John is based in the school of chemistry at Trinity College Dublin. He divides his time between the university and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as an education coordinator. He is also the project coordinator in Ireland for Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, which is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the RSC. He previously taught science at primary, secondary and higher level.
He develops chemistry education resources for teachers based on the Irish Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert curriculum. He writes about science education mainly in a secondary school context and has contributed pieces to many Irish and UK publications.
Christmas, community and chemistrees
Deck the labs with boughs of glassware and celebrate a community of chemists
Encouraging scientific thinking in the classroom lab
Tuesday 7 September, 4–5pm BST, online
Back to basics with spectrophotometry
How to demonstrate the Beer–Lambert law using your smartphone as a light meter
The science of smartwatches
How wearable tech uses chemistry to help monitor your health – with spectroscopy, battery technology and smart materials
Teachers share their dos and don’ts of remote teaching
How distance learning is working out in Ireland
Cheaper and simpler to study in Ireland
Why Republic of Ireland universities appeal to UK students
This December, don’t deck the halls with boughs of holly, deck the lab with chemistrees
Students win prizes for homemade spectrometers
Inspired chemistry projects
Could Irish change cause ripples elsewhere?
John O’Donoghue investigates transformations on the horizon for Ireland’s education system