Light up your future with photonics !

What are you presenting for Science Week 2015?

As part of the Science Week, researchers and postgraduate students from the Irish Photonic Integration Center (IPIC) and the Nanotechnology Group at the Tyndall National Institute will organise workshops in libraries across county Cork. The workshops will introduce to primary school students some of the fundamental concepts of light such as color dispersion and optical polarisation. To bring these concepts into life and add more interaction to the workshops, the students will assemble their own spectrographs as well as design their own polarising art.

Who is taking part to these workshops? What are you working on?

The team delivering the workshops will include PhD students Roxane Puicervert and Ludovic Caro as well as Dr. Pierre Lovera.

Roxane is a PhD student from the Nanotechnology Group at the Tyndall National Institute. She studied chemistry in Angers where she graduated with a BTS (a French higher technician certification) in chemistry from Ecole Technique Supérieure de Chimie de l’Ouest (ETSCO). She continued with a BSc Hons in analytical and pharmaceutical chemistry in Cork Institute of Technology and finally joined Tyndall to undertake her PhD. She focuses on the functionalization of graphene. Graphene-based electrodes are highly transparent and are promising alternatives to Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) electrodes currently used in industry. Such transparent electrodes could find application in solar cells, light emitting diodes, touch panels and displays.

The team at work - PNG

Ludovic fell in love with science 12 years ago, when his physics teacher set a car battery on fire. Since then, he has followed the STEM path and graduated in 2014 as a generalist engineer from ECAM-Rennes. He then successfully applied for a PhD position in the Photonics Group at the Tyndall National Institute, and is now working on the development of new lasers for use in fibre optics communication. His project involves both theoretical and practical work, with not only the design and simulation of new devices, but also their fabrication and testing.

Pierre graduated in 2005 from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Grenoble (ENSPG – now known as Phelma) with a MSc in optics from Université Joseph Fourier. Following this, he undertook a PhD in the nanotechnology group of the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, working on the synthesis, characterisation and applications (chemical sensing and display) of conjugated polymer nanowires. He is now a tenure researcher in the same group developing optical based label-free sensors (Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering substrates and plasmonic arrays of nanohole) for early detection of disease biomarkers. He is also developing a nanowire-based electrochemical sensing platform for applications in the animal health and environment sectors.

The final product - PNG

To find out more

When ? From Tuesday 3rd November to Friday 6th November
Where? Skibbereen library, Macroom library, Midleton library - Cork

Workshops are currently fully booked by local schools

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Published on 07/01/2016

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