Thematic Areas

The ADMIRE thematic research areas are closely linked with the AMBER themes. All proposed projects must be aligned with one of these themes, which you will be asked to select as part of the application process. Details of which eligible supervisors work in each area are given on the supervisors page.

Materials for ICT (ICT)

An established strength of the AMBER Centre, ICT continues to be of strategic performance and a mainstay of the Irish economy. Supervisors in this theme work on magnetic logic devices, plasmonic and quantum-enabling materials, self-assembly and thermal management for process minimisation and device miniaturisation using novel materials including 2D and high band-gap oxides.

Materials for Health (HEA)

AMBER has international reputation in regenerative medicine and therapeutic materials. We work on bioinks and 3D bioprinting, with integration of 2D materials for enhanced functionality, immune-modulating scaffolds and multifunctional layered biomaterials, creating all types of synthetic tissue. Ireland has significant biosciences and medical device industries, with which AMBER partners to translate technologies for the benefit of patients and society

Materials for Energy (ENE)

Providing abundant, affordable and renewable energy is a global challenge, in which AMBER's role is to develop timely and novel materials for energy harvesting, delivery and management. Our supervisors work on energy storage devices and applications, including lithium replacement and recycling, materials for carbon capture and conversion (synthetic photosynthesis), and energy transfer, recovery and cooling technologies.

Engineered Functional Materials (EFM)

In this theme we aim to make functional nano-structures and patterned films and coatings. The AMBER Additive Manufacturing Facility provides infrastructure for 2D and 3D production of polymers, metals and ceramic devices. Our supervisors address the innovative synthesis of printable nanoparticles and soft-matter, printing of electronic devices and sensors from 2D materials, and production of functionalised surfaces, membranes and bio-films.

Sustainable Materials and Technologies (SMT)

An emerging theme driven by societal and industry demands, here our researchers extend our materials and battery development expertise towards low-energy solutions, from small processors to data centres and vehicles. We also work on innovation in polymer replacement, reuse and recycling, and 'green' construction — use of wood and CLT, VOC-free materials, insulation and recycling for buildings.

First published: 10 January 2022 Last updated: 20 January 2022
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