CAPPA has a close relationship with University College Cork’s Tyndall National Institute, through the CIT@Tyndall partnership. This allows a number of CAPPA personnel to be located within the Tyndall facilities in the Lee Maltings complex in Cork city centre, and for CAPPA to maintain three labs in Tyndall. CAPPA forms a group within the Tyndall Photonics Centre; this group is now called simply CAPPA@Tyndall, but was previously called the Photonic Device Dynamics group.
Tyndall is Ireland’s foremost research institute working in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research and development. Established with a mission to support industry and academia in driving research to market, it is a successor to the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC founded in 1982), at University College Cork. The Institute hosts over 460 researchers, engineers and support staff, including a full-time postgraduate cohort of 135 students, generating over 200 peer-reviewed publications each year.
Hosting the only full CMOS, Micro-Electro-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, energy and communications. Tyndall is a globally leading institute in its four core research areas of Photonics, Microsystems, Micro/Nanoelectronics and Theory, Modelling & Design. Tyndall is the lead institute for the SFI-funded Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC), in which CAPPA is also a partner.
Cork Institute of Technology and Tyndall National Institute have a long history of collaboration, which goes back well over two decades. The early collaborations were mostly on a peer-to-peer basis, but as the research activity of both institutions grew and matured, it became clear that the full advantage of collaborations could only be achieved through closer cooperation. Hence, a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was established between Tyndall and CIT. This was officially launched in September 2008 by then Minister for Science & Education, Batt O’Keeffe, when he unveiled a commemorative plaque. More recently, the renewal of the MoU was marked by a ceremony in June 2014 attended by Seán Sherlock, Minister for Research & Innovation.
CAPPA accounts for the majority of CIT researchers based on-site in Tyndall, where their activities are part of Tyndall’s Photonics Centre. The group maintains three state-of-the-art labs and office space in Tyndall, and collaborates closely with Tyndall on major projects such as the IPIC research centre and the PROPHET EU Marie Curie Network. Tyndall also has strong collaborations with other groups in CIT, such as the NIMBUS Centre in the areas of embedded systems and energy.