May 2017 - Congratulations to Andrea Doyle who won the DIT Students Union Post Graduate Officer Award 2017 for  "Outstanding contribution to student life".

April 2017 - Congratulations to Ola Ibrahim and Isha Behl who won the awards for Best Oral and Best Poster presentations, respectively, at the annual meeting of the British Society of Oral Medicine, Ballsbridge, April 6th-7th 2017

March 2017 - Congratulations to Minna Khalid who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled “Formulation and characterisation of food derived peptides into a nanoparticle oral drug delivery system”, supervised by Sinéad Ryan (UCD), Jesús Frias, and Hugh J. Byrne.

March 2017 - Congratulations to Ines Ramos, who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled 'The potential of Raman spectroscopy for cytological diagnosis of Thinprep samples from a cervical cancer screening population', supervised by Prof. Fiona Lyng and Dr. Alison Malkin.

March 2017 - Congratulations to Dáire O’Donnell, who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled 'Oral Drug Delivery Product Development and Optimisation Utilising Spectroscopic Techniques', supervised by Prof. Hugh J. Byrne, Dr Anne Shanahan, and Dr. Mónica Rosa (Sigmoid Pharma Ltd.)

Jan 2017 - Congratulations to Brian Henderson who won the regional finals of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2017 competition, in the 'Business Idea Category', and now progresses to the National Final on 5th March.

Dec 2016 - Congratulations to Gillian Conway who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled 'Novel therapeutic approaches to Induce autophagy in brain cancer', supervised by Dr. James Curtin and Dr. Orla Howe.

Oct 2016 - Congratulations to Killian Barton who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled 'An Investigation of Silane Treatments under Stress', supervised by Dr. Brendan Duffy and Dr. Gráinne Hargaden.

June 2016 - Congratulations to Philippe Lemarchand who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled 'Adaptive building facades: towards the integration of switchable technologies', supervised by Prof. Brian Norton and Dr. John Doran.

May 2016 - Congratulations to Mark Keating who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled 'Multivariate Statistical Methodologies used in In-vitro Raman Spectroscopy: Simulations and Applications for Drug and Nanoparticle Interactions', supervised by Prof. Hugh J. Byrne and Dr Franck Bonnier.

May 2016 - Congratulations to Yanfen Zhou who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled 'Fatigue properties of magnetorheological elastomers and the design of interfacial layers to improve fatigue life', supervised by Prof. Stephen Jerrams, Prof. Gerald Farrell, Dr Lin Chen (External) and Dr. Tony Betts.

May 2016 - Congratulations to Neils Schütte who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled 'Resolving Perception Based Problems in Human-Computer Dialogue' supervised by Dr. John Kelleher and Dr. Brian Mac Namee

April 2016 - Congratulations to Lisa White who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled 'Predictive Biomarkers of Cellular Radiosensitivity for Clinical Radiotherapy treatment', supervised by Dr. Orla Howe, Prof. Fiona Lyng and Dr. Aidan Meade.

April 2016 - Congratulations to Marcus Maher who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled 'Structure-activity relationships governing the interaction of nanoparticles with mammalian cells – predictive models for toxicology and medical applications”, supervised by Prof. Hugh J. Byrne.

April 2016 -  Congratulations to Craig Hicks who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled 'The Synthesis and Applications of [2.2]Paracyclophane Derivatives', supervised by Dr. Gráinne Hargaden and Dr. Brendan Duffy.

 

April 2016 - Watch one of our researchers, Monika Zawadzka deliver a talk at TEDx Dublin.

 

 

March 2016 - FOCAS hosted the meeting of Working Groups of the EU COST Action Raman4Clinics. Read a full account of the meeting here

 

February 2016 - Congratulations to Aritra Ghosh who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled 'Thermal, daylighting and electrical performance analysis of a PV powered switchable suspended particle device low heat loss glazing systems', supervised by Prof. Brian Norton and Prof. Aidan Duffy.

January 2016 - Congratulations to Rachel Fagan who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled 'High Temperature Stable Visible Light Active Photocatalysts', supervised by Prof. Declan McCormack and Prof. Suresh Pillai

December 2015 - Congratulations to Adrian Maguire who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled 'Assessment of individual radiosensitivity for applications in radiotherapeautic treatment planning: a Raman spectroscopic study', supervised by Dr Aidan Meade, Dr. Orla Howe, and Prof. Fiona Lyng (RESC/School of Physics).

Dec 2015 - Congratulations to Kate Sheehy who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled 'Applications of Nano-Silver as an Antimicrobial in Food Products: Assessing the Knowledge Gaps', supervised by Dr Gordon Chambers and Dr Alan Casey (Nanolab/School of Physics)

 

Dec 2015 - Congratulations to Hoda Akbari who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled 'Investigation of photopolymer-based holographic optical elements for solar application', supervised by Dr. Suzanne Martin and Dr. Izabela Naydenova (IEO, School of Physics)

Dec 2015 - Congratulations to Anna Murphy who successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled 'An investigation into the biological responses induced following oral exposure to silver nanoparticles', supervised by Dr Gordon Chambers, NanoLab/School of Physics.

 

Nov 2015 - Congratulations to Dr. Ben Schazmann from the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, winner of the October Inventor of the Month Competition.

 

 

Nov 2015 - Congratulations to Garret Rochford for winning Best Oral Presentation at the 6th Annual Graduate Research Symposium.

Oct 2015

The FOCAS Research Institute has taken in over 30 new PhD students from across the science and engineering disciplines since June 1st and, as a welcome, on 16th October, Prof Hugh J. Byrne presented an overview of the history and development as well as the organisational structure of FOCAS. The intake is one of the largest since the original occupancy of FOCAS in 2004, and has largely been supported by DIT Fiosraigh Scholarships, as part of the DIT Research Action Plan (RAP), 2013 - 2017. To facilitate the increased numbers, the desk-space capacity of the building was increased in August 2015, by a further 12, also funded by the DIT RAP.

FOCAS welcomes all of the new research students, and looks forward to a productive and enjoyable experience.

 

Jul 2015 - Congratulations to Daryl Fox who successfully defended his thesis entitled, "Anode Catalysts for the Direct Ethanol Fuel Cell", supervised by Dr John Cassidy and Dr Anthony Betts.

Jul 2015 - Congratulations to Garrett Melia who 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/School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences).

 

Jun 2015

Dominican College Wicklow reports on their visit to FOCAS last year and their participation in FOCAS's much-lauded CSI Tour. Prof. Byrne is described as "very kind, despite his nasty crime!"

http://www.dominicanwicklow.net/activities/third-year

May 2015

STEM graduates discuss their careers in this Irish Times article. Among them is Sinead Keogh, FOCAS graduate.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/stem-graduates-who-have-gone-on-to-achieve-big-things-talk-about-their-path-1.2221273

Mar 2015

The Irish Academy of Public Relations hosted a special Science Communication evening in the FOCAS Research Institute on Wednesday, 4th March. There is a huge interest today in science matters both nationally and internationally and thus now is a great time for scientists to make their mark in media and become the experts for a new generation. At this event, Prof Hugh Byrne, Head of the FOCAS Institute, chatted about the way that scientists think and the things that journalists just don't understand! Science journalist Sean Dukes came at it from the opposite point of view. He talked about the way that journalists think and the things that scientists just don't understand! The Academy's director, Ellen Gunning was MC for the evening.

Irish Academy of Public Relations Press Release

 

Mar 2015 - A big congratulations to Mark Davis, CNRI, who was awarded Honorary Professorship of DIT. The title of Honorary Professor is awarded in DIT in recognition of high academic achievement, in accordance with the criteria established by Governing Body and confirmed by their peers, both internal and external.

Feb 2015 - Lisa White and Felicia Mutuma hosted a Charity Bake Sale in Focas with proceeds going to the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People. It was a great success and the two students raised much needed funds for this worthy cause. Our thanks to them and also to everyone who took part.

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Nov 2014 - The Wicklow Times reports on the CSI Tour that took place in FOCAS as part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations and as part of Science week 2014.

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Nov 2014 - Congratulations to Hind Ahmed who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, "Materials Characterization and Plasmonic Interaction in Enhanced Luminescent Down-Shifting Layers for Photovoltaic Devices", supervised by Dr. John Doran (School of Physics), Dr Manus Kennedy (DEL) and Dr. Sarah McCormack (TCD)

Nov 2014 - On the evening of the 11th November, the FOCAS Research Institute held a reception to mark the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its official opening. See below for a full report.

 

 

 

Nov 2014 - Congratulations to Karina Carey who successfully defended her Masters thesis entitled, 'The determination of the Potential Risks associated with Engineered Nanoparticles in Aquatic Environments', supervised by Dr Gordon Chambers (Nanolab/School of Physics) , Dr Alan Casey (Nanolab) and Prof Hugh J. Byrne (FOCAS)

Oct 2014 - RESC Anniversary Event Schedule - 17th October 2014

Sept 2014 - FOCAS 10th Anniversary Celebrations begin. See below for our full schedule of events.

 FOCAS 10th Anniversary Schedule

Sept 2014 - Congratulations to Dervil Cody who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'Low-Toxicity Diacetone Acrylamide-based Photopolymer for Applications in Holography', supervised by Dr. Emilia Mihaylova (IEO) and Dr. Izabela Naydenova (School of Physics/IEO)

Sept 2014 - Congratulations to Alexey Tarasov, who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'Dynamic Estimation of Rater Reliability using Multi-Armed Bandits', supervised my Sarah Jane Delany and Brian MacNamee (School of Computing)

Sept 2014 - Congratulations to Deepa Chari, who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'What is Nanoscience? – A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of Nanoscience Researchers’ Experiences', co-supervised by Dr. Brian Bowe (College of Engineering and Built Environment) and Dr. Robert Howard (School of Physics).

 

Sept 2014

Calling all robot enthusiasts! As part of the FOCAS 10th Anniversary celebrations, you are invited to an afternoon of serious fun with embedded systems and robotics on Friday 12th of September. 

Would you like to learn a bit about how sensor based embedded systems such as electronic gadgets, medical devices and electronic toys are programmed? If so please sign up for Roboslam, a 3-hour workshop that reveals some of the secrets of embedded systems. 

Participants in this workshop work in teams to build a circuit to control a wheeled "robo sumo" robot. Each team will then learn how to programme the "brain" of their robot, the highly popular msp430 microcontroller, to dispose of opposing robots. The workshop ends with a competition that pitches robot against robot on the Roboslam arena.

The workshop will be run by researchers from the FOCAS-based tPOT research group, who develop new applications of embedded systems, as well as academic staff from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

See more at: roboslam.wordpress.com

Places are limited. To book a place, please use the link below. Focas staff and students will be given priority until 18th August so apply soon!

Application Form

 

August 2014 - Congratulations to Michael Whelan who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'Development of Nanostructured Thin Films for Corrosion Control of Al Alloys', supervised by Dr Brendan Duffy (CREST) and Prof John Cassidy, School of Chemistry.

August 2014 - Congratulations to Felicia Mutuma who received The Onassis Foundation Travel Award.

June 2014 - Congratulations to Rachel Fagan who won the Best Poster award at the 66th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium in NUI, Galway 19th/20th June, for her poster entitled "Development of visible light active photocatalytic materials for environmental applications".

June 2014 - Congratulations to Yi Ding who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'A Remote Capacity Utilization Estimator for WLANs', supervised by Dr Mark Davis.

 

May 2014

Contact Theresa Hedderman-Bowe for more info

 

May 2014

Prof Hugh J. Byrne and Dr Gordon Chambers contributed to the Pint of Science Ireland Event on Tuesday 20th May in the Mercantile in Dublin’s City Centre.

Hugh spoke about “Medical Diagnosics… but not as we know it”, while Gordon spoke about “The nanotechnologists to do list, fresher beer -done, fat free kebabs -done, no more hangovers- done ...save the world- not tonight!!!”

 

 May 2014 

The UK EPSRC Network CLIRSPEC comprises experts in the field of Clinical Applications of Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy from academic institutes across the UK  and Ireland, as well as key stakeholders from industry and the medical community. The 2nd network management meeting was held in Focas on 6th and 7th May 2014  and was co-ordinated by Prof. Hugh J. Byrne (Focas) and Prof. Fiona M. Lyng (RESC), representing the DIT BioImaging and Photonics Group. The meeting was also attended by representatives from the University of Manchester, University College London,  University of Exeter, and University of Lancaster. The group made significant progress towards the development of an international society for Clinical Applications of Infrared and Raman spectroscopy, as well as organisation of forthcoming network events such as the 1st Network meeting in Exeter in April 2015, and network summerschool in June 2015. Prof. Hugh J. Byrne is the designated International Co-ordinator for the CLIRSPEC network, and the representation of DIT in the network is testimony to the significant contributions DIT has made to the field, supported largely through the HEA PRTLI Cycle 4 investment in the National BioPhotonics and Imaging Platform.

 

March 2014 - March saw the Focas Institute's Outreach programme travel to Belmayne Educate Together for another Grasshopper STEM Engagement Programme led by Dr. Theresa Hedderman-Bowe. See our new Outreach webpage for more information on our Outreach Programmes and for a report on the visit to Belmayne.

March 2014 - Congratulations to Raffie Arshak who successfully defended his MPhil thesis entitled, 'Manufacture and Investigation of organic Composite Polymer based films for Advanced Flexible Solar Cells', supervised by Dr Olga Korostynska, School of Physics.

March 2014 - Congratulations to Matthew P. Roche, who won the Sean Du Courcy Concrete Society Award for his Dissertation for BEng in Structural Engineering, entitled 'CEMENT AND CONCRETE NANOTECHNOLOGY', carried out in collaboration with Dr. Theresa Hedderman Bowe and Prof. Hugh J. Byrne, Focas Research Institute.

March 2014 - Congratulations to Hayley Furlong who successfully defended her PhD entitled, 'Investigation of the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Radiation-induced Bystander Effects’, supervised by Dr Orla Howe, School of Biological Sciences, and Prof. Carmel Mothersill, McMaster University, Canada.

March 2014 - Congratulations to Rachel Christie who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'Analysis, Synthesis and Characterisation of new Psychoactive Substances of Abuse', supervised by John Fox and Cora O'Donnell (School of Chemical and Phamaceutical Sciences) and Sean McDermott (Forensic Science Laboratory).

March 2014 - As part of Science Week 2013, Dr. Theresa Hedderman-Bowe once more brought her very popular Grasshopper and BORN programmes to local schools, helping to introduce young people to the world of science. To read the full report, see www.dit.ie/focas/news/stemprogramme

 

February 2014 - Focas publication tops most accessed article list from Analyst (October – December 2013). 

http://blogs.rsc.org/an/2014/02/11/top-ten-most-accessed-analyst-articles-from-october-to-december-2013/

 

February 2014 - Focas collaboration with University of Central Lancaster identified as “HOT” article.

http://blogs.rsc.org/ay/2014/02/14/improving-brain-cancer-diagnostics-with-raman-spectroscopy/

 

February 2014 - Congratulations to Laura Perdisatt who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'Systematic Study into Substituents effects on the Performance of a Series of Therapeutic Ru (II) Complexes', supervised by Dr. Christine O’Connor and Dr. Luke O’Neill

 

January 2014 - A big congratulations to Dublin Energy Lab's Daire Reilly who has become the 2014 Travel Scholar in Renewable Energy. Daire will travel to Nepal this year to work alongside the Renewable World charity. For more info, see here.

L to R: Professor Brian Norton (President, DIT), Brian Hurley (Director, Renwable World), Daire Reilly (2014 Travel Scholar), Louis Fitzgerald (Renewable World)

 

December 2013 - Congratulations to Mark Nolan who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'Multimodal Wearable Sensors for Human-Machine Interfaces', supervised by Dr. Ted Burke and Mr. Frank Duignan

December 2013 - Congratulations to Mark Tallon who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'The Synthesis and Antibacterial Activity of Carbohydrate Fatty Acid Derivatives', supervised by Dr. Sarah Rawe.

November 2013 - Congratulations to Dr. Mark Davis who won the ISA Software Industry Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year 2013. For more info, see here.

November 2013 - Congratulations to Kate Sheehy who was awarded a DIT Fiosraigh award for the Best Oral presentation at the 4th DIT Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium. Her presentation was entitled  'Investigating and evaluating the negative impacts of metallic nanoparticles from food products on GI-tract cell lines and microflora'

November 2013 - Congratulations to Maria Casado who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'Visualisation and quantification of the interaction of fluorescent nanoparticles with ecotoxicologically relevant species', supervised by Prof. Hugh J. Byrne, Dr. Ailbhe L. Macken, and Prof. Fiona M. Lyng.

October 2013 - Congratulations to Brian Devine who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'A Miniaturised Spectrometer for the detection of Nitrogen Dioxide in an Urban Environment', supervised by Dr James Walsh.

October 2013 - Our own Anne Shanahan is conferred with the award of PhD at the recent DIT graduation ceremony, pictured here alongside Prof. Brian Norton and Prof. Hugh Byrne.

left to right: Prof. Brian Norton, Dr. Anne Shanahan, Prof. Hugh J. Byrne

 

October 2013 - Congratulations to Patrick Lindstrom who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'Handling Concept Drift in the Context of Expensive Labels', supervised by Dr Sarah Jane Delany and Dr. Brian Mac Namee, School of Computer Science.

June 2013 - Laura Perdisatt won The Institute of Chemistry of Ireland prize for the best presentation by a Graduate Member of the Institute at the Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium, TCD.

The talk was entitled 'Systematic Study into Substituent effects on the Performance of a Series of Ru(II) Complexes', supervised by Dr Luke O’Neill and Dr Christine O’Connor

June 2013 - Congratulations to Anne Shanahan who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'Preparation and Characterisation of Gold Nanocomposites for use as Heterogeneous Catalysts in Green Chemistry', supervised by Prof. Hugh J. Byrne, Prof. Mary McNamara, Dr James A. Sullivan (UCD)

June 2013 - Congratulations to Jennifer Dorney who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'Polystyrene: A Potential Standard for Developing In Vitro Cellular Tracking Methods for Nanotoxicology', supervised by Prof. Hugh Byrne & Dr. Gordon Chambers.

May 2013 - Congratulations to Subhash Chandra who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'Approach to Plasmonic Luminescent Solar Concentration', supervised by Dr. John Doran & Dr. Sarah McCormack (Trinity)

April 2013 - Congratulations to Jawad Sarwar who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'Experimental and numerical investigation of thermal regulation of Photovoltaic and concentrated Photovoltaic using phase change materials', supervised by Dr. Sarah McCormack (Trinity) and Prof. Brian Norton.

March 2013 - Congratulations to Brian Madden who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'Augmented control of a hands-free electrolarynx', supervised by Prof. Eugene Coyle, Dr. Ted Burke, Dr. James Condron, and Prof. Jonathan Blackledge.

Jan 2013 - Congratulations to Nosheen Rashid who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'Raman micro spectroscopy for the characterisation of cervical cancer', supervised by Prof. Fiona M. Lyng and Prof. Hugh J. Byrne.

Jan 2013 - Congratulations to Syed Mehmood Ali who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'Raman Spectroscopy of UV-Induced Skin Damage'.

Dec 2012 - The Grasshopper Programme, developed by Dr Theresa Hedderman of the Focas Research Institute, went to Belmayne Educate Together National School this year. The programme is an interactive demonstration suitable for 5-12 year olds and helps students at primary level to develop science and research skills. More information and pictures from the day can found on the DIT website.


Nov 2012 - Congratualtions to Miriam Kennedy who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, 'Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel endoperoxide-containing hybrid chemotherapies'.

Nov 2012 -  Congratulations to Kishore Kumar Jella who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, 'Investigation of Radiation Induced Bystander signaling in Human Keratinocyte cells'.

Nov 2012 - Congratulations to Dervil Cody, IEO, who won the award for Best Oral Presentation at the 2012 Annual DIT Postgraduate Research Symposium for her presentation, “Development of a Diacetone Acrylamide-based Holographic Photopolymer"

Oct 2012 - Congratulations to Marcus Maher who won the award for best oral presentation at the recent meeting of the European Society for Toxicology in Vitro

Sept 2012 - Congratulations to Swarna Jaiswal who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, "In vitro Assessment of potential Antibacterial Chemistries”.

Sept 2012 - Congratulations to Hayley Furlong who was awarded a Fiosraigh Research Student Internship to participate in a doctoral course in McMaster University, Canada, in 2012/2013. 

Sept 2012 - Congratulations to Zlata Tofzikovskaya who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, “Synthesis and characterisation of a novel drug delivery system for cancer therapy”

July 2012 - Congratulations to Samar Moqadasi who successfully completed her PhD thesis entitled, "Synthesis and Characterisation of Ruthenium(II) and Copper(II) Complexes as Potential Anticancer Drugs"

Jun 2012 - Congratulations to postgraduate student Laura Perdisatt who won a poster prize at the Irish Universities Chemistry Colloquium held in University of Limerick. Her poster was entitled "Systematic study into substituent’s effect on the Performance of a series of therapeutic Ru(II) complexes". Her supervisors are Dr Luke O'Neill and Dr Christine O'Connor.

Jun 2012 - The work on the Focas Extension is now completed. 

Mar 2012 - Congratualtions to Niall O'Claonadh who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled, "Determination of the Leaching and Migration Potential of Metallic Nanoparticles from Food Packaging".

Jan 2012 - Congratulations to Sourav Prasanna Mukherjee who successfully defended his PhD thesis, "Towards Structure Activity Relationships forin vitro Toxicity of PolyamidoamineDendritic Nanoparticles".

Jan 2012 - Congratulations to Haq Nawaz who successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled "Raman micro spectroscopy for the investigation of the action of anti-cancer agents"

Nov 2011 - Work begins on Focas 4th Floor extension