Advanced Materials + BioEngineering Research

      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. Materials science has been described as the science of stuff! We are researching materials that will transform everyday products of the future, from mobile phones to knee implants, batteries to beer bottles. 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 2nd and 5th in 2018. This ranking is based on publications and citations.

      AMBER is jointly hosted in Trinity College Dublin by CRANN and the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, in collaboration with University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

      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

      • 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.

      Twitter Feed

      Prof Michael Morris
      T +353 (0) 1 8963089

      Deputy Director
      Prof Fergal O'Brien
      T +353 (0) 1 4022149

      Executive Director
      Dr Lorraine Byrne
      T +353 (0) 1 8964130

      Mary Colclough
      T +353 (0) 1 8963022

      General Enquiries
      T +353 (0)1 8963030

      Naughton Institute,
      Trinity College Dublin