Dr Michele Conroy

Post Doctoral Researcher

Michele Conroy is a postdoctoral researcher specialising in high resolution in-situ electron microscopy. She holds a PhD in nano-optoelectronics from Tyndall National Institute and worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as staff scientist before joining University of Limerick.



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Michele is working on the SFI US Ireland ‘conducting domain walls for novel nano-electronics’ project under the supervision of Prof. Ursel Bangert. Michele is investigating ferroelectric domain wall structure at the atomic scale within the recently installed FEI Titan Themis TEM, along with utilizing in-situ heating and biasing TEM stages to investigate the dynamic changes at these boundaries. This project is in collaboration with Queens University at Belfast and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Michele undertook postdoctoral studies at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2015) within the Nuclear Processing Science Initiative. Here she focused her research on high resolution and in-situ electron microscopy techniques including STEM EDS, EELS, thermal annealing, liquid cell and cryo. She was converted to staff scientist (2017) within the Energy and Environment Directorate.

BSc Chemistry (Hons) 2006-2011

  • SFI UREKA summer internship at Tyndall National Institute, Prof Martyn Pemble -Synthetic photonic crystals based upon opaline systems
  • FYP at ERI,University College Cork, Prof Mick Morris -The formation of surface stable anion vacancy states at CeO2 ultra-small crystallite dimensions, XPS, SEM. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2012.03.103)

PhD Optoelectronics 2012-2015

  • SFI INSPIRE scholarship at Tyndall National Insitute, Prof Justin Holmes and Prof Peter Parbrook-growth and ion/electron microscopy characterization of nano-structured III-N materials for optoelectronic devices
  • PhD research internship at KAUST in Prof Boon Ooi’s GaN Photonics Laboratory

Invited Conference Presentations:

  • KAUST-NSF Research Conference on Interactive Electronics (2017)
    Outstanding early career researchers’ symposium
  • NIMS-Materials Innovation Driven by Advanced Characterization (2015)
    Nano-patterning research symposium

Chair/Organizer of Conference Symposium:

  • MRS 2019 Fall Meeting-‘In Situ/Operando Studies of Dynamic Processes in Ferroelectric, Magnetic and Multiferroic Materials’
  • MMC 2019 ‘Trials and Tribulations of Electron and Light Beam Induced Radiation Effects’
  • MSI 2019 Symposium-Physical Probe and Open Access Microscopy
  • ACS 2017 Spring Meeting-Geochemistry Division

Research Award Highlights:

IFSM Young Scientist Assembly (2018)
Chosen to attend the IFSM young scientist assembly before IMC, conference registration awarded
Institute of Physics (2018)
Electron Microscopy Group travel grant for IMC
National Security Directorate US (2016)
Outstanding performance award.
INSPIRE PhD Scholarship, 4 years funding (2011-2015)
PhD was based between Tyndall National Institute, School of Engineering and Department of Chemistry at University College Cork.
Electrochemical Society Conference Travel Grant (2013)
Awarded the student travel grant under the Electronics and Photonics Division to present research results on nano-patterning of III-N materials at the 223rd ECS conference in Toronto, Canada.
Institute of Chemistry Ireland Student Poster Prize (2013)
Awarded the poster prize at the 65th Irish University Chemistry Research Colloquium at Trinity College Dublin.
AMBER Ireland Launch Conference (2013)
Awarded the 1st place presentation award at the AMBER launch conference.

Regular Journal Reviewer for:

RSC (Nanoscale, CrystEngComm), IEEE, OSA, MRS