Tyndall National Institute
Tyndall National Institute

Ireland: Southern (Ireland)


Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork is one of Europe’s leading research centres in integrated ICT hardware and systems, and the largest facility of its type in Ireland. We specialise in electronics and photonics - materials, devices and systems. We are globally leading in our core research areas of:

- Nano Materials and Device Processing

- Smart Sensors and Systems

- Mixed Signal and Analog Circuit Design

- Optical Communication Systems

- Microelectronics and Photonic Integration

- Semiconductor Wafer Fabrication

Hosting the only full CMOS, Micro-Electronic-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and III-V Wafer Semiconductor fabrication facilities and services in Ireland, Tyndall is capable of prototyping new product opportunities for its target industries - electronics, medical devices, agri-food, energy and communications.

We employ over 460 researchers, engineers and support staff, with a full-time graduate cohort of 135 students generating over 200 peer-reviewed publications… Process & Product Development

Tyndall’s extensive fabrication facilities cover:

Silicon MOS Fabrication
MEMS Fabrication
Compound Semiconductor Fabrication
Training Facility
E-Beam Lithography

The flexible fabrication facility enables the heterogeneous integration of materials advanced device development. This enables the type of material integration which is essential for the More than Moore and IoT domains where advanced sensors are made network aware.

The resulting functionalised devices are transferred into the Device Forensics area for packaging, analysis, reliability and test.

Device Forensics

Complementing the ‘front-end’ fabrication capabilities, Tyndall has extensive ‘back-end’ facilities and expertise to be able to take the functionalised devices and package them in a form that enables the customer to use them in their real world systems. Married with this are capabilities in reliability testing, reverse engineering, electron microscopy and analysis which…. Our researchers have years of experience working with industry and other academic collaborators worldwide.

Through a range of collaborative and contract research models we deliver technology solutions to industry challenges.

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Contract Research

Collaborative Research

We conduct collaborative and contract research programs in two primary technologies: photonics and micro & nano systems. Our industry-focused research is applied primarily to challenges in the areas of health, communications, energy and the environment.

Detailed information about our research themes and capability can be found under the Research section.

Our commercial team can quickly connect you to the correct research group so please reach out to the team through the contact below. We can also help identify the appropriate business models for your particular research needs.

The Specialty Products & Services at Tyndall comprises frontend activities encompassing cleanroom fabrication and training…. Yes. service.

Aeronautics & space - Automotive - Energy - Environment - Agro-food - Electronics - Healthcare
Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0 - Process industry (processing of novel materials, structures, etc.) - Intelligent/ sensor-based equipment - Electronic and optical functional materials - Environmental materials (e.g. recycling, recourse efficiency, less impact, CO2 capture/ utilisation) - Industrial materials (incl. catalysts, membranes, adhesives, filters) - Materials for energy storage and generation - Smart and multifunctional materials (incl. phase change, shape memory, self-healing, self-manufacturing) - Surface engineering and coatings - Quantum technology - Optoelectronics (optical networks, optical sensors) - Outsides system connectivity (communication, data transfer, wifi) - Power electronics - Memory and storage - Analogue and mixed signal devices (µ-wave, RF, THz) - Computing (low power computing, high performance computing, new computing (non von Neumann, beyond CMOS, beyond Moore)) - Heterogeneous components & more than Moore (MEMS, NEMS, sensors, transducers) - Heterogeneous integration/embedded systems - Nanostructured coatings - Nanoparticles Nanowires and tubes - 2D materials - Photodetectors (solar cells, photo-diodes, photo-transistors) - Optical fibres - Laser based applications - Lighting (LED, OLED) - Optical communication and networks - Optical components & systems