AMBER, Queen’s University of Belfast to collaborate on research projects with industry

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27 August 2014 | 0

AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre based at Trinity College Dublin, and The Queen’s University of Belfast have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining terms for research cooperation.

The MoU will see both institutions working with industrial partners on materials development projects focusing on the development, modification and characterisation of polymer and composite materials, and how they may have applications in industry. The partnership will also enable both institutions to apply for funding through bodies in Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK and the EU.

Dr Ramesh Babu, investigator with AMBER and Trinity College Dublin’s School of Physics, said: “The signing of the MoU is another step forward for AMBER in its goal to forge strong links with the best in academia and research. We look forward to working more closely with The Queen’s University of Belfast through conducting joint research projects as well as exchanging researchers and sharing expertise on advanced materials and processing. The partnership aims to grow those collaborations and to take advantage of the excellent research that is being conducted in both institutions.”

Prof Nicholas Dunne, director of Polymer Processing Research Centre and director of Advanced Materials and Processing Research Cluster at The Queen’s University of Belfast, said: “The PPRC has a world-renowned reputation for the high quality of their translational research capability in Polymer Processing. The signing of a memorandum of understanding between PPRC in Queen’s and AMBER of Trinity College Dublin creates an exciting platform to drive increased collaboration and commercialisation of our research base for the benefit of the local and national economies.

“This is a very significant partnership that will ensure that the quality of our research continues to be of the highest international standard. It will provide substantial opportunities to lever financial investment from major Irish and UK funding bodies and it will also allow us to share models for achieving timely technology transfer and commercialisation.”

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