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AMBER, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research is a dynamic, multidisciplinary partnership between world-leading material scientists, bioengineers and industry. We work collaboratively to address fundamental research questions and create solutions with impact for society in ICT, MedTech, energy and sustainable industrial technologies. 

Academic Partners

AMBER is hosted by Trinity College Dublin in partnership with CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) and the Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, University College Cork, NUI Galway, Dublin City University, Tyndall National Institute, University of Limerick and Athlone Institute of Technology.

Research Areas

AMBER is built upon an outstanding reputation in research supported by state of the art infrastructure at our Advanced Microscopy Laboratory and Additive Research Laboratory. Our highly ambitious multidisciplinary research programme brings scientists and bioengineers together to work collaboratively in key areas to generate impact for society. From 2019 - 2025 AMBER willbuild on the centre's Pillars of Expertose, into 4 fundamental research themes and 5 targeted research areas with industry.

Industry and Commercialisation

AMBER is focused on driving innovation through excellent science and a vibrant culture of industrial engagement and commercialisation. Together, we contribute a pipeline of highly skilled graduates to the Irish STEM sector, creating jobs and economic growth.

We have over 40 industry partners


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

AMBER Impact

The outputs of materials science and engineering research are all around us: from wearable health sensors, flexible phone screens and superfast computers, medical devices, drug delivery systems and regenerative medicine, sustainable packaging materials and better energy storage devices.

AMBER’s Communication, Education and Public Engagement Programme aims to create dialogue between researchers and publics on materials science and bioengineering and its potential impacts. From school going children, young people and educators to policy makers, parents and community groups, our CEPE programme will engage in critical conversations around our work, inspire a new generation of scientists, (bio)engineers, designers and inventors, and ensure that access to the centres research is open to all.

Key Contact Details

Prof Michael Morris
Centre Director

Dr Lorraine Byrne
Executive Director

Colm McAtamney
AMBER General Manager

Deirdre Caden
AMBER Funding Manager

Dr Rachel Kavanagh
Communications and Engagement Manager

Denise Carthy
Business Development Manager