Tyndall National Institute
Dr. Pierre Lovera
Dr. Pierre Lovera graduated in 2005 with a “diplome d’ingénieur” from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Grenoble (ENSPG, now known as Phelma French engineering school). He also graduated with a master in optics from Université Joseph Fourier in the same year. He then undertook a PhD (successfully defended in 2009) in the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, investigating optical properties of conjugated polymer nanowires. Following this, he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the nanotechnology group in Tyndall, first developing an optical platform for electrochemiluminescence (ECL) measurements and then studying the plasmonic properties of arrays on nanohole in thin gold films. He is now a tenure researcher within the same group, with special interest in plasmonics and Raman spectroscopy. His expertise includes (i) optical simulation, (ii) development of new fabrication methods of plasmonic nanostructrues / Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrates, (iii) characterisation of plasmonic nanostructures, (iv) application of nanoplasmonics samples, with a special focus on SERS, for label-free sensing and (v) exploration of novel sensing techniques employing multiple enabling technologies, e.g., SERS and electrochemistry. He has published over 30 publications in the field of optics and plasmonics and currently has a h index of 12.