Research & Innovation | Opportunities for enterprises

Opportunities for Enterprises



With four decades of experience in telecommunications and systems and control, as well as signal and image processing, and nanoelectronics and nanomaterials, we are ideally placed to engage in problem-solving with private companies and public bodies. In addition to such engagement we have produced and exploited many patents and other intellectual property assets, and spun out a number of successful campus companies.

Follow the links to the individual research groups to find out more details about technologies and current collaboration opportunities. 

With the support of INVENT, the DCU Enterprise and Innovation Centre, we can partner successfully, whatever your firm’s need, scale or stage of development. In addition to joint projects where your firm can use our facilities, support is provided by government for collaboration between the commercial and academic worlds, e.g.

  • Innovation Partnerships, which cover up to 80% of the cost of research to generate know-how, or develop new or better products, processes or services.
  • Technology Centres – collaborative entities led by industry and staffed by universities to carry out strategic R&D which benefits indigenous and multinational companies in an industry.


Contact the Research Convener for further information.


Examples of Enterprise Engagement/Spin Outs

To give a flavour of the opportunities we provide some notable recent examples of enterprise engagement / spin outs below:

SIDAM (Silicon Damage):

Researchers worked on this 2008-2010 EU FP7 project to develop novel X-ray diffraction imaging technologies for the detection and prediction of silicon wafer breakage during semiconductor fabrication. This is a major cause of time and revenue loss in the semiconductor industry. The principal commercial partner was Jordan Valley Semiconductors (UK). The knowledge developed within the project allowed Jordan Valley to develop two new x-ray diffraction imaging tools for the semiconductor industry, namely the QC-RT and the QC-TT tools. In fact, the QC-TT was awarded the "Best of West" Product Prize at Semicon West 2012 (San Francisco, USA).

 For more information on this engagement see:


Pilot Photonics:

The internet is driven by equipment that can carry big loads of information at lightning speed, and with the speed of data growth every year, it is imperative to develop new equipment that can transmit data at higher speeds, with lower cost and power consumption. Pilot Photonics, a spin-out company from the Radio and Optical Communications Group in DCU, develops optical comb sources that will enable the next generation of high density optical networking transmission solutions. Pilot Photonics delivers robust and cost-effective optical comb sources, which emit highly stable, low line-width, phase-matched wavelength combs suitable for multicarrier optical transmission systems including coherent optical OFDM, Coherent WDM, and Nyquist WDM.

Eblana Photonics

Eblana Photonics is a Dublin-based company that develops single wavelength Laser Diodes for Sensing, Metrology & Communications applications across a wide range of wavelengths. The Radio and Optical Communications Group in DCU have been working with Eblana to develop optical transmitters that are suitable for the next generation of optical networks. Eblana and DCU have worked together on developing wavelength tunable lasers for use in future optical access networks, and on developing low linewidth sources that can be used in future spectrally efficient optical transmission systems.


Xtremepush is a company that leverages intellectual property developed within DCU

in order to provide contextualised messaging on smart phones. Recently they have teamed up with Leinster Rugby to deploy Apple’s new iBeacon technology at the RDS Stadium. Leinster Rugby is the first sports team in Europe to do this.

Sonex Metrology has a worldwide patent for a technology that can find mechanical defects, which can cause semiconductors and solar cell wafers to fail. It can find surface and deep defects without touching the wafer.

Jaliko has developed and patented technologies, such as LensTool, for correcting optical aberrations that distort the quality of digital images.