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Medical Technologies

This page highlights some of the technologies under development in CRANN to meet the needs of the medical technologies sector. These technologies are available for license or for development with a collaborative partner for a specific application.

Please contact CRANN Commercialisation Manager Brendan Ring if you are interested in any of these technologies.

E: brendan.ring AT tcd.ie T: +353 1 896 3088

Phase Transfer Reactions

A new method of initiating reactions and preparing micro- and nano-structures

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This technology offers new approaches for initiating phase transfer reactions using an external magnetic field. This invention enables development of new composite materials by using magnetically assisted trans-phase reagent delivery and also allows magnetically triggered reaction initiation or catalysis (e.g. polymerisation, condensation, etc.) at aqueous/organic interfaces.

Applications Include:

Traditional phase-transfer reactions and catalysis are currently used in various industrial applications and research fields, including the production of: surfactants,polymers,adhesives,sealants,dyes,pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials,flavours and fragrances

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Image: Illustration of the technology.

 

Graphene Sensors

These next generation sensor devices use graphene, a novel material that has the potential to offer extreme sensitivity and high selectivity.

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Applications Include: Point of care diagnostics, environmental monitoring for pathogens, chemical and gas detection.

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Image: Schematic of graphene sensor.

 

Carbohydrate Coating on Carbon Coated Devices

This technology will provide a new, low cost, general, mild grafting methodology for attaching complex carbohydrates to carbon coatings on biomedical devices.

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Applications include: This technology will provide a new, low cost, general, mild grafting methodology for attaching complex
carbohydrates to carbon coatings on biomedical
devices.

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Image: Functionalisation of carbon surface with synthetic carbohydrates.

Block Co Polymer Patterning of Nano Structures

Providing a simple, cost effective approach to make equally spaced periodically ordered uniform size inorganic oxide nanostructures on different substrates for high technology applications.

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Applications include:

Bottom-up self assembly of nano-scale structures, medical device coatings.

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Image: Chemical process to produce self assembled nano patterns.

Diamond Nano Patterning

Diamond patterning technology enables high resolution nano-scale engraving on to the surface of diamond.

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This facilitates a wide range of applications specific to diamond in a simple cost-efficient method for the first time.

Applications include: Patterning on medical devices.

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Image: Schematic of diamond nano patterning process.

 

 

Anti Microbial Paint

Novel, extraordinary additive for paint to prevent to the spread of dangerous infections and fungi.

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Applications include:

Anti microbial paint for use in healthcare and food industries.

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Image: Fungal proliferation (left) without treatment and (right) with treatment.

Controlled Nano-Wire Alignment and Growth

Unique manufacture method to create nanowires in known locations.

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Applications include:  Bio sensors.

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Image: Schematic of nanowire growth.