Bernal Institute Overview2018-07-24T15:26:54+00:00

Overview

Bernal Institute of the University of Limerick was established in November 2016 to promote scientific excellence, and stimulate Irish and global community in the key domain of materials. Bernal Institute aspires to “Advancing Materials” to the next level, pushing boundaries of understanding, of science, of engineering and of applications.

These activities include the synthesis and processing of materials and their building blocks, control of their quality, composition and structure, so that they can be manufactured into functional devices that deliver global and societal impact.

Bernal Institute is named for one of Ireland’s greatest scientists, J.D. Bernal who recognised the importance of the relationship between science and society. Bernal Institute will continue to emulate J.D.Bernal’s desire to champion the transformation of scientific research results into useful innovative productive systems. More Info >

Bernal Institute will help nurture Ireland’s research leaders of the future and support Ireland’s progress for many generations to come. The Institute has already established a significant track record. We host a number of leading research centres, including: the Science Foundation Ireland funded Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC) and three Enterprise Ireland/IDA funded Technology Centres: Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC), Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) and the Irish Composites Centre (IComp).

Fundamental Research

Bernal Institute will focus its activities on the following thematic areas, selected to complement strategic priorities at the University of Limerick, building on existing competencies as well as aligned with national and international priority research areas: