The Materials & Surface Science Institute, established in 1998, is a centre of excellence generating state-of-the-art fundamental research on topics of industrial significance in the fields of surface science and materials. The Institute houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists (chemistry, materials science, physics and biochemistry) and engineers (mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical, manufacturing and electronic) who undertake research in the design, synthesis, processing, characterisation and modelling of materials. MSSI expertise covers the full range of materials, supported by state of the art infrastructure and facilities. MSSI priority research themes are Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials; Composite Materials; Pharmaceutical Materials and Materials for Energy & Environment. MSSI research focuses on applications in Health, Transport, Energy and Clean Technology.
MSSI has 43 PIs supervising over 154 PhD students and 38 post-doctoral researchers. Between 2006 and 2010 MSSI researchers have generated over €30M in research income and over €20M in large capital grants.
Goals of the Institute
- The training of post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers
- The generation of high quality publications in basic and applied research
- The provision of state-of-the-art facilities in a small number of specialisms
- The development of high quality research collaborations with industrial partners that support economic development
- The generation of quality intellectual property (IP) of value to the Institute and to industrial collaborators and the exploitation of this IP through patents, licences and spin out companies
- The provision of significantly improved opportunities for research collaboration
- The provision of specialised training services in advanced topics within the core competence of the Institute