Dr. Michael McAuliffe
Dr. Michael McAuliffe is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA), Munster Technological University and Tyndall National Institute and is a Principal Investigator with PMTC.
Dr. Michael McAuliffe is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA), Munster Technological University and Tyndall National Institute. His research area is multidisciplinary, involving applications of molecular spectroscopy including hyperspectral imaging and multivariate analysis techniques applied to industrial applications.
Having completed his undergraduate degree in Applied Physics and Instrumentation, he went on to complete an MSc and PhD in University College Cork. His PhD thesis involved the development of an atmospheric LIDAR system to model gases, aerosols, clouds, and turbulent mixing processes.
Within CAPPA, a range of capabilities are available for industrial applications, such as a wide array of spectrometers that cover a broad range of the electromagnetic spectrum, specifically X-ray to Mid-Infrared. An array of imaging techniques, including Hyperspectral Imaging, Optical microscopes and Electron Microscopy all support a variety of industrial applications. More fundamental work involves the development of molecularly imprinted polymers coupled with SERS and microfluidic devices for the detection of high-potency active pharmaceutical ingredients (HPAPIs), drugs of abuse, water pollutants and key biomarkers present in the blood.
During his time as a post-doctoral researcher, he investigated the application of near and mid-infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy for real-time monitoring application of pharmaceutical processes and explored the application of UV Raman/fluorescence for trace detection and cleaning verification. He has developed and licensed a prototype inspecting system for polymer coating on concealed surfaces.