Colm O'Dwyer was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1977. He received his B.Sc. in Applied Physics and Ph.D in Physics from the University of Limerick in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He conducted postdoctoral research in nanotechnology and nanolithography using magneto-optically trapped, ultracold Cs atoms beams at the University Paul Sabatier Toulouse, followed by research on inorganic nanostructures for nanoelectronics and nanophotonics at Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland. From 2008-2012 he was a Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Lecturer in Nanomaterials at the University of Limerick. He is currently based at the Department of Chemistry, University College Cork and Principal Investigator at Tyndall National Institute leading the Applied Nanoscience Group. Current research areas include growth and device-influenced application of metal oxides for electronics and photonics, semiconductor electrochemistry, light-matter interactions, subwavelength optics, Li-ion and Li-air batteries, semiconducting and complex metallic nanomaterial synthesis, nanophononics, porous III-V and wide bandgap III-N semiconductors, hybrid materials and nanoscale thermoelectrics.