Research Fellows & Staff

Dr. Stephen BeirneSteve Beirne 250 250

Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

B.Eng, Dublin City University, Ireland
PhD, Dublin City University, Ireland 

Summary of Current Research: 

My PhD focused on the development of a low-power reactive wireless chemical sensing network. The system was based around commercially available wireless sensor platforms integrated with novel low-power colorimetric gas sensors. The developed system was capable of detecting the presence of an acidic vapour contaminant. Confirmation of the initial detection through subsequent detections by surrounding wireless sensor nodes triggered an automatic reaction which induced a purge routine to remove the contaminant from the monitored environment.

Between 2008 and 2010 my research focused on the development of field deployable autonomous systems for greenhouse gas monitoring and defining what monitoring parameters are necessary to capture high temporal resolution data while maximising the developed systems deployment period.Since joining the IPRI in May 2010 I have been directly responsible for the implementation of a suite of commercial and custom additive fabrication tools. Commercial additive fabrication software and hardware have been supported by the Australian National Fabrication Facility and allow researchers access to a highly flexible means of device design and production. In-house developed custom additive fabrication systems facilitate printable materials development research that is currently targeted towards bio-fabrication. 

Research Interests:

  • Additive Fabrication Techniques and Systems
  • Materials processing for deposition
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Autonomous Sensor Platforms
  • Wireless Sensor Networks


Interested in the ACES Materials program?  Contact Dr Beirne

Phone: +61 2 4298 1537

Last reviewed: 28 August, 2013