Michael Hopkins Jnr – Senior Research Engineer
Michael, a graduate from AIT with a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering with polymer electives is a key member of the APT team and is currently working towards a PhD (part time) in polymer science in the modification of Polyethylene terephthalate via innovative reaction extrusion for the development of hybrid thermoplastic composite systems. Michael has managed over 500 small, medium and long-term studies with over 200 companies in the past three years. This has seen him manage various innovation partnership feasibility studies for some well-established Irish companies. Michael has worked on and managed two commercialisation programmes in excess of €500,000, in the area of polymer recyclate since 2013 and is principal investigator in a number of innovation partnership programmes with some of Irelands leading polymer processing companies. This work has led to licencing/technology transfer opportunities with three well established polymer processing companies or the possibility for a campus spin out company. Over the past few years, his primary focus has been in the area of polymer recycling and working with several established Irish based polymer processing companies in their struggle to meet new European directives in terms of recycling. His expertise lies in the area of both single and twin screw extrusion, polymer characterisation, dynamic mechanical analysis whilst displaying a vast knowledge in injection moulding processes, from micro to large scale. His forte is 3-D printed tooling and data acquisition which all revolves around the industry 4.0, smart manufacturing ethos. His injection moulding experience has seen him spearhead the development of various innovative injection moulding processes which will help APT provide cutting edge solutions for the medical device sector in Ireland. Michael’s main area of research has been in the area of modification of Polyethylene terephthalate for the creation of hybrid composite systems and the additive manufacturing of injection mould tools for the medical device sector. It was this work through which he gained an invite to the medical plastics conference in Brussels (2017) to give a presentation of his findings on 3-D printed tooling for the medical device sector.
Paddy Doran – Senior Research Scientist