John Doran

He has extensive experience of working with various health services in Ireland, and of the regulatory environment through many years involvement with CORU, the Health & Social Care Professions Council, in various roles including membership of the Optical Registration Board.

His research has focused on the fundamental physics and the applications of quantum semiconductor structures and other nanomaterials. Over the past 20 years, this research has concentrated on the applications of these materials in solar energy technology and has demonstrated significant performance enhancement of solar concentration and photovoltaic technologies through the novel incorporation of plasmonic materials. He has been a member of several large European research consortia, funded through various EU Framework programmes, and has also been awarded research funding through the Irish Research Council, the European Space Agency and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

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