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 earned her BSc degree from University College Cork (2011), where she was awarded an SFI UREKA summer internship scholarship to work at Tyndall National Institute under the supervision of Prof. Martyn Pemble. Following this she was awarded an INSPIRE scholarship (2012) to continue her studies as a PhD candidate at Tyndall National Institute under the supervision of Prof. Justin Holmes and Prof. Peter Parbrook. Her thesis research was in the area of growth and electron microscopy characterization of nano-structured III-N materials for optoelectronic devices. She worked heavily on the SEM/FIB and TEM to characterize the dislocation defect types and movement along hetero-epitaxial III-N thin films. During her PhD she interned at KAUST in Prof. Boon Ooi’s GaN photonics laboratory.

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.

Currently she is working on the SFI US Ireland ‘conducting domain walls for novel nano-electronics’ project under the supervision of Prof. Ursel Bangert. Michele will be investigating the 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.

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:

ACS 2017 Spring Meeting-Geochemistry Division

Conference Presentations:

-Materials Research Society Spring Meeting (2017)
-American Chemical Society (2017) – organised and chaired a session.
-Materials Research Society Fall Meeting (2016)
-American Vacuum Society PACSURF (2016)
-American Vacuum Society Fall Meeting (2016)
-Materials Research Society Spring Meeting (2014)
-Electrochemical Society Spring Meeting (2013)
-UK Semiconductor Conference (2013)

Research Award Highlights:

-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.