• Technology Gateways

    The Technology Gateway network is run by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with 11 Institutes of Technologies nationwide.

  • Consultancy

    Our expertise ranges from material surface characterisation to the development of novel surface coating solutions for diverse industries.

  • Facilities

    CREST DIT, part of Focas Institute uses laboratories as the basis for materials synthesis, preparation and characterisation.

  • Case Studies

    We work with a wide range of industries in areas such as engineering, construction, healthcare & biomedical.

Welcome to CREST

The CREST Centre provides coating innovation solutions for industry in the engineering, construction, healthcare and biomedical industries. It is the only dedicated surface coatings laboratory on the Island of Ireland and serves the SMART economy by means of translating in-house fundamental knowledge from the bench-top to the market.


Full-time Researchers


Projects per Year


Reports to Industry



Our Team

Prof. Declan McCormack

Academic Director

Prof Declan McCormack is the Head of School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in DIT.  Teaching thermodynamics, materials chemistry and surface & colloid chemistry to undergraduate students in Year 3 and Year 4.

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Dr. Brendan Duffy

Centre Manager

Dr. Brendan Duffy is the CREST Centre Manager, having previously been a Senior Research Manager responsible for Hygiene and Corrosion Control in CREST. After Graduating from DIT Kevin St. with a BSc in Applied Sciences (Physics & Chemistry, Hons 1.1), he completed a PhD entitled “Development of Novel Gas Sensors” at the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) in DCU in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Dermot Diamond.

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Dr. Annaik Genson

Consultancy Manager

Dr Annaik Genson joined the CREST team in January 2014 as R&D Consultancy Manager. As a Senior Materials Engineer, she is currently responsible for the research and development consulting services for private companies as part of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network.

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