Internationally-Leading Materials Research


AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) is a Science Foundation Ireland funded centre that provides a partnership between leading researchers in materials science and industry. Materials science has been described as the science of stuff! We are researching materials that will transform everyday products of the future, from mobile phones to knee implants, batteries to beer bottles. AMBER brings together Ireland’s leading material science researchers working across the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Bioengineering and Medicine; with an international network of collaborators and companies.

The clustering of material science research expertise, state of the art infrastructure and a team of professional support staff has enhanced Ireland’s international reputation in materials science research and driven increased investment from industry. Ireland’s International ranking in the areas of nanoscience and materials science has increased from 6th and 8th respectively in 2013 when the Centre was established to 1st and 3rd in 2017. This ranking is based on publications and citations.

AMBER is jointly hosted in Trinity College Dublin by CRANN and the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, in collaboration with University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

For more information about AMBER and how to work with us, see our brochure.

Who We Are

  • Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures & Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin
  • Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (TCBE), Trinity College Dublin
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • University College Cork (UCC)

Critical partners for AMBER are the 35 companies who are co-funding and co-defining the targeted research programmes.



Prof Michael Morris
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Deputy Director
Prof Fergal O'Brien
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Executive Director
Dr Lorraine Byrne
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Mary Colclough
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General Enquiries
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Naughton Institute,
Trinity College Dublin