CRANN (the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) is a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET). It is based in Trinity College Dublin (TCD), is the college's largest research institute, and works in partnership with University College Cork (UCC).
We work at the frontiers of nanoscience 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. We are actively engaged with over 100 companies, from small and medium enterprises to multinationals across diverse sectors, e.g. Intel, Merck-Millipore.
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.
We are enabling next generation silicon and magnetic devices through work with multinationals including Intel, HP and Western Digital.
- Medical Technologies
CRANN has leading Investigators in nanobio, immunology and medicine, working to improve the efficancy of current medical devices.
- Advanced Materials
CRANN is working to identify and develop materials such as graphene, which can be transferred to industry.
- Advanced Manufacturing
We are committed to improving our understanding of materials in a manner which will increase manufacturing competitiveness.