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Dublin City U’s open access model connects academic research with the nanotech industry


By David Schwartz
Published: February 4th, 2020

At Dublin City University, the Nano Research Facility (NRF) is employing an open-access model it sees as “the way of the future when it comes to partnerships between academic research and industry,” said Prof. Greg Hughes.

The NRF is a 3,000 square-meter advanced core facility designed to the highest standards of environment control, vibration control, lab services and security. It was established to provide an open access platform providing centrally managed infrastructure available both within DCU and to outside researchers.

The NRF houses high-end research equipment that will enable research in areas such as nanosynthesis; nanometrology; micro and nanofabrication; nanobiophotonics; and analytical characterization.

The open-access operating model currently supports many research projects and also provides instrument access, expertise, education, solutions and services to over fifty companies ranging from multinationals to local start-ups. Twenty academic institutes, both national and international, have used this infrastructure along with companies such as Intel, Abbott, Mallinckrodt, Alltech, Analog Devices, and many others.

Some of the resources available include an integrated atomic layer deposition-x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy tool, a time-resolved 2D infrared spectrometer, and an atomic force microscope.

“DCU has created a world-class facility that allows for cutting edge research and an innovative model of industry engagement, said Brian McCraith, president of DCU.

Added Vice President of Research Greg Hughes, “the open-access operational model employed in the NRF is an exemplar of how university core research facilities can be managed to maximize instrument utilization while ensuring a level of financial sustainability to secure long term viability.”

Source: Irish Tech News

Posted under: University-Industry Engagement Week

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