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Domhnaill Hernon

Murray Hill, NJ, USA


B.Eng Aeronautical Eng (University of Limerick)

PhD Experimental Aerodynamics (University of Limerick)

Executive M.B.A. Dublin City University


Domhnaill Hernon is a Director of Research and Site Lead for Research Impact in Murray Hill in New Jersey. He graduated with a B.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering and PhD in Fundamental Fluid Mechanics from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Domhnaill joined the Thermal Management Research Group at Bell Labs in November 2006 and created and tested novel 3D heat sink structures. He led the expansion of the team’s research into eco-sustainability with particular focus on energy harvesting. Following this, Domhnaill became Technical Manager of the Thermal Management and Eco-sustainability research group at Bell Labs in December 2010 leading a research team in advanced thermal management, energy harvesting and energy storage solutions for next generation telecommunications products. In 2013 Domhnaill became Head of the Efficiency Energy Transfer (ηET) Department managing a team of 16. He plays an active role in building strong collaborations with multiple University partners to accelerate knowledge transfer across many disciplines ranging from thermal management on multiple scale (photonics, thermoelectrics and reliable active air cooling) to energy harvesting (vibrational energy harvesting for wireless sensors and alternative energy for off-grid power) to energy storage (novel battery architectures). Domhnaill represented Alcatel-Lucent on the Industry Steering Board of the International Energy research Center (IERC) for two years and played a significant role in establishing the governance, IP, research and business strategies for the center. December 2013, Domhnaill was awarded the “Young Leader of the Year Award” from the Irish Lab Awards. Domhnaill has authored over 20 refereed publications, has 3 patents granted with 10 pending. He is currently responsible for three research departments in the areas of AudioVisual Research, Hybrid Photonics Integration & Packaging, and Efficient Energy Transfer and he also plays holds a senior role as the site lead at the Bell Labs research headquarters for research impact.

Research Interests

  • Energy Harvesting
  • IoT/M2M
  • Optical Devices
  • Thermal Design

Honors and Awards

Commercial Team of the Year Award Irish Lab Awards, 2015

Young Leader of the year award at the Irish Lab Awards, Dec 2013

Technology developed shown permanently at Bell Labs Technology showcase in Murray Hill

Technology developed presented to the Irish Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister)

2nd place at the Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium, 2004

HT Hallowell graduate scholarship, 2003

Professional Activities

Scrum Master

Selected Articles and Publications