CRANN, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-sponsored nanoscience institute located at Trinity College Dublin, has declared that it has entered into a new strategic collaboration with Ceram, an UK-based company providing materials analysis, testing and consultancy services.
The collaboration will offer globally accepted analytical capability to Irish companies, while providing novel commercial and industrial benefits to both Ceram and CRANN. With this partnership, the two organizations can also work for huge industrial research projects in their respective fields including pharmaceutical, technology, energy and more, throughout Europe and globally.
CRANN’s proven and widespread joint research program with industry partners is the basis of the partnership with Ceram. Through the program, more than 70 local and international companies have partnered with CRANN, which recently received an award from Intel for its contribution in developing sophisticated technologies for Intel. CRANN’s high-tech research facilities such as its Advanced Microscopy Laboratory play a major role in its success.
CRANN is also memorializing the first anniversary of its Advanced Microscopy Laboratory, a facility jointly financed by the SFI and HEA. Since its establishment, more than 20 firms operating in the markets, including aeronautical, biopharma, medical devices, energy and more, have regularly utilized the facility for their research. Moreover, the facility has trained 200 scientists of eight Irish academic institutes in handling various microscopy instruments.
CRANN scientists have also been secured a non-exchequer funding worth €5 million in an international competition. Dr. Diarmuid O’Brien, who serves as CRANN’s Executive Director, stated that the collaboration with Ceram reinforces the position of Ireland as a major research center for firms as well as strengthens the institute’s leadership in the nanoscience field.