Tyndall National Institute was established in 1982 (known as NMRC until 2004) to provide the research and educational infrastructure necessary to assist the development and growth of the Irish electronics and photonics industries. It is the premier research and education facility in Ireland. Currently employing 360 research and support staff, Tyndall has the largest postgraduate school in Ireland with over 100 full and part-time students. The Institute is organised around several major research themes in the following Centres: Microsystems, Nano-MicroElectronics, Photonics, and Theory and Modelling. Research is performed within a 10,000 sq.m. custom built facility equipped with over €120million worth of state-of-the-art equipment including dedicated fabrication laboratories for microelectronics, optoelectronics and microsystems technologies. Tyndall’s Life Sciences Interface (LSI) research activity takes place within the Microsystems Centre.


In the Bond Project the group will develop, fabricate and characterize the active part of the bioelectronic sensor nanoplatform, that is the smart nanotransducer capable of the recognising odorant molecules. The nanobiosensor will consist of a silicon nanoelectrode structure with an electrochemical cell and a dedicated electronic chip. To provide the sensor with high sensitivity in real conditions, the transducer has to be able to detect very low level signals. To achieve this ultimate goal, close consideration will be given to the following main tasks:

  • Design and simulation.
  • Fabrication and optimisation of the electrode cell structure, of the electronic circuits and of the nanotransducer schematics.
  • Characterisation of the nanotransducers.


In addition to the Tyndall’s national research and development programme, the institute also carries out contract research and development work in collaboration with European industry and third level institutions. Tyndall has an established reputation for successful participation in EU research programs. The centre has acted as co-ordinator for several major research projects in the field of microelectronics, optoelectronics and microsystems technologies in the IST, CSG, Life, MEL-ARI, ESPRIT, ACTS, BCR, RACE, BRITE-EURAM, FLAIR, JOULE and Standards, Measurements & Testing programmes, and in FP6 co-ordinated IP, STREP and NOE projects. The Centre is equipped with full fabrication facilities (0.8 micron CMOS Si fabrication facility; 0.5 micron III-V device fabrication facilities) with extensive materials and device characterisation facilities.


R&D team leader at Tyndall

Tyndall National Institute
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Vladimir I. Ogurtsov (Principal Investigator for project at Tyndall) received a MEngSc in Radio Physics and Electronics (with honours) in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1981 from Moscow Power Engineering Institute (Technical University). He worked at this university until 2000 taking posts of research scientist (1979-1984), senior research scientist (1984-1991) and associate professor (1991-2000) at radio engineering faculty. Since 2000 he is at Tyndall National Institute, Cork. Here he is a staff scientist, R&D activity leader, leading a team working in the field of electronics design, focussing on development of different instrumentations, signal processing and modelling for chemical and biochemical applications (phase-fluorimetric oxygen detector, electrochemical heavy metal and biochemical pesticide analysers, label-free DNA detection). Dr. V. Ogurtsov is a co-author of 60+ scientific papers, 4 monographs and 12 filed patents. He has experience in patent activities being an invited expert of the Russian Patent Agency from 1988 to 1991. Dr. Ogurtsov will be the principal investigator for the research activities within Tyndall.

Damien Arrigan is a Head of the Life Sciences Interface (LSI) Group at Tyndall National Institute. LSI is a multidisciplinary group focused on development of bio/medical technologies built on micro and nano-scale devices. He completed his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at University College Cork (Ireland) in 1992, and then he was a postdoctoral fellow in Cork and at the Southampton Electrochemistry Group (UK) before taking up a lectureship (1995) at University of Salford (UK). He returned to Cork and Tyndall National Institute in 2001. His research interests encompass bio-inspired molecular measurement systems which combine electrochemistry with micro- and nano-technology tools. Recent accomplishments include fabrication and characterization of nanopore electrode arrays and biomolecular detection at electrified liquid interfaces.