Dublin City University 

Dublin City University

DCU was founded in 1981 (initially as National Institute for Higher Education – Dublin) and today comprises over 10,000 students including over 2600 postgraduate students, of whom almost 600 are research students. Current research strategy places a focus on translational research programmes which motivate and direct fundamental research towards societal applications in collaboration with leading knowledge intensive enterprises, and the enhancement of the creation and capture of IP and its subsequent management and exploitation. DCU has always been heavily involved in EU research. In the period 2000-2006, 23% of its School of Electronic Engineerings (21 Faculty members of whom 15 are research active) €13m external research income was generated via EU projects.

DCU's Nanomaterials Processing Laboratory is located in the School of Electronic Engineering and draws researchers from the Research Institute for Networks and Communications Engineering (RINCE) and the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology (NCPST) and is led by Prof. Patrick McNally. Its chief Research Themes include (i)Novel materials for blue-ultraviolet electroluminescence on Si, (ii) Advanced plasma process control and diagnostics and (iii) Advanced non-destructive electronic nanomaterials characterisation.

Research Capabilities include: Class 100, 1000 and 10000 clean rooms; semiconductor lithography and fabrication tools (e.g. Oxford Instruments PlasmaLab80 reactive ion etcher); Sula Technologies Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) system (77K-400K); Jobin-Yvon LabRam800 Micro-Raman Spectroscopy system (dual laser: 325nm & 488nm); Jobin-Yvon Triax 300 Raman Spectroscopy system (632nm); Proprietary Photoacoustic Spectroscopy & Microscopy systems; Liquid Phase Epitaxy system; and a JV Semiconductor Bede D1 High Resolution Diffractometer with a Digital X-Ray Topography tool


Dave Allen worked in Intel, in Leixlip, for 11 years from 1994 to 2005, starting on the production line of the boards manufacturing facility. He became a Product Quality Engineer in 2001 looking after customer returns for Intel’s Flash and Optical Network Products divisions. He went to college part time while in Intel and graduated from I.T Tallaght in 2004 with an honours degree in electronic engineering While there he received an Einstein award for helping to build a new portable Flash tester.

In 2005 he moved to Xilinx, working as a Senior Product quality Engineer, working on their FPGA devices. Dave holds a joint patent for test software to test the BRAM part of the FPGA devices.

He left Xilinx in March 2008 to join DCU working on my PhD in the SIDAM project

Patrick McNally BE, ScM, PhD, CEng, CPhys, MIEI, FInstP, SMIEEE, received the BE (First Class Hons.) from University College, Galway, Ireland, and the degrees of ScM and PhD from Brown University, Rhode Island, USA in 1988 and 1992, respectively. In 2006 he was appointed Professor (Personal Chair) in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland, and was Director of the Research Institute for Networks & Communications Engineering at DCU (2002-2004). He now directs RINCE’s Nanomaterials Processing Laboratories. He is a member of the following: Institute of Engineers of Ireland, Institute of Physics (Fellow), I.E.E.E. (Senior Member) and the Materials Research Society. He was Chairman of the Programme Committee for the euspen 6th Int. Conf. on Materials for Microelectronics & Nanoengineering, Cranfield, UK (MFMN2006), chaired the 5th version of this conference series (MFMN2004, Southampton, UK) and has served on previous Programme and International Advisory Committees for this series of conferences. He is a contributor to the Design Group for the PETRA III x-ray synchrotron, HASYLAB, Hamburg, Germany and was a member of the X-Ray Topography Workgroup for construction of the ANKA Synchrotron Beamline, Karlsruhe, Germany. He is a Member, Editorial Board for Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics. He is a reviewer for Journal of Applied Physics/Applied Physics Letters and Semiconductor Science & Technology and has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific papers.

He is and was Principal Researcher for numerous Forbairt and Enterprise Ireland research programmes. He is and has been Leader of many research projects at the Hamburger Synchrotronstrahlungslabor (HASYLAB), Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg, Germany and ISS-ANKA, Karlsruhe, Germany. He led the development of Ireland’s first Postgraduate Taught Masters course in Nanotechnology, i.e. GCert/GDip/MEng Major in Nanoelectronics & Photonics, which was launched in Sept. 2005 as a Major within the School of EE’s Electronic Systems postgraduate taught degree programme. Prof. McNally’s main research interests include nanomaterials and electronic device process characterisation (micro-Raman and photoacoustic spectroscopy), synchrotron x-ray topography, and novel materials for Si-based photonics (principally copper halides).

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