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AMBER appoints new director – Professor Michael Morris

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AMBER appoints new director – Professor Michael Morris

January 07
11:25 2016

Professor_Michael_Morris_AMBERAMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre based at Trinity College Dublin, has announced the appointment of Professor Michael Morris as Director of the organisation. Professor Morris, a native of Liverpool, UK, has been in position since October.

A leading academic and industry scientist for thirty years, Professor Morris is also founder of Glantreo, an SME spin out company from University College Cork, and maintains links with the company in developing novel stationary phase materials for chromatography applications.

Trinity Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, said: “We welcome Professor Morris as the new Director of AMBER. He brings a wealth of experience to the role and I am confident he will build on AMBER’s achievements to date and that AMBER will continue to position Ireland as a leader in materials science and bioengineering, creating high quality employment opportunities.

AMBER has a strong relationship with industry, at present the Centre has 28 signed agreements with industry partners and 36 ongoing projects to date. Professor Morris has broad experience with industry in this field and we know he will use his extensive knowledge and skills to develop AMBER’s connections with industry even further.”

Welcoming the appointment Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, said: “Professor Morris brings a depth of knowledge at a senior level in both academia and industry which will serve him well in his leadership of AMBER and I wish him well in the role. The research carried out at AMBER is the type of excellent and impactful science which Science Foundation Ireland aims to support, delivering solutions that can benefit both Irish society and the economy.”

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Mick Morris, said: “I am delighted to be taking up the position of Director of AMBER, and look forward to working closely with the talented researchers within the Centre and driving new partnerships with industry. I am delighted to be working with colleagues here to support the best research in materials science. Ireland is now ranked 3rd in materials science in the world and AMBER has played a significant role in this positioning.

AMBER represents an extraordinary resource for the future of materials science both in Ireland and internationally. In addition, materials science underpins a wide range of market opportunities that have the greatest potential to deliver economic return through enterprise development and employment growth in Ireland.

AMBER has a strong emphasis on linking industry to the world class research being carried out in AMBER and by the associated researchers. The aim of the centre is to translate our breakthrough science into technologies and products that directly impact everyone’s quality of life. Examples where we have had significant industrial and commercial impact include, the development of the next generation computer chips as well as new medical implants and pharmaceuticals that will improve patient care.”

AMBER brings together Ireland’s leading materials science researchers working across the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Bioengineering and Medicine, with an international network of collaborators and companies.

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