Prof. Vincent Toal    
  Centre Director (01) 402 4560

Professor Vincent Toal is the Director of the Centre for Industrial and Engineering optics. He holds a BSc in Experimental Physics (1968, UCD) an MSc in Optoelectronics (1969, QUB) and a PhD in Electronic Engineering (1976, Surrey). He is a Fellow of the  Institute of Physics and has over 40 years research experience in applied optics. He has supervised 11 MSc and MPhil graduates by research, and 8 PhD graduates. He has published 60 journal papers, 6 patent applications, 3 book chapters and 1 textbook. Professor Toal was Vice-Chair of COST P8 Materials and Systems for Optical Data Storage and Processing and Manager of the STSM programme in COST MP0604 Optical Micro-Manipulation by Nonlinear Nanophotonics. He is currently manager of  the STSM programme in COST MP1205 Advances in Optofluidics: Integration of Optical Control and Photonics with Microfluidics.

Professor Toal is a Co-founder and Director Optrace Ltd., 2014 (, a DIT spin-out company underpinned by research conducted by the IEO team and led by Dr Izabela Naydenova. Optrace produces holograms that can be used on all types of packaging or labelling to enhance security and branding. Each hologram is as “unique as a fingerprint” and Optrace Ltd is the only company able to manufacture these using a patented process and secret know how. Along with his colleagues in IEO, Prof Toal supported Optrace in its highly successful progress through the  NDRC Venture Lab programme for technology-based companies.



Systems engineer Advance Projects Group, Hawker Siddeley Dynamics, UK, 1969-71.

Doctoral research at U of Surrey 1971-3 on turbulence in cryogenic liquids.

Lecturer in Physics, DIT 1974-1995. 30 years teaching at certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate level, DIT.  Head of Physics, DIT 1996-2009.

Director, Centre for Industrial and Engineering Optics, DIT 1998- present


Several periods, JRC,1994 - 2004, ESPI and holographic grating research, 

Department of Mechanical Engineering , TCD, 2001-2, research on compact electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI) systems,

Norwegian Institute of Technology (1992), speckle transducer research,

Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, 1989 research on holographic recording materials and ESPI. Konstantinov Research Institute, St. Petersburg, 1988, holographic diffraction gratings and colour holography.

Funding (as PI) :

Proof of Concept (Enterprise Ireland) 2005 (€113,000),

Science Foundation Ireland  2006 (€160,000). Commercialization Fund (Enterprise Ireland) (2007) €369,000.