AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre, hosted in Trinity
College Dublin, has created the world’s smallest nano statuette in celebration
of all of the great Irish talent nominated for this year’s Oscars. As Ireland
continues to grow its international reputation for excellent science and
research, AMBER wanted to recognise another area which is growing Ireland’s
international reputation in excellence – the Oscars!
The width of the
nano statuette’s head is approximately 25 nanometres or 20,000 times smaller
than the width of a full stop. This is in comparison to the actual Oscar
statuettes given out on the night, which stand approximately 35cm tall and also
weigh over 3.5kg.
EngAGE with Science is an intergenerational 8‐week programme, which took place at the end of 2015. 5th class students from St Brigid’s school on Haddington Road, Dublin worked with older people from St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse Street to learn about nano and materials science, using the AMBER NanoWOW curriculum. There were exchange visits between the school, St Andrew’s and AMBER at Trinity. A key project partner wasTrinity EngAGE, the Centre for Research on Ageing. The programme was funded through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme.
This short video features research on graphene by Prof Jonathan Coleman, and considers its potential future applications. Prof Coleman is a world leader in graphene research and has collaborated with companies such as Thomas Swan Ltd. on the industrial scale-up of graphene. He is an Investigator in AMBER and in the School of Physics, Trinity College. He also leads a work package for the Graphene Flagship.
Listen back to Dr Garry Duffy interviewed on The Pat Kenny Show, Newstalk on 19th May. Dr Duffy, Department of Anatomy and Tissue Engineering Research Group, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and AMBER Investigator, is coordinating the DRIVE (Diabetes Reversing Implants with enhanced Viability and long-term Efficacy) consortium which has received €8.9 million funding as part of the Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme. The DRIVE programme will create thirteen new jobs in Ireland and it will develop natural materials and new surgical devices to enhance the transplant and survival of insulin producing pancreatic islets for the treatment of diabetes.