Internationally-Leading Research Centre

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. We are researching materials that will transform everyday products of the future, from mobile phones to knee implants, batteries to plastics. 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. AMBER has a track record in delivering excellent science with 21 ERC awardees since 2013 and over €45 million secured in EU and International research funding.

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. AMBER has over 40 industry partners working on collaborative research projects.

AMBER is jointly hosted in Trinity College Dublin by CRANN and the Trinity Centre for BioMedical Engineering, in collaboration with University College Cork and RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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

Read about the economic and societal impacts that AMBER and CRANN have had in the last 10 years in our Impact Assessment Report

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)
  • Tyndall National Institute
  • University of Limerick (UL)
  • National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)
  • Dublin City University (DCU)
  • Athlone Institute of Technology

Our Collaborators

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

Central to AMBER’s research remit are the collaborative projects performed with each of our industry partners. The industry partners are diverse, both in terms of sectors and scale, covering the four primary sectors of ICT, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Industrial Technologies. A measure of the international competitiveness of AMBER is the sustained level of investment we have received from our multinational industry partners, in particular our strategic partners Intel, Merck Millipore, Nokia Bell Labs and Johnson & Johnson. These companies rank within the top 100 R&D investing companies worldwide.

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Prof Michael Morris
T +353 (0) 1 8963089
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Deputy Director
Prof Fergal O'Brien
T +353 (0) 1 4022149
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Executive Director
Dr Lorraine Byrne
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Rachel Kavanagh
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General Enquiries
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