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School of Physical Sciences


The School of Physical Sciences is linked to four Research Centres at DCU

Biomedical Diagnostics Institute: Established in 2005, the BDI is pioneering next-generation, point-of-care biomedical diagnostics. These include antibody-screening and platelet-assessment for cardiac disease; translating disease biomarkers into measurable signals; and creating tailored surface coatings to improve drug delivery.

National Centre for Sensors Research: The NCSR develops chemical and biochemical sensors, which improve our quality of life through, for example, safer food, a cleaner environment, more efficient energy use, more effective industrial processes, and more accurate medical diagnoses. With more than 200 researchers in state-of-the-art facilities, the NCSR has attracted over €50 million of external funding, which has supported national and international industry-academic collaborations on sensor technologies.

National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology: The NCPST is a national research centre involved in both pure and applied research. It focuses on the plasma science and technologies used in semiconductor and microsystems manufacture, surface engineering of mechanical components and medical devices as well as the environmental, lighting and energy industries.

Centre for Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning: CASTeL is a research collaboration between DCU and St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. It aims to improve scientific literacy and numeracy, and the teaching, learning and assessment of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics at second and third-level. Its research is focused on e-Learning; activity-based learning; teacher education strategies; and assessment methods in science, technology and mathematics. CASTeL provides training and consultancy services; organises workshops and summer schools; and supports societal engagement with mathematics and science through outreach.