Physics 58 - 17th May 2022 - Event Schedule

April 2022 - Physics 58 - 17th May 2022 - Event Schedule

The planned schedule for those attending in person is as follows: 17th May 2022, Irish time

5.30pm registration commences/Tea & Coffee in Physics Building, Science North
6pm Head of School Introduction/Welcome
6.05pm Talk by Prof. Winne Svendsen (~40 minutes + Q&A) Title: NanoBio Physics - a Tool for Biology
7pm New Science Building Phase 3 Update - Prof. Padraig Dunne (~20 minutes + Q&A)
Preston Scholars: Short Talks
7.20pm Brajesh Narayan (By Zoom) "Simulated Solution: Are we there yet?" Q&A
7.30pm Eoin Carolan "Beating the Adiabatic Limit - Efficient Control of Quantum Technology" Q&A
7.40pm Silas O'Toole "PEAR: A novel sub-diffraction limited imaging technique" Q&A

UCD School of Physics awarded Athena Swan Bronze recognition

April 2022: The School is delighted to receive the Athena Swan Ireland Bronze award following a successful conversion of the Institute of Physics JUNO award. This recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all to which we are fully committed. We are deeply aware of gender and minority challenges, and will work focused on further enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels adhering to best principles.

Dr Steve Campbell recognised as APS Outstanding Reviewer 2022

April 2022: The American Physical Society has included Dr. Steve Campbell in its list of scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the APS journals. The highly selective Outstanding Referee program annually recognizes about 150 of the roughly 82,000 currently active referees. This year 146 Outstanding Referees were selected based on the quality, number, and timeliness of their reports. Dr. Campbell is only the fifth researcher in Ireland to be recognised since the scheme began in 2008.

Professor Dominic Zerulla wins NovaUCD’s 2022 Innovation Award

March 2022: Professor Dominic Zerulla and his team received the 2022 NovaUCD Innovation Award award in recognition for the development of a novel photonic chip which enables ultra-high spatial resolution at video rates in optical microscopy, far beyond the diffraction limit of visible light. This patented technology could aid early diagnostics and precision medicine, and help deliver improved drug treatments for patients facing a range of life-threatening diseases. His company PEARlabs, a spin-out from the UCD School of Physics, has been awarded over €1million in funding while also winning the SFI Future Innovator Special Prize in May 2020 and the Enterprise Ireland BIG Ideas Public Choice Award in November 2021 to further develop this technology.Click the headline to read the full article.

UCD @ IoPI Spring Weekend 2022

March 2022: The IOP Ireland Spring Weekend Meeting was held this year in Cork on March 12th, 2022. The UCD School of Physics was pleased to support three PhD students presenting posters for the Rosse Medal competition.

We wish to congratulate Parinaz Mosaddeghi Amini, who received third place in the Rosse Medal competition. Her work relates to 'Multiscale Modelling of Bovine Milk Protein Interacting with Metallic Iron and Aluminium. She is funded by SFI and supervised by Assoc. Prof. Vladimir Lobaskin of UCD School of Physics and Co-supervised by Dr. Yulia Subbotina.

In addition, we congratulate Bill Wells Kamtchou (Characterisation of a novel Timepix3 detector for its suitability as a Compton imaging detector for Nuclear Medicine applications) & and Patrick Wong (Model of a Strongly Correlated Interacting Topological Insulator) for their poster presentations at this event.

The 2022 Rosse Medal was awarded to Sarah Cameron from Ulster University.

UCDs Prof. Zerulla and PEARLabs featured in Irish Times

March 2022: The Irish Times has produced coverage of SoPs Prof. Zerulla's innovative research. The article highlights both the fundamental and practical breakthroughs that his Plasmonics and Ultra-fast NanoOptics group are providing super resolution imaging. Click the headline to read the full article.

pSTEM Women & Girls Event 2022

February 2022: UCD School of Physics was delighted to welcome in-person undergrad students, postgraduate students, post doctoral, academic staff, administrative and technical staff associated with UCD Physics to an informal coffee and cake morning in the Physics Common room. The event was well attended, lively, and celebrated pSTEM initiatives ongoing within the School on this very special day. It gave the opportunity to all to discuss informal physics topics and ask questions. Many research groups and staff displayed images of their recent research highlights. It was a pleasure to host an in-person event safely after much social distancing.

A postgraduate social event was also held in the common room in February. Our thanks to Amanda Donohoe & Conor Foy as postgraduate reps for hosting this event, and for giving a social platform to many new and existing postgrads to meet in-person.

Physics Alumni profiled for Role Models in pSTEM

March 2022: Helping to mark International Women's Day, the "Role Models in pSTEM: You can be what you can see" has released some new profiles featuring several School of Physics alumni. The project was created to highlight positive role models for young women in the subjects of physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. By creating videos for use in classrooms and on social media, the project hopes to make more young women aware of the very many career paths and opportunities available to them by pursuing these subjects. Following the UNESCO framework of factors influencing girls’ and women’s participation in STEM, the interviews explore the backgrounds and influences of each of the role models and highlight what they enjoy about what they do. Click the headline to access all the videos!

Grant to Develop All-Island Approach to Quantum Information & Technology Awarded

January 2022: The Irish Research Council project EQUITY: Eire Strategy for Quantum Information and Technology has been awarded to Dr. Steve Campbell through the council's New Foundations program. The grant, funded and administered in conjunction with the Shared-Island initiative from the Department of the Taoiseach, aims to get an accurate snap-shot of the quantum related activity across the whole island of Ireland to aid in developing a cohesive plan for impact in this area. The funds will provide support for several workshops bringing together a wide variety of stakeholders to discuss and identify the most promising avenues moving forward.

UCDs Bill Kamtchou wins Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine Young Investigator Grant

Nov 2021 - The School of Physics would like to congratulate Bill Kamtchou who was recently awarded the Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine (IAPM) Young Investigator Grant (YIG) for 2021. The Young Investigator Grant is awarded annually to an IAPM member on the basis of competitive peer review to support a research project in any area relating to medical physics and bioengineering. The grant aims to support researchers early in their career. Bill is a SIRAT funded scholar in the School of Physics who is conducting a PhD research project on the application of the novel Timepix3 detector, developed by the Medipix collaboration at CERN, to clinical medical applications. Specifically, the grant will support his work on the application of the Timepix3 to the development of a Compton camera for Nuclear Medicine imaging.

UCD SoP spin-out PEARlabs wins 'Viewers’ Choice Award'

Nov 2021: Congratulations to PEAR labs, an early-stage UCD spin-out supported by NovaUCD, on winning the Viewers' Choice Award at yesterday's Enterprise Ireland Big Ideas 2021 showcase event. Great news for Dominic Zerulla and Jurgen Osing. The Pearlabs team in UCD Physics, led by Prof. Dominic Zerulla, has developed imaging technology that enables real-time nanoscale optical microscopy. This aims to transform our understanding of processes such as cell signalling and cell proliferation in cancer. Using super resolution imaging technology, PEARlabs can produce live video images with 10-times improved spatial resolution at video rate without destroying samples.

On the 1st Sept, the UCD School of Physics held (by Zoom) our annual Physics Graduation & Medals ceremony. Graduates, friends, family and staff were invited to join remotely our new Head of School, Assoc. Prof. Emma Sokell.

On the 1st Sept the UCD School of Physics held (by Zoom) our annual Physics Graduation & Medals ceremony. Graduates, friends, family and staff were invited to join remotely.

A warm welcome and congratulations were given by our new Head of School, Assoc. Prof. Emma Sokell.

Members of the three families providing the medal presented their medals to:

O'Raifeartaigh medal & prize to Maxime Gadioux
Nevin medal & prize to Sarah Dungan
Porter medal & prize to Beth Fitzpatrick

The event took the annual class photo via Zoom, and provided both staff with the opportunity to congratulate students achieving their degrees during such an unusual year, plus gave a forum to students to say hello to one another on this special day.

A video link of the event is available to view for those who could not attend on the day here -

The class photo is available by this photo link -

Enterprise Ireland success for the Ultrafast and NanoOptics Research Group

Sept 2021: Prof. Zerulla’s research group in UCD Physics is providing the nanotechnology behind PicoGlaze’s environmentally friendly technology. The invention is capable of dynamically changing the thermal radiation and absorption characteristics of glass windows. The technology is based on electric field-assisted alignment of highly anisotropic molecules which act as antennae between two glass sheets controllable through the application of a modulated small electric field. This switching alters the thermal radiation properties of the window system – thus enabling end users to allow heat into/out of their buildings as required. Alignment of anisotropic material in the layer alters the thermal radiation properties of the glass. Enterprise Ireland has just awarded a commercialisation grant for the commercial exploitation of the disruptive technology aiming for significant energy savings in glazed buildings and hence reduction of our carbon footprint.

UCD launches Quantum Science Research Centre

July 2021: The UCD Centre for Quantum Engineering, Science, and Technology launched on July 29th 2021. More than 25 academic staff from 4 Schools in UCD are involved in this interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to understanding and delivering next generation quantum enhanced technologies. Led by Dr. Andrew Mitchell from the School of Physics the centre is built around four core pillars: quantum devices, quantum computation, quantum information & simulations, and quantum literacy. The Centre adds to the growing momentum shown in the School and University in this exciting arena. More details at

Physics 57 Event Available Online

Our virtual alumni event, Physics 57 was held on July 6th with wonderful talks from our guest speakers:
Gerald Fleming, Meteorological Consultant and Recipient of The the European Meteorological Society’s Silver Medal 2019
Dr. Valerie Connaughton, Program Scientist, Astrophysics Division of Nasa

For anyone who wasn’t able to join us on the night simply click the image to access a recording or copy and paste this link into your browser:

Scroll to the following timings for each speaker:
Intro & Welcome by Marin Grunewald 00.00/start of recording
Mr. Gerald Fleming on ‘Climate Change – Is it Science v Society’: 1 minute 55 seconds
Prof. Padraig Dunne on The Thomas Preston Scholarship and Phase 3 Building Plans: 45 minutes
Dr. Valerie Connaughton on ‘NASA’s astrophysics program in the 2020s and beyond’: 1 hour 8 minutes
Dr. Steve Campbell on ‘C-QuEST’: 1 hour 59 minutes
Prof. Padraig Dunne: 2 hours

Emeritus Prof. Peter Hogan publishes authoritative book on General Relativity

July 2021: The School is pleased to announce the publication of "Frontiers in General Relativity" by Emeritus Professor Peter Hogan. The book is aimed at advanced students and young researchers in general relativity and discusses some of the biggest open questions in the field today. Readers of the book will find provocative examples interspersed in the text that help to find novel representations of the uses of particles and photons. Click the image to learn more!

Enterprise Ireland funding success for the Advanced Optical Imaging Group

May 2021: The School congratulates Associate Prof. Brian Vohnsen and the Advanced Optical Imaging group on securing funding from Enterprise Ireland in conjunction with industry to develop ophthalmic instrumentation. The funding comes from Enterprise Ireland's highly competitive Innovation Partnership Programme which supports research working towards the development of new and improved products, processes and services, helping to generate new knowledge and know-how.