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Materials & Surface Science Institute

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 Newthematic(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 currently has 47 PIs supervising over 150 PhD students and 70 post-doctoral researchers in purpose built facilities. UL has an excellent track record in working with industry and currently leads three large industrially focused research programmes in pharmaceutical manufacturing, composite materials and dairy processing (industry led competence centres co-funded by Enterprise Ireland and the Industrial Development Authority) and Synthesis & Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SFI Centres Programme 2013). In 2014, MSSI members published 185 Web Of Science Journal publications with median impact factor 3.1.  Since 2010 MSSI researchers have generated over €99M in research income and over €20M in large capital grants.

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Eoin Hinchy

MSSI Researcher Eoin Hinchy wins First Prize ...

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Cian McKeown

MSSI Researcher Cian McKeown wins First Prize...

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SWAN

University of Limerick Achieves Prestigious A...

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Eoin Hinchy

UL Graduates are 22% More Likely Than Others ...

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Ranier Fischer

MSSI Research Forum September 3 2015

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Powervation

The University of Limerick Electronics Spin-O...

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Lero

School Receives Unexpected Technology Learnin...

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Kemmy

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centr...

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MSI2015: Annual Symposium of the Microscopy S...

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Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation ...

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Lifetime Recognition Award

Bernal Professor at UL Honoured with Lifetime...

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Engaging science Irish Science Teachers Go B...

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SSPC Pat

Irish Research Centres Lead the Way Towards L...

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SSPC Research

SSPC Research by Dr Sarah Hayes featured in I...

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Sun

SSPC Research by Dr Denise Croker featured in...

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EAMMD, Electrically Active Materials for Medical Devices held at UL June 8th - 10th

EAMMD Electrically Active Materials for Medic...

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FEBS

Research by Prof. Tewfik Soulimanes group, De...

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Irish Research Council

Shalini Singh of MSSI Is Among Six Young Iris...

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UL Analog Building

New UL Science and Engineering Building is Na...

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Damien Thompson

MSSI Researchers use Behaviour Patterns of Wi...

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Tadhg Kennedy

MSSI Research Awards Day 2015

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ALEX - erosadster, Electric Car Project

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UL Revolv Group

UL/MSSI Spin Out Company Votechnik Launches E...

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Best Paper Winner

18th Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium and Post...

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UL Presidents Dinner

R and D investment central theme at UL Presid...

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Pint of Science

Pint of Science Limerick 2015

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Environmentally Friendly Backup Source of Power and Energy for Stabilisation of Ireland’s Grid

Environmentally Friendly Backup Source of Pow...

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Aimee Stapleton is the Winner of the 2015 IOP Rosse Medal.

Aimee Stapleton is the Winner of the 2015 IOP...

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UL Aeronautical Engineering students test model “sensor delivery” aeroplanes

UL Aeronautical Engineering students test mod...

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Bin Zah

MSSI Research Forum by Dr Bin Zhao on April 1...

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Professor Geoff Gibson

MSSI Research Forum on April 20 2015 by Profe...

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3rd Year PhD student Louise Barry wins Poster...

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Kevin M. Ryan

RTE-Consumer Show Nanowire Batteries

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Catriona Dowling

Cancer Researcher in the Department of Life S...

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Peter Nellist

Rory Comerford Lecture 30th April 2015 Univer...

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SSPC Crystal Competition

SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition Win...

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Composites

IComp awarded €240k by the European Space A...

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Dr Peter Nirmalraj

Research Forum: Metrology and Control of Mole...

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Damien Thompson

Touching from a distance - how weak contacts ...

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Six One News

Press Reports on Nano letters Paper ‘High P...

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Clean Sky Group

MSSI Research to Help Reduce Engine Noise fro...

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Thermo Fisher

MSSI Partners With Thermo Fisher Scientific T...

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EIT

UL joins the Raw Material KIC partnership whi...

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Dr Tofail Syed

MSSI Research Leads To Exciting New Capabilit...

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Expansion Of Surface Analysis Capabilities At...

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evolve

MSSI Hosts Coffee Morning For Evolvebiomed 20...

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January Conferring Ceremonies 2015.

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January Conferrings

January Conferring Ceremonies 2015.

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Trevor

MSSI Member Appointed To European Commission ...

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Partnership alliance

Partnership Alliance Of The Year Awarded to M...

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Research Picture

MSSI Researcher Wins SFI Research Image Of Th...

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Publication Picture

MSSI Publication Featured As Journal Cover Im...

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Grow your own crystal

Grow Your Own Crystal!

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Mike Zaworotko

MSSI Member Delivers Inaugural Lecture

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PMTC

UL Hosts New €5M Pharmaceutical Manufacturi...

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Living Bridge

MSSI/UL Hosts Major European Partnership to A...

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August Conferring

August Conferring Ceremonies 2014

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Bartek Glowacki

Bernal Professor and MSSI Member Awarded Top ...

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Pat Kiely

MSSI Member Receives Award for Excellence In ...

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Conor McCarthy

MSSI Research Aims To Make Structures Safer a...

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Prof Zaworotko

MSSI’s Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering ...

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John Neilan

MSSI Research Away Day Held at Strand Hotel, ...

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Japan

MSSI Funded for Ireland-Japan Research Collab...

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Cook

MSSI Researcher Wins SFI Research Image Of Th...

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SSPC

UL President Welcomes Regeneron Investment in...

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Biological Chemistry

MSSI Article Features on Journal Cover

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€8.5m Building Contract Signed for Research...

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Aluminium Splat

The Ulysses Project

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Peter Tiernan

MSSI Academic receives Engineering Excellence...

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Bernal

The Bernal Project - a €52 million initiati...

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Prof Zaworotko

One of World’s Top 20 Chemists Joins MSSI

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Dr Pat Kiely

MSSI Researchers Paper Reaches 10,000 Downloa...

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August Conferring

August Conferring 2013

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Dr David Hoey

MSSI Researcher Awarded €1.5 Million to Inv...

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SSPC Launch

€40 Million National Pharmaceutical Researc...

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MSSI Research Awards Day 2013

MSSI Research Awards Day 2013

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Bioelectric

BioElectricSurface Shortlisted for EuroNanoFo...

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Dr Norah Patten

MSSI Engineer Makes it to the Second Stage of...

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Dr Tofail Syed

World's Top Academic Journal &#0...

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