UCD spin-off to bond with motor industry

PlasmaBound’s Adhesive [sic] technology will help global car manufacturers to improve fuel efficiency

Brothers Nick and [Alan] Barry have the global automotive industry in their sights, having developed adhesive [sic] technology that will lighten the load for car manufactures under pressure to meet fuel efficiency and emissions targets.

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James Nicholas Barry
PlasmaBound invited to pitch at Enterprise Ireland's Big Ideas Showcase 2018

PlasmaBound has been chosen as one of 12 Irish institutional spin-outs to pitch at Enterprise Ireland's Big Ideas 2018 Showcase. PlasmaBound's Controlled Polymer Ablation (CPA) technology is the product of an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund executed within University College Dublin, and we are delighted that Enterprise Ireland are recognising the global ambition and growth potential behind PlasmaBound and our CPA technology.

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Irish Hyperloop team Éirloop nabs innovation prize at SpaceX pod competition

PlasmaBound are delighted to have sponsored and supported Eirloop, a very innovative and inspiring team of young and future engineers, scientists and marketeers. It was a real pleasure engaging with Stuart, Akhil, Bartek and Daragh. Read the following Silicon Republic article on how they reached great heights in California.

Though missing out on the elusive win, the ‘scrappy Irish team’ of Éirloop was rewarded for its efforts with an innovation prize.

Ireland’s offering to the SpaceX Hyperloop competition that took place this Sunday (22 July), Éirloop, has been awarded an innovation prize at the event in Hawthorne, California.

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James Nicholas Barry
SpaceX’s ‘Olympics of engineering’: Ireland’s Éirloop fast-track it to the final

Former Engineers Ireland president Chris Horn has been a big supporter of the team and has assisted them by putting them in touch with companies that can help with the construction of the pod. When they were looking to get some parts made of carbon fibre to reduce the weight and increase the strength of the pod, he introduced them to a startup called PlasmaBound in UCD, which was very interested in the idea.

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Innovative start-ups to compete for €20,000 UCD VentureLaunch prize

PlasmaBound - Founded by Dr James Nicholas Barry of the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, PlasmaBound has developed a patented manufacturing technology that removes the requirement for bolts when joining structural composites, eliminating mechanical and fatigue performance problems.

The application of this technology means manufacturers can build stronger, lighter and leaner composite assemblies to meet regulations as well as environmental directives.

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