SEAM South Eastern applied Materials Research Centre (Ireland) is looking for Partners for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action(s)

Short Description of the Organisation

SEAM is a research and development facility which provides innovative materials engineering solutions for research and industrial partners from wide ranging sectors such as Biomedical, Pharma, Precision Engineering and Energy. SEAM has a number of niche technologies including X-ray microtomography, White light interferometry, Microwave processing and Failure analysis as well as a suite of analytical equipment for traditional analysis techniques.

Previous Related Research Experience (esp. EU projects)Research for the Benefit SMEs (FP7-SME-2012). Real-Time In Situ Monitoring of Tool Wear in Precision Engineering Applications. Finish date; December 2015

Over the past 5 years, SEAM has acquired over €6.4m in total funding from wide ranging sources viz., through successful execution of direct funded industry projects, seven EI Innovation Partnerships projects, several EI Innovation Vouchers and through the coordination of an EU FP7-SME (REALISM) project.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action(s) of interest?

European Training Networks (ITN-ETN)

European Industrial Doctorates (ITN-EID)

European Joint Doctorates (ITN-EJD)

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Particular expertise/experience which could be brought to an MSCA

SEAM capabilities include; Failure Analysis, Metrology Analysis, Material Characterisation, Containment Identification/Analysis and Mechanical Property Analysis.


  • X-ray Microtomography (XMT) is a non-destructive technique that uses x-rays to create cross-sections of a physical object that can be used to recreate a virtual model (3D model).
  • Microwave processing allows for the specific volumetric heating of a product up to 400°C.
  • Whitelight Interferometry (WLI) is a non-contact method for surface height measurement of 3-D structures with surface profiles varying from tens of nanometers to centimeters.
  • Failure Analysis techniques including Finite Element Modelling, cross-section analysis and wide ranging characterisation of materials.
  • Formulation development of nano-drug delivery systems using lipids and polymers as carrier for sustained and controlled drug delivery.
  • Characterisation of nanopharmaceuticals - amount of drug present, drug release and surface morphology utilizing HPLC, SEM, DSC, TGA, FTIR, GCMS, NMR etc.
  • 3-D metal sintering (proposed mid-2015)


SEAM has a number of niche technologies for materials and failure analysis as well as a suite of equipment for traditional analysis techniques. SEAM has access to a number of additional techniques through collaborative centres. SEAM capabilities are listed below.

Metrology Analysis

  • Non-destructive 3D measurement
  • Measurement of angle/curvature/radius
  • Morphology
  • Topography

Failure Analysis

  • Cracking
  • Discolouration
  • Fracture
  • Fragmentation pattern
  • Inclusions and voids
  • Non-destructive 3D visual analysis
  • Delamination
  • Poor fit of assembly components
  • Catastrophic component failure
  • In service failures
  • Voiding
  • Electronic device failure
  • Unexplained change in device behavior
  • Sample preparation for failure analysis

Material Characterisation

  • Analysis of Aged components
  • Coating analysis
  • Elemental analysis
  • Glass transition temperature measurement
  • Analysis of composite structures
  • Microstructure analysis
  • Particle characterisation
  • Pore size analysis
  • Powder metrology
  • Surface characterisation
  • Thermo-mechanical behaviour analysis
  • Wettability measurement

Mechanical Property Analysis

  • Mechanical testing from -100° C to 350° C
  • Compression strength
  • Hardness
  • Polymer melting point
  • Modulus determination
  • Peel strength measurement
  • Stress/strain analysis
  • Tensile strength
  • Viscosity
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Yield stress
  • UTS measurement

Contamination Identification/Analysis

  • Material identification
  • Impurity analysis
  • Foreign particle/staining analysis

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