€1.5m SFI award for Prof Cian Ó Mathúna

Connect Principal Investigator Professor Cian Ó Mathúna at Tyndall National Institute in Cork has been awarded €1,483,783 in the 2016 Science Foundation Ireland Investigators Programme for a research project entitled “Advanced Integrated Power Magnetics Technology from Atoms to Systems“.

Science Foundation Ireland also published a ‘Reserve List’ of projects which will be funded later this year if budget allows. Three Connect investigators appear on this list: “Antenna Systems for Minimally Invasive Medical Sensors” by Professor Max Ammann (Dublin Institute of Technology), “Athermal semiconductor lasers for applications in ICT” by Professor John Donegan (Trinity College Dublin) and “Integrated Gigabit Millimetre Wave Transceivers (INGBIT)” by Dr Domenico Zito (Tyndall National Institute).

Professor Ó Mathúna’s successful proposal summary reads:

With ‘Energy’ identified as the most significant challenge facing society, this project will deliver novel solutions for efficient energy management in electronic devices. Over the next decade the concept of Power Supply on Chip (‘PwrSoC’) will facilitate a paradigm shift in the power management for ICT technologies.

This project targets innovations at different points in Power Supply development including materials, processes, design, circuit-topologies and system-integration. This project presents a disruptive solution using Through-Silicon-Via technology for realising nano-scale inductor structures on silicon to achieve high power densities and efficiency.

If successful, this technology will replace traditional ferrite-based passive devices for Power applications.

Tyndall National Institute is one of Connect’s ten partner Higher Education Institutes.  Of the 24 successful researchers in this year’s awards, four are from Tyndall National Institute in Cork.

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland said: “The Science Foundation Ireland Investigators Programme supports the highest standard of impactful research, as clearly demonstrated by the outcomes of previous awards. I have high expectations for these projects; all have undergone rigorous peer review by international experts and we have funded only those projects deemed to be at the pinnacle of scientific excellence. As well as providing an important platform for engagement in Horizon 2020, the programme also creates training and employment opportunities, promotes industrial collaboration and drives advances in energy, agriculture, science, technology and health which will benefit Ireland’s economy and society.” 


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