The Department carries out applied and fundamental research. Annually, it is awarded on average €2.4m in research funding and publishes 41 journal papers. Nanophysics, microscopy, medical physics and energy are core research strengths. All academic members are research active and work within the ten groups below. Eight of the 12 research-active staff members are members of the Bernal Institute; the Institute houses nationally unique scientific infrastructure for the characterisation of novel materials and components and comprises researchers from various scientific and engineering disciplines.