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Established in 2016, the Bernal Institute is the largest research institute at the University of Limerick (UL).

Our Vision is to become the leading international research institute for the scientific design and manufacture of structured materials to meet global challenges, particularly in the areas of health, energy and the environment.

Our Mission is to develop disruptive technologies related Health, Energy and Environment that will create a legacy of scientific achievement in structured materials research that benefits future generations.

Bernal Strategy

Bernal’s four research clusters are:

  • Molecular & Nano Materials (MOL)
  • Bio Materials (BIO)
  • Composite Materials (Composites)
  • Process Engineering (PROC)

The clusters are supported centrally by an operations support unit and by a team of instrument scientist staff dedicated to maintaining state-of-the-art equipment that is essential to the needs of the clusters’ scientists and engineers.

Structures Matter, the Bernal Institute’s strategic plan 2022

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