Athlone Institute of Technology partners with AMBER SFI Research Centre


Athlone Institute of Technology partners with AMBER SFI Research Centre

The announcement comes after Athlone Institute of Technology announced that it was hosting a €4.5m polymer test bed, which is the first of its kind to be made open to industry.

On Monday (22 July), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) announced that it was the first institute of technology to partner with the AMBER SFI Research Centre.

The AMBER (advanced materials and bioengineering research) SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) Research Centre is headquartered in Trinity College Dublin.

In a statement, the institute said: “This new partnership will foster research and education initiatives between the institute and existing AMBER members … promoting academic exchange and the development of research and innovation, particularly in the field of bio-materials for health and the circular economy, an economic system aimed at minimising waste.”

The existing members of AMBER are Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), University College Cork (UCC), Dublin City University (DCU), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), University of Limerick (UL) and Tyndall Institute.

Polymer research

Earlier this month (12 July), AIT announced the news that it would be hosting a €4.5m polymer test bed, the first of its kind that would be made open to industry.

AIT’s work with AMBER will facilitate research in critical and emerging sectors of the economy related to polymers for applications in the life sciences, sustainable materials and industrial manufacturing.

AMBER partners in UCC and TCD will help to develop new sustainable polymer strategies, such as polymer recycling and emerging biopolymers, as alternatives to the reliance on the traditional fossil fuel-driven polymer sector.

AIT said: “The institute’s accession to AMBER and its established research clusters will enable the centre to address current gaps in knowledge drive advances in materials science and engineering, and translate research excellence into new products and technologies for society and solutions for industry.”

In its statement, AIT said: “AMBER currently partners with 40 companies across the fields of ICT, medical technologies and devices, as well as those in sustainability and manufacturing.

AMBER will continue to significantly scale its industry investment during the centre’s second phase, aligning its vision with Enterprise 2025, Ireland’s national policy document by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.”

It’s expected that AMBER will help both multi-national companies and SMEs by driving innovation, research and development agendas, as well as helping to catalyse and grow new industry engagements.

AIT added: “It will also attract new foreign direct investment to Ireland and investment from foreign-owned businesses within Ireland.”

Professor Mark Feguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, said: “As part of AMBER’s second phase, the centre will demonstrate significant impacts which will benefit individuals, communities, organisations and society both in Ireland and around the world.

“We are delighted to welcome Athlone Institute of Technology into the centre to deliver world-class materials science research and form strategic alliances with industry.”

Dr Declan Devine, director of the Materials Research Institute at AIT, commented: “Partnering with the AMBER SFI Research Centre will further enable us to grow research in our areas of expertise … and our development of materials for biomedical applications, such as bone regeneration and biodegradable polymer stents, and structural thermoplastic composites.”


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