Fundamental materials science and process engineering knowledge that can be applied to real world problems

The Bernal Institute was established within University of Limerick (UL) in November 2016 to promote research excellence and to showcase UL’s significant strengths in research in material science coupled with process and manufacturing engineering.

The Bernal Institute aspires to be the leading Irish institution, recognised at a global scale on materials research, so as to meet the needs of and to benefit society. It will do so by initiating and cultivating high quality research, development & innovation activities underpinned by effective communication, education and outreach programs to create enterprising opportunities through its infrastructure, facilities, associated scientists and staff in a safe and professional environment.

Materials research is challenge-driven. Whether addressing challenges in health (biomedical, pharmaceutical and nutritional); energy (electric and composites); transport (composites and fuels); or information (electronic), the knowledge that materials research can generate in a close collaboration with cost-effective and sustainable process engineering provides a distinctive research perspective unique to the Bernal Institute.

Research Areas

The Bernal Institute incorporates UL’s Materials and Surface Sciences Institute (MSSI), the Stokes Research Institute and the Bernal Project into one unified flagship research institute.  From this foundation, together with significant support of Irish Government (SFI, HEA, IDA, EI), EU, Atlantic Philanthropies and a range of industries, the Bernal Institute has invested €26 million since its launch (2016) to improve and professionalise its capital equipment infrastructure, especially in the structural analysis of materials.

Process Engineering
& (Micro)Fluidics

Structural Analysis

Materials in Energy
& Environment

Pharmaceutical & other
Single Phase Materials


Research Centers

Due to our reputation for excellent engagement with industry, UL has attracted significant sustained investments to support the establishment of multi-partner, academia/industry collaborative research centres led by UL and hosted by the Bernal Institute.

Prof. Luuk Van der Wielen – Inaugural Lecture – 29.3.2018

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