Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Limerick
Park Road Castletroy, Limerick (Ireland)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1998
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Materials and Surface Science Institute 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 and Biomaterials; Composite Materials; Pharmaceutical Materials and Materials for Energy and Environment. MSSI research focuses on applications in Health, Transport, Energy and Clean Technology.MSSI has 43 PIs supervising over 154 PhD students and 32 post-doctoral researchers. Since 2010 MSSI researchers have generated over €99M in research income and over €20M in large capital grants.

RI Keywords
Advanced materials design, Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials, Composites, Pharmaceutical Materials, Materials for Energy and environment
RI Category
Analytical Facilities
Scientific Domain
Chemistry and Material Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Equipment use

Equipment can be used by researchers in all Irish Third Level institutions and industrial clients by following the guidelines described at :

Materials characterization platform

Several equipments are available for atomic force microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, laser scanning confocal microscopy, mechanical testing, nanoindentation,gas chemisorption / physisorption optical microscopy, particle size analysis, raman spectroscopy, scanning or transmission electron microscopy, vibrating samble magnetometer, X-ray diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopy. The full list and contact points can be found using the following link : .