Dr. Michael Nugent is a principal investigator and lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Polymer Engineering in AIT. Dr. Nugent’s research interests are the application of polymer science, engineering and nanotechnology. He leads a multidisciplinary group who have played a pivotal role in the development of materials for drug delivery and biomedical applications. This work spans fundamental mechanisms as well as translational research. Prior to AIT, Dr. Nugent worked on industrial projects including medical device validation, project management and process development. Background in polymer materials and processes, materials development, new product development and material analysis. Consultant to medical device and pharmaceutical industry. Research interests in hydrogels, wound healing, smart polymers, controlled drug delivery and polymer materials. Comprehensive experience in managing the development and commercialisation of technologies and in managing IP development including successful licensing of wound healing technology medical device company. Dr. Nugent was successful in grant applications totaling €3.9 million on topics ranging from brain tumour nanotechnology to drug delivery systems for pharmaceutical companies. He has ongoing collaboration with Malaysia, Brazil and Spain universities on Biotechnology projects. He has authored +60 peer-reviewed journal publications and delivered research presentations at national and international conferences. He is a member of the editorial boards of Polymers.
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