Award: Fulbright Irish TechImpact Scholar Award
Institution: University College Dublin
Dr Fionnuala Murphy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Biosystems & Food Engineering at University College Dublin. Her national and EU funded research work focuses on understanding, quantifying and analysing complex environmental exchanges across the life cycle of products, processes and systems and, reciprocally, using this knowledge to better design bio and circular economies according to engineering principles. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar, Dr Murphy will join the Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2021. Her collaborative work will focus on development of a real-time life cycle assessment system for the assessment of the environmental impacts of seaweed cultivation to enable its optimal use in the bioeconomy for the benefit of the environment and society. Upon returning to Ireland, Dr Murphy will further develop this tool to enable the sustainable use of bio-resources with a global perspective.