Minister for Research and Innovation Announces Winners of DIT Inventor Competition 2012

22nd June 2012. A ground-breaking technology that could lead to more cost-efficient production of anti—bacterial surface coatings has won the DIT Inventor Competition 2012.The team behind the Ti02 Stratification technology from DIT Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (CREST) were presented with their award at the inaugural ‘Innovation@DIT’ showcase by Minister for Research and Innovation, Mr Sean Sherlock, T.D.

The winning project ensures titanium dioxide is always present on surface layers rather than distributed throughout a material. TiO2 is one of the world’s most common white pigments and has sterilising, de-odorising and anti-fouling properties. TiO2 is currently hugely expensive given a world-wide shortage so this technology means less is required to give a material anti-bacterial properties than would otherwise be the case.


Overall winners of the DIT Inventor Competition (l to r) Dr. John Colreavy, Craig Hicks, Dr. Grainne Hargaden with Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, Professor Brian Norton, President, DIT, Donnacha Moore, Hanna Moore Curley, and Tom Flanagan Head of Commercialisation.

The undergraduate prize was won by students Bomao Huang, Sean O’Donoghue, Stephen Carberry,  supported by Dr. Bryan Duggan of the School of Computing. The team developed novel software that allows Microsoft Kinect to be used by clinicians to model and create orthopaedic devices.



Bomao Huang and his team from the School of Computing won the undergraduate prize for their invention 'Kinect for Orthotics'

Adam Narbudowicz, Dr. Xiulong Bao and Professor Max Amman of the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre took the postgraduate/staff prize for their Omni-Directional Anntenna project. The antenna can be used in WLAN routers and access points and means multiple antennas can be reduced to one. Its circular polarisation means devices can receive or transmit strong signals at any angle. This will improve connection quality and reduce distortion or streaming delays that occur when watching video on a poorly performing radio link. The antenna is also ideal for large spaces such as airport halls as its improved performance will reduce the number of access points needed to eliminate deadspots.


Adam Narbudowicz and Dr. Xiulong Bao of the the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre

Congratulating the winners Mr Tom Flanagan, Head of Commercialisation at DIT, said "I'd like to congratulate the winners of awards for the creativity and ingenuity of their inventions. The standard of the winning projects is a testament to the quality of research being undertaken at DIT. Together with the team at Hothouse I look forward to working with you explore the commercial possibilities of your research. DIT has an excellent track record in producing innovations that have practical market applications and last year one in every five commercial licenses generated by Irish higher education institutions resulted from DIT research.”

The Innovation @ DIT showcase which took place on the Aungier Street campus highlighted the diversity and the positive social and economic impacts of DIT research activity.


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