Dr Conor O'Brien Technology Analyst

Bio
Dr Conor O'Brien is a Technology Analyst at IDTechEx. Conor's work at IDTechEx is predominantly concerned with the topic of advanced materials, with a focus on various 2D materials. During his time at the University of Manchester, Conor extensively researched elastomers reinforced with nanocarbon materials, working in the National Graphene Institute.
Education
Conor received his BA degree (Bachelor of Arts) in Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials from Trinity College Dublin in 2017. In his final year, Conor conducted his final year research project with Infineon Technologies in Munich, working on random number generation based on photon emission from defects in diamond nanopillars. Conor was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal from Trinity College, on the basis of receiving a first-class honours degree with exceptional merit.
 
Conor moved to the UK in 2017 to the University of Manchester. Famed for the isolation of graphene in 2004, the University of Manchester was a natural choice for Conor to pursue a PhD in advanced materials. Conor's research dealt with understanding the tearing mechanism of 2D material reinforced elastomer composites, employing the novel technique of X-ray computed tomography to image the internal morphology of the composite during tearing.
Research Field
Conor is working on advanced materials research at IDTechEx and is studying the markets and technologies behind the industry, with a focus on nanocarbons such as graphene and carbon nanotubes. Aside from nanocarbons, he also holds an interest in other 2D materials such as boron nitride and TMDs.

Speaking at Forthcoming Events

Hydrogen Technology Conference & Expo North America 2023
Houston, TX - 28 - 29 Jun 2023
The organisers say: "The concept of hydrogen as a clean and renewable energy source is nothing new. However, a number of technical and economic challenges need to be overcome before hydrogen can be fully realized as a major contributor to reducing global carbon emissions. Hydrogen Technology Expo North America is a solutions-driven trade fair and conference dedicated to the development of new technologies to overcome these technical challenges and propel hydrogen into the mainstream for stationary and mobile applications." IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Conor O'Brien is presenting at the event and IDTechEx are exhibiting, at stand 1320.
 

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