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Investigator in AMBER
Prof. Michael Morris graduated with a PhD from Liverpool University in 1982. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Imperial College in London before moving to Strathclyde University as a lecturer. He then took an ICI endowed lectureship at Cardiff University for research into surface science and catalysis, which was followed by a move to ICI as a research scientist. He was appointed to a post in Materials Chemistry at UCC in 1993 and while there held the Chair of Inorganic Chemistry and was Head of the Department of Chemistry at the university. In 2015, he was appointed Academic Director of AMBER and Professor of Surface and Interface Engineering at the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin. Prof Morris is a founder of Glantreo, a SME spin out for Cork, and maintains links in developing novel stationary phase materials for chromatography applications.
Prof. Morris’s work in AMBER includes collaboration with Intel on the development of new technology for the manufacture of logic/memory circuitry. He also has several engagements with other companies based on his experience of surface engineering and materials science, e.g. DePuy (surface coatings for implant components) and Merck Millipore (new membrane materials) and also collaborates with Henkel, Alcatel Lucent and other companies.
Abstract Title: The European Materials Characterisation Council (EMCC): Developing an industry-driven roadmap for materials characterisation in Europe
The objective of the workshop is to give a comprehensive overview of the EMCC initiative and promote a fruitful discussion on the current main challenges related to Materials Characterisation for the European industry.
The scope of the workshop is to bring together multiple stakeholders in the communities of materials characterisation, modelling and manufacturing, to share ideas and discuss on key, strategic, future actions that are needed to strengthen materials characterisation in Europe, in particular regarding its pivotal role in supporting innovation in the nano-manufacturing industry.
Materials characterisation is a fundamental driver for innovation. A research survey conducted by the EMCC showed that 95% of EU funded projects apply metrology and characterisation techniques to support material upscaling for industrial applications.
Interested stakeholders, however, experience only limited and difficult access to characterisation infrastructure, sophisticated techniques, and specialised skill-sets. Often, industry is either not aware of or not in a position to utilise the latest technological solutions that could lead to innovative materials and improved processes. In addition, and to the detriment of the entire innovation chain, stakeholders are isolated from each other. These lacunae pose huge barriers also to the growth of the European industry of characterisation instruments, which comprises both SMEs and manufacturers of analytical equipment. The current situation calls for increased sharing of and access to data and knowledge and for a system that connects characterisation needs and competences.
Within this complex framework, the EMCC has a key and timely role to play. The EMCC has been working to develop the first European Roadmap for Materials Characterisation, where the most urgent actions are put forward, in terms of technology advances required by the European industry and in terms of efforts to establish a more favourable environment for materials research and development, upscaling and production at European level.