Friday, 20 May 2022 12:00

In-person event – venue MSG-024/25, Bernal Institute

Lab to Marketplace: Process of Innovation Development

In the past few years, there is a growing demand on innovation leading to economic activities in all areas of science and technology. The major aspect of innovation development includes close association with various multi-disciplinary areas in science, engineering, technology, business and social sciences. This talk aims to address the differences in Invention and Innovation, various types of innovations, patent filing, commercialisation etc. Various types of innovation based on technology and market will also be addressed. A case study on innovation development starting from laboratory to market will also be discussed.


Suresh C. Pillai obtained his PhD in the area of Nanotechnology from Trinity College Dublin and then performed his postdoctoral research at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA. Upon completion of this appointment, he returned to Trinity College Dublin as a Research Fellow before joining CREST-DIT as a Senior Scientist in April 2004. He has joined IT Sligo in 2013 as a senior lecturer in nanotechnology and currently leads the Nanotechnology and Bio-Engineering Research Group. He is the recipient of the ‘Boyle-Higgins Award-2019’ from the Institute of Chemistry Ireland. He is an elected fellow of the UK’s Royal Microscopical Society (FRMS) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). He has also completed an executive MBA from Dublin City University, in 2009.

Suresh was responsible for acquiring more than €8 million direct R&D funding. He has published several scientific articles in leading peer reviewed journals, has contributed to several book chapters, has presented in more than a hundred international conferences and has delivered over a hundred international invited talks. Suresh has also been invited to deliver keynote/plenary speeches at various international conferences. He is the lead inventor in two granted US patents (awarded in 2013 and 2015) and one UK patent (awarded in 2015) and a number of international patents (pending). His research work was featured in various international media such as BBC World, BBC London, RTE-1 TV and in a number of national and international print media (Times UK, The Guardian, Irish Times etc). Suresh is a recipient of the ‘Industrial Technologies Award 2011’ for
licensing functional coatings to Irish companies.

He was also the recipient of the ‘Hothouse Commercialisation Award 2009’ from the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation and also the recipient of the ‘Enterprise Ireland Research Commercialisation Award 2009’. He has also been nominated for the ‘One to Watch’ award 2009 for commercialising R&D work (Enterprise Ireland). One of the nanomaterials based environmental technologies developed by his research team was
selected to demonstrate as one of the fifty ‘innovative technologies’ (selected after screening over 450 nominations from EU) at the first Innovation Convention organised by the European Commission in December 2011. He is the national delegate and technical expert for ISO standardization committee and European standardization (CEN) committee on photocatalytic materials. He has performed as an editor for the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer-Nature) from 2017 to 2020. He is the editor for four published books (SpringerNature, De Gruyter, IOP CRC-Taylor and Francis) and was the editor for a number of special issue

Currently, he is the co-editor in chief for the journal Results in Engineering (Elsevier) and an editor for the Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier). He is also the Editorial Board Member for the journal Applied Catalysis B (Elsevier). His full research publications list can be viewed at

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