MSSI hosted its annual research day on 27 June 2013 in the Limerick Strand Hotel, which was attended by approximately 90 delegates. This year's event included a Thesis-in-three competition where 19 MSSI PhD students each presented their research in three minutes in three slides. Brian Golden, David Richardson and Catriona Dowling emerged as joint winners of the competition. In addition to the research talks on the MSSI themes, there were also presentations from the new Bernal Chair in Energy, Professor Bartek Glowacki and the incoming Bernal Chair in Fluid Mechanics, Professor Harry van den Akker. Also included were presentations by MSSI alumni who are now working in Analog Devices, Airbus Operations S.A.S. and Merck Sharp & Dohme. The event also included poster presentations on each of the four MSSI research themes.
During the event, a number of awards were presented by Professor Noel O'Dowd, Director MSSI. The MSSI research award for most Web of Science journal papers published in 2012 with an impact factor greater than 1.5 went to Professor Åke Rasmuson whose award was presented to him in absentia. Åke published 14 Web of Science papers with an impact factor greater than 1.5.
The MSSI award for best postgraduate Web of Science Journal Publication in 2012 went to Dr Clifford Ó'Ciardha for his paper "Simultaneous Parameter Estimation and Optimization of a Seeded Antisolvent Crystallization" which was published in Crystal Growth & Design with co-authors Kieran Hutton, Niall Mitchell andPat Frawley.
The MSSI award for Best Undergraduate Final Year Project in the academic year 2012-13went to Ms Ruth Cullen a student in the Department of Life Sciences. Her project supervisor was Dr Jakki Cooney who accepted the award on her behalf. The project title was "The Cloning, Expression and Purification of Subdomains from the Streptococcus pyogenes Cellular Envelope Protease ScpC".
Dr Syed Tofail was presented with the MSSI Special Award for Research in 2013 in recognition of his outstanding achievement in research. Dr Tofail was the Lead Scientist in a long running collaboration with Cook Medical which culminated in MSSI providing Cook with a new radiopaque alloy. A patent 'Nickel-Titanium-Rare Earth Alloy and Method of Processing the Alloy' was issued in the US in May 2013, patent number 8,440,031. Dr Tofail also leads the LANIR project which started last year, a 5 million FP7 partnership one of only 3 Irish coordinated FP7 projects in the NMP 2012 call.