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 links industry to research programmes and the aim of the centre is to develop products that directly impact everyone’s quality of life such as the development of the next generation computer chips and new medical implants and pharmaceuticals that will improve patient care.

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. 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.

For more information about AMBER and how to work with us, click here.

Watch our video of AMBER’s key milestones at the end of year one (Jan 2015).

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 31 companies who are co-funding and co-defining the targeted research programmes.



Prof Michael Morris
T +353 (0) 1 8963089

Deputy Director
Prof Fergal O'Brien
T +353 (0) 1 4022149

Executive Director
Dr Lorraine Byrne
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Mary Colclough
T +353 (0) 1 8963022

General Enquiries
T +353 (0)1 8963030

Naughton Institute,
Trinity College Dublin