Supporting the growth of the plastics industry through polymer expertise, education & research.



The Polymer, Recycling, Industrial, Sustainability and Manufacturing Research Institute builds on TUS Athlone’s >50 years involvement with the Irish polymer sector. Our research spans TRL levels 1-9 with an emphasis on Polymer Science and Engineering. PRISM is made up of a multidisciplinary team of world class researchers conducting industrially relevant research in the polymer space. PRISM incorporates the Enterprise Ireland Funded Technology Gateway Centre Applied Polymer Technologies

APT is an providing world class solutions for SME's and Multinational companies throughout the product life cycle from product design through production scale -up and characterisation of final products. APT is housed in a state of the art facility on the TUS Athlone Campus (under development) which showcases its facilities from pilot scale up to industry scale processing equipment. APT is complemented by the Centre for Industrial Services and Design who provide expert knowledge and facilities for analytical testing and product development.



Testing & Investigation

Academic Research

The PRISM RI is an internationally connected group of researchers specialising in the polymer research. Our aim is to develop industry relevant solutions to research questions spanning all aspects of polymer science and engineering. PRISM researchers are involved in a variety of national and international projects and centres including: the Enterprise Ireland Funded APT Technology Gateway Centre and the Meat Technology Ireland Technology Centre; Science Foundation Ireland centres for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering (Amber), Smart Manufacturing (Confirm) and Medical Devices (Cúram). At an EU level, PRISM researchers are contributing to polymer sustainability through ERA funded projects BIOICEP.EU (coordinator), Buddie-Pack and Interreg project Curcol, with PRISM researchers contributing to a variety of COST actions related to polymeric research. PRISM researchers represent TUS at the European composites, plastics and polymer processing platform and a variety of COST actions.


Annual Polymer Conference – 18th April 2024

Companies and individuals are invited to attend the Annual Polymer Conference on 18th April 2024, at Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The event held in association with Polymer Technology Ireland and First Polymer Training, will bring together Irish and International industry plastics leaders,

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