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.

During this time he was also lecturing Computer Applications in DIT Cathal Brugha St. from 1999 to 2002. Brendan then worked in a Quality Officer within the food industry, before taking up a position as a Chemistry Lecturer in the Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin (ITTD). After two years in ITTD, he joined CREST as a Senior Researcher working in the field of corrosion control on aluminium alloys and in 2005 began researching the field of hygiene control.

He is currently PI on 7 active projects, including 2 FP7 contracts, and manages the centre team of 14 Researchers (with 4 positions to be filled in early 2013). To date his work has been patented, licensed and published (See Group Page). He has also supervised three PhD students to completion.

Research Collaborations

Since 2005 he has successfully secured funding for several projects worth over €3.6M directly for CREST through competitive funding (FP7, EI, SFI and DIT) and industrial projects. His current project partners include EADS (Ger), Dassault (Fr), Saab (Sw), Alenia Aermacchia (It), UL (Ire), VTT (Fin), Tecnalia (Esp), Henkel (Ire).

ISO 9001:2008

Brendan is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the CREST ISO 9001 Quality Management System, working closely with Garrett Melia who currently manages the system.


DIT Inventors Award 2012 (Overall), Craig Hicks, John Colreavy, Grainne Hargaden, Brendan Duffy,

Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Award 2011, Brendan Duffy

DIT Hothouse Awards 2011, Brendan Duffy, John Colreavy, Hugh Hayden, Michael Whelan,  Rajath Varma

DIT Inventors Award 2010 (Highly Recommended), Brendan Duffy, John Colreavy, Hugh Hayden, Michael Whelan, Paul Quinn, Rajath Varma

External Associations

Brendan is the Secretary for Materials Ireland, which is a network of materials science researchers from both industry and academia in Ireland. Further details for Materials Ireland can be found at www.materials-ireland.ie. He is organising the Irish finals of the Young Persons Lecture Competition in February 2013.

He also organised the The Irish Adhesion, Surface Coating and Composites Conference in May 2013.

Recent Activities:

  • Implementing ISO9001 Standards
  • Industrially Funded Research
  • Collaborative National Research
  • Commercialisation Research (through Enterprise Ireland)
  • Consultancy Services
  • National and European Project Evaluations
  • Patenting and exploitation of intellectual property (IP)
  • Joint coordination of FP7 submission