Beaufort Marine Research Awards

The National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) at DCU was awarded €2.4 million as part of the Beaufort Marine Research Awards. The DCU consortium will concentrate their expertise on areas such as biosensors, analytical science, remote sensing, high speed separations, optical sensors, biochip platforms, video imaging, image processing and information extraction. These research teams, under the leadership of Prof. Dermot Diamond, will concentrate their efforts on developing new approaches for monitoring water quality based on microanalytical instruments that can be deployed in remote locations. MESTECH is hosted and supported by the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR).

This Beaufort Marine Research Award is carried out under the Sea Change Strategy and the Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation (2006-2013), with the support of the Marine Institute, funded under the Marine Research Sub-Programme of the National Development Plan 2007–2013.

Researcher Project
PI – Prof. F Regan WP 1: BioFouling
Dr. Timothy Sullivan Investigation of microbial growth on surfaces: combating bio-fouling of sensors and environmental platforms
PI – Prof. B Paull & Dr. M Macka WP 2: Separations
Aine Moyna Microfluidic chip based miniaturised analytical devices for use in marine monitoring
PI – Profs. A Smeaton & N O’Connor WP 3: Video Sensing
Edel O’Connor Visual Sensing of Environmental Conditions
PI – Profs. C McDonagh & B MacCraith WP4: Transduction
Gabriel Nzulu Project Development of genetically engineered, highly stable and specific biorecognition ligands for detection of marine contaminants
PI – Prof. R O’Kennedy WP 5: Biorecognition
Edwina Stack Project Development of genetically engineered, highly stable and specific biorecognition ligands for detection of marine contaminants
PI – Prof. D Diamond
(Project Lead)
WP 6: Microfluidics
Dr. Yuliya Shakalisava Development of a Microfluidic System for Monitoring Biocontamination of Drinking Waters
PI’s – Profs. D Diamond & F Regan and Dr Y Delaure WP 7: Sensor platform integration, system modification and development and modelling.
Dr. Kevin Murphy Sensor platform integration, system modification and development and modelling.
PI’s: Prof. Alan F. Smeaton and Prof. Noel O’Connor WP 8: Visual Sensing
Dr Edel O’Connor & Dian Zhang
PI’s: Prof. Richard O’Kennedy WP 9: Marine algal toxin sensing
Dr. Caroline Murphy Marine algal toxin sensing
PI.s: Prof. Fiona Regan WP 10: Sensor deployment, data management and information
Dr. Tim Sullivan Sensor deployment, data management and information
Dr. Tim Sullivan Study of hypoxic and anoxic conditions in stratified marine lake
Dr. Tim Sullivan Deployment of Continuous Environmental Monitoring Sensor
PI.s: Prof. Fiona Regan WP 11: WP11: Biofouling strategies and marinisation
Dr. James Chapman