Prof. Mick Morris

Institution Trinity College Dublin
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Prof. Michael Morris is a graduate of Liverpool University in 1982 (BSc and PhD). He was a post-doctoral fellow at Imperial College in London before moving to Strathclyde University as a lecturer. He then took an ICI endowed lectureship at Cardiff University for research into surface science and catalysis, which was followed by a move to ICI as a research scientist. He was appointed to a post in Materials Chemistry at UCC in 1993 and while there held the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry and was Head of the Department of Chemistry at the university. In 2015, he was appointed Academic Director of AMBER and Professor of Surface and Interface Engineering at the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Morris’s work largely focuses on self-assembly of materials in thin films. This has been geared towards production of mesoporous films and recently block-polymer microphase separation to form periodic arrangements. These periodic structures can be used to engineer surfaces for applications such as circuit elements in integrated circuitry, manipulation of light, self-cleaning surfaces and antimicrobial packaging.

Prof. Morris’s work in AMBER includes collaboration with Intel on the development of new technology for the manufacture of logic/memory circuitry. He also has several engagements with other companies based on his experience of surface engineering and materials science, e.g. DePuy (surface coatings for implant components) and Merck Millipore (new membrane materials) and also collaborates with Henkel, Alcatel Lucent and other companies. Prof Morris is a founder of Glantreo, a SME spin out for Cork, and maintains links in developing novel stationary phase materials for chromatography applications.


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  • PhD Studentships - Centre forDoctoral Training in Advanced Characterisation for Materials (CDT ACM)
  • PhD Position- Study of Transverse Thermoelectrics for High Power Density Waste Heat Recovery
  • PhD Studentship - ERC Project Chemlife
  • PhD Studentships - Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced characterisation for Materials (CDT ACM)
  • Irish Research Council – Open Call
  • SFI Industry Fellowship
  • PhD, PostDocs in Biomaterial Scaffold Development
  • Open Call for EDGE Scholarship Applications

PhD Studentships - Centre forDoctoral Training in Advanced Characterisation for Materials (CDT ACM)

Trinity College through the AMBER Centre is a partner in an SFI-EPSRC jointly funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Characterization of Materials. (CDT ACM). This is an established CDT programme which is jointly hosted by Imperial College London and University College London. Professor Valeria Nicolosi is the CDT lead for Trinity and AMBER.

We are now in the process of recruiting the second cohort of six students for September 2020. These students will be registered at Trinity but will spend their first term at Imperial and UCL to complete coursework. On completion of the first semester the Trinity Students will select their research project and supervisor for their PhD and return to Dublin. There will be additional follow up visits to London over the course of the 4 year PhD programme as well as reciprocal visits to Trinity by the London based cohort.

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PhD Position- Study of Transverse Thermoelectrics for High Power Density Waste Heat Recovery

The position will be based with the Nanothermal research group of Prof. David McCloskey at the School of Physics in Trinity College Dublin and be part of the Materials for Energy platform within the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre (AMBER).

Summary of Project:

Conventional thermoelectric materials enable a coupling between electric current and heat flow. They can be used to harvest electricity from waste heat, as solid-state heat pumps, or as temperature or heat flux sensors. Transverse thermoelectric materials, are artificial materials produced by stacking skewed alternating layers of metal and semiconductor. They fundamentally differ from conventional thermoelectric materials in that heat flux and electric current flow in different directions. This allows independent optimization of thermal and electrical conductivity in these directions. The transverse thermoelectric concept has recently been shown to be viable for high power density harvesting of waste heat under high heat flux conditions such as in liquid-liquid heat exchanger applications.

Project Description:

In the project we will explore the transverse thermoelectric concept using advanced materials and processing techniques available through the AMBER research centre. In particular the student will develop a range of transverse thermoelectric materials and device geometries for testing under extremely high heat flux conditions such as evaporative cooling. This will allow us to explore the limits of electrical power density that can be achieved with these devices. We will also explore practical limitations in realistic devices due to interface resistance and search for optimal fabrication techniques. The student will have access to state of the art fabrication and characterisation facilities through the Additive Research Lab and the Advanced Microscopy Lab (details of which can be found here), as well as customised setups designed in the Nanothermal research group.


[1] Breaking the trade-off between thermal and electrical conductivities in the thermoelectric material of an artificially tilted multilayer, Akihiro Sakai, Scientific reports, 4 : 6089

How to apply:

We are seeking applications from EU students. The ideal applicant will have a 1st Class Honours Bachelor’s degree in Physics or Engineering related discipline. The researcher will work closely with other members of a multidisciplinary project team. Excellent english written and oral communication skills are essential.

This is a fully funded project with duration of 4 years starting in 2019. The student stipend will be set at €18,500 p.a. and additional funding has been allocated to support consumables and travel expenses.

CVs with the names and addresses of two referees should be emailed to Prof. David McCloskey at

Positions will remain opened until filled but preferred start date is September 2 2019. Only short-listed applications will be acknowledged. This position is funded by the SFI-research centre AMBER.

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PhD Studentship - ERC Project Chemlife

ERC Project

The European Research Council (ERC) project ChemLife, hosted at AMBER, Trinity College Dublin, invites applications for one doctoral fellowship. The PhD fellow will be supervised by Dr. Larisa Florea (principal investigator) and will be registered for the doctoral programme within TCD’s School of Chemistry.

ChemLife will develop highly innovative, motile smart micro-vehicles with ground breaking capabilities such as chemotaxis, cargo-transport, sensing, reporting, diagnosis and repair via multidisciplinary research combining materials science, chemistry, nanotechnology and 3D fabrication technologies. The role of ChemLife is to stimulate a radical re-think and a move towards biomimetic principles as the route to delivering fundamental breakthroughs in clinical devices and environmental chem/bio-sensors, microfluidic devices and micro-robotics.

Role Description

This position will focus on the development of smart droplets and vesicle-type units. Special focus will be placed on the synthesis and incorporation of responsive units into the structure of the droplet vehicle, for the demonstration of advanced functionalities such as uptake, transport and release of relevant units (e.g. selected biomolecules, pharmaceuticals). Experimental work will include the synthesis of stimuli-responsive surfactants, responsive ionic liquids, realisation of droplet systems that resemble biological vesicles, and microfluidic fabrication.

The successful candidates will play a substantial role in the design and fabrication of the motile smart micro- vehicles at the core of ChemLife. They will join an interdisciplinary, multinational team engaging in an in- depth research program in the realm of soft materials. The successful candidates will report directly to the PI, Dr. Florea, and will liaise with the other team members, AMBER researchers, and external collaborators, as necessary. Additionally, all members of the group will have the opportunity to define and shape their own research within the overall remit of the project.

Host Institution

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Trinity is Ireland’s premier university, with a proud tradition of excellence stretching back to its foundation in 1592. The oldest university in Ireland, and one of the oldest in Europe, today Trinity sits at the intersectionof the past and the future, and is ideally positioned as a major university in the European Union. Our 47-acre campus is located in the heart of Dublin city centre and is home to historic buildings dating from the University’s establishment, as well as some of the most cutting-edge teaching and research facilities in Ireland. Students at Trinity benefit from a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in our three faculties – Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics and Science; and Health Sciences. The pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education, and our researchers have an outstanding publication record and strong record of grant success.

AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) is an internationally-leading research centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland that provides a partnership between leading researchers in materials science and industry. 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should hold a minimum of an honours bachelor’s degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the project, such as Chemistry/Materials Science. Excellent first-hand knowledge of chemical techniques and characterisation methods. Preference is given to candidates with a knowledge of organic chemistry and physicochemical processes at the liquid-liquid interface. Applicants must provide evidence of competence in English language by achieving the minimum standard in a recognised English language test, as outlined at the following link:


The PhD student will be paid a stipend of €18,000 per annum and receive full fees remission for a maximum duration of four years.

Application Process

Required documents: a CV; a cover letter briefly describing how your interests and expertise align with this project; an example of your written academic work such as an article, master thesis chapter, final year project or term paper.

Please send the application compiled into a single PDF file to FLOREAL@TCD.IE by 16/08/2019. (with “PhD ChemLife” in the subject line). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to nominate two academic referees. Interviews will be held in late August. The successful candidate will go through the Trinity College registration process in September 2019 and will start on 1st of October 2019.
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PhD Studentships - Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced characterisation for Materials (CDT ACM)

The Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Centre (AMBER) is inviting applications for five (5) PhD studentships to start in September 2019. These studentships are part of the joint SFI-EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced characterisation for Materials (CDT ACM) programme. The CDT ACM programme is a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin, Imperial College London and University College London (UCL). Successful applicants will be registered at Trinity College Dublin but will be required to spend their first semester in London attending lectures, receiving expert training and completing coursework with their UK colleagues at Imperial and UCL. Further short visits are scheduled during years 2-4 of the program. Applicants must have been resident in an EU member state for 3 out of the last 5 years to be eligible for funding through this programme.

The ideal applicants will have a 1st Class or strong 2-1 Honours Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience, Materials Science or related disciplines. The researcher will work closely with other members of a multidisciplinary project team. Excellent time-management, written- and oral-communication skills are essential. To make informal enquires please contact Jesus Barco Montero The deadline for applications is 5pm on March 29th. Further details can be found in the attached document. The AMBER research centre, as a community of researchers, welcomes its responsibility to provide equal opportunities for all. We are actively seeking diversity in our research teams and particularly encourage applications from under-rrepresented groups.

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Irish Research Council – Open Call

We are seeking interested students, post-doctoral researchers, investigators, and industry partners for the Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme. Contact with enquiries. Call deadline is Sept 5th.

Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral) - Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral) Co-funding research partnerships for enterprises and not-for-profit employers. The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme is a unique national initiative linking excellent researchers to enterprise. The scheme brings great research ideas into an Irish enterprise partner with the support of a higher education institution. The Irish Research Council partners with enterprises and jointly funds two-year fellowships to highly promising researchers in Ireland. Fellows will hold an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme Postdoctoral Fellowship. Link

Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate) Co-funding research partnerships for enterprises and not-for-profit employers. The Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme is a unique national initiative linking excellent researchers to enterprise. The scheme co-funds awardees to bring great research ideas into an enterprise with the support of a higher education institution. Link

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SFI Industry Fellowship

The SFI Industry Fellowship Programme aims to enhance industry-academia collaborations, and to stimulate excellence through the funding of collaborative industry-academia research projects. This is realised via secondment of academic researchers in industry, or of industry researchers in academia.

If funded, the AMBER centre places researchers, on-site with collaborating companies for 1 year full time or 2 years part time. Alternately it hosts industry researchers on-site. Some applicants transition to full time roles in industry partners, subsequent to completion of the project. Other fellows have leveraged the secondment for: [1] preparation of large scale successfully funded H2020 funding applications; [2] publication of high impact academic publications; [3] pathfinding/seeding new collaborative research projects; [4] the development of new intellectual property.

To date AMBER has placed candidates across Ireland, Europe and the US addressing challenges in materials research for applications ranging across Bioengineering, Energy, ICT, and Medical Devices.

The next call deadline is Nov 26th - Typically there are 2 calls per annum. Companies or researchers interested in prospective applications can contact for further information/informal discussions.

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PhD, PostDocs in Biomaterial Scaffold Development

2 Postdoc and 2 PhD positions are available with Dr Cathal Kearney in RCSI arising from his ERC Horizon 2020 Starter Grant funded in the area of biomaterial scaffold development for diabetic foot ulcers. There are several parallel arms to the project that will look at aspects of scaffold design, on-demand drug delivery, nucleic acid delivery and induced pluripotent stem cells.

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Open Call for EDGE Scholarship Applications

EDGE is led by Trinity College Dublin on behalf of 10 Irish academic institutions of excellence. In our 3rd call we expect to award up to 28 Fellowships, each 24-months duration, who will relocate to Ireland to join expert supervisors in the ICT (networks, date and materials) field. Career progression is a primary aim of MSCA schemes, and we will provide comprehensive training and development to our Fellows to support their growth as independent research professionals. Researchers currently residing outside of Ireland, with a PhD or equivalent status, can apply by submitting a research proposal before the Call deadline on 1st November 2018.

Before beginning the application process, applicants should:
1. review the eligibility criteria and other information on our website -
2. contact a prospective supervisor from those listed on the programme website to gain their support

Research Themes
- Future Networks & Communications
- Advanced Materials & Bioengineering
- Digital Content & Media Technologies

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Contact: Kevin J Fraser, EDGE Programme Manager:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713567.

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