Prof. Cian Ó Mathúna is Head of MicroNano Systems Centre at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland and is a Research Professor in the School of Engineering, University College Cork. He has 40 years experience in applied research and technology transfer to Irish and international companies. His research and publications have focused on “More than Moore”, the convergence of microelectronics and microsystems, whereby CMOS provides an intelligent platform for the miniaturisation and heterogeneous integration of non-standard functions such as sensors, actuators, power and communications.
Prof. Ó Mathúna has been a co-founding member of Irish industry-academic research clusters in the areas of surface mount technology (Smart Group Ireland), Wireless Sensor Networks (WiSEN) and Power Electronics (PEIG). In 2010, he was an Irish Government appointee on the National Innovation Task Force Implementation Group. In October 2014, Prof. Ó Mathúna became Deputy Director of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and Communications.
In 2008, Prof. Ó Mathúna founded the International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (PwrSoC) which has become the highly-influential flagship workshop for the IEEE Power Electronics Society and the US-based Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA). Through his leadership in PwrSoC, and his extensive collaborations with world-leading industry players in Europe, USA and Asia, Ó Mathúna has had a significant influence on the emergence of a global supply-chain that, in 2021, began delivery of high-volume production of magnetics-on-silicon for use in commercial consumer products.
In 2013, Prof. Ó Mathúna was elevated to IEEE Fellow with the citation “for leadership in the development of power supply using micromagnetics on silicon”. For his impact on the industry, Ó Mathúna was, in 2021, awarded the IEEE Power Electronics Society Technical Achievement Award for Integration and Miniaturisation of Switching Power Converters. For the development of the magnetics-on-silicon “MagIC” technology and its expected impact over the next decade, Tyndall’s Integrated Magnetics team also received, in 2021, one of two EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations) Impact Innovation Awards.