School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Centre for Medical Device Engineering
Professor Nicholas Dunne is the Chair of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing, the Executive Director of Biodesign Europe and the Executive Director of the Medical Engineering Research Centre Engineering (MedEng) at DCU. Professor Dunne is also a Visiting Research Professor of Biomaterials Engineering at the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University of Belfast, an Adjunct Professor of the School of Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and Principal Investigator in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering.
Prior to his appointment at DCU, he was the Professor of Biomaterials Engineering at Queen’s University of Belfast. He has also held Joint-Directorship positions of the Advanced Materials and Processes Research Cluster and the Polymer Processing Research Centre at Queen’s University of Belfast
Professor Dunne’s research programme lies at the interface of materials science, engineering and biology. He leads a multidisciplinary group working at the host/biomaterial interface that has played a leading role in the development of biomaterials that simulate an efficacious drug delivery or therapeutic response. This work spans fundamental mechanisms at the host/material interface as well as translational research to target non-union bone defects, bone metastases and chronic wounds. This research has been developed via a strong, interdisciplinary programme complemented with over-arching institutional and industrial collaborations.
Internationally he is recognised as an authority on biomaterials for orthopaedic applications, having been awarded an Orthopaedic Research Society/British Orthopaedic Research Society Fellowship (2008) and the RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow Award (2010). His work has been supported continuously by RCUK, EU and Charity funding organisations and also attracts significant interest from industrial partners. To date, he has secured ≈€12M PI research funding (and €15M as CI) - from funders including EPSRC, MRC, Innovate UK, SFI, The Royal Academy of Engineering and several major multinational medical device companies.
He has authored +190 peer-reviewed journal publications and delivered +350 research presentations at national and international biomaterials and biomechanics conferences He is a member of the editorial boards of Materials Science and Engineering C, Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, Regenerative Biomaterials BioMed Research International and ISRN Biomaterials
He is also highly passionate about engaging new and young researchers on matters that are important to their research career and professional development. This enthusiasm and motivation have been hardened during his time as President of Northern Ireland Bioengineering Society (2008-2015) and Spokesperson of the Young Scientist Fora of the European Society of Biomaterials (2010-2014) and UK Society of Biomaterials (2011-2015). He was the VP and Secretary of the Executive Organising Committee of the 11th World Biomaterials Congress (Glasgow, 2020) and also on the Executive Organising Committee member of the 8th World Biomechanics Congress (Dublin, 2018).