A DUBLIN research facility in Trinity College will create 50 jobs in the area of nanotechnology.
The facility, called Crann, has received €8m in funding from industry and has aided Ireland to climb to sixth in the global sector.
Director of Crann, John Boland, said that global companies are choosing to invest in Ireland.
"Nanoscience is enabling the products and services of the future and Ireland's researchers are at the heart of this innovation. Companies can partner with institutions from anywhere across the globe, but they are choosing to collaborate with Crann as a result of our world-class research."
Researchers at Crann have already unveiled 37 inventions and 21 patent applications, with four patents granted.