Amber research project wins €2.5m in ERC funding
15 February 2016 | 0
Prof Valeria Nicolosi of Amber – the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre, hosted in Trinity College Dublin – has been has been awarded an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant worth €2.5 million over five years for her project 3D2DPrint.
The project focuses on developing a long-lasting, low-cost, customisable battery using 2D and 3D printing techniques that can come in any shape or size and can be camouflaged within any type of material – be it clothing, electronics, or implanted inside the body. Potential applications include better mobile phone batteries, fitness tracking devices and cardiac pacemakers. Unlike the current lithium ion battery technology, the team’s batteries will be be fully non-harmful and non-flammable.
“Since 2011, the first year of my ERC Starting Grant, my group has grown from three to 25 people,” said Prof Nicolosi. “The ERC Grants I have been awarded were not only important in helping fund our research and grow our team, but to also help leverage more funding and realise partnerships with large multinationals. What is key is that these Grants allow us to take the next step with our research – whether it is the licencing of technology or starting up a new company.”
Prof. Michael Morris, director of Amber, said: “The awarding of this Consolidator Grant to Prof Nicolosi is an excellent acknowledgement of the research work she and her team are currently undergoing. The work Prof. Nicolosi and her team are doing is at the fore front of their fields, and this grant will help them take the next step in combining the team’s expertise of advanced materials methods to integrate nanomaterials into 3D printed energy storage devices.”
Prof Nicolosi is Ireland’s only four-time ERC awardee, and has been awarded over €11 million in funding for her research in the past five years at Trinity.