Tuesday 28 March 2017

A look at what the future holds

Michael McHale

FROM fighting cancer to developing one of the world's most advanced computer microchips, a new laboratory aims to put Ireland at the forefront of science technology.

A new centre that holds some of the world's most sophisticated nanotechnology, was officially opened on Trinity College's Technology and Enterprise Campus in Dublin yesterday.

The Advanced Microscopy Laboratory is the brainchild of the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN).

Minister for Labour Affairs Dara Calleary was given a tour of the world-class facilities and its six impressive microscopes.

The lab has been three years in the making at a cost of €12m.

Already it has been in action for three months, with almost 100 postgraduate students having used it in their studies, and another 30 companies getting involved with research there.

The top-of-the-range devices at the lab include a helium ion microscope, one of the 10 most powerful in the world, used to assess cancerous cells and tumours. Meanwhile, a transmission electron microscope is used to inspect how microchips work, with the hope of creating one of the world's smallest computer chips.

Irish Independent

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