CREST Technology Gateway - Coatings Innovation

The Technology Gateway will address the needs of the Irish engineering, biomedical and healthcare sectors in the following areas of surface coatings :

1. Protective Coatings: Protective coatings for challenging environments where superior corrosion performance and improved wear resistance are required.

2. Materials Surface Engineering: Surface treatments for metal parts especially when fabricated on site.

3. Coatings for Environmental Applications: Coatings for both domestic and healthcare environments where hygiene control is crucial. This theme will also encompass water remediation which is becoming a priority with EU Directives.

4. Biomedical Devices: Development of improved adhesion technology for multilayered biomedical devices particularly for release control


Technology Gateways - CREST


Gateway Resources

The Technology Gateway is led by Dr. Brendan Duffy (Centre Manager) and supported by a Dr. Annaik Genson (Consultancy Manager) and Dr. Michael Whelan (Materials Engineer).  Full contact details can be found on our staff page here.


Industrial Research Services

Research opportunities are divided into:

Early stage research: Where new technologies will be investigated for client companies through a combination of Innovation Vouchers and direct funding.

Developmental Research: Where well researched or commercial technology solutions are integrated into existing processes and evaluated for new product offerings. 

Research Opportunities

Innovation Vouchers

The Innovation Voucher initiative develops to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses.  Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.

CREST can work with companies to apply for this scheme and provide Case Studies of previous successful examples.

Innovation Partnerships

The Innovation Partnership Programme can provide up to 80% of the cost of research work to develop new and improved products, processes or services, or generate new knowledge and know-how.

CREST has worked with several companies to develop commercial technologies, which are now on the market.

Direct Funding

CREST has provided consultancy services to over 300 clients over the last 10 years, ranging from small indigenous companies to multinationals based in Ireland and overseas.   For further information contact Dr. Annaik Genson



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