Dr Brian Corcoran


Dr Brian Corcoran (PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MIEI) is a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Dublin City University. He currently lectures on Thermo- Fluids, Sustainable Water Systems and Pneumatics at DCU. His research interests include Sustainable Water Systems, Sustainable Energy Systems, High Purity Water Systems, Wireless Environmental Sensors and Lab-on-a-Chip projects. His research group examines the problems of high purity water system pipe dead-legs in the bioprocess, pharmaceutical and semi-conductor industry. The group has recently challenged the industrially held 6-D rule and research is currently ongoing in relation to heat-transfer and contamination in ultra-pure water systems. The use of state of the art computational fluid dynamic techniques is key to the success of the groups research. His group also carries out research into sustainable energy, energy monitoring, wireless sensor networks, Lab-on-a-Chip and bio-fouling. Recent developments include work with the Water is Life project aimed at improving water supply and water quality in developing countries through the development of low maintenance pump technologies.

Recent Publications:

  • Kent, N.J, O’ Brien, S., Basabe-Desmonts, L., Meade, G., MacCraith, B., Corcoran, B., Kenny, D & Ricco,A.J,. Shear-Mediated Platelet Adhesion Analysis in Less Than 100 uL of Blood: Towards a POC Platelet Diagnostic. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 2011:58;826-30
  • Orpen, Dylan and Fay, Cormac and Beirne, Stephen and O’Toole, Martina and Lau, King-Tong and Corcoran, Brian and Diamond, Dermot (2011) Ultra low cost LED based gas sensing. In: Photonics Ireland 2011 , 7-9 Sept 2011, The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin..
  • Fitzsimons, L., Corcoran, B., Young, P. and Foley, G., “A Detailed Study of Desalination Exergy Models and their Application to a Semiconductor Ultra-Pure Water Plant”, Extended abstract and poster for the Intel European Research and Innovation Conference 2011, 12-14 October 2011, Leixlip, Ireland.
  • M. Lubwama, A. B. Corcoran, M. Sebbit, J. B. Kirabira,  (2011) Wear Mechanisms of Piston Seals for reciprocating handpumps for rural water supply, Proceedings of the Second international Conference on Advances in Engineering and Technology, Macmillan Africa, pp. 612 – 618, 2011
  • M. Lubwama, B. Corcoran, A. M. Sebbit, J. B. Kirabira, K. Sayers, , (2011) Wear Mechanisms of Nitrile Rubber Piston Seals for reciprocating handpumps for rural water supply, Poster presentation, Faculty Research Day, Faculty of Computing, Dublin City University, 12th May, 2011

Dr Brian Corcoran

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Dublin City University


Dublin 9

Ph: 00-353-1-7008047