University College Cork (UCC) was originally founded in 1845 as "Queen's College Cork" and is one of Ireland's oldest institutions of higher education. UCC has over 12,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 postgraduate students (including 1,000 international students from over 60 countries worldwide). The Tyndall National Institute is a premier ICT research institute affiliated to UCC with a critical mass of over 400 researchers with core competencies in Micro/nanoelectronics, Photonics, Microsystems and Computational Modelling. The institute was formed in 2004 and incorporates the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC, founded in 1982) and the Photonics Communities within University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology. Tyndall has an established reputation for successful participation in EU research programmes over the last three decades (FP2-FP7), providing an important conduit for R&D excellence in ICT, Healthcare, Environment and Energy applications to Irish and European industry.



  • Low temperature chemical vapour deposition of graphene using liquid precursors

  • Molecular doping of graphene

Suitability to tasks:
The Nanotechnology Group at Tyndall-UCC focuses on mid- to long-term research in development of nano-scale materials, structures and devices to enable development of future emerging electronics, photonics and biotech technologies. Extensive research infrastructure, in excess of 5 M€, is available within the Group for wet-chemical (including inert atmosphere dual-box MBraun system) synthesis and processing of nanomaterials; nanoscale structural, optical and opto-electrical characterisation of nanomaterials and devices including, e.g., SEM, AFM, room and variable temperature electrical probe stations; custom electrically- interfaced systems for near-field scanning optical microscopy/spectroscopy, confocal microscopy/spectroscopy, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy for chemical identification. In addition, the group is a core member of the "Flexifab" community at Tyndall, comprising engineers from Tyndall’s Central Fabrication Facility (two cleanrooms dedicated to CMOS and III-V/MEMS processing respectively), together with research groups from the Micro/Nanoelectronics, Photonics and Microsystems Centres. The Nanotechnology Group is currently installing a 150 mm customized Graphene Chemical Vapour Deposition system within the Flexifab.



Dr. Aidan Quinn is Head of the Nanotechnology Group at Tyndall. The research programme of his group currently includes application of molecular self-assembly to the fabrication of nanoscale sensing and signal processing devices with novel (opto)-electronic functionality; development of novel graphene devices and investigation of top-down fabricated semiconductor nanowires. Aidan co-ordinates the FP7 NMP project FUNMOL, which focuses on development of novel nanocrystal-molecule assemblies for nanoelectronics, printable electronics and sensing.

Dr. Mary Manning is a staff research scientist within the Nanotechnology Group at Tyndall. Her research focuses on development of attachment chemistries for the immobilisation and sensing of chemical and biological molecules and nanostructures onto seminconductor, metal and graphene substrates.



Tyndall National Institute
University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork

Dr. Aidan Quinn

Lee Maltings Prospect Row
Cork, Ireland

Tel: +353-21-4904424
Fax: +353-21-4270271

URL: www.tyndall.ie

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