Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Institute Research Centre (NMRics)
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a basic research tool that underpins much of the Institute’s postgraduate research programmes involving chemical synthesis and analysis. This is the core mission of the NMRICS, established in 2005. In addition to conducting research in advanced NMR studies it supports and collaborates on research across the Department of Science along with external research groups in local industry and academic institutions. It is led by three academics themselves very active in synthetic and analytical research in Chemistry and has links with NUI Maynooth through a collaborating academic staff researcher there. Prior to its establishment its members collectively had secured over €1 million in grant funding, supervised over 30 postgraduate students, and had 50 publications and 80 conference presentations. An external service – “NMR-ITT” – supports companies in the region, a vital part of the centre’s mission.
In its first year the centre increased its academic and postgraduate membership, secured €332 K in grant income, produced 32 publications (including 13 papers in international peer-reviewed journals), generated new collaborations, enhanced its training provisions, and laid the groundwork for participation in two major programme applications designed to secure funding for a new NMR spectrometer.
It has supported colleagues in the other IRC’s (CREATE, CPRD and BPNR). It has provided NMR services to external customers – local SME’s and other institutes of technology which also generated income to help defray NMR running costs.