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AMBER - Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research

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

With €58 million in expected funding over six years, 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
  • Advanced materials and device modelling
  • Drug encapsulation and delivery systems
  • Regenerative tissue engineering

Academic partners

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Dublin City University

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
  • Amatech
  • Amebis Ltd
  • Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent
  • Bioplastech
  • Cellulac Ireland
  • DePuy Synthes
  • Eblana Photonics
  • Innalabs
  • Innovative Polymer
  • Compounds (IPC) Ltd
  • Intel               
  • Medtronic
  • Merck Millipore
  • Mergon Group
  • Proxy Biomedical
  • SABmiller Plc
  • Sigmoid Pharma
  • Solvotrin Therapeutics
  • Thomas Swan & Co Ltd
  • Velox
  • Western Digital


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


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 include 

  • Exploring Materials, a transition year work experience programme
  • Design Your Nano Gear, a schools competition
  • Nano in my Life, a resource pack for transition year teachers to introduce nanoscience to their pupils
  • NanoWOW, a resource pack for primary school teachers
  • to introduce nano and materials science to 5th and 6th classes

Contact AMBER

Key Contacts

Michael Morris - Centre Director
Prof Michael Morris is an Professor of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin. 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. Prof. Morris’s work in AMBER includes collaboration 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.

Prof Fergal O’Brien - Deputy Director
Brendan Ring - Business Development Manager
Mary Colclough - Communications and Outreach Manager

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

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