Laura’s research area is predominately in optics and biomimetic solar cells, specifically dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSC), which were inspired from nature’s photosynthesis process. DSSCs are a low cost alternative to the conventional semiconductor solar cells such as silicon. Even though their current efficiencies are low, these photoelectrochemical solar cells have a number of advantages over their competitors. They work in diffuse lighting conditions which make them suitable for use indoor and in Ireland as they do not need direct sunlight.
Laura is also actively involved in outreach and has served as President for the UCD Student Chapter for both SPIE and OSA. During her tenure, she has successfully received outreach funding and materials, been awarded several scholarships and organised and participated in numerous outreach activities both nationally and internationally. Laura was selected to the Irish Team to attend the 4 IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics in South Africa. In addition, Laura is one of the organisers of Dublin Mini Maker Fair 2013, which attracted over 7000 visitors.