The University of Limerick (UL) is one of the leading universities in Ireland and has an excellent track record of attracting national, European, and industrial funding for research. The Bernal Institute within UL comprises over 300 researchers active in materials and surface science research with a strong focus on microscopic, nanoscopic, and spectroscopic characterisation of materials important for health, energy, transport, clean technology, and manufacturing. In recent years, UL has received national funding of over €40 M to continue as a national facility for state-of-the-art materials and surface characterisation. The UL team is a partner of CURAM, the Science Foundation Ireland National Centre for Biomedical Devices.
The UL team has a strong track record of using state-of-the-art characterization techniques and developing cutting-edge and innovative techniques of characterization of materials, surface and interface, drug-device combinations, and molecular biology/protein biochemistry. The UL team coordinated the FP7 project LANIR, a project that built a super-resolution label-free nanoscope based on infrared finger-printing of materials, and the FP7 project BioElectricSurface.