News at the Nano Research Facility

Particle Characterisation Workshop - Nov 7th

The NRF in DCU, and Particular Sciences are pleased to invite you to a seminar & workshop on particle characterisation. 

The day will include talks and demos on techniques such as particle sizing, zeta potential analysis and surface area analysis using the Malvern Zetasizer, the Malvern Mastersizer and the Micromeritics Gemini BET.

There will be time dedicated for users to bring their own samples to run on these instruments. 

Please register 
here to attend 

Nikon Imaging Workshop Oct 14th - 18th

We are delighted to announce Nikon will be running an Imaging Workshop from 14th-18th October in the NRF in DCU. We invite you to bring your own samples to test the Nikon Ti2 wide-field Imaging system.  A private imaging session will be arranged for anyone who wants to test the system with their own samples.  We will have a heated chamber and CO2 if anyone wishes to do some time-lapse imaging experiments. We will have fluorescence, deconvolution software and a sensitive camera. Any data collected on the system can be retrieved after the workshop (images, movies etc). 

Please register your interest here 

Please contact Orla Hanrahan with any questions (

Nano Research Facility @ DCU
New 3D Printing Suite Open

The new 3D printing suite in the NRF is now open for business! The new facility houses our Stratasys Objet 260 Connex 1, Stratasys Dimension uPrint and Dolomite Fluidic Factory 3D printers. In addition we have two new custom built CAD & SolidWorks stations for the design and manipulation of 3D solid models. Stay tuned as we will be adding more cutting edge printers to this suite in the near future to expand our capabilities.

Our Nanoscribe Professional GT 3D laser lithography system is now housed in a purpose built pressure cascaded room to avoid particle contamination during printing. Parts can be developed and cleaned in the recirculating fumehood within the room, allowing all steps of fabrication and finishing to be completed in this ‘clean’ environment.


If you are interested in using any of our additive manufacturing techniques please contact Lorcan Kent (

PolyPico Technologies PicoPRESISE micro-drop dispensing system DEMO in the NRF

PolyPico Technologies in partnership with Dublin City University is proud to present the PicoPRESISE our Next Generation ultra-low volume, micro-drop dispensing system prior to its official launch at TechConnect NanoTech Expo, Washington DC.

 You are invited to a Demonstration of the PicoPRESICE  on 3rd May, 2017.  in NRF building Room GA104  at 11 am, 11.30 am, and 12pm

  For more information feel free to drop us a mail at or call +353 (0) 91 765 105


Particle Size Analysis in the NRF

The NRF is delighted to announce it's new particle size analysis capabilities! 

We have recently taken delivery of a new Malvern Mastersizer 3000 particle size analyser.  The Mastersizer 3000 is a laser diffraction particle size analyzer that delivers rapid, accurate particle size distributions for both wet and dry dispersions. It is capable of measuring over the nanometer to millimeter particle size ranges.


We are also is in the process of installing a Bekman Coulter Delsa Nano C. This is dynamic light scattering analyzer which can measure nano particle size and zeta potential. Keep an eye on our website in the coming weeks as these will be soon available for access and training.


Two new publications from Dr. Andrew Kellett's group using NRF equipment

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Kellett's group for their two recent publications! Both papers include work that was carried out on NRF equipment.

In their Nucleic Acids Research publication "C3-symmetric opioid scaffolds are pH-responsive DNA condensation agents" , they used the AFM in the NRF to visualize DNA condensation induced by a tripodal scaffold and the CD to investigate opoid-DNA binding 



In their Redox Biology paper "Triggering autophagic cell death with a di-manganese(II) developmental therapeutic" , they used the CD spectrometer to investigate drug-DNA binding interactions and the NRF Leica SP8 STED to acquire confocal images of SKOV3 cancer cells treated with a manganese complex.