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Masterclass on Navigating a Successful Career with Prof. Michal Lipson

Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, New York

10.30, Friday, 7 December 2018, SNIAM Conference Room, Trinity College Dublin

Prof. Lipson will give a question and answer session talking about her personal career path, advice for a successful career in scientific research and her thoughts on encouraging greater participation of women in STEM at 10:30 on 7 December 2018. later in the day Prof Lipson will be conferred with an honorary degree from Dublin University in recognition of her research achievements.

Tea/Coffee will be served 10.30-11.00

To attend please register HERE


Since 2014 Prof. Lipson has been named by Thomson Reuters as a top 1% highly cited researcher in the field of Physics. She is the inventor of over 30 issued patents and has co-authored more than 200 scientific publications. In recognition of her work in silicon photonics she was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, the Blavatnik Award, the Optical Society’s R. W. Wood Prize, IBM Faculty Award and the NSF Early Career Award. She was recently named the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Photonics Award. Prof. Lipson held several leadership positions in the scientific community including, IEEE Photonics society board of directors member, co-organized numerous symposia and sessions in OSA conferences. Prof. Lipson is a fellow of the IEEE and OSA. She was also on the board of directors for two international photonics centres, two start-up companies, the Rice ECE Advancement Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board of the AMBER centre in Trinity. Prof. Lipson is a co-founder of PicoLuz, a company specializing in nonlinear silicon photonic components.

Prof. Lipson is very active in mentoring and advising those interested in pursuing careers in science. She has had a particular interest in promoting science careers for women and her advice for women following in her footsteps, ‘Career advice from a certified Genius’ was published in Optics and Photonics News in 2010.


Liquid Phase Exfoliation 10th anniversary Workshop

2nd August 2018
Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin

In August 2008, we published a paper in Nature Nanotechnology describing a new method to produce defect-free graphene nanosheets in liquids. Dubbed liquid phase exfoliation (LPE), this method used ultrasonic energy to separate few-layer graphene nanosheets from their parent crystal in certain stabilising solvents. We showed that the resultant dispersions could be used for further study or processed into functional structures. Little did we know how far this curiosity-driven, side project would go over the subsequent decade. Since those humble beginnings, LPE has been extended beyond graphene to produce nanosheets from a host of layered compounds including MoS2, BN, MoO3, Ni(OH)2, phosphorene and many other 2D materials. Exfoliation techniques have been expanded to new, more scalable processes, notably using industrial high shear mixing techniques. A key element to the success of LPE has been that working in liquids allows researchers to apply an array of processing technologies to modify, select and dispense the nanosheets. For example, while in the early days, films were prepared by vacuum filtration, we can now fabricate patterned structures using advanced printing technologies with near-micron precision. These developments have led to breakthroughs in a number of applications areas, notably composites, energy storage devices and electronics. At this point, it is worthwhile pausing to take stock of what LPE has achieved, where it is today and how best it can be developed into the future. To achieve this, we are organising a 10th anniversary one day workshop to be held in Trinity College Dublin on the 2nd of August 2018. We would very much like to see you there!

Link to LPH10 Site

Workshop Information

Poster boards will be provided for attendees to present their research during the lunch/coffee breaks. No abstracts are necessary.


Jesus Barco Montero,
Carol McCaffrey,

Physoc Lecture

Our very own Aline Vidotto is coming to Physoc this week to present "How Exoplanets are Affected by their Host Stars". The event will take place in the Schrodinger Lecture Theatre at 7:30pm this Thursday 22th February. The Facebook event can be found here: . As usual, the talk will be followed by a modest reception in the Fitzgerald library. The abstract for the talk is below:

"One of the most important lessons learned from the discovery of more than 3000 exoplanets (and counting) is the large diversity of planetary systems encountered in nature. In this talk, I will overview some of the surprising trends that have emerged from exoplanet searches. I will then describe how exoplanets can be affected by their host stars and will show that there are interactions between host stars and exoplanets that have no parallel in the solar system."

Science on Tap

Our 'Women in Science' event is taking place next Monday November 27th in Kennedys Pub at 7:30 pm where Dr Annie Curtis from the RCSI will tell us about Circadian Rhythms in Immunology; discover the link between your sleeping habits and health! We are also very lucky to have Dr Romina Charifou speaking about Nanoscience and Dr Sahar Alialy will tell us about her life in science-a pathway to physics and neuromorphics!

At 7 pm on Tuesday November 28th in the Liquor Rooms Dr. Stephen Dooley will speak about ammonia as a carbonless energy carrier in his talk 'Amoaning about Climate Change? Can a nitro energy be the answer?', followed by Dr. Stefan Hutzler, Physicist and foam expert, who will take us through the Science of the Pint itself! And why not have a pint or two while you're there? 

More information about these two events can be obtained from our Facebook pages and website; 

These events are free but tickets are required (due to limited capacity in the pubs). Tickets can be booked from the following links:

Science of the Pint Night (28th November):

Women in Science Night (27th November):



Night Course: The Geomagnetic Apocalypse

Space weather describes the dynamic conditions in Earth's outer space environment in the same way that weather refers to conditions in Earth's lower atmosphere. Whilst everyday space weather will not be noticeable to most people, a severe space weather event can significantly impact a multitude of vital ground- and space- based technologies and infrastructure on which we depend as part of our daily lives.

Dr Sophie Murray from the School of Physics will be explaining all about space weather on November 15th as part of the Science Gallery Night Course for the End of the World. Her talk will debunk the myths surrounding solar eruptions and geomagnetic storms, explaining what exactly space weather is: its origins at our Sun, potential impacts on Earth, and the steps we are taking to mitigate severe events. Tickets are available on the Science Gallery.

Get Tickets Here