The School of Physics has a strong contribution to the DIT's FOCAS Research Institute and much of the School's research in optics and materials is housed within FOCAS. See the separate FOCAS website for details of current research programs.
The School is associated with the Centre for Industrial and Engineering Optics (IEO) which specialises in holographic and interferometric techniques and has developed novel functionalised materials and technologies in product authentication, sensing, vibration measurement and optical and medical device fabrication.
The School is also associated with the Centre for Radiation and Environmental Science (RESC) which has pioneered advances in riation and environmental science and in biophotonics.
We are also affiliated with The Centre for Eye Research Ireland which is a dedicated centre for research in the area of Optometry. The centre has cutting edge facilities at the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute, a hub of research and innovation in the heart of DIT Grangegorman.
Nanolab, managed by Dr Alan Casey, emphasis is on establishing structure activity relationships governing particle uptake, trafficking, fate and organism response. Model systems are employed to improve fundamental understanding, to validate current and develop new biological testing protocols for nanomaterials, while real life exposure scenarios are explored to assess risk.
Other strengths include pioneering work in the teaching of physics through Problem Based Learning and e-learning by the Physics Education Research Group and research in clinical measurement and biophysics.