APT Solutions

APT is providing solutions for companies using plastic materials across the medical, composite, recycling and pharmaceutical sectors.

Principal Investigators


Prof. Clement Higginbotham – Principal Investigator


Professor Higginbotham is a Senior Lecturer at AIT and a Co-Principal Investigator in the establishment of the Applied Polymer Technologies Centre. He has been an active researcher in the fields of controlled drug delivery, tissue engineering and biomedical materials for the past 20 years and has in excess of 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and over 100 conference presentations in these fields. He has numerous ongoing national and international research collaborations with academics, industry personnel and clinicians, most notably with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre at Harvard University, University of Malaysia, Perlis, Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore and Dalhousie University in Canada. Prof. Higginbotham is also an inventor on 4 patents involving various polymer projects and has been awarded in excess of €6.5M in research funding; 70% of this funding has come from sources which involve direct collaboration with industry. He has graduated 29 PhD students and 2 MSc students. Currently he supervises 2 post-doctoral researchers, 6 PhD and 5 MSc degree students. Prof. Higginbotham has a PhD in organic chemistry from University College Dublin and several years’ postdoctoral research experience in peptide chemistry and his current research interests include the development of drug delivery systems, synthesis of polymers for tissue engineering applications, design and manufacture of medical device coatings, hydrogel development, biocompatibility testing of biomedical materials and polymer recycling and green technologies.

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Dr. Luke Geever – Principal Investigator


Dr. Luke Geever is a leading advanced polymer materials expert with over 15 year’s Research and Development experience. He is a lead Principal Investigator in establishing the Applied Polymer Technologies Gateway which is Ireland’s National Polymer Materials and Processing research centre. His current role is that of Senior Researcher with the Applied Polymer Technologies Gateway and Materials Research Institute. He has played a key role in securing €4.5 million in research funding to date, attracting significant competitive state and industry funding including over €2 million as Principal Investigator since 2012. Dr. Geever has extensive experience leading multidiscipline teams, currently manages a large team of researchers and has established an extensive network of distinguished industry, clinical and academic partners. He has considerable expertise in product development, IP management and commercialisation of research. Dr. Geever has outstanding experience in managing and delivering output associated with collaborative research, and is currently working closely on innovative studies with Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Queens University Belfast, Harvard University, Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore and Dalhousie University. Dr. Geever has authored 30 peer reviewed journal publications and in excess of 50 conference proceeding publications. He has very close links with the polymer and plastics industry in Ireland and is currently a committee board member of Plastics Ireland.

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