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Facilities & Platforms

UCD has invested heavily in the development of techniques, equipment, methodologies, technologies and expertise to enable state-of-the-art research and development.  These facilities, technologies and equipment, from imaging and proteomics to training and co-location, are all available to industry.

The UCD Conway core technologies programme is the most comprehensive and advanced analysis platform for the life sciences and biomedical research in Ireland. Our suite of modern genomics, proteomics, cytometry and imaging technologies allows us to offer project design and analysis across several experimental platforms. As a result, we can deliver comprehensive solutions to challenging research questions for our academic and industrial partners.

UCD Earth Institute's Technology Platforms include a cell culture and manipulation platform, an imaging and microanalytical platform, a geophysical sensing suite and an experimental atmospheres and ecosystems technology platform.

NovaUCD is the hub for new ventures and entrepreneurs at University College Dublin; it is located in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art incubation facility for knowledge-intensive companies. 

NexusUCD, located in the Belfield Office Park, offers prestigious accommodation and services for companies wishing to locate their company, or part of it, in close proximity to UCD’s world-class research base. NexusUCD is developing an innovative community with both high-growth technology SMEs and corporate R&D centres which are partnering with UCD.

The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) is a world-class institute that provides training and research solutions for the bioprocessing industry. NIBRT provides a unique learning experience for trainees in an environment that replicates the most modern industrial bioprocessing facility. In parallel, it also undertakes leading-edge research in key areas of bioprocessing in collaboration with industry.  NIBRT was awarded the Special Recognition Award in the 2012 Facility of the Year Awards programme.

The Nano Imaging and Material Analysis Centre (NIMAC), based in UCD specialise in providing Scanning & Transmission Electron Microscopy (SEM, TEM) and state-of-the-art analytical techniques, training and services to industry and academia.

U3D is Dublin’s first full-service, commercial-level, 3D printing facility offering researchers, design professionals and the general public access to the most cutting edge technology. Unlike most retail and online service providers, U3D can print in stainless steel, bronze, silver, cobalt-chromium, gold, nylon, t-glas, ninja-flex, lay-woo-D3, laybrick, conductive filament, and glow-in-the-dark options, as well as the standard rainbow of PLA and ABS offerings. U3D provides quick-turn around, high-precision prints at extremely competitive prices, as well as product development, design services, formal classes and innovative materials.