Research Topics

Plastic Microfluidics 

Functional Surface & Medical Device

ACSM: atomic & close to atomic scale manufacturing

Plastic Microfluidics 

Plastic materials are the most used materials for fabrication of microfluidic devices. 


Our group are developing full process chain for fabrication of plastic microfluidics. We aim to bridge laboratry researach with mass production by focusing on critical manufacturing challenges. 

We have three main tooling process development in our group:

  • Precision electroforming of nickel tools

  • Multi-scale tooling of bulk metallic glasses 

  • Large-area nanostructured tools

Functional Surface & Medical Device

Micro/nano structures have been proven to be improtant as anti-bacterial surfaces, anti-fogging, anti-reflection, friction reduction surfaces with broad applications in medical and optical devices. 

Our team focuses on development functional surfaces for various application in feild of medical devices. This would include:


  • Design-functionality relationship of functional surfaces 

  • Fabrication process chain development 

  • Multi-sacle tools fabrication

  • Precision replciation 

  • Functional validation and test 


ACSM: atomic & close to atomic scale manufacturing

Human beings have witnessed unprecedented developments since the 1760s using precision tools and manufacturing methods that have led to ever-increasing precision, from millimeter to micrometer, to single nanometer, and to atomic levels. The modes of manufacturing have also advanced from craft-based manufacturing in the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages to precision- controllable manufacturing using automatic machinery.

Our team is starting to work on atomic and close-to-atomic scale manufacturing since 2019. 


UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Scoil na hInnealtóireachta Meicniúla agus Ábhar UCD

UCD Engineering and Materials Science Centre

UCD Centre of Micro/Nano Manufacturing Technology