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.
Robert Forster holds the Personal Chair of Physical Chemistry within the School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University and is the Director of the strategically important National Centre for Sensor research. He is the author/co-author of more than 250 manuscripts and reviews, supervised more than 37 PhD and M.Sc. students to completion, mentored more than 45 Post-Doctoral Fellows and has been a Visiting Scientist to the California Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as DCU Dean of Research and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Health with responsibility for research. He has received the President’s Research Award and was the first Irish based electrochemist to present an invited talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Electrochemistry. He has contributed invited articles to more than eight Festschrift Issues celebrating the accomplishments of distinguished international scientists. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Electrochemical Communications (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/electrochemistry-communications ) and has been a member of the Board for ACS Analytical Chemistry A-Pages. He has been deeply involved in major national research programmes including the establishment of the National Centre for Sensor Research, the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform and the NanoBioAnalytical Research Facility at DCU.