NUI Galway is a research-led university in the West of Ireland and is ranked within the 301-350 top universities worldwide (The Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings & QS World Ranking 2018). In 2017, University income exceeded €220 million of which over €58 million was from competitive external research funding. NUI Galway is involved in over 133 Horizon 2020 projects and has received over €60 million in direct funding from the programme. NUI Galway places a strong focus on providing a supportive and exciting environment for its researchers and was awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” logo by the European Commission in late 2013. In 2018 NUI Galway achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award recognising the commitment of the university in advancing the careers of women in STEMM.

NUI Galway has established a Researcher Development Centre (RDC) to support researcher training, researcher career development and integration of researchers into NUI Galway’s community. The RDC fully supports the EU MISSION ‘to facilitate the development of R1 and R2 researchers to become fully aware of their possible career trajectories and the existing range of career development opportunities open to them, thereby enabling them to make training and occupational choices and to take personal responsibility for the management of their own career’. The RDC aims to ensure that all researchers will have an Individual Development Plan, mentoring support, a full selection of training and professional development opportunities, career support and to showcase a wide range of career profiles from both academia and beyond academia.

Dr Pau Farràs is the leader of the ChemLight group and coordinator of SOLAR2CHEM. He is a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the National University of Ireland – Galway (NUIG). He received his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2003 and obtained the PhD in Chemistry from the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona in 2009, focusing on the preparation and application of metallacarborane derivatives to various fields such as radionuclide treatment, boron neutron capture therapy and in biomedicine. In 2009, he started a postdoctoral stay at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (Spain) where he worked in the preparation of photoelectrochemical devices for water splitting and the oxidation of organic substrates. In 2013, he received the prestigious Royal Society Newton International Fellowship and started his independent research at Newcastle University (UK) dealing with molecular photosensitisers for water oxidation.
Since 2015, he is a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at NUI Galway and director of the ChemLight group. The group’s research focuses on the use of light to drive chemical reactions, imaging of biological processes and the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. He has published over 30 papers with >750 citations (h-index 15) and a book chapter on visible light-driven oxidation of organic substrates. He has supervised >15 undergraduate and 3 MSc students.

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