Student Awards and PhD Theses
Student Awards and Prizes
Student Awards and Prizes 2011
The annual Tyndall postgraduate poster competition attracted 32 entries this year. The event is organized by the Postgraduate Student Committee and judged by the members of the Tyndall Board. First, second and third prizes were awarded to Tuhin Maity, Laura Russell and Keith Linehan. Tuhin Maity, a PhD student in the Micropower-Nanomagnetics group won 1st prize for his poster entitled “Symmetry of Magnetic Anisotropy in Nanomodulated Continuous Thin Ferromagnetic Film”. Tuhin also received 1st prize in the poster competition in the “X-ray Studies of Magnetism” session and overall conference (among all sessions) of the Synchroton User Meeting, Diamond Light Source, Oxford, UK. Laura Russell, a student with the Quantum Optics Group, received 2nd prize for a poster entitled “1- and 2-photon absorption by laser-cooled 85Rb via an optical nanofibre”. Keith Linehan, PhD student with the Nanotechnology group, received 3rd prize for a poster entitled “Synthesis and Characterisation of Monodisperse Silicon Nanocrystals for High Efficiency Light Emitting Devices”.
Brian Fitzgibbon, PhD student in the Circuits and Systems group, won the Microelectronics Industry Design Association (MIDAS) Ireland outstanding PhD Research Publication award 2011 for his paper entitled, “Hardware Reduction in Digital Delta-Sigma Modulators Via Bus-Splitting and Error Masking—Part I: Constant Input”
The 2011 BOC Gases Bursary Award was presented to Jeffrey Godsell, a PhD student with the Micropower-Nanomagnetics group. The title of Jeffrey’s PhD thesis is “Modelling and Characterisation of Nanostructured, High-Frequency Magnetic Materials for Integrated Passives”.
Nick Holubowitch, PhD student, Microelectronics Applications Integration group, received honourable mention for the Dr Bernard S Baker Student Award for Fuel Cell Research at the 26th Fuel Cell Seminar and Exhibition in Florida. This award, made by the organisers, recognises exceptional students in the field of fuel cell related technologies. Nick is researching Nanostructured Platinum-Based Electrocatalysts for Micro-direct Methanol Fuel Cells. Nick was also awarded one of two $750 travel grants by the Electrochemical Society Electrodeposition Division for the Annual meeting in Boston in Oct 2011. His paper “Platinum alloy nanotubes for methanol fuel cells”, detailed the fabrication and use of metal alloy nanotubes for energy applications
Joe McGrath, PhD student with the Advanced Materials Systems Group, received an Internship Program Fellowship award from the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) Japan. Joe’s research project is “Large Area Defect Free Colloidal Photonic Crystals using an Under Oil Crystallisation Technique”.
Feroze Nazneen, PhD student with the Life Science Interface (LSI) group, won the Biointerphases Best Poster award at the European Society for Biomaterials Conference. Feroze’s poster was entitled “Development of Nano-structured Stent Surfaces for Cardiovascular Applications”.
Carola Schopf and Andrea Pescaglini , PhD students in the Nanotechnology Group, were awarded a prize for best poster for their poster entitled “Dark field optical microscopy of single nanoparticles and ordered nanoparticle arrays”, Authors C. Schopf, A. Pescaglini, A. O’Riordan, D. Iacopino, at the Sensors and their Applications XVI conference in Cork.
Carola Schopf and Ethel Noonan, PhD students in the Nanotechnology Group, were awarded a prize for best poster for their poster entitled “Correlated Optical/Electron Microscopy Imaging and Spectroscopy of Metal Nanostructures” Authors C. Schopf, E. Noonan, A.J. Quinn, D. Iacopino, at the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Postgraduate symposium on Nanotechnology in Birmingham.
Irene Yeriskin, PhD student with the Electronics Theory group, won the outstanding poster prize at the Nano and Giga Challenges in Electronics, Photonics and Renewable Energy Symposium and Summer School (Tutorial Lectures) in Russia for a poster entitled “Electronegativity and Electron Currents in Molecular Tunnel Junctions”
Amelie Wahl, PhD student in the Nanotechnology Group, was awarded a prize for best poster for her poster entitled “Nanomolar Trace Metal Analysis of Copper at Gold Nanowire Electrodes” – Authors A.Wahl, K.Dawson, A. O’Riordan, at the Sensors and their Applications XVI conference in Cork.
Monika Zygowska, PhD student in the Life Science Interface group, won 2nd prize for the Best Poster Presentation at the 9th Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Postgraduate Conference in Dublin in November 2011. Monika’s poster was entitled, “Fabrication, Characterization and Modelling of Microfluidic Devices for Efficient Energy Bioconversion”
Student Awards and Prizes 2010
The annual Tyndall postgraduate poster competition attracted 30 entries this year. The event is organized by the Postgraduate Student Committee and judged by the members of the Tyndall Board. First, second and third prizes were awarded to Karen Dawson, Martina Mincica and Nicola Pavarelli. Karen Dawson, a PhD student in the nanotechnology group, won 1st prize for her research on: “Direct Electrochemical Detection of H2O2 at Single Gold Nanowire Electrode Sensors”. Karen also received joint 1st prize at the INSPIRE/ICGEE summer school poster competition.
Second prize, Tyndall postgraduate poster competition, went to Martina Mincica, a visiting student with the Circuits and Systems Group, for: “Wearable CMOS System-on-Chip UWB radar sensor for contactless cardiopulmonary monitoring”. Nicola Pavarelli, a PhD student with the Optoelectronics Group, won 3rd prize for his work on “Emission Dynamics of Tensile Strained Ge QW”.
Azrilawani Ahmad, PhD student of the Life Sciences interface group won the best poster presenter award in United Kingdom-Malaysia-Ireland Engineering Science Conference (UMIES) that was held in Queen University of Belfast, Northern Ireland in June 2010. Her poster was entitled “Cytotoxicity Monitoring of Benzo[a]pyrene using Impedance Cell-based Biosensor”.
Ki-Yeol Byun, a PhD student of the Advanced Materials Systems Group, won the European Materials Research Society Young Scientist Award at the 2010 E-MRS Spring Meeting in recognition of his outstanding paper on “Post-Si CMOS Electronic Devices: The Role of Ge and III-V materials”.
Mark Daly, student with the Quantum Optics Group, won the Institute of Physics in Ireland Rosse Medal for Graduate Research. Mark's poster was on “Laser Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Alkali Metals”.
Francesco Dicorato, PhD student of the Life Sciences interface group, won 1st prize for his poster at the INSPIRE Postgraduate workshop in UCD. His poster was entitled: “Development of a Modular Integrated System with Amperometric Detection for Capillary Electrophoresis”.
Brice Jamieson, a PhD student with the Microelectronics Applications Integration group, won the best commercial pitch of PhD research, as part of the PG6006 Commercialisation Skills for Research module. This generic skills module gives PhD students an understanding of the relationship between research and commercial opportunity. Brice, with a presentation titled “Power Supply on a Chip - Next Generation inductive Components'” won the best presentation prize, which was sponsored by the Cork City Enterprise Board.
Chi-Woo Lee, a PhD student with the Silicon Research Group, received the best paper award at the IEEE NANO 2010 Workshop in Korea for his research on“Nanowire Zero-Capacitor DRAM Transistors With and Without Junctions”
At the 12th International Conference of Advanced Materials and Technologies; Olan Lotty and Colm O’Regan of the Materials and Supercritical Fluids group were presented with prizes for their posters. Olan’s poster was entitled “Controllable Synthesis of Single Crystalline Uniform Arrays of Silicon Nanowires”. Colm’s poster was entitled “Electron Micoscopy Analysis of Nanoscale Materials”
The 2010 BOC Gases Bursary award was presented to Eamon O’Connor, a PhD student with the Silicon Research Group. Eamon was presented with the award for his work on “High Dielectric Constant Thin Films on III-V Semiconductors for Future CMOS Processes”.
Aileen O’Mahony, a PhD student of the Advanced Materials Systems Group, was awarded a student travel grant to present at the 218th meeting of the Electrochemical Society (ECS). Aileen’s research concerns Atomic Layer Deposition of High-κ Oxides for Application in Electronics.
Anna Paschero, PhD student of the Life Sciences interface group, won an award for her oral presentation at the NanoBioTox conference. Anna is investigating the Development of an integrated sensor platform to monitor cell behaviour for screening of anti cancer drugs
Laura Russell, a PhD student with the Quantum Optics Group, was awarded the Shell and Institute of Physics Very Early Career Woman Physicist Award (for UK and Ireland) in recognition of her scientific and outreach contributions. Laura’s research explores the behaviour of “cold” atoms using pioneering new micro-optic technology.
Amy Watkins, student with the Quantum Optics Group, received the 2010 Incubic/Milton Chang travel award from the Optical Society of America. She was awarded this for her research on: “Atom Optics Tools: Optical Nanofibres, Microspheres and Microbubble Resonators”
Ran Yan, a PhD student with the Silicon Research Group, received the best paper award at the 10th Electron Technology Conference ELTE 2010 for her research on “Performance Analysis of SOI Junctionless Nanowire Transistors”
Liqiang Zheng, a PhD student with the Microelectronics Applications Integration group, received an Excellent paper award at the International Symposium on Embedded Systems Design and Applications (ESDA) 2010 for his work on “Miniaturization of Wireless Sensor Network Nodes”.
Student Awards and Prizes 2009
In the Tyndall postgraduate poster competition, first prize was awarded to Pio Jesudoss for his poster on; “Sensor Assembly and Sensor Packaging for a swallowable capsule”. Second prize was shared between Valeria Dimastrodonato and Mark Crowley. Valeria’s poster was entitled “High Quality MOVPE Grown Site Controlled quantum Dots” and Mark presented a poster on “The Importance of Recombination via Excited States in InAs/GaAs 1.3 micron Quantum Dot Lasers”.
Cleitus Antony, a PhD student with the Photonics Systems Group, was a finalist in the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Prize at the prestigious Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC 2009), which was held in San Diego in March. Cleitus’ paper entitled “SOA Based Upstream Packet Equalizer in 10Gb/s Extended-Reach PONs” was selected as one of the top 7 papers from 425 student papers submitted to the conference.
Wenbin Chen, a PhD student in Microelectronics Application Integration Group, received the Young Scientist award for the outstanding paper contribution at the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) spring meeting. Wenbins research is focussed on Electrical characterization of novel high-k dielectric material (such as PMNT, a lead perovskite) which can be used to make high-density MIM (Metal-Insulator-Metal) capacitors
The 2009 BOC Gases Bursary award was presented to Courtney Collins, a PhD student in the Molecular Microsystems Group, for her research on the use of electrochemistry at an immiscible liquid-liquid interface for the extraction and detection of drugs in artificial physiological matrixes. Jonathan Ward of the Quantum Optics Group was Runner -up for his research on Flouride and Phosphate glass whispering gallery micro-resonators.
John Cuffe, a PhD student of Photonics and Laser Physics, received the best poster award at IONS (The International OSA Network of Students) 5th conference in Barcelona in February. Johns poster was entitled entitled “Dispersion Relation Engineering for Nanoscale Control of Light, Heat and Sound”.
Saeid Daneshgar, a PhD student in the Theory, Modelling and Design Centre, won the MIDAS Ireland Outstanding Research publication award for PhD students. Saeid received the award for his paper titled: "Observations Concerning the Locking Range in a Complementary Differential LC Injection-Locked Frequency Divider Part I: Qualitative Analysis"
Kieran Deasy, a PhD student with the Quantum Optics Group was awarded 3rd prize for the student poster Rosse Medal competition at the Institute of Physics in Ireland Spring Weekend out of 40 papers presented. His poster was entitled “Optical nanofibres as probes for cold atoms”.
Jeffrey Godsell, a PhD student in the Microelectronics Applications Integration (MAI) group was awarded an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Magnetic Society Student Travel Grant to the IEEE International Magnetics Conference (Intermag 2009) in Sacramento, California, USA, in May. The IEEE Magnetic Society student travel grant program recognizes promising students working in basic and applied magnetism. This work was published in a paper entitled; “Precessional dynamics of Ni45Fe55 thin films for ultrahigh frequency integrated magnetics”, Jeffrey F. Godsell, Santosh Kulkarni, Terence O’Donnell, and Saibal Roy, authors.
Maksudul Hasan, a PhD student in the Microelectronics Application Integration group was awarded an Electrochemical Society Battery Division Travel Grant to the 215th Electrochemical Society Meeting, San Francisco, USA, in May. The ECS Battery Division Student Travel Grant program recognizes promising students in the science and engineering areas of electrochemistry. His winning paper was; “Cu2O nanotubes as high performance anode materials for Li-ion rechargeable batteries”, M Hasan, T.Chowdhury and J.F.Rohan, authors.
Gillian Madden, a PhD student in the Photonic Device Dynamics Group, received and IRCSET postgraduate award to enable her to study Ultrafast carrier dynamics of semiconductor nano-structures and devices using pump-probe spectroscopy.
Anna Paschero, a PhD student with the Life Science Interface group received an IRCSET postgraduate award to enable her to study the development of an integrated sensor platform to monitor cell behaviour for screening of anti cancer drugs.
Micheál Scanlon, a PhD student with the Molecular Microsystems group, was awarded the Belcher Memorial Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his studies of electrochemical ion transfer at liquid-liquid interfaces and the behaviour of biological macromolecules at those interfaces.
Amelie Wahl, a PhD student with the Nanotechnology Group, has been recognised by the Institute of Chemistry in Ireland (ICI) for her achievements in her BSc. Amelie graduated from CIT in 2009 with a B.Sc. in Alalytical Chemistry. She achieved the highest mark in class at CIT and won the “2009 Graduate Award for Chemistry”.
Jaroslaw Pulka, , a PhD student in the Photonic Device Dynamics Group, won 3rd prize in the poster competition on Photonics Ireland. The title of his poster was “Ultrafast dynamical processes in InAs/GaAs quantum dot based electro-absorbers”.
PhD Theses 2011
Ciara Bolger “Orientational Control and Characterisation of Ordered Porous Materials.
John Buckeridge “Theoretical study of local defect structures in dilute nitride semiconductors”
Ki Yeol Byun “Comprehensive Study of Wafer-Bonded Si-Si and Si-Ge Structures”
John Cuffe “Phonon-photon interactions in nanostructures”
Tassilo Dannecker “Electronic and Thermoelectronic Properties of GaAsN”
Karen Dawson “Fabrication and Characterisation of Novel Nanostructures for Electrochemical Applications”
Kieran Deasy “Quantum Engineering of Laser-Cooled Atoms: Experiments and Theory”
Nima Dehdashti “Quantum Mechanical Modeling of Silicon Nanowire Transistors”
Valeria Dimastrodonato “Growth Epitaxy and growth mechanism of site-controlled nanostructures”
Jeffrey Godsell “Modelling and Characterisation of Nanostructured, High-Frequency Magnetic Materials for Integrated Passives”
David Goulding “Nonlinear dynamics of optically injected quantum-dot lasers”
Jeff Hamilton “Chemical Vapour Deposition of Zinc Oxide and Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films”
Pio Jesudoss “Development and reliability assessment of a direct access sensor using Flip Chip on flex technology and Anisotropic Conductive Adhesive”
Lorenzo Mereni “On the Optical Properties of Pryamidal Quantum Dots”
Aileen O’Mahony “Atomic Layer Deposition of High-κ Oxides for Application in Electronics”
Nicolas Sassiat "Formation and Electrical Interfacing of Nanocrystal-Molecule Nanostructures"
Selim Tanriseven “Quantum dot devices”
Ruwan Weerasuriya “Data Retiming for Multi-Wavelength Regeneration”
Yuqiang Wu “Microspherical Resonators: Upconversion Processes and Optomechanical Behaviour”
PhD Theses 2010
Mark Crowley: “Electronic and Optical Properties of InAS/GaAs Semiconductor Quantum Dots”
Mary McCarthy:“Phase estimation receiver for full field detection”
Courtney Collins : “Liquid-Liquid Extraction and Detection of Drug Molecules”
Pawel Sajewicz : “Investigation of Loss Mechanisms in Edge Emitting Semiconductor Laser Diodes”
Ronan Meere : “Magnetics on Silicon for Power Supply on Chip”
Zbigniew Olszewki: “Dielectric Charging in RF MEMS Capacitive Switches”
Rathnait Long: “A Study of the Electronic and Structural Properties of the high-k/In0.53Ga0.47As System”
Yan Lai: “Antimony as Source/Drain Extension Dopant for Relaxed and Strained Si MOSFETs”
Saeid Daneshgar: “Observations Concerning the Locking Range in LC Injection-Locked Frequency Dividers”
Kamil Gradkowski: “Influence of Coulomb Interactions on Emission Dynamics in Semiconductor Quantum Dot Systems”
Tamjid Chowdhury: “Electrodeposited Copper Composites for Advanced IC Interconnect”
Iris Choi: “Quantum Key Distribution on Multi-User Optical Networks”
Brice Jamieson: "Integrated Magnetics for Future DC-DC Microprocessor Power Delivery".
Ran (Ruby) Yan: “A study of Doping Schemes and Fluctuations in Nanoscale SOI Devices.”
Wenbin Chen: “Electrical Characterisation of Novel High-k Materials”
Jakub Baran : "A Theoretical Study of Organometallic Molecules on Metal Surfaces"
Chi-Woo Lee : “Physics and Characterization of Silicon Nanowire FETs"
Shane O'Donoghue : "Characterisation and optimisation of passively mode-locked quantum dot semiconductor lasers"
Cleitus Antony : “10Gb/s burst mode transmission in long reach passive optical networks”
Boyang Ding: “Development of heterogeneous and hybrid opal-based 3-dimensional photonic crystals for extended light moulding and trapping”
PhD Theses 2009
Claire Barrett “Charge Transport in Nanoscale Structures and Devices”
Peter Engelstaedter “Laser Diodes for Photonic Integrated Circuits”
Greg Gannon: “A Molecular Dynamics Based Study of Nanopatterning Relevant Self-Assembled Monolayers”
Sean Harte “Hardware and Software Architectures for Miniaturised Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks”
Maksudul Hasan: “Micro Lithium Ion Advanced Integrated Rechargeable Batteries.”
Mathieu Hautefeuille “MEMS-based Environmental Monitoring Systems”
Susannah Heck: “Experimental Study of Quantum Dot Lasers”
Kaveh Hosseini “Deterministic Techniques for Minimizing Spurious Tones in Digital Delta Sigma Modulators for Applications in Fractional-N Frequency Synthesizers”
Pierre Lovera: “Organic One-Dimensional Structures: Optical Spectroscopy and Nanophotonic Devices”
Arvind Mishra – “Application of Tunable Lasers in Spectrally Efficient High Speed Optical Packet Switched Networks”
Michael Morrissey “Manipulation Tools for Laser-cooled Rubidium Atoms: Ultrathin Fibres and Magnetic Diffraction Gratings”
Jayanta Mukherjee: “Spatial Mode Dynamics in Wide Aperture Semiconductor Lasers”
Kaliappan Muthukumar: “Endohedral Fullerenes and Their Interaction With Surface – A Theoretical Study”
Adi Negara “A Study of Electron Mobility in HfO2/TiN Gate MOSFETs”
Ken Reynolds “Manipulation and Assembly of Mesoscale Objects: from Nanometre to Millimetre Length Scales
Michael Scanlon: “Electrochemical Processes of Bio-analytical Importance at Micro- and Nano-Liquid | liquid Interfaces”
Jonathan Ward: “Fluoride and Phosphate Glass Whispering Gallery Micro-resonators”