South East Technological University (SETU) offers expertise in the development of optical sensors and electronic platforms for advanced sensor technologies through the smart systems development laboratory hosted within the Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Center (PMBRC). The Walton Institute offers expertise in advanced data networking processing and storage.

South East Technological University

Principal Investigator and Project Lead | SETU | PMBrc

Dr O’Mahony heads up the Smart Systems Development Lab where his research interests include organic electronics, scanning probe microscopy and nanosensing. He is responsible for developing the STREAM manufactured Optical Sensors.

Contact Dr Joseph O’Mahony

Head of the School of Science and Principal Investigator | SETU | PMBrc

Dr McLoughlin is currently Head of School (Dean) of Science & Computing at the South East Technological University and Principal Investigator in the Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC).

Contact Dr Peter McLoughlin

Project Manager 

Dr Browne is responsible for the coordination of the STREAM project. He has over 30 years of experience in marine science in Ireland having worked in the Private sector, Research and Government. He brings a vast amount of knowledge to the project particularly in the area of environmental sampling and aquaculture.


Dr Abedini is a postdoctoral researcher on the STREAM project. She has completed her PhD in Medical Nanotechnology at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Mitra’s research interests include Nanobiosensors, Fiber optic SPR sensor fabrication, computational modelling, Optical system arrangement, and Scanning Probe Microscopy. Mitra is currently working on the development of new novel sensors for monitoring toxins in the marine environment.

Researcher | WIT | PMBrc

Benyuan Yu completed his BEng degree in Electrical Engineering at Shanghai Maritime University and MEng degree in Electronics Engineering at WIT. Benyuan then worked on PhD research, studying the Optical Micro-Electro-Mechanical Spectrometer development and application in dairy science, food safety and marine science.

Contact Benyuan Yu

Manager Infrastructure Group | WIT | Walton Institute

Jerry is the Infrastructure Manager at Walton Institute with responsibility for the Data Centre, Network, Servers and the Infrastructure Group. He is also the Senior Systems Engineer for the Walton Institute and has designed the infrastructural architectures for many of the Walton Institute spin-out companies.

Contact Jerry Horgan

Technical Lead | WIT | Walton Institute

John is the technical lead within the Infrastructure group at the Walton Institute. John is responsible for the Information and Communications Technology aspects of the STREAM project as well as the deployment, calibration and maintenance of the Sensors.

Contact John Ronan

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery.

The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) offers state of the art laboratories at Swansea University’s Bay campus, that are dedicated to the fabrication of the sensor technologies required by the STREAM operation. The WCPC is a university recognised research centre that has a strong track record in undertaking fundamental and applied research in printing, including graphics and functional materials. It is recognised Internationally and is seen as a World leader in this field.

Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) delivers innovative impacts in the aquatic sciences and education sector and has been a Centre of Excellence since 2003. CSAR have the best facilities in Europe for applied and fundamental research on aquatic ecosystems and organisms from temperate to tropical and marine to freshwater environments. CSAR will be testing the sensor technologies in controlled recirculating aquaculture system.

Swansea University

Professor in Engineering | Swansea University | WCPC

Professor Gethin is a mechanical engineer and the Co-founder and Co-director of the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating. Professor Gethins research interests include powder forming with emphasis on tabletting; fundamental scientific work on high speed, high volume graphics printing processes and applied research in the field of polymer electronics with a future emphasis on biopolymers and biosensing devices.

Contact Prof. David Gethin

Research Officer | Swansea University | WCPC

Dr Clifford completed his PhD in the WCPC looking at the Optimisation of Aerosol Jet Deposition for the Development of Printed Electronics. This research looked at the formulation of inks specifically for use in aerosol jet deposition as well as an investigation into the effects of process parameters on print quality and electrical performance. His research interests lie in the field of digital and direct write manufacturing techniques for applications in printed electronics, semiconductor and biological applications.

Contact Dr Ben Clifford

Professor in Biosciences | Director of CSAR | Swansea University

Professor Garcia de Leaniz began his career in Biology at Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona), then moved to CEU (Madrid) and the University of Victoria (BC, Canada), where he obtained his BSc. This was followed by a Doctorate at the University of Aberdeen.

Carlos did a post-doc at the University of Glasgow then returned to Spain to coordinate the Atlantic Salmon Restoration Programme in Galicia and then in Cantabria (Centro Ictiologico de Arredondo).

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Aquaculture

Contact Prof. Carlos Garcia de Leaniz

Science communication and stakeholder manager | Swansea University | CSAR

Dr Barrento obtained a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of the Algarve (Portugal), she then went onto obtain a PhD in Animal Science from the University of Porto (Portugal).

In the past 12 years, Sara has researched sustainable aquaculture of mussels and seaweeds; supported the delivery and management of eight large European Research projects (FP6, FP7, Horizon2020, ERDF, INTERREG) and RC-UK projects; lectured in the UK, Thailand and Gibraltar.

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching
  • Sustainable seafood systems
  • Management & Communication

Contact Dr Sara Barrento

Manager of CSAR | Swansea University

Paul’s role as CSAR Manager forms a vital link in establishing collaborations between academia and industry both nationally and internationally. He works with policymakers and producers on a regular basis and is engaged in several industry-focused projects.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquaculture
  • Project Development
  • Industry Collaborations

Contact Paul Howes

Post Doc Research Officer | Swansea University | CSAR

Dr Josh Jones is a Postdoctoral Research Officer on the STREAM project at Swansea University. He has a background in remote sensing, GIS and process-based modelling.

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Information System
  • Remote Sensing
  • Modelling

Contact Dr Josh Jones

Post Doc Research Officer | Swansea University | CSAR

Dr Peter Jones is a Postdoctoral Research Officer on the STREAM project at Swansea University. Peter has extensive field and laboratory experience and has spent several years working in aquatic research, freshwater consultancy, and river restoration.

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Invasive species

Contact Dr Peter Jones

Munster Technological University (MTU) is a multi-campus technological university and the newest in Ireland. The Mass Spectrometry Group at MTU has a long-established background in analytical chemistry, with extensive experience and capability in the areas of elemental and toxicology analysis using techniques such as separation chromatography and mass spectrometry.  The Halpin Centre for Research and Innovation undertakes maritime research for the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI). The centre is a key partner in Ireland’s national effort to build a strong maritime sector.

Munster technological university

Head of College| PI | NMCI 

Cormac is the founding Manager of the HALPIN Centre. Cormac is a member of the NMCI College Senior Executive Team, of the MTU Research Ethics Committee and the MTU School of Graduate Studies Steering Committee.

Contact Cormac Gebruers

Senior Lecturer of the Department of Physical Sciences and PI in BioExplore | CREATE

Dr Furey is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physical Sciences since 2001, his interests include Analytical Chemistry – LC-MS theory and application, Method Development and Validation; Food Safety, Security and Authenticity, Elemental Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Pharmaceutical Analysis and Natural Product Chemistry; Peptide Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry.

Contact Dr Ambrose Fury

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher | Halpin Center for Research Innovation | NMCI

Dr Kamali is a postdoctoral Researcher holding a PhD on solid-state pharmaceutical chemistry from The National University of Ireland, Galway.

Areas of expertise:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Environmental science

Contact Dr Naghmeh Kamali

Project Manager | The Halpin Centre for Research and Innovation | NMCI

Paul served 22 years in the Irish Naval Service, he spent time at sea in several maritime operational roles on different vessels and time ashore as an instructor in the Naval College in several different disciplines. He is currently managing cross-functional teams for the Ireland Wales INTERREG project STREAM.

Contact Paul Shanahan

Senior Researcher and PI | The Halpin Centre for Research and Innovation | NMCI

Mike Completed his MSc Computers in Commerce and Industry (Open University) and BSc in Electronic Engineering (University of London). Mike has been Halpin Centre’s Maritime Mechatronics PI for four years.

Contact Mike Griew

Administration and Finance Officer | The Halpin Centre for Research and Innovation | NMCI

Brid is a qualified Financial Adviser with a Diploma in Financial Services and a Certificate in Payroll. Brid provides project management support to Halpin research projects and undertakes document research, research data collection and numerical & financial analysis in research projects.

Contact Brid Cripps