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CREST Anti-microbial coating wins ‘Invention of the Month’

30th May, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Brendan Duffy, Centre Manager, Dr. Paddy Kane and Dr. Swarna Jaiswal, Research Scientists who have won the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) Inventor of the Month Competition for April 2016. The winning invention is a high quality anti-microbial coating which is proven to be capable of killing bacteria within two hours of application to a painted surface.

Bicentenary of Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge

19th May, 2016

Like the famous Ha’penny Bridge, DIT spans both sides of Dublin City but there is another connection between the two institutions. In 2001, the famous bridge was in need of significant restoration and was closed to the public while this was carried out.  While a team from Harland & Wolff Shipbuilders in Belfast was commissioned to construct new bridge decks, a team of researchers from CREST – the Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology in DIT – were consulted on the coating operations involved. CREST was originally established as the Coatings Research Centre by Enterprise Ireland and subsequently moved to DIT.  In 1995, its researchers were involved in the restoration of the Turner Curvilinear Greenhouse in Dublin’s Botanic Gardens.

The CREST team members involved in the restoration of the bridge were Jim Murphy, Helen McAuliffe, Paul Quinn and John Colreavy. They provided consultation and supervision of all painting operations. The polyurethane paint system was supplied by General Paints of Celbridge, an indigenous Irish paint manufacturer. A laboratory evaluation programme confirmed the high performance capability of the system and identified incompatibilities between some of the additional materials being specified for which suitable alternatives were found. Supervision duties took team members into Harland & Wolff Shipbuilders in the heart of Belfast where the new bridge decks were constructed and painted. They also spent time at the site works of Gabriel Hughes Paint Contractors in Co Tyrone making sure the refurbishment of the railings went according to plan. They spent many late nights supervising the refurbishment of the bridge trusses which remained on-site back in Dublin. The project was considered an overwhelming success and was awarded a European Restoration Bronze Medal (Nostrada) in September 2003.

Now the Ha'penny Bridge celebrates its 200th anniversary and DIT CREST is proud to have played a significant part in protecting this beloved Dublin institution for the next 100 years.

Ha'Penny Bridge

Technology Gateway Industry Showcase

10th May, 2016

Venue: Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel

Starts at 9.30 am with Registration & Coffee from 8.30am

 Enterprise Ireland in partnership with the Institutes of Technology has established a nationwide network of 15 Technology Gateways (www.technologygateway.ie ) which deliver technology solutions for Irish industry close to their market needs. The Gateways have a proven track record of working with industry and since 2008 along with their predecessors the AREs have completed >1,200 innovation based industry projects with over 600 Irish based companies

The following speakers from industry will present case studies on their experiences of undertaking collaborative projects  with Technology Gateways:

09.30 Michael Gilvarry - Neuravi
10.15  Fergal Downey - Touchpoint Interactive
11.00  Ben Breen - Sulzer Pumps
11.45  Dean Meagher - Reagecon Diagnostics

This  industry showcase event is an opportunity for companies to network with the 15 Technology Gateways and discover how the Technology Gateways can help your company on its innovation journey. There will be an opportunity to view technical demonstrations from each Gateway as well testimonials from industry on how their collaborative industry projects with the Gateways helped their company. Enterprise Ireland staff can explain what Innovation Supports you can avail of to assist your company in the development of a high impact collaborative project.

Register Now

New Staff

April 2016

CREST welcomes Aishwarya Srinath who joined CREST as a postgraduate researcher under the supervision of Dr Michael Whelan working on the project "Formation and characterisation of duplex anodic layers" as well as Rebecca Kent and Delphine Brun who will be doing a work experience of 6 and 4 months respectively.

Congratulations to Craig Higgs who successfully defended his PhD thesis

15 April 2016

Craig Hicks successfully defended his thesis, entitled 'The Synthesis and Applications of [2.2]Paracyclophane Derivatives', supervised by Dr. Gráinne Hargaden and Dr. Brendan Duffy.

Congratulations to Rachel Fagan who successfully defended her PhD thesis

20th of January 2016

Rachel Fagan successfully defended her thesis, entitled 'High Temperature Stable Visible Light Active Photocatalysts', supervised by Prof. Declan McCormack (CREST Academic Director and Head of School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Prof. Suresh Pillai (I.T. Sligo)

Fagan

Innovation Showcase 2015

On December 8th 2015, the Convention Centre of Dublin will be hosting “Innovation Showcase 2015”. This is the second year of the showcase and a unique opportunity to meet, under one roof all of the State-supported research centres and technology centres. CREST will be taking part in the event, along with other Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateways whose focus is on delivering technology solutions for industry.

If you are a business person, researcher, investor, or simply interested in hearing about new trends in innovation, then this event is a MUST for you.

7th Biometal Symposium, Italy

August 23 to 28, 2015

 Congratulations to Sankalp Agarwal who received the Best Poster Award Second Prize.

New Staff

June 2015

CREST welcomes Craig Mullen who joined CREST as a postgraduate researcher under the supervision of Dr Gráinne Hargaden working on the project "Synthesis of Antibacterial and Antiinflammatory Dual-Acting Magnetically-Triggered Coatings".

Congratulations to Garrett Melia who successfully defended his PhD thesis

26th of June 2015

 Garrett Melia successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, "Development of Novel Low Surface Energy Multifunctional Hybrid Sol-Gel Materials for Aluminium Alloys", supervised by Dr Brendan Duffy and Prof Declan McCormack (CREST Academic Director and Head of School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences)

CREST 10 years of Coatings Innovation - Industry Workshop

4th of June 2015

CREST will host in Dublin Institute of Technology, Focas Institute an Industry Day to bring together a number of CREST’s industry partners as well as potential partners. Added to the agenda presenting 10 years in coatings innovation: R&D tax credit, patent box, new funding streams and H2020 opportunities. A flyer with contact details is available here.

Technology Gateway Industry Showcase

18th May, 2015

Venue: Silver Springs Hotel Cork 

 Enterprise Ireland in partnership with the Institutes of Technology has established a nationwide network of 12 Technology Gateways (www.technologygateway.ie ) which deliver technology solutions for Irish industry close to their market needs. The Gateways have a proven track record of working with industry and since 2008 along with their predecessors the AREs have completed >1,200 innovation based industry projects with over 600 Irish based companies

This  industry showcase event is an opportunity for companies to network with the 12 Technology Gateways and discover how the Technology Gateways can help your company on its innovation journey. There will be an opportunity to view technical demonstrations from each Gateway as well testimonials from industry on how their collaborative industry projects with the Gateways helped their company. Enterprise Ireland staff can explain what Innovation Supports you can avail of to assist your company in the development of a high impact collaborative project.

Register Now

New Staff

April 2015

CREST welcomes Maikki Cullen who joined CREST as a postgraduate researcher under the supervision of Dr Mohamed Oubaha and Dr Brendan Duffy working on the project "Development of Nanostructured Sol-Gel Coatings for the Protection of Aluminium Surfaces for the Aerospace Industry".

ENVIRON 2015 Colloquium - IT Sligo

8th-10th April 2015

The ENVIRON colloquium is the largest annual gathering of environmental researchers in Ireland with over 280 researchers attending in 2015 on its 25th anniversary. This year the theme of the colloquium was "ENVIRON 25: Sustainability and Opportunities to Change" highlighting the need in today's world to tackle societal challenges and impacts and to find sustainable solution to real life issues.Across a three day conference, a variety of events were organized for all attendees including education and training workshops, ‘Introduction to the use of R in Environmental Statistics’ and ‘Communicating Research’ along with a highly spirited debate on the popular topic of ‘paying for our water: quality and quantity matter’. 115 oral and 83 poster presentations were given across a range of 15 different thematic areas including; Wastewater Management, Water quality and resources, Energy, Climate change, Biodiversity and Environment and human health to name a few . 2015 also saw the introduction of topics such as invasive species, nanotechnology, environmental socioeconomics and sustainable agriculture for the very first time.

Rachel Fagan, a PhD student with CREST, presented an oral presentation during the Nanotechnology session titled ‘Visible light active photocatalytic materials for water decontamination and disinfection’ based on her work on ‘High Temperature Stable Anatase TiO2 photocatalysts using single source precursors’. This presentation highlighted her work in investigating the influence and effectiveness of doping methods on the production of titanium dioxide by comparing various methods of doping. This research is funded under the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Initiative from the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI-grant number 10/US/I1822).

Rachel’s PhD research is supervised by Prof. Declan McCormack (CREST Academic Director and Head of School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Prof. Suresh Pillai (Department of Environmental Sciences, Institure of Technology, Sligo).

Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) Showcase February 2015

CREST will be presenting at the  #DRICSHOW2015 event  being held in The Courtyard, DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2 on Wednesday, 25th February from 3pm to 7.30pm. To register your attendance, please visit DRICinnovationshowcase.eventbrite.ie 

Industry Workshop February 2015

CREST will be hosting a workshop on Feb 5th in the FOCAS Institute in DIT. A flyer with contact details is available here.

New Staff

January 2015

CREST welcomes Sankalp Agarwal who joined CREST as a postgraduate researcher under the supervision of Dr Swarna Jaiswal working on the project "Multifunctional coatings for biodegradable medical devices", Pritam Desale who joined CREST as a postgraduate researcher under the supervision of Dr Mohamed Oubaha and Dr Gráinne Hargaden working on the project "Triggered release coatings by using magnetic nanoparticles",   as well as Lucas Correa Cardoso and Thomas Galligan Johnson who will be working for 6 months as part of their internship in DIT.

H2020 A guide to the 2015 Funding Calls for Industry

9th December 2014

Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology along with the Directorate of Research, Entreprise & Innovation Services DIT hosted Sergio Fernandez-Ceballos to present "Horizon 2020: Industry Leadership Pillar - A guide to the 2015 Funding Calls for Industry". Sergio is the National Delegate/NSP for H2020: Nanoscience, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Manufacturing in Enterprise Ireland. The event was attended by DIT researchers from various disciplines as well as an array of industry representatives.

Innovation Showcase 2014

On December 2nd  the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation is hosting “Innovation Showcase 2014”. This will be the first gathering, in one location, of all State-supported research centres and technology centres of scale. CREST will be taking part in the event as one of the 12 Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateways whose focus is on delivering technology solutions for industry.

If you are a business person, researcher, investor, or simply interested in hearing about new trends in innovation, then this event is a MUST for you.

New Staff

20th October 2014

Dr Michael Whelan rejoined the CREST group working as Materials Engineer. Michael previsouly worked in CREST as a research scientist and completed his PhD in 2014 under the supervision of Dr Brendan Duffy and Dr John Cassidy.

IRDG Event: Technology Gateways – Solutions for Industry R&D and Innovation

Thursday the 18th of September 2014 at 9.00am in the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel.

Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Programme (www.technologygateway.ie) has established a nationwide network of 12 industry focused Gateways based in the Institutes of Technology. Each Gateway delivers technology solutions for industry through innovative collaborative projects and provides:

• An open access point for industry providing technology expertise which is industry relevant.

• Technology solutions for the close-to-market needs of Irish industry.

• Regionally based Gateways acting as a portal to the nationwide expertise in the Technology Gateway Network and the wider Irish Research Infrastructure

• Ongoing development of the Gateway’s technology offer to industry with the assistance of an industry led steering committee

The Onassis Foundation Travel Award

August 2014

 Congratulations to Felicia Mutuma who received The Onassis Foundation Travel Award.

CREST Winner at the Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium

June 20th 2014

The Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium is an annual event which takes place to highlight the research that is ongoing within the various Irish third level institutions in the chemical sciences. This year on the 19th-20th June, the 66th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium was hosted by The Department of Chemistry NUI, Galway. The colloquium features presentations from graduate students as well as poster presentations in areas such as organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry.

Rachel Fagan, a PhD student with CREST, was awarded a Best Poster Award for her poster entitled “Development of visible light active photocatalytic materials for environmental applications”. This poster highlighted her work in investigating the influence and effectiveness of doping methods on the production of titanium dioxide by comparing various methods of doping. This research is funded under the US-Ireland R&D Partnership Initiative from the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI-grant number 10/US/I1822).

Rachel’s PhD research is supervised by Prof. Declan McCormack (School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Prof. Suresh Pillai (Department of Environmental Sciences, Institure of Technology, Sligo).

Transition Year Student Visit

7th March 2014

CREST welcomed 13 TY students to the world of surface coatings today. The students were brought through an investigation of a sample from an industry client. The principles of sample preparation were shown and analytical techniques such as metallurgical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). 

New team members

27th January 2014

CREST welcomes Luana Martins and Simon Munro who will be working for CREST for 6 months as part of their internship in DIT.

New Staff

2nd January 2014

Dr. Annaik Genson joined CREST today and is the new Senior Materials Engineer. Annaik has several years of experience working with aluminium materials and coatings and is a welcome addition to the Technology Gateway team.  

CREST Technology Gateway Launched

21st October 2013

The CREST Technology Gateway was launched today with 11 others by Minister Sean Sherlock in Limerick today. The Enterprise Ireland funded  Gateway will acts as a route for industrial clients to make contact with researchers both in CREST and the greater DIT community.  The 12 Technology Gateways are funded for up to 5 years and will concentrate on enabling Irish companies to expand their research activities through Enterprise Ireland programs. For further details see our page on the Technology Gateway portal here.

(L-R): Jim Lawler (Klondike Innovations Ltd), Mark Bowkett (T.E. Laboratories Ltd), Denis Healy (Curtiss-Wright Surface Technologies), Minister Sean Sherlock TD, Dr Brendan Duffy (CREST), Prof Declan Mc Cormack (School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT) & Dr. Mohamed Oubaha (CREST).

New Staff in CREST

23rd September 2013

CREST has been joined by Dr. Mohamed Oubaha, Dr. Paddy Kane and Mr. Ensar Mulahmetovic. To view their details please see our Staff page.

CREST Poster Presentation at the 4th International Conference on Semiconductor Photochemistry

27th June 2013

 The 4th International Conference on Semiconductor Photochemistry was organised by the Institute of Chemical Technology (Czech Republic), Queen’s University Belfast (UK) and the Robert Gordon University (UK). This took place this year over four full days, 23rd-27th June in Prague. 210 participants from 35 different countries across the 5 continents took part contributing through 57 oral presentations, 10 keynote speakers, 7 plenary speakers and 169 poster presentations along with 29 short oral talks from PhD students. The event consisted of a total of 15 focused sessions highlighting areas such air and water remediation, self-cleaning surfaces photo-sterilization as well as new semiconductor materials photocatalysis. This event was sponsored by CRISTAL, Ink Intelligent, Queens IPS and VitrA. A special issue of Catalysis Today is being created to include submitted presented contributions, whether poster or oral presentation, as full research papers. Rachel Fagan and Suresh Pillai attended this conference presenting a poster, “Effect of Carbon Doping on TiO2 Photocatalysis” based on work conducted and supervised by Nigel Leyland, funded by SFI under the US-Ireland collaboration

New Centre Manager

May 23rd 2013

Dr. Brendan Duffy is the new CREST Centre Manager. Dr. Duffy has been with CREST since 2004 and takes over from Dr. John Colreavy who returned to Enterprise Ireland in 2012.

IASSCO 2013

23rd May 2013

The 2013 Irish Adhesion, Surface Coating and Composites Conference was held in DIT today with over 50 attendees from industry and academia. The event was anchored by Henkel (Ireland) with the support of SCI and run by CREST. More details and copies of presentations can be found here

Intel Award

24th April 2013

Last night Killian Barton (BSc with Nanotechnology (2012)) was awarded the Intel Award for achieving the highest overall score in the DIT Physics program in 2012.

Well done Killian!

ISO 9001 Reaccreditation

23rd April 2013

CREST has been recommended for ISO 9001:2008 reaccreditation by Certification Europe. The reaccreditation confirms the centre's continued commitment to operating at the highest standards, providing services to industry and academia alike. Well done to all involved!

New CREST Members

3rd April 2013

CREST is happy to welcome Swarna Jaiswal as a new member of staff and Felicia Mutama as a Postgraduate Researcher. Both have worked in CREST previously and are looking forward to continuing to working as part of the ever expanding CREST team.

Recent Publications

3rd April 2013

Michael Whelan's paper from the European Conference on Nano Films was recently published in Surface Coatings Technology. The work was partly based on a 4th year project with Killian Barton. The paper entitled "Corrosion inhibitors for anodised aluminium" can found here.

4th March 2013

New Review Article from CREST   CREST (Dr. Suresh Pillai) and the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Professor Declan McCormack) in collaboration with Trinity College (Professor John M. Kelly) and Waterford Institute of Technology (Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra) published a new review article on ‘Advances in the synthesis of ZnO nanomaterials for varistor devices’ in RSCs Journal of Materials Chemistry C. The current review (DOI: 10.1039/c3tc00575e) outlines the recent advances in the chemical processing (e.g. sol–gel, combustion synthesis plasma pyrolysis, micro-emulsion synthesis and precipitation routes) of varistors from ZnO nanomaterials and the properties of these nanomaterials. The article can be downloaded from the following link http://xlink.rsc.org/?doi=C3TC00575E

CREST Hosts YPLC National Finals

1st February 2013

The National Final of the IOM3 sponsored Young Persons Lecture Competition (YPLC) was held by CREST in the FOCAS Institute on February 1st. The competitors were:

 Microplasmas: A new synthetic approach for nanomaterials processing. Jenish Patel  Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre, University of Ulster

Development of UV-Curable, Hydrophilic Gel Systems for Soft Contact Lens Manufacture. Shane McGrath Waterford Institute of Technology

 Electrospun polymer scaffolds as a vehicle for clinical cell delivery. Patrick Porter Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre, University of Ulster

Quantitative Comparison of Five Different Photosensitizers for Use in a Photopolymer Yue Qi School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin

Advanced Polymer Modifications: The Irradiation Effects of Electron Beam on Polyethylene Kieran Murray Materials Research Institute, Athlone Institute of Technology

Irradiation of Bioresorbable Polymer Surfaces for Controlled Release of Incorporated Agents Mark Simpson School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University

Biomimetically reinforced glass ionomer dental cement. Kevin Roche School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin

 The competition was won by Kevin Roche, with Shane McGrath and Jenish Patel taking second and third place respectively.

 

CREST at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE-2013)

12th January 2013

Suresh Pillai at BTYSTE 2013

 

CREST Senior Research Manager Dr. Suresh Pillai participated in the 'Meeting and greeting real live scientists' as part of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE-2013) to explain fundamental science to a general audience and school children, on Saturday, 12th January 2013.  The event was organised by Alicia O'Rourke, Research Liaison Officer, European Commission Representation in Ireland. The idea behind the 'meet and greet' was to share the passion for science and research with the visitors by telling them the research achievements and future aspirations, encouraging them to study the STEM subjects, and ultimately to think about a career in technology, engineering and the physical sciences.

New Publications

29th December 2012

Swarna Jaiswal's 4th paper has just been accepted by Materials Science and Engineering C. The paper entitled "An investigation of the biochemical properties of tetrazines as potential coating additives" will be published in early 2013.  

Positions available in CREST

21st December 2012

There are currently three positions available in CREST. The details for the Centre Manager and two coatings research positions can be found on the DIT website here.

Ashley Allen leaves CREST for UCD

14th December 2012

Ashley Allen left CREST today to begin her postgraduate studies in UCD with Dr. Eoin Casey with  whom she has worked previously. We wish her all the best with this new chapter in her career!

New Publications

3rd November 2012

The Nanomaterials Group have published two new papers on water remedation and indoor light activated catalysis.

1.    Nitrogen and Copper doped solar light active TiO2 photocatalysts for water decontamination, Mike B. Fisher, Donal A. Keane,  Pilar Fernández-Ibáñez, John Colreavy,  Steven J. Hinder, Kevin G. McGuigan, Suresh C. Pillai*, Applied Catalysis B, 130– 131, 2013, 8– 13.   

Download@ http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092633731200481X  

2.    Anti-Bacterial Activity of Indoor Light Activated Photocatalysts, Damian W Synnott, Michael K Seery, Steven J Hinder, Georg Michlits and Suresh C Pillai*, Applied Catalysis B, 130– 131, 2013, 106– 111.   

Download@ http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926337312004882

Please contact suresh.pillai@dit.ie for more details

Congratulations to Dr. Swarna Jaiswal on her graduation

20th October 2012

Congratulations to Swarna on graduating with her PhD entitled "In-Vitro Applications of Potential Antibacterial Chemistries". She is pictured below with President Brian Norton and Dr. Paddy McHale 

          Swarna and President Norton              Swarna and President Norton


CREST and School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical sciences researchers publishes new review article on visible light active photocatalysts  

9th October 2012

CREST senior R&D manager Dr. Suresh Pillai, former PhD student Nicholas Nolan and Dr. Michel Seery (lecturer, school of Chemical and Pharmaceutical sciences), published a new review article in the journal Applied catalysis B (Impact Factor = 5.625) entitled ‘ A review on the visible light active titanium dioxide photocatalysts for environmental applications’ along with CREST’s collaborators in University of Ulster (Dr. Tony Byrne) University of Cincinnati (Professor Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou)  and International University of Florida (Professor Kevin O’Shea).  In this review, various applications of titanium dioxide, in terms of environmental remediation and in particular water treatment, disinfection and air purification, are illustrated. Comprehensive studies on the photocatalytic degradation of contaminants of emerging concern, including endocrine disrupting compounds, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, cyanotoxins and volatile organic compounds, with VLA TiO2 are discussed and compared to conventional UV-activated TiO2 nanomaterials. Recent advances in bacterial disinfection using VLA TiO2 are also reviewed. Issues concerning test protocols for real visible light activity and photocatalytic efficiencies with different light sources have been highlighted. This article is listed as the Most downloaded article from the Journal Applied Catalysis B. http://www.journals.elsevier.com/applied-catalysis-b-environmental/ data accessed on 09/10/2012).   Reference: Applied Catalysis B, 125, 2012,  331– 349. The article can be downloaded from Science Direct here.  

The project led to this article is funded by Science Foundation Ireland as part of the US-Ireland R&D Partnership.


EU COST talk about CREST's R&D success story

11th September 2012

Dr John Colreavy former Director of DIT's CREST Research Centre (pictured above right with Dr Suresh Pillai and Dr Brendan Duffy of CREST), was been invited to present a paper at the 6th Annual Progress Conference for the EU COST Domain Committee Materials, Physics and Nanosciences, at the Royal College of Physicians on the 11th of September. The EU COST Office elected to host their annual MPNS conference in Dublin as part of the Dublin City of Science celebrations. The talk will concentrate on how CREST DIT derived six licenses and one spin-out from Ireland’s engagement in the EU COST Action 540. The talk also describes the work that was one of 48 invited exhibits, at Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn’s first EU Innovation Convention in Brussels, December 2011. Being the only Irish research group invited to exhibit and the strong commercial impact has drawn attention to the work, hence the invited talk.


Management Change

25th August 2012

Today saw Dr. Yvonne Cadogan leave CREST after a busy year to join Mylan in north county Dublin. Yvonne's energy will be sorely missed in CREST and we wish her well on the move to her new full time position.

ESOF 2012

11th July 2012

Euroscience Open Forum Dublin 2012: Today the most influential from the world of science, society and policy will assemble in Dublin for the largest open forum of its kind. This important gathering will provide a platform for debate, for influencing policy and strengthening the links between science and society. The event will be opened by the EC Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and speakers will include global leaders in science including Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer (CERN Director Genera). For more details check out the ESOF 2012 website.


CREST Researchers win DIT Inventors Competition

20th June 2012

The CREST team of Craig Hicks, Gráinne Hargaden, John Colreavy and Brendan Duffy were this years winners of the DIT Inventors Competition. 

Details on the award and the Innovation Day can be found here in the DIT Hothouse website.

Overall winners of the DIT Inventor Competition (l to r) Dr. John Colreavy, Craig Hicks, Dr. Grainne Hargaden with Minister Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, Professor Brian Norton, President, DIT,  Donnacha Moore, Hanna Moore Curley, and Tom Flanagan Head of Commercialisation. (Dr. Brendan Duffy not in picture)


ECNF 2012

19th -22nd June 2012

Michael Whelan and Brendan Duffy attended the European Conference on Nanofilms (ECNF) 2012 in Ancona Italy. Michael Whelan presented research findings on the corrosion control of nanostructured anodised aluminium by sol gel coatings and nitrogen based corrosion inhibitors. The conference was attended by both industrial and academic participants, presenting findings in the area of plasma deposition and nanofilm synthesis for a wide range of applications.


IASSCO 2012

24th May 2012

The SCI Irish Adhesion, Surface Coating and Composite Conference took place in the University of Limerick was a great success with two CREST scientists (Dr. B. Duffy and Dr. S. Pillai) presenting their innovative research. Take a look at the photos posted at our Facebook page!.


Change in Management

2nd May 2012

The CREST Centre Director, Dr. John Colreavy, is finishing his secondment to DIT and will be returning to Enterprise Ireland in June (Further Details).


Irish Independent Article

1st May 2012

As part of the Irish Independent's Science for Life supplement Dr. John Colreavy explains how light-activated surfaces can be used as a tool to fight hospital acquired infections.


Commercialisation Update

19th March 2012

 In 2011, DIT accounted for 19% of all third level commercial licenses and assignments to industry and CREST accounted for 53% of these i.e. 10% of the national total. See this article from The Irish Times for details of some of DIT's other success stories!


Smartglass Visit

25th January 2012 

As part of their involvement in the Glan-Surf Project, Staff from Smartglass recently visited the CREST facilities. Glan-Surf is a one and a half-year Innovation Partnership project involving the development of durable antimicrobial coatings for hard surfaces in healthcare environments with Irish companies (further details).


Innovation Convention December 2011

6th December 2011

Irish technology that kills MRSA and other disease-causing microbes played a star role at the first European Innovation Convention that took place in Brussels on 5th & 6th December 2011 (further details).


SFI TIDA 2011 Feasibility Study Award

5th December 2011

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), has awarded almost €300k in three separate awards to DIT researchers working in the Photonics Research Centre (PRC) and in CREST - the Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (Link to DIT Website). The TIDA 2011 Feasibility Study Award is intended to fund commercially relevant applied research programmes. It enables researchers to focus on the first steps of an applied research project which, if further developed, has potential to be a commercial success.

Dr Brendan Duffy, CREST, was successful with his proposal entitled “Controlled Oxidation of Adsorbable Magnesium Stents” in collaboration with Dr. Bryan McDonald from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in DCU. 


Innovation Convention December 2011

5th December 2011

“CREST and Vitra will be the sole Irish representatives exhibiting their research at the 1st ever European Commission Innovation Convention in Brussels 5th -  6th  December. The event is being hosted by Maire Geoghegan Quinn and Michael O’Leary will be heading up one of the sessions.”   Follow the link: http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/ic2011/index_en.cfm

Further details of the technology and the Brussels Event can be found on Silicon Republic.


Postgraduate Opportunities

18th November 2011

PhD Project: Investigation of Silane Treatments Under Stress Project Description: The industrially co-funded project will investigate the physical properties of highly adherent silane surface treatments as part of full coating system. The silanes are used as adhesion promoters for binding rubber to engineered metal surfaces (e.g. antivibration mountings, conveyer rollers, seals). The silane treatments are based on a novel combination of organic and inorganic chemistries, primarily organically modified silanes, which have been developed at Henkel (Loctite) Irl., a recognised global leader in adhesion research. The research will establish the critical steps involved in surface preparation, contamination avoidance, application and curing conditions of the silanes. Characterisation of the coatings will be achieved by using a range of instrumental techniques available in both DIT and Henkel (Dublin). It is expected that the critical chemical factors for optimising adhesion will be investigated to maximise the compatibility between the silane and the rubber. It is expected that the project student will be trained to contribute towards the research ongoing Henkel and may join as a staff member on completion of the project. For further information and application forms click Here


Silicon Republic November 2011

18th November 2011

Watch Silicon Republic Video of Dr Mary McNamara and Prof. Hugh Byrne discussing DIT’s progress in R&D and technology transfer. A special mention was made to the Lo-Noise project where CREST developed a series of acoustic dampening paints that are reduced the sound of delivery trollies in city environs. The coatings are currently being trialled in a leading high end automotive manufacturer for improving driver comfort. 


Commercialisation Awards November 2011

16th November 2011

This year five CREST researchers have been recognised and awarded the Commercialisation Awards by DIT and Enterprise Ireland for four individual licences. These were:

 1. Brendan Duffy, John Colreavy, Hugh Hayden and Rajath Varma for licensing anti-corrosion coatings to C&F Automotive.  

2. Michael Whelan, John Colreavy and Hugh Hayden for licensing anti-bacterial coating for joinery products to Gem Group.  

3. John Colreavy, Michael Whelan and Hugh Hayden for licensing anti-bacterial coatings for glass to Smartglass International Ltd.

4. Hugh Hayden, John Colreavy and Michael Whelan for licensing anti-bacterial coatings for stainless steel products to Yoruba Ltd.  


Dublin Innovation Week 2011

15th November 2011

As part of Dublin Innovation Week, CREST hosted a successful paint failure workshop followed by a working lunch seminar. Attendees were taken through workshops to understand:

1. Accelerated exposure of samples for predicting performance

2. FTIR and Raman microscopy to analyse paint samples

3. SEM microscopy to analyse paint defects 

  Damian Synnot demonstrating the use of FTIR to analyse paint samples

 New staff join CREST

 2nd November 2011

In October 2011, Dr. Yvonne Cadogan, Dr. Nigel Leyland and Ms. Ashley Allen joined CREST.

Dr. Cadogan has taken over the role of Commercialisation Manager following the departure of Dr. Anne Hopper earlier this year while Ms. Ashley Allen is our new Materials Engineer.

Dr. Nigel Leyland has joined the Nanomaterials Research Group and will be be working on the Medicoat project with Dr. Suresh Pillai.


 

Launch of Radical Coatings Limited

 28th October 2011

Read about CREST's first spin-out company Radical Coatings Ltd.  and their ability to kill superbugs and the production of their self-cleaning ceramic tiles (Irish Times)  

In December 2010, Radical Coatings Limited, the first scientific spin-out from CREST was launched. Radical coatings a B2B company, which has licensed a range of technologies from CREST, opened its manufacturing facilities in Wicklow to produce a range of smart functionalised coatings. These coatings include photocatalytic coatings, hygiene and easy clean coatings and also anti-corrosion coatings. Radical coatings is working with a large multinational in Europe on photocatalytic technology for the healthcare to reduce Hospital acquired infections, HCAI. Radical coatings also collaborates with a number of Irish based SME on implementing easy clean and anti-corrosion coatings into their products.

  

For more information see www.radical-coatings.com  or email at info@radical-coatings.com

 


CREST collaborates with tile manufacturer to develop new coating

8th November 2010

The Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology at DIT (CREST) aims to be the model for developing new technology in the field of surface coatings in Ireland. Since 2008, CREST has been collaborating with VitrA Ireland, a manufacturer of tiles, to develop a novel photocatalytic coating for ceramic tiles. Dr. John Colreavy, Director of CREST, and Mr. Robert Hickson, CEO of VitrA Ireland/UK were first introduced to one another by Enterprise Ireland, and an innovation partnership developed.

The result has been the development of a nano-coating that effectively destroys bacteria simply by relying on a light source and the moisture in the air. Suresh Pillai was the researcher with CREST who made the discovery.

While working on a solution to a separate challenge for another Irish company, Suresh realised that the reverse solution could be applied to address VitrA’s requirements. This week commercial trials are taking place at the main VitrA manufacturing plant in Turkey.

The project is funded under Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership Scheme. The technology has also led to Crest’s first spinout company RADICAL, which will manufacture and supply the technology to VitrA and other companies interested in the application in different fields.

 

Robert Hickson, CEO of VitrA Ireland/UK and Dr. John Colreavy, Director of CREST at DIT.


CREST appears in SciTech2010 Publication

27th September 2010

CREST have been selected to appear as part of SciTech 2010 with a publication entitled “Centre in Dublin delivers on expectations…” The publication is published by Public Service Review: Science and Technology and will be made available in November 2010 in Issue 8 of their Journal to coincide with the SciTech 2010 event.

Click on the following link to access the publication: SciTech2010 Publication


DIT Researcher wins award

27th September 2010

Damian Synnott, a researcher at CREST (Centre for research in Engineering Surface Technology) and School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT, won the best presentation award of the applied chemistry section of the Irish Chemistry colloquium. Damian’s talk entitled ‘A Novel Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Doped ZnS for the Development of Indoor Light Activated Anti-Bacterial Materials’. The research has been carried out as a part of the FP7-ERANET project ‘Nano-vigil- Visible Light Induced Photo-degradation of Organic Matter Using Semiconductor Nanoparticles for Hygiene Applications. The work has been focused on the development of novel materials and synthesis of these materials to create self sterilising environments in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities to combat the rising number of cases of healthcare associated infections.

This year marked the 62nd anniversary of the Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium and was hosted by Queens University Belfast. The colloquium is an annual meeting which young researchers to present their work, as both posters and oral presentations, to the chemistry and chemical engineering community in the island of Ireland.

Damian is a researcher from north County Wicklow who completed his secondary level education is St. Davids Holy Faith School, Greystones, Co. Wicklow before completing his Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Forensic and Environmental Sciences in DIT. He commenced his Ph. D. studies in September 2007 and spent six months during his Ph. D. studying in Rice University, Houston, Texas as part of the FAS Science Challenge Program 08/09.

Damian’s PhD research is supervised by Dr. Suresh Pillai (CREST) and Dr. Michael Seery (School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences).


 
 

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