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Trinity College Dublin

About Us

CRANN (the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) is Trinity College Dublin's largest research institute, and works in partnership with University College Cork (UCC).

We work at the frontiers of nano and materials science developing new knowledge of nanoscale materials, with a particular focus on new device and sensor technologies for the ICT, biotechnology and medical technology sectors, with a growing interest in energy related research.



CRANN brings together 37 Investigators based across multiple disciplines including TCD’s Schools of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Engineering and Pharmacology, UCC's Department of Chemistry and several hundred post-graduate and post-doctorate researchers.

CRANN has a strong track record of successful collaboration with industry and of licensing intellectual property to companies for commercial application.

CRANN has two state-of-the art buildings both custom designed and constructed for the purpose of leading edge nanoscience research. The Naughton Institute is a large research facility on the campus of TCD. Our Advanced Microscopy Laboratory (AML) houses Ireland’s most advanced microscopy instrumentation.

In October 2013, a new Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre, AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) was launched. AMBER is jointly hosted in TCD by CRANN and the Trinity Centre for Bioenineering, and works in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and UCC. The centre provides a partnership between leading researchers in materials science and industry and will deliver internationally leading research that will be industrially and clinically informed with outputs including new discoveries and devices in ICT, medical device and industrial technology sectors.
 

CRANN

ICT
ICT

ICT

We are enabling next generation silicon and magnetic devices through work with multinationals including Intel, HP and Western Digital.

Medical Technologies
Medical Technologies

Medical Technologies

CRANN has leading Investigators in nanobio, immunology and medicine, working to improve the efficancy of current medical devices.

Advanced Materials
Advanced Materials

Advanced Materials

CRANN is working to identify and develop materials such as graphene, which can be transferred to industry.

Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing

We are committed to improving our understanding of materials in a manner which will increase manufacturing competitiveness.