Dr John Cleary

PhD, BSc
Assistant Lecturer, Chemical & Analytical Science

e: john.cleary@itcarlow.ie t: 059 9175590

 

 
  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision

Research Background and Interests

Dr. John Cleary completed his B.Sc. (Industrial Chemistry, 1998) at the University of Limerick (Chemical & Environmental Sciences Dept.) He was awarded a Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry, 2005) by the University of Limerick, on the topic “Characterisation of a Thermoreversible Hydrogel for the Controlled Release of Pharmaceutically Active Substances”. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Limerick, in the area of electrochemical sensors for heavy metals in industrial waste streams.

He worked at the National Centre for Sensors Research, Dublin City University, from 2005 to 2014, as postdoctoral researcher and subsequently as research fellow, with a focus on the development and deployment of autonomous chemical sensors for water quality monitoring, in particular the monitoring of nutrients in environmental water and wastewater.

Dr. Cleary joined the Department of Science & Health at IT Carlow in 2014 and is a member of the EnviroCORE research unit. He has co-authored 13 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has presented his work at numerous national and international scientific conferences.

Dr. Cleary’s research interests include:

• Chemical detection methods for monitoring of environmental pollutants
• Autonomous chemical sensors for environmental monitoring
• Water quality monitoring
• Stimuli responsive materials for sensors and actuators
• Microfluidic analytical systems

Research Experience

• Aquawarn: Deployable Early Warning Pollution Device for Application in Water. EU FP7 Capacities, Research for SMEs.
• Common Sense: Cost-Effective Sensors, Interoperable with International Existing Ocean Observing Systems, to Meet EU Policies Requirements. EU FP7 Oceans of Tomorrow, Collaborative Project.
• Kinvara Bay Data Fusion Project Phase II, SmartBay Ireland National Infrastructure Access Programme (NIAP).
• Cost Effective Manufacturing of Microfluidic chips by Micro-injection Moulding (CEM4): Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund project.
• Kinvara Bay Data Fusion Project, SmartBay Ireland National Infrastructure Access Programme.
• Microfluidic Analyser for pH and COD (MApCOD). Dublin City University. Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership with TE Laboratories Ltd.
• Wireless Autonomous Nutrient Detector (WAND). Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund project.
• Microfluidic Analyser for Phosphate in Water. Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership with Episensor Ltd.
• SmartCoast, EPA, Marine Institute co-funded project: Development and deployment of a microfluidic sensor for phosphate in water.
• Calixsen, EU FP5 project: Development of a calixarene based electrochemical sensor for monitoring cations and anions in effluent streams.
• PhD Research Project: Characterisation of a thermoreversible hydrogel for the controlled release of pharmaceutically active substances.

 

Journal Articles

• Perez de Vargas Sansalvador, I.M.,Fay, C., Cleary, J., Nightingale, A.M., Mowlem, M., Diamond, D. Autonomous reagent-based microfluidic pH sensor platform. Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical. Accepted for publication Nov 2015.
• Cogan, D., Fay, C., Boyle, D., Osborne, C., Kent, N., Cleary, J., Diamond, D. 2015. Development of a low cost microfluidic sensor for the direct determination of nitrate using chromotropic acid in natural waters. Analytical Methods, 7, 5396-5405.
• Cogan , D., Fay, C., Rickard , A., Cleary, J., Phelan, T., Jankowski, K., Bowkett, M., Diamond, D. 2014. The development of an autonomous sensing platform for the monitoring of ammonia in water using a simplified Berthelot method. Analytical Methods, 6, 7606-7614.
• Cleary, J., Bromberg, L. & Magner, E. 2004. Adhesion of polyether-modified poly(acrylic acid) to mucin. Langmuir, 20, 9755-9762.
• Cleary, J., Bromberg, L. & Magner, E. 2003. Diffusion and release of solutes in Pluronic-g-poly(acrylic acid) hydrogels. Langmuir, 19, 9162-9172. • Cleary, J., McGraw, C., Slater, C., Diamond, D. An autonomous microfluidic sensor for phosphate: application to the analysis of wastewater effluent. IEEE Sensors Journal, 2008, 8, 508-515.
• Cogan, D., Cleary, J., Phelan, T., Mcnamara, E., Bowkett, M. & Diamond, D. 2013. Integrated flow analysis platform for the direct detection of nitrate in water using a simplified chromotropic acid method. Analytical Methods, 5, 4798-4804.
• Diamond, D., Lau, T., Brady, S. & Cleary, J. 2008. Integration of Analytical Measurements and Wireless Communications Current Issues and Future Strategies. Talanta, 75, 606-612.
• McGraw, C., Stitzel, S., Cleary, J., Slater, C. & Diamond, D. 2007. Autonomous microfluidic system for phosphate detection. Talanta, 71, 1180-1185.
• Slater, C., Cleary, J., Mcgraw, C., Yerazunis, W., Lau, K. & Diamond, D. September 2007. Autonomous Field-deployable Device for the Measurement of Phosphate in Natural Water. SPIE, 6755, 67550L1-67550L8.
• Slater, C., Cleary, J., Lau, K., Snakenborg, D., Corcoran, B., Kutter, J. & Diamond, D. 2010. Validation of a fully autonomous phosphate analyser based on a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip. Water Science & Technology, 61, 1811-1818.

Book Chapters

• Cleary, J., Maher, D. & Diamond, D. 2013. Development and deployment of a microfluidic platform for water quality monitoring. In: Mukhopadhyay, S. & Mason, A. (eds.) Smart Sensors for Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring. Smart Sensors, Measurement and Instrumentation. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
• Diamond, D., Collins, F., Cleary, J., Zuliani, C. & Fay, C. 2013. Distributed environmental monitoring. In: Filippini, D. (ed.) Autonomous Sensor Networks: Collective Sensing Strategies for Analytical Purposes. Berlin: Springer Series on Chemical Sensors and Biosensors.

Conference Papers

• Cedro, A. & Cleary, J. Microplastics in Irish freshwaters: A preliminary Study. 3-5 September 2015, CEST 2015: The 14th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology. Athens, Greece. Rhodes, Greece
• Cleary, J., Maher, D., Slater, C. & Diamond. 28-31 October 2007. Field-Deployable Microfluidic Sensor for Phosphate in Natural Waters. IEEE Sensors 2007 Conference. Atlanta, United States.
• Cleary, J., Cogan, D., Phelan, T. & Diamond, D. 5-7 September 2013. Microfluidic analyser for pH in water and wastewater. CEST 2013: The 13th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology. Athens, Greece.
• Cleary, J., Cogan, D., Phelan, T. & Diamond, D. 5-7 September 2013. Next generation autonomous chemical sensors for environmental monitoring. The 13th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology. Athens, Greece.
• Cleary, J., Maher, D., Cogan, D. & Diamond, D. 2012. A microfluidic platform for multi-parametric water quality analysis. ICEST 2012 -The 6th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology. Houston, United States.
• Cleary, J., Maher, D., Slater, C. & Diamond, D. 23-25 February 2010. In situ monitoring of environmental water quality using an autonomous microfluidic sensor. SAS 2010 - IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium. Limerick, Ireland.
• Cleary, J., Slater, C. & Diamond, D. 28-30 April 2009. Analysis of phosphate in wastewater using an autonomous microfluidics-based analyser. ICEST 2009 - International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology. Rome, Italy.
• Cleary, J., Slater, C., Mcgraw, C. & Diamond, D. 12-16 October 2008. Monitoring of Phosphate Levels in Wastewater Using an Autonomous Microfluidic Sensor. The Proceedings of µTAS 2008 Conference. In: Locascio, L., Gaitan, M., Paegel, B., Ross, D. & Vreeland, W. (eds.) The Twelfth International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences. San Diego, California, United States.
• Cogan, D., Cleary, J., Phelan, T., & Diamond, D. 5-7 Sept 2013. Next generation autonomous chemical sensors for environmental monitoring. CEST2013 The 13th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, Athens, Greece.
• Diamond, D., Byrne, R., Lopez, F., Cleary, J., Maher, D., Healy, J., Fay, C., Kim, J. & Lau, K. 2010. Biomimetics and materials with multiple personalities - The foundation of next generation molecular sensing devices. SENSORS 2010 - 9th IEEE Sensors Conference. Hawaii, United States: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
• Hayes, J., O'Connor, E., Cleary, J., Kolar, H., McCarthy, R., Tynan, R., O'Hare, G., Smeaton, A., O'Connor, E. and Diamond, D. (2009) Views from the coalface: chemo-sensors, sensor networks and the semantic sensor web. In: SemSensWeb 2009 - 1st International Workshop on the Semantic Sensor Web, Crete, Greece.

Published Reports

• Radu, T., Cleary, J., O’Toole, M., Radu, A. & Diamond, D. 2009. Analytical Devices for Autonomous Monitoring of the Environment. STRIVE Programme 2007-2013. Wexford: Environmental Protection Agency.