DIT Scientist to deliver keynote in China

17th January 2013: At a recent 'Destination Europe' event in San Francisco, it was revealed that Ireland is now ranked 8th in the world in materials research. Dr Suresh Pillai, Senior Research Manager, Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (CREST) is one of DIT’s leading research scientists making a real contribution in this field.


He has just been invited to be keynote speaker at the forthcoming International Water Association (IWA)Symposium on Environmental Nanotechnology in Nanjing, China in April 2013. This prestigious conference will be hosted by Nanjing University (NJU) and is jointly organized by the University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Cincinnati. It is a tremendous honour for DIT and Dr Pillai and is in recognition of DIT’s research in the area of nanotechnology and materials science.

Dr. Pillai is responsible for managing the semiconductor nanotechnology group in CREST. His research interests are in the areas of Nanotechnology, Semiconductors, Ceramics for Functional Applications, Photocatalysis and Materials for Electronic Applications. He has expertise in the design and synthesis of nano-materials for industrial applications. He obtained his PhD in the area of Materials Science/Nanotechnology from Trinity College and then performed postdoctoral research at the Department of Materials Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

He returned to Trinity College, Dublin as a Research Fellow before joining CREST as a senior scientist in April 2004. Dr. Pillai is an elected fellow of the UK’s Royal Microscopical Society (FRMS) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). He has also completed an executive MBA from Dublin City University, in 2009. Dr Pillai is a Recipient of a number of awards including ‘Industrial Technologies Award 2011’, ‘Hothouse Commercialisation Award 2009’ and ‘Enterprise Ireland Research Commercialization Award 2009. He has also been nominated for the ‘One to Watch’ award 2009 for commercialising R&D work (Enterprise Ireland). One of the nanomaterials based technologies developed by his R&D team was selected to demonstrate as one of the fifty ‘innovative technologies’ (selected after screening over 450 nominations) at the first Innovation Convention organised by the European Commission on 5-6th December 2011. http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/ic2011/index_en.cfm.

To read more about Dr Pillai’s work and research interests: http://www.crestdit.com/aboutus/staffprofiles/pillai.html

Full details of the conference are available here: http://hjxy.nju.edu.cn/iwasen2013/En/About.asp?id=26

Dr Pillai also recently participated in the 'Meeting and greeting real live scientists' event at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE-2013). His role was to explain fundamental science to visitors and schoolchildren and to share his enthusiasm and passion for science and research. Suresh particularly encouraged the schoolchildren to study the STEM subjects and ultimately to think about a career in technology, engineering and the physical sciences. The event was organised by Alicia O'Rourke, Research Liaison Officer, European Commission Representation in Ireland.

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