TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF THE SHANNON
TUS is a multi-campus technological university spread across six campuses throughout Ireland’s Midwest and Midlands region. One of TUS’s core values is research and innovation with a focus on applied and industrial applications. TUS, Athlone has a long-established track record in the area of polymer science and engineering (>50 years). The Polymer, Recycling, Industrial, Sustainability and Manufacturing (PRISM) Research Institute builds on TUS Athlone’s >50 years involvement with the Irish polymer sector. Our research spans TRL levels 1-9 with an emphasis on Polymer Science and Engineering. PRISM is made up of a multidisciplinary team of world class researchers conducting industrially relevant research in the polymer space. PRISM incorporates the Enterprise Ireland (Nationally) Funded Technology Gateway Centre Applied Polymer Technologies.
Dr Declan DEVINE
Director of the PRISM research Institute in TUS, he is the co-leader of the reusable meat packaging task within WP3 and involved in the coordination of TUS activities.
Dr Yvonne CORTESE
Postdoctoral Researcher in the PRISM research institute of TUS. As part of Buddie-Pack, Dr Cortese is involved in the development of methods for assessing the effects of washing and reuse on the microbial load of reusable meat packaging.
Dr Yuanyuan CHEN
Principal Investigator in the PRISM Research Institute in TUS. Dr Chen is currently working in several European and international projects focused on biodegradable polymer synthesis, modification, and recycling and will be involved in development of reusable packaging systems.
Lead Scientist and Grant/Funding Manager in the PRISM research institute of TUS. Michelle provides guidance and expert support in securing external funding for research and innovation in the PRISM research institute. Michelle is leading the TUS engagement in WP2.
PhD candidate in TUS. Ronan works with the APT Centre and PRISM research institute within TUS to identify and evaluate potential polymer materials for reusable food packaging applications as part of the Buddie-Pack project.
Dr Romina PEZZOLI
She leads the APP (Applied Packaging Platform) at the APT (Applied Polymer Technologies) centre at TUS. Within Buddie-Pack, Dr Pezzoli dedicates to the development of technical solutions for the design of reusable meat packaging systems and involved in the coordination of TUS activities.
Dr Margaret BRENNAN FOURNET
She is the Assistant Director of the PRISM research institute and Manager of the CPS (Centre for Polymer Sustainability) at TUS. Her primary research aim is the creation of low carbon plastics for the circular economy of the future. She is the coordinator of two Horizon Europe Projects (BIOICEP and Eco-Plastic) in the area of Polymer Sustainability and will be arranging cross project engagement.
Dr Noel GATELY
Centre Manager of the APT Gateway, as part of the TUS PRISM Research Institute. Within the APT Dr Gately's role includes driving industrially steered strategic research, building on key niche capacities to develop next generation plastics, and raising TUS profile as a pivotal stakeholder in Ireland’s high performing polymer economy. Noel will be involved in production of prototypes as part of Buddie-Pack.
PhD candidate under the PRISM research institute in TUS. As part of Buddie-Pack, Alison is researching the microbiological risks associated with reusable meat packaging and how to mitigate these risks.
Dr Golnoosh ABDEALI
Research Engineer in the PRISM research Institute of TUS. As part of Buddie-Pack, Dr Abdeali is involved in the development of technical solutions for the design of reusable meat packaging systems.