2nd International Symposium on Functional Nanomaterials - 6th & 7th September 2012November 18, 2013The Second International Symposium on Functional Nanomaterials (ISFN) was held in DCU on the 6th and 7th September. The goal of organising the meeting was to bring together a group of creative thinkers working in Functional Materials, and to encourage participation in discussions and exchanges that will hopefully generate new ideas, research directions and collaborative networks. The symposium is particularly appropriate as Dublin was designated a City of Science by the Lord Mayor of Dublin at the beginning of the year. This designation is to celebrate Dublin hosting Europe's largest science event, the Euroscience Open Forum which was hosted by Dublin in July. Functional Materials brings together a multitude of knowledge domains, ranging across synthetic chemistry, surface analysis and visualisation, sensor science, nanotechnology, microfluidics. It has the potential to impact significantly in every aspect of life, and more than ever, it will form the basis of a multitude of applications with tremendous commercial potential. This is inherently a very multidisciplinary topic – and no on person can be fully aware of developments across the various knowledge domains that can contribute to functional materials; from fundamental science to applied technologies and device prototyping. This symposium therefore presented an opportunity to renew contacts, and generate new friendships. The conference was a huge success, congratulations to the organisors.
University of Wollongong Dubai visits ASG - 21st September 2012November 18, 2013University of Wollongong's (UOW) Dean of Science Professor Will Price and former Dean of Science and former President of University of Wollongong Dubai, Professor Rob Whelan visited Prof. Dermot Diamond's laboratories in the NCSR on the 21st September. During the visit, researchers from the University of Wollongong demonstrated how their solar cells can be used in wireless sensors that are being developed by the ASG. The visiting researchers from the UOW are members of Prof. David Officer's research group. Prof. Officer is from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at UOW and is in the final weeks of a three-month Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Short Term Travelling Fellowship. He has assisted ASG researchers integrate the UOW materials into the next generation wireless sensors at CLARITY. The SFI grant has enabled Prof. Officer to share his expertise in organic synthesis, light harvesting materials, multifunctional electroactive polymer systems and solar cells with researchers from the CLARITY Centre for Sensor Web Technologies at DCU. The visit by Prof. Price and Prof. Whelan was facilitated as part of a larger visit to DCU by leading academics from the United Arab Emirate University (UEAU), University of Wollongong (WOU) and the University of Colarado, to discuss expansion of the International Programme in Environmental Science and Health. The DCU lead meeting focussed on increased globalisation of the student experience. UOW PhD student Joseph Giorgio (second right) shows his solar cells to (from left) Professor Dermot Diamond, Professor David Officer, Professor Will Price and Professor Rob Whelan
Prof. Pavel Nesterenko visits ASG - September 2012 - 20th - 28th SeptemberNovember 18, 2013Prof. Pavel Nesterenko, from the School of Chemistry at the University of Tasmania, Australia, visited the Adaptive Sensors Group from the 20th to the 28th September 2012. Prof. Nesterenko is a collaborator with the MASK Marie Curie IRES programme and during his visit he discussed the MASK-IRES exchange programme with Prof. Dermot Diamond. The topics to be investigated as part of this exchange include the development of new materials that have potential applications for sensors and in separation science.
Dr. Mercedes Vázquez is Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry at the School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University (DCU), since 2014. She is also a principal investigator at the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR), DCU. She received her MSc in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 1998. In 1999, she joined the Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry at Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland) as an ERASMUS exchange student, where she continued till obtaining her PhD from Åbo Akademi in 2005. During this period, she worked on the development of potentiometric ion sensors based on conducting polymers for various applications such as chemical process control and clinical analysis. In 2006, she took up a postdoctoral position within the Centre for Bioanalytical Sciences (CBAS) at DCU, where she primarily focused on the development of analytical methods and technologies for the rapid screening of very complex media in biopharmaceutical processes. She then joined the Irish Separation Science Cluster (ISSC), DCU, in 2009, where she coordinated a research program focused on the development of novel microfluidic platforms for a wide range of (bio)analytical applications, including biotechnology and environmental analysis.