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AMBER - Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research

AMBER provides a partnership between world-class materials science researchers and industry.
AMBER is at the forefront of translating leading science into new discoveries and devices for the ICT, medical devices, pharmaceutical and industrial technology sectors.

With €85 million in expected funding over six years from Science Foundation Ireland, industry and international sources, the centre combines fundamental and applied research activity within a vibrant culture of industrial engagement and commercialisation.

Research Areas

  • 2D materials and composites
  • Biomaterials
  • Medical devices
  • Semiconductor and memory devices
  • Polymer nanocomposites and membranes

Research programmes

AMBER’s 120 researchers are tackling significant industrial challenges. Their work includes the development of:

  • Novel device architectures and magnetic memory applications
  • Thermoelectric and energy harvesting devices
  • Mechanically, electrically and optically enhanced polymers
  • Surface property modification using nanopatterns
  • Membranes and porous media
  • Food, pharmaceutical packaging and sensing applications
  • Advanced materials and device modelling
  • Drug encapsulation and delivery systems
  • Regenerative tissue engineering

Academic partners

Industry and commercialisation

Central to AMBER’s research remit are the collaborative projects it carries out with diverse industry partners. AMBER is creating new knowledge and intellectual property. It is transferring that knowledge to industry through licensing agreements, industrial staff exchanges and spin-outs.

Industry partners include: 

Adama Innovations   Glanbia Merck Millipore 
Alcon  Glantreo  Mergon Group
Amebis Ltd  Innalabs Nokia Bell Labs
Bioplastech  Innovative Polymer Compounds (IPC) Ltd  SABmiller Plc
DePuy Synthes  Integra Lifesciences  Sigmoid Pharma
Diageo  Intel  Solvotrin Therapeutics
Eblana Photonics  Medtronic  Western Digital 


  • Advanced microscopy and nanofabrication lab
  • Polymer development and characterisation lab
  • Photonics lab
  • Clean-room facilities
  • Metrology/spectroscopy
  • Additive manufacturing

Education and Public Engagement

AMBER develops training and educational programmes which impact all levels of the formal education system from primary school to fourth level. As an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional centre, AMBER ensures the incorporation of interdisciplinary research programmes and training elements.
In addition, AMBER ensures graduates and postgraduates have a combination of technical aptitude and a range of generic and transferable skills. AMBER is also committed to the development of novel outreach programmes which aim to stimulate discussion on the role of science in defining how we live our lives.

Examples of AMBER’s schools’ programme:

  • Exploring Materials, a Transition Year work experience programme
  • Magical Materials, a week-long continuous professional development (CPD) course for primary school teachers
  • NanoWOW, a resource pack for primary school teachers to introduce nanotechnology and materials science to 5th and 6th classes
  • Nano in my Life, a resource pack for Transition Year teachers to introduce nanoscience to their pupils.

Contact AMBER

Key Contacts

Michael Morris - Centre Director

Prof Fergal O’Brien - Deputy Director

Dr Lorraine Byrne - Executive Director

Colm McAtamney - General Manager

Crann Institute
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
+353 1 896 3030

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