University of Limerick, School of Engineering / Bernal Institute (UoL)
Limerick V94 T9PX, Ireland

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Dr Eamonn De Barra

Academic beneficiary


Eamonn teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on Biomaterials for medical device applications. His research interests include studies of the structure, properties and applications of reactive/degradable glasses and ceramics, bioactive composites and tissue adhesives and cements, mainly for orthopaedic and dental applications. He has developed and commercialized more than ten novel implant materials in collaboration with various medical device manufacturing organizations.  He is currently leading several commercial development projects on osteo-conductive bone substitutes, drug eluting bone cements and substitutes and composite bone adhesives.


  1. 1997

    Ph.D., “Composition structure property relationships in Glass Ionomer Cements”

    University of Limerick, in collaboration with University of Sheffield , The Royal Free Hospital, London, Dentsply (Germany), ESPE(Germany) PSP Dental(UK) and Advanced Healthcare(UK)
  2. 1992

    BSc Materials Science

Professional Appointments

  1. 2010-Present
    Lecturer in Biomaterials
    School of Engineering, University of Limerick
  2. 2012 -Present
    Product Development Consultant
    Stryker Orthopaedics
  3. 1999-2010
    Lecturer in Biomaterials
    Department of Materials Science and Technology University of Limerick
  4. 1997-1999
    Senior Research Fellow
    Department of Materials Science and Technology University of Limerick Brite-EuRam “Novel Machinable Ceramics for dental Applications” (NOVMAC)
  5. 1995-1997
    Technical and Development Manager
    Phoenix Shannon PLC

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017
    Winner US-Ireland Innovation Award - Irish HEI with US Corporate Links
    American Chamber of Commerce and The Royal Irish Academy
  • 2016
    UL Research Impact Award Winner
    University of Limerick
  • 2016
    Stryker Global Annual Awards- Best invention
    Stryker Orthopaedics
  • 2015
    Academic Contribution to MedTech Award
    IDA/EI/IMDA (Irish Industrial Development Authority / Enterprise Ireland / Irish Medical Device Association)