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30 May 2018


This event, organised jointly with STOA (the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel), aims to showcase what Europe, via programmes such as Horizon 2020, does for research through one of its most successful initiatives, the ERC, especially by contributing towards empowering the new generation. It will involve high-level European politicians. The set-up has also the objective to underline how Europe’s future can be shaped by research through powerful testimonies and authoritative feedback provided by ERC grantees.

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16 February 2018

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi is the key speaker at the Women in Research Ireland

Women in Research Ireland will be hosting the next seminar on Friday the 16th of February entitled “A journey from Sicily to Ireland - how my passion for nanoscience changed my life”. Valeria Nicolosi, Professor in the School of Physics and Chemistry in the CRANN institute, will give a personalised account about how she started her career as a woman in nanoscience and how she came to be one of the most internationally renowned and respected researchers in her field. She is the first woman to have reached the position of Chair in the School of Chemistry since the foundation of Trinity College Dublin in 1592. She has published more than 200 high-impact-papers, including Science and Nature, and delivered more than 100 invited and plenary presentations at major conferences/institutions/public events. She is the only 5 times ERC awardee in Europe.

In November 2017, she was referred to as one of "the brightest minds on the planet", according to BBC London

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05 February 2018

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi is the Organizing Chair of the Graphene Flagship Winter School in Obergurgl, Austria

The Graphene Flagship is a Future and Emerging Technology Flagship by the European Commission. With a budget of €1 billion, the Graphene Flagship represent a new form of joint, coordinated research on an unprecedented scale, forming Europe's biggest ever research initiative. The Graphene Flagship is tasked with bringing together academic and industrial researchers to take graphene from the realm of academic laboratories into European society in the space of 10 years, thus generating economic growth, new jobs and new opportunities. The core consortium consists of over 150 academic and industrial research groups in 23 countries. In addition, the project has a growing number of associated members that will be incorporated in the scientific and technological work packages from the Horizon 2020 phase (1 April 2016 – 31 March 2018).

Structural Characterisation of Graphene-Based Materials Graphene production is now becoming a mature technology, with several graphene-based products already on the market, and with different production techniques routinely used, yielding materials with different properties and cost/performance. With the proliferation of graphene producers, it has become more and more important to use reliable techniques for the characterization and comparison of different types of graphene products. At the same time, a wide range of other 2D materials are being intensively researched at fundamental levels. The characterization of such materials also poses fundamental challenges, requiring characterization approaches which shall be different from the ones routinely used for graphene.

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9 November 2017

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi is one of the invited speakers at the FALLING WALLS CONFERENCE in Berlin, Germany

Falling Walls Conference: A Unique Access to Breakthroughs in Science and Society The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of forward thinking individuals from 80 countries organised by the Falling Walls Foundation. Each year on 9 November – the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – 20 of the world’s leading scientists are invited to Berlin to present their current breakthrough research. The aim of the Conference is to: Identify trends, opportunities and solutions for global challenges and discover international breakthrough research. Connect outstanding researchers from different disciplines and support the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas internationally. Build bridges between business, politics, academia and the arts. Promote the latest scientific findings among a broader audience. Inspire people to break down walls in science and society. In 15-minute-talks, researchers from all disciplines present their work in front of 700 international guests. During the breaks, the Falling Walls Forum becomes the place for high-level Q&A where the audience can ask questions and engage in discussions. A new peer-learning platform, Falling Walls Connect, gives the audience the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and expertise to fellow participants.


12 October 2017

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi is one of the invited speakers at the European Research Excellence - Impact and Value for Society in Tallinn, Estonia

The aim of the conference is to demonstrate to policymakers that excellent research is essential to addressing Europe’s challenges and for increasing competitiveness.

The conference is timely, as research is under considerable pressure across Europe. Public expectations for science to solve societal challenges are increasing. At the same time, we observe a decline in political commitment towards funding. Whilst there are expectations on realising the immediate economic benefits of research, it is also vital that we demonstrate the indirect economic and social benefits of public investment. Truly transformative effects lie in new and unpredictable scientific and technological discoveries, which lay the foundations for new industries, markets and broader social renewal. The conference will demonstrate the value of research, build a case for investing in research and innovation, and aim to strengthen political commitment for ambitious long-term public investment in European research and innovation. It encourages a perspective that goes beyond a short timescale and focuses instead on a long-term vision. The conference brings together internationally outstanding scientists and policymakers from many EU countries, as well as a range of stakeholders from academia, business, and civil society. It will encourage an open debate on how excellent research generates societal and economic added value and how we nurture the framework post-2020.

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26 April 2017

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi is one of the invited speakers at the European Graphene Forum in Paris, France

Graphene, the single layer carbon based material, is transparent, flexible, and has excellent electronic properties. As it is called “the dream material,” graphene holds innumerable application potential. It is a material that still requires consistent research and at the same time it is a material that may hold the key to future electronics revolution with unlimited industrial value.

The 3rd Edition European Graphene Forum will be organized in Paris (France) from the 26th until the 28th of April 2017. This event will cover the latest technology developments, applications, commercialization progress, end user requirements and challenges for Graphene and 2D Materials. Don't miss on this great opportunity to explore the graphene potential.

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21 March 2017

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi is one of the participant at the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council, in Brussels, Belgium: common press conference

On 21 March 2017, Carlos Moedas, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Science and Innovation, Valeria Nicolosi, Research Professor at the School of Chemistry and at the School of Physics of the Trinity College Dublin, and Peter H. Seeberger, Director of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, gave a joint press conference in Brussels on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the European Research Council (ERC). To mark its 10th anniversary, the ERC organised an "ERC week" on 13-19 March 2017. More than 100 events took place across Europe and beyond to promote the ERC's successful decade in funding some of the most top-class global research. On this occasion, they also answered the jounalists' questions.

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15 February 2017

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi: What it takes to win an ERC grant

Valeria Nicolosi is ERC Research Professor at the School of Chemistry and at the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. Her group conducts interdisciplinary research on the processing and cutting-edge electron microscopy characterisation of low-dimensional nanomaterials, including graphene, other two-dimensional inorganic materials, nanotubes and nanowires. She has been awarded two consecutive ERC grants: Starting Grant in 2011 and Consolidator Grant in 2015. She also applied for and received three Proof of Concept grants, top-up funding to bring results of frontier research closer to the market. In this video Pro. Nicolosi shares her advice for future ERC applicants.

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2 October 2016

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi is one of the invited speakers at the 2016 PRiME meeting Honolulu, Hawaii

This is the largest most significant research conference in the world. Held every four years, this international gathering is the joint effort of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), The Electrochemical Society of Japan (ECSJ), and The Korean Electrochemical Society (KECS), with the technical co-sponsorship of the Chinese Society of Electrochemistry, the Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Japan Society of Applied Physics, the Korean Physical Society Semiconductor Division, and the Semiconductor Physics Division of the Chinese Physics Society. PRiME 2016 offers a diverse blend of electrochemical and solid-state science and technology; and serves as one of the largest pacific rim forums for the discussion of our interdisciplinary research. Much of the research being discussed here supports efforts advancing the scientific discipline involved with the renewable energy, biomedical, water sanitation, communications, transportation, and infrastructure sectors.

Every PRiME meeting is a forum for sharing the latest scientific and technical developments in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology. Scientists, engineers and industry leaders come from around the world to attend the technical symposia, poster sessions, professional development workshops, networking opportunities and social events offered at our meetings. PRiME 2016 will also feature the 6th International ECS Electrochemical Energy Summit on October 2 focused on Recent Progress in Renewable Energy Generation, Distribution, and Storage.

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5 July 2016

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi is one of the invited speakers at the Flatlands beyond Graphene 2016; Bled, Slovenia

The research within the department of Complex Matter encompasses a variety of research fields, ranging from the synthesis of new materials to fundamental investigations of elementary excitations, self-organising behaviour and adaptive functionality in complex systems. These include anything from nano-biosystems and biomolecules to superconductors and nanowires. The experimental methods used are suitably diverse, from synthetic chemistry to biomedicine, femtosecond laser spectroscopy and magnetometry. The experimental research within the department is strongly supported by theory. Recently, the research activities on new nanomaterials and nanotechnology, such as nanolithography were greatly expanded. Apart from fundamental research, some applications have also emerged, such as charge-density-wave memory and new nanomaterials such as MOSIx nanowires.

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29 May 2016

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi is one of the invited speakers at the 229th ECS Meeting in San Diego, US

Every ECS meeting is a forum for sharing the latest scientific and technical developments in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology. Scientists, engineers and industry leaders come from around the world to attend the technical symposia, poster sessions, professional development workshops, networking opportunities and social events offered at our meetings.

The 229th ECS meeting, held at the Hilton Bayfront and the San Diego Convention Center, is already gearing up to be an important and energizing get-together. This location, right in the heart of downtown San Diego, is the perfect setting to really immerse yourself in San Diego

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28 May 2015

Prof. Valeria Nicolosi speaks at Trinity research showcase in Boston, MA

Professor Valeria Nicolosi is internationally regarded as a leading expert in the field of processing of low-dimensional nanostructures and high-end electron microscopy. Her research focuses on the chemical manipulation, processing, advanced characterisation and applications of some special nanomaterials, only one atom thick − the thinnest materials known to man. Some of Trinity’s top academics presented their research in an engaging TEDx style. The event took place in District Hall in Boston on May 28th 2015 and was opened by Ireland’s Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan.

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08 October 2013 Valeria Nicolosi

Professor Nicolosi wins WMB Woman in Technology Award 2013

At the 7th annual Women Mean Business (WMB) Conference, held on October 7th in Dublin, Professor Nicolosi was awarded the WMB Woman in Technology Award 2013

This year's theme was 'Independent Thinking', and the Technology Award was awarded based on innovation, leadership, aptitude and passion in the field of technology.

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20 September 2013

The Irish Times report on the recent €150k grant from the ERC

Professor Nicolosi was one of only 33 researchers to receive funding from this latest round of funding, and the sole scientist from Ireland.

The devices are based on 'ultrasonic spray deposition', and are designed to combine the energy storage benefits of batteries with the rapid energy delivery of capacitors.

More on The Irish Times

20 September 2013

ERC grants €150k to Trinity nanoscientist Valeria Nicolosi for energy-storage R&D

Professor Nicolosi has been granted €150,000 by the European Research Council to fund a one-year project furthering research into 2D-nanomaterial based flexible, super-thin supercapacitors.

This funding is part of the "Proof of Concept" initiative to test the market potential of researchers' ideas.

Full story on Silicon Republic

18 September 2013

Prof Nicolosi awarded Young Scientist at World Economic Forum event

Professor Nicolosi was one of 40 scientists below the age of 40 invited to the WEF to present their research at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions

She was one of the 4 ERC-funded researchers chosen to participate from the 4000 researchers who receive their funding from the ERC

More info via CRANN News

9 September 2013

The Irish Times online publishes an article about Professor Nicoli's research

With Professor Nicolosi off to China to take part in the World Economic Forum event in Dalian, The Irish times published an article on her research into energy storage by thin materials

The Irish Times Article

27 June 2013

65th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium 2013

Hosted by School of Chemistry, TCD, the 65th Irish Universities Chemistry Research Colloquium 2013 was held on 27th - 28th June. The colloquium covered a range of student contributed research from 7 universities in Ireland.

One of the speakers was CPAM member João Coelho, who delived a talk titled "Novel thin-film electrodes of MnO2 nano-layers and MnO2 nano-layers/graphene hybrids synthesized by solvent exfoliation and spray-deposition."

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21 June 2013

"Liquid Exfoliation of Layered Materials" review published in Science

A review article covering the current state of liquid phase exfoliation of layered materials is published in Science, 340, 1226419 (2013). This paper was written by Professor Nicolosi in collaboration with Professor Manish Chhowalla, Professor Kanatzidis, Professor Strano and Professor Coleman.

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17 June 2013

CPAM attend Flatlands beyond Graphene conferenceh

CPAM attended the Flatlands beyond Graphene conference at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. The conference, which covered a range of topics related to two-dimensional materials, included talks by Prof Nicolosi, Dr Mendoza-Sánchez and Dr Pettersson, and talks by Sean O'Brien, Edmund Long and João Coelho.

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28 January 2013

Professor Valeria Nicolosi and Clive Downing appear on Irish TV demonstrating graphene-based research

In response to CRANN being awarded some of the EU-funded Future and Emerging Technologies Graphene Flagship Project, RTE featured a segment involving Prof Nicolosi and Clive Downing during the 9pm news coverage:

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28 January 2013 Johnathan Coleman

CRANN Takes Leading Role in €1 Billion Research Project on Graphene

The European Commission has today announced that CRANN, the Science Foundation Ireland funded nanoscience institute based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), has secured a primary role in the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Graphene Flagship project. The EU Commission has committed €1 billion to the Graphene Flagship, the largest ever research project funded in the history of the European Union.

The aim of the Graphene Flagship is to realise the commercial potential of graphene, a ‘wonder material’ that is considered the future of manufacturing. 126 academics and industry groups from 17 countries will work on 15 work packages.

Our group, together with other CRANN colleagues, will work with partners in Spain and other member states to research methods of growing and exfoliating a variety of layered systems.

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Valeria 23 November 2012

Professor Valeria Nicolosi receiving the 2012 RDS/Intel Prize Lecture for Nanoscience

On the 20th of November, Professor Valeria Nicolosi was awarded the RDS Medal in recognition of her contribution to the field of Nanoscience (images courtesy of the RDS).

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October 2012

Prof Nicolosi is awarded a 5M grant from Science Foundation Ireland

Professor Nicolosi is awarded a 5M grant from Science Foundation Ireland to purchase the first state-of-the-art aberration-corrected electron microscope in Ireland.

This microscope will be main item of a National Facility for Advanced Microscopy, which will be led by Prof. Nicolosi, and which brings together several outstanding microscopy programs nationally in a cooperative effort of unprecedented scale.

September 2012

RDS/Intel Prize Lecture for Nanoscience 2012

Professor Nicolosi was awarded the RDS / Intel Prize Lecture for Nanoscience 2012 in recognition of her contribution to the field of Nanoscience. The Award recognises her world leading research as well as her strong commitment to communicating her research to a diverse audience.

The Prize Lecture will take place in the RDS on November 20th

August 2012

Prof Nicolosi joins editorial board of Materials

Professor Nicolosi joins the editorial board of Materials Today.

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May 2012 Valeria

Professor Nicolosi is awarded an FP7 Marie Curie International Training Network (ITN) grant.

MoWSeS is a multi-partner ITN to study and develop nanoelectronics based on two-dimensional dichalcogenides. Both experimental and theoretical groups from industry and academia participate in this network.

We will welcome 2 PhD students to work on this project in 2013.

27 July 2011

Professor Nicolosi appears on Italian TV program Super Quark

The historic scientific tv program Super Quark visited Professor Nicolosi's labs at the University of Oxford to unveil her research into exfoliated graphene in an episode watched by 3 million people. The clip also included post-doctoral researcher Beatriz Mendoza demonstrating the spraying technologies developed for large scale deposition of graphene dispersions.

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Last updated 1 August 2018 (Email).