Ireland leading the world in nanoscience and materials science

Dr Lorraine Byrne and Professor Michael Morris, AMBER
Dr Lorraine Byrne and Professor Michael Morris, AMBER

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9 November 2017 | 0

Ireland ranks first in the world for nanoscience research and third for materials science research in 2016 according to an impact assessment report by the Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research Centre (AMBER).

Over the past 10 years AMBER, and its predecessor Crann, brought in more than €45 million European funding and published 2,400 research papers. Combined, the centres were also responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 jobs.

AMBER researchers have been awarded more ERC funding than any other research centre in Ireland and Prof Valeria Nicolosi is Europe’s only five-time ERC awardee.

Furthermore, almost half (45%) of AMBER academics have taken out a patent compared to 8% of Irish academics and 6% of UK academics.

Prof Mick Morris, Director of AMBER, said: “We are delighted that the hard work of our researchers and staff over the last 10+ years is effectively demonstrated in this report through the significant contribution that Crann and AMBER have made to the economic and societal wellbeing of our local, regional and national communities and through our international research.

“In the next decade nanoscience and materials science in Ireland will lead on the international stage and we remain committed to making a difference to the social and economic well-being of Ireland through the quality of our research and training for graduates and our engagements with businesses and communities both nationally and internationally.

“This report showcases the critical importance for AMBER to continue to be funded for world class research so that we can deliver, scientific, economic and societal impacts into Ireland for the benefit of the entire population.”

AMBER is based at Trinity College Dublin and is backed by Science Foundation Ireland.

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