Unique international workshop on materials characterisation held at UL

Prof Eiichia Fukada, Kobayasi Institute of Physical Research, Tokyo and Prof Tewfik Soulimane, Director MOSAIC Research Group

A unique international workshop on materials characterisation was recently held at UL. Hosted by the Modelling Simulation And Innovative Characterisation (MOSAIC) research group at the Bernal Institute, the workshop ‘Frontiers in Materials Characterisation towards Industrial Translation (FRIMACHAT), is a joint undertaking with the European Materials Characterisation Council (EMCC) supported by Science Foundation Ireland and local industry including Analog Devices International, BorgWarnerBeru Systems and Spectrum Instruments Limited. 

Atomic Action Movies - UL unveils one-of-a-kind microscope

UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald, Prof Edmond Magner, Prof Ursel Bangert with the Titan Themis TEM

A multi-million euro microscope funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the University of Limerick, was recently at the Bernal Institute. The new microscope will allow researchers to study materials at an atomic level in real-world conditions and is one of only a handful of microscopes with these capabilities worldwide.

€1.3m investment in pharmaceutical manufacturing research

Dr Chris Edlin, Centre Director PMTC and Prof Gavin Walker, Bernal Institute

New research projects being carried out at a leading national technology centre will help biopharmaceutical companies in Ireland improve their manufacturing processes and increase competitiveness.

Enterprise Ireland has awarded €1.3 million worth of funding to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), hosted at University of Limerick, for economically important Innovation Partnership Projects involving multiple industry partners.

UL team wins US-Ireland Research Innovation Award

University of Limerick, 3D4Medical and IBM Research were the winners of the 2017 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards, jointly presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner in the Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin.

The team from UL led by Dr Eamonn de Barra, in collaboration with Stryker Orthopaedics, received the award for developing a new type of bioactive bone cement for neurosurgery, which has advantages over existing products on the market in terms of ease of use, speed of surgical placement and reduced workload on the OR team which is a positive outcome for all.

UL research programme to investigate new social media platforms for those aged 50+

From left Áine Phelan, ISAX, Dr Sarah Beecham, Lero, Gary Thompson, IBM and Professor Ita Richardson, Lero.

Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, IBM Ireland and ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange) have announced a two year research programme which could result in a new social media platform which would allow older people to offer and receive volunteer services, make new friends and interact. The Science Foundation Ireland supported initial research programme is valued at an estimated €116,400.

New water filtration process uses 1,000 times less energy

A new process for water filtration using carbon dioxide consumes one thousand times less energy than conventional methods, scientific research published this week has shown.

The research was co-led by University of Limerick’s Dr Orest Shardt together with Dr Sangwoo Shin (now at University of Hawaii, Manoa), while they were both post doctoral researchers at Princeton University last year.

UL to lead CONFIRM - Centre for Smart Manufacturing funded by SFI

2nd May 2017 – Science Foundation Ireland today announced that it will invest €72 million over the next six years in four new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland.  The new SFI Research Centres will be supported by 80 industry partners who will provide an additional €38 million to support cutting-edge basic and applied research with strong industry engagement, economic and societal impact. The decision follows a comprehensive international peer review process involving leading industry and academic experts over the last 12 months.

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