“A sensor measures a physical quantity and converts it into a signal that can be read by an observer or an instrument. Chemical sensors and biosensors provide the basic information about our chemical and biological environment. In doing so, they lead to a better quality of life through more accurate medical diagnoses, more efficient energy use, more effective industrial processes, safer food, and a cleaner environment.”
The NCSR’s vision is to promote sensor technology to benefit society and Ireland’s economy. We are a state-of-the-art facility situated on DCU Glasnevin campus for dedicated sensor- driven research. It boasts >3000 sqm of high-end custom-designed open research laboratory space. It was established in 1999 by former DCU President Prof. MacCraith, then an academic member of the School of Physics at DCU. It was awarded funding of €12 million from the Higher Education Authority (PRTLI Cycle 1) for infrastructural development buildings and equipment. This provided the space and equipment necessary for hosting large-scale projects, and was a significant factor in the subsequent successes of NCSR researchers in attracting very substantial external funding. To date this funding has exceeded €100 million.
The NCSR works with a range of specialist support units and equipment, and dedicated technical and administrative staff to deliver a complete research support infrastructure environment. The NCSR hosts over 250 researchers and hosts laboratory space for industrially-funded projects as well as several large-scale research initiatives including the Insight SFI Centre for Data Analytics, I-Form, FutureNeuro and iPIC. It also works synergistically with DCU-led research centres including the Water Institute, National Centre for Plasma Science & Technology and BioDesign Europe.