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CRANN, Trinity College Dublin


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CRANN, the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices, is housed in Ireland’s first purpose-built nanoscience research institute, the Naughton Institute. CRANN also comprises a Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), which provides support for the industry facing activities of the institute.

CRANN’s founding Schools of Physics and Chemistry are partnered with the National University of Ireland, Cork, to focus on the development of both fundamental and industrial focused nanoscience research. CRANN has 16 PIs and approximately 150 researchers collaborating across traditional scientific disciplines with PIs associated with Physics, Chemistry, Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology and Engineering. CRANN’s industrial research partners include multinationals such Intel and HP, together with Cellix, a small Irish startup.

CRANN’s scientific programme focuses on three themes: spin electronics and sensors, integrated nanoscale devices and bio-nano-assay and biosensing, areas that map onto the expertise of CRANN PIs and intersect with industry partner roadmaps.

The custom-designed CRANN building provides researchers with the world-class facilities required to explore the nanoworld – including specialist microscopy laboratories, ultra-stable vibration, temperature and humidity environments, and clean rooms equipped to sculpt or assemble the very smallest nanoscale structures.

The Naughton Institute is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, TCD, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI), and a generous donation from Dr Martin Naughton.

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Education & Outreach Manager, CRANN
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