The Impact of Engineering from the University of Ulster’s Engineering Research Institute.

imageIn particular the Institute has focused on its three research centres: The Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC); The Engineering Composites Research Centre (ECRE) and the Advanced Metal Forming Centre (AMFoR).

ERI, currently managed by Professor Jim McLaughlin, has a particular focus on interacting with Industry, Clinicians and Society in order to benefit all communities within today’s rapid growing knowledge based economic environment. The Institute Members also collaborate with numerous International partners.

Technology transfer is also a key objective and the Institute is one of Northern Ireland’s leaders in intellectual property exploitation, with over 6 successful spin-out companies. The overall objective of ERI is to investigate the structure-function relationships of, and the interactions between materials, processes, devices and performance, in support of the economic and social development of science, engineering, industry and technology transfer.

NIBEC: In its relatively short history, NIBEC has evolved from its initial electro-physiology research conducted by Professor John Anderson (in conjunction with Professors Pantridge and Adgey-inventors of mobile coronary care), to having a multi-disciplinary focus for R&D in the areas of Connected Health, Sensors; TERM, Nanostructured Surfaces, Photocatalysis and Dense Plasma Technology. In recent years nanotechnology has underpinned a diverse range of work and this led to the opening of a new £10M purpose built facility in 2003.

NIBEC’s existing IP portfolio, with over 35 patents and proven expertise in a range of engineering technologies, provides a clear platform on which to have built an internationally leading and innovation-led Centre. The research centre has started 3 spin-outs (Intelesens, Heartsine and Heartscape) and is home to a spin-in called SiSaf.

ECRE & AMFoR (including NIACE developments): The Engineering Composites Research Centre (ECRE) has a unique blend of expertise in textile technology, polymer processing and engineering for research into polymeric and composites materials for use in a diverse range of engineering applications, in particular aerospace applications. AmFoR is at the forefront of materials characterisation and modelling for the sheet metal forming industries. Both these Centres have led to two new spin-outs namely Axis Composites and Lenis Aer and more recently along with colleagues at QUB a new £6M Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering (NIACE Centre). This centre, located within Bombardier, was launched in February 2012,and it will be thetechnology hub for the research and development of advanced engineering and advanced materials technologies across a range of industrial sectors with over 20 companies such as Bombardier, Caterpillar, Wrightbus, Thales, Base and Rolls Royce signed up as members.

The collaborative R&D outcomes that have resulted from these activities have generally  targeted at improving healthcare, clean technology, aerospace and the electronics sectors via delivery of significant advances in sensor based diagnostic technologies and the provision of surface engineered functionality fortissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM); improved composites and nanoparticle knowledge for relevant  industries. 

The resources of ERI encompass all the necessary theoretical and practical elements to be made available to realise this central aim and dove-tailing with academic and industrial partners from the areas of Physics, Biology, Medicine, Chemistry and Engineering.

Of note are three case studies demonstarting Impact in:


Also see the ERI Impact Brochure




Engineering Futures and Dr Steve Myers Talk

Monday 23rd of February 2015

Engineering Futures and Dr Steve Myers Talk

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Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Tony Byrne, Professor of Photocatalysis

Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Tony Byrne, Professor of Photocatalysis

When & where Wednesday, 22 October 2014 18:30 at the Jordanstown campus Lecture Theatre 9F03

NIBEC Lecture Series begins in mid - October