Professor O’Neill joined the School of Science and Technology in January 2017. Formerly, Mary was a professor of physics at the University of Hull where she was the founding Head of the Department of Physics and Mathematics between 2012 and 2016. Mary also played a central role in re-establishing mathematics degrees to the university and setting up Centres for Astrophysics and Advanced Materials. She has served on many committees for the Institute of Physics and other organisations, and was chair of the European Research Council panel for consolidator grants in systems and communications engineering in 2016.
Mary has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from University College Cork, Ireland, and a PhD in physics from the University of Strathclyde. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Glasgow and a short spell in industry, she joined the University of Hull. She led the Organophotonics group, an interdisciplinary team investigating novel organics and nanomaterials for application in photonic and electronic devices.
Mary has published over 110 papers and holds a number of patents. She pioneered the use of light-emitting liquid crystals in organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) and co-founded the spin-out company, Polar OLED, to exploit this research. This was named as one of the top 100 exciting start-ups in Europe by Red Herring International in 2016.
Welcome from Professor O’Neill
"I am delighted to join the School of Science and Technology at such an exciting time. We are at the forefront of teaching and research and contribute strongly to the University's strategic plans. The School has very ambitious development plans and I look forward to playing my part in ensuring success."