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About NIBEC

NIBEC is one of the most advanced and innovative Nanotechnology / Bioengineering Centres in Europe today.

Its combination of internationally leading research and an impressive array of sophisticated modern equipment ensure that NIBEC has led to the consistently impressive performance in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) and also an impressive track record of impact generation across a number of areas.

NIBEC is the largest centre in the Engineering Research Institute (ERI) and 100% of the research impact as measured by REF 2014 was deemed to be 3 or 4 star placing ERI in the top 25% in the UK, 79% of the research was deemed to be 3 or 4 star and 100% of its impact was at international or world class standard

The centre is multi-disciplinary in nature and combines expertise in:

  • engineering
  • biology
  • nanotechnology
  • artificial intelligence
  • physics
  • materials science

Research at NIBEC

From the outset, NIBEC has been focused on the generation of research that has a real-world impact.

Since 1990 when the Northern Ireland Bioengineering Center was setup, the team has been designing sensors, biomaterials and medical devices in collaboration with both industry and health care professionals.

Currently, NIBEC is carrying out research across a number of themes including health technology, nanomaterials, optical technology, water systems, energy generation, plasma physics and tissue engineering.

We are extremely proud of the research we have carried out here at NIBEC from our role in the development of defibrillation technology to massively improving the data storage density of computer hard drives.

The multi disciplinary nature of our research will ensure that we are well placed to answer the complex questions of tomorrow and I am looking forward to seeing what new technologies we will develop over the next 20 years .

Prof JamesMcLaughlin

The centre has successfully filed numerous patents and created a succession of spin-out ventures such as Intelesens (formerly ST&D Ltd), Heartsine, Heartscape and a new spin-in SiSAF.

Key Facts About NIBEC

Research Funding won:

NIBEC has been awarded over £30m of funding since 2014

Research Council Funding:

NIBEC has won £9m of research funding since from the Research Council 2014.

Research Impact:

100% of our research impact was deemed to be world or internationally leading.

Commercial Success:

NIBEC has a track record of commercial success. It has created spin outs creating 250 jobs and has a total valuation of over £100m.

NIBEC in images

Here are some images of our day to day work at NIBEC.