Research Centres at UL
The University of Limerick has a proud track record of excellence and impact in science and engineering. The Bernal project, a €52 million strategic initiative, is focused on the developments of the following areas to address academic and research needs:
- Pharmaceutical Science and Engineering
- Modern Materials, Biomedical Materials and Engineering
- Energy and Sustainable Environment
The vision for this project is to build an innovation ecosystem that will provide global as well as local impact.
Lero is the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre which brings together leading software engineering (SE) teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software engineering research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded SE research centres in the world.
The Materials & Surface Science Institute, established in 1998, is a centre of excellence generating state-of-the-art fundamental research on topics of industrial significance in the fields of surface science and materials. The Institute houses a multidisciplinary team of scientists (chemistry, materials science, physics and biochemistry) and engineers (mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical, manufacturing and electronic) who undertake research in the design, synthesis, processing, characterisation and modelling of materials. MSSI expertise covers the full range of materials, supported by state of the art infrastructure and facilities. MSSI priority research themes are Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials; Composite Materials; Pharmaceutical Materials and Materials for Energy & Environment. MSSI research focuses on applications in Health, Transport, Energy and Clean Technology.
The Stokes Institute is a research organisation dedicated to education and innovation in fluid dynamics.
Our core sciences are related to all aspects of fluids – microfluidics, multiphase flows, heat & mass transport, phase change phenomena, aerodynamics, and biofluidics – and in associated materials topics, specifically fluid-surface interactions.
We focus on a range of application areas – biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and biopharma, manufacturing processes, aeronautics and aerospace, electronics / photonics packaging, and energy generation / storage.
Stokes has been in operation for over two decades, active in National and European Union research programmes, with an extensive portfolio of partners in industry and academia. It has deep foundations in scholarship and education, and a strong track record in the commercialisation of research through licensing of IP and through the creation of spin-out enterprises.
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society (ISKS) supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The institute has the following aims and objectives: further the interdisciplinary study of knowledge in society; provide excellent graduate research education; plan and guide research in a strategic and focussed way; facilitate collaborative research; enhance the reputation of the University nationally and internationally.