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Research Collaboration announced between Hewlett Packard and CRANN


Mr. Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, has today announced details of a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) award to the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin. The three-year grant of €1.8 million will facilitate research, conducted in association with Hewlett Packard, in the field of carbon nanotube composites.

The research is focused on the development of a novel carbon nanotube/polymer composite which will potentially have a unique combination of optical, electrical and mechanical properties making it suitable for potential applications in flexible electronic devices including displays and other consumer electronics.

In addition to the SFI award, Hewlett Packard will contribute staff to work directly in CRANN for the lifetime of the project and appropriate access to research and manufacturing facilities in Leixlip. Additionally, the project will have access to expertise from HP research labs in Corvallis, USA.

Minister Martin said: “This ambitious research collaboration between CRANN and Hewlett Packard fulfils the Governments stated aspirations to have our multi-national companies diversify their activities beyond manufacturing and to engage in higher-value-add operations such as R&D. The Hewlett Packard and CRANN collaboration blends a well defined and challenging scientific problem which has the potential to generate large commercial opportunities in the flexible electronics market.”

Professor John Boland, Director, CRANN stated “this project leverages the world class scientific capabilities within our centre and represents a significant enhancement to our existing research programme. The project couples the innovative strengths of our scientists with the technology development capabilities of Hewlett Packard, creating a highly skilled and multidisciplinary research team capable of developing a unique new technology platform.”

Lionel Alexander, vice president & general manager of Hewlett Packard Manufacturing Ltd, added “this is an exciting and strategic body of research that HP has chosen to carry out in Ireland in collaboration with CRANN and it will accelerate the pace of discovery and commercial application in the emerging field of nanotechnology'.

Professor Mark Keane, Director of Information & Communications Technology, SFI added “this collaboration represents a unique opportunity for CRANN to exploit their fundamental research skills in a potentially commercial context. The research outlined in the proposal is extremely challenging, of significant scientific merit and of great potential commercial importance. It would appear to be a perfect project to realise a strategic collaboration between industry and academia, it is clear that neither party in isolation could hope to achieve the goals outlined in the timeframe required.”

Significantly CRANN will now have two technological leaders as industrial partners, Intel and Hewlett Packard, in addition to its collaborations with Irish SMEs including Deerac Fluidics, Commergy, Magnetic Solutions and Eblana Technologies.

Notes :
On behalf of the Irish government, SFI is investing under the National Development Plan in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading-edge technologies, and competitive enterprises in the fields underpinning two broad areas, biotechnology and information and communications technology. SFI makes grants based upon the merit review of distinguished scientists

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