Pictured L-R: Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Vice President Research, Professor Andrew Fowler, Department of Mathematics and Statistics & Dr Michael Connolly, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering.
UL Secures €858,000 in Science Foundation Ireland Research Funding
Two research programmes led by Professor Andrew Fowler, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Dr Michael Connolly, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick have received funding of almost €1 million from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), it has been announced today.
Professor Fowler's award is for the investigation of the growth of biofilms, thin layers of bacteria which grow on solid surfaces and which can have both harmful and beneficial effects. His research will develop sophisticated but practical mathematical models which will be used in conjunction with laboratory experiments and field data to enhance knowledge of biofilm growth and biodegradation in industry and in the environment.
The research being undertaken by Dr Connolly is in the area of optical fibre network technologies. This constantly developing research area has led to the phenomenal growth in information and communications technology. Dr Connolly is working with photonic devices to carry out ultra-fast optical signal processing functions where data carrying light signals are manipulated without any direct electronics. His research work spans fundamental physics, mathematical modelling and laboratory testing and is being carried out in conjunction with the Tyndall National Institute and Dublin City University.
Speaking about the announcement of SFI funding to University of Limerick research, UL Vice President Research, Professor Brian Fitzgerald said that this injection of much needed funding will enable these research projects to proceed and develop practical applications which will benefit a wide range of industries.
"We look forward to enhancing the advanced research programmes at UL to allow for fourth level initiatives that will help Ireland play its part in the Knowledge Economy. This current round of awards will improve the research capacity of the Irish third level sector and the international competitiveness of Irish university researchers. UL is pleased to be part of this exciting research endeavour," he continued