Dr. Anne Shanahan

Phone: +353 1 4027905



Instrumentation Support/Research Fellow


Worked as a Research Technician for the University of Wales, Bangor before moving into the automotive rubber extrusion industry in the West Midlands. Then went on to work for the MOD at the Faslane Naval Base in Scotland as a Radiochemist/Certified Confined Space Competent Analyst before moving to Quintiles Scotland as a Mass Spectrometry Scientist for two years.

Returned to live and work in Dublin in 2004 as the in-house LC-MS Specialist/Chemist in the Veterinary Toxicology section of the State Laboratory for 19 months before joining DIT in Oct 2005.


Graduated with BSc (Hons) in Chemistry in 1996 and then with an MSc (by research) in Environmental Chemistry from University of Wales, Bangor in 1998.

PhD in Chemistry awarded by DIT in 2013 with a research thesis entitled 'Preparation and Characterisation of Gold Nanocomposites for use as Heterogeneous Catalysts in Environmental Chemistry' supervised by Prof Hugh J. Byrne (DIT), Prof Mary McNamara and Dr. James A. Sullivan (UCD). 

Reviewer for Central European Journal of Chemistry, Indian Journal of Engineering and Materials Sciences. Also for Materials Chemistry and Physics.

Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society

Principal Research Interests:

Environmental Nanocatalysis

Analytical Chemistry

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) coupled with Cryo SEM and VP-SEM across a range of areas including nanotechnology, materials and food science, engineering applications as well as biological samples.

I undertook PhD research (part time) alongside my work duties in Nov 2006 in the area of preparation, characterisation and activity testing of SWCNT and C supported gold nanocatalysts and their potential environmental applications in collaboration with University College Dublin, completed in June 2013. 

List of Publications and Presentations