Declan Devine, Director, Materials Research Institute, Athlone Institute of Technology
Innovations in Medical Plastics
Declan Devine is the Director of the Materials Research Institute at Athlone Insitute of Technology. He holds a BEng (2000) and PhD (2006) in polymer engineering from AIT. Prior to taking up this role Declan has fulfilled a variety of roles both nationally and internationally. These roles include an industry based post-doctoral research with Transitions Optical, a Senior Project Leader in the at the AO Research Institute in Switzerland and fellowships in both Harvard Medical Schools Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies and the Mayo Clinic's Rehabilitation Medicine Center as a part of his ERA Marie Curie Fellowship.
Declan is currently an academic director of the Enterprise Ireland Applied Polymer Technologies, Technology Gateway centre and is a funded investigator on the SFI funded CONFIRM centre for smart manufacturing the AMBER centre for Advanced Materials and Regenerative Medicine and the Cúram Medical Device Centre. His current research interests centres on the development of materials for biomedical applications such as bone regenerations and biodegradable polymer stents, thermoplastic composites, additive manufacturing and polymer based Smart Manufacturing. Declan has published in the fields of controlled release, medical device coatings, 3D printing scaffolds biodegradable polymers, additive manufacturing and bone regeneration. He maintains several collaborations in these fields across the EU and at international centres located in the USA, Canada, Brazil and Switzerland.
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