New RIA members (from left): Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe, Olivia O’Leary and Diarmaid Ferriter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is to establish a new academy for Ireland’s leading young researchers in the sciences and humanities. It will provide (...)

Science Foundation Ireland director-general Prof Mark Ferguson says the success of the Irish research centres is in part due to the focus on basic as well as applied research.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has announced a second round of funding for six world-leading research centres spanning a broad spectrum of areas inc(...)

 Astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell with the five scientists (Niamh Kavanagh, Christopher Broderick, Sarah Guerin, Adam Kelly and Vijaykumar V Jadhav) chosen to represent Ireland in Germany at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Five young scientists, who are leading researchers on cosmology, particle physics and quantum technology, have been chosen by the Irish Research Counc(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi with a microscope that can examine objects a million times smaller than a human hair. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Battery low and yet miles to go. It’s a pain for consumers and a challenge for manufacturers: how do you make a battery that can store more charge an(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi, AMBER, SFI Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, receiving the SFI Early Career Researcher Award for outstanding early career research talent in Ireland.

Founded 10 years ago, the European Research Council (ERC) is widely considered to be the most prestigious scientific research funding programme in Eur(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi of TCD’s Amber science centre: her team is developing a high-tech battery that can be camouflaged in any material. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A nanomaterials and energy storage expert at Trinity College Dublin’s Amber science centre has been awarded €2.5 million in funding to create a high-(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi and Prof Jonathan Coleman, whose teams are leading the charge on 2D materials at the Amber research centre at Trinity. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The future is flat, and things will never be the same, according to 180 scientists who are attending a conference in Dublin. The latest flat techno(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi

Imagine a super thin sheet of material just one atom thick and you will be thinking about a new kind of electrical storage system under development at(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi: “We need alternative – and better – ways of storing energy.”

Energy. If you don’t have it where and when you need it, you could soon be in trouble. Trinity scientist Prof Valeria Nicolosi reckons that we could s(...)

Graphite, the stuff you find in your pencil, was the starting point for making ultra-thin and extremely strong nanosheets

“Two-dimensional” materials have the potential to make materials lighter and stronger and to make batteries more efficient. But to unlock that potenti(...)