NUI Galway is a research-led university in the West of Ireland located in Galway. It has been awarded the full five QS stars for excellence, and it is ranked in the top 1 % of universities worldwide (QS World Ranking 2018). The university was funded in 1845, and it is a member of the Coimbra Group , a network of 40 long-established European universities. The University makes a meaningful contribution internationally, nationally, and to the region, following a prioritize a set of research themes, among which Environmental, Marine & Energy is one of the most important. Moreover, Several groups at NUIG are involved with the Marine and Renewable Institute Research Center (MaReI), focused on renewable energies.
Dr. Farras research group (ChemLight) has relevant expertise in sustainable fuel generation, including the development of novel catalysts and new materials for potential use in hydrogen storage. NUIG will provide technical expertise in the production of hydrogen using renewable resources.
The ChemLight group works on the use of visible-light to drive chemical reactions. The group will focus on the preparation and study of organometallic complexes, materials and hybrid systems, and their application in three main areas: Energy, Health and Life. The research is a combination of synthesis (organic and inorganic), spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and catalysis.