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TCD's AMBER and Queens work together

Tuesday, August 26 14:37:27

AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre based at Trinity College Dublin, and Queen's University Belfast today signed an agreement for research co-operation.

The agreement recognises that AMBER and the Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) at Queen's have complementary expertise and capabilities in areas of research related to advanced materials such as processing of nanocomposites and characterisation of nanomaterials.

The Memorandum will see both institutions working closely with industrial partners on collaborative research projects that exploit the materials development expertise in AMBER and the polymer processing expertise in PPRC. These research projects will focus largely on the development, modification and characterisation of polymer and composite materials, and will also establish ways to transfer these to industry. Applications can be found in broad fields of use but particularly for packaging films, medical device sectors, and composite materials for the automotive industry.

Furthermore, the partnership will enable AMBER and Queen's to benefit from funding opportunities in Ireland, UK and the EU. This will enable them to work together on innovative research projects from early stage fundamental research right through to prototyping and scale-up particularly for medical device, automotive and industrial applications.

Dr Ramesh Babu, Investigator with AMBER and Trinity College Dublin's School of Physics who is a lead researcher in these fields, said: "The signing of the MoU is another step forward for AMBER in its goal to forge strong links with the best in academia and research. We look forward to working more closely with The Queen's University of Belfast through conducting joint research projects as well as exchanging researchers and sharing expertise on advanced materials and processing. The partnership aims to grow those collaborations and to take advantage of the excellent research that is being conducted in both institutions."

Prof Nicholas Dunne, Director of Polymer Processing Research Centre and Director of Advanced Materials and Processing Research Cluster at Queen's said: "The PPRC has a world-renowned reputation for the high quality of their translational research capability in Polymer Processing. The signing of a memorandum of understanding between PPRC in Queen's and AMBER of Trinity College Dublin creates an exciting platform to drive increased collaboration and commercialisation of our research base for the benefit of the local and national economies."

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