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(...)

Ireland’s capacity to conduct world- class research has improved immeasurably over the past decade owing to the leap of faith taken by the then(...)

Prof John Boland, who has just landed a €2.5m research grant from the Advanced European Research Council.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I t’s like throwing spaghetti on a plate.” It’s not often you hear a scientist describing a technique in such accessible culinary terms, but f(...)

Prof John Boland, director of Crann: awarded a €2.5 million research grant by the European Research Council.  Photograph: David Sleator

Prof John Boland, director of the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (Crann) at Trinity College Dublin has b(...)

Mark Ferguson, director of  Science Foundation Ireland. The foundation has been anxious to change legislation that prevents disbursement of State research funds to a scientist or research project based outside the jurisdiction. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

The Act that defines how Science Foundation Ireland may spend its €150 million annual budget is up for amendment and the revised Bill is worki(...)

Prof Luke O’Neill of Trinity College Dublin is leading the research project involving 10 universities which has potential for use in blood poisoning and conditions such as Type 2 diabetes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An international research effort led by Ireland has discovered a way to halt the damage and risk of death caused by blood poisoning. Already te(...)

Dr Kieran Meade, a senior scientist at Teagasc, considers himself to be one of the lucky ones. “I had a relatively short post-doctoral research(...)

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