Research centres

Materials Innovation Factory

The Materials Innovation Factory is a new facility which will provide an unparalleled suite of open access, state-of-the-art equipment and internationally-leading academic expertise. The multi-million pound centre, established in collaboration with Unilever and due to open in 2017, will develop a new generation of functional materials for science and industry and accelerate the research and development process by a factor of 200.


Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Material Design

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Material Design will drive a design revolution for functional materials at the atomic scale by fusing chemical knowledge with state-of-the-art computer science in a world leading interdisciplinary team. The global importance of this vision exceeds computer-aided design for large-scale engineering structures, which has transformed modern society. The Centre will help to bridge the current design gap by fusing leading-edge synthesis concepts from the physical sciences with ideas from the forefront of computer science, alongside experts in robotics, engineering, management and social science.


Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy

The Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy undertakes inter-disciplinary research into renewable energy sources. As supplies of current fossil-based fuels diminish, the development of new energy sources is one of the defining challenges of the 21st Century. This Institute brings together energy-related research activities from across the University to focus on developing clean and sustainable energy technologies including energy dissipation and friction, wind and marine energy, fusion technology, photovoltaics, carbon capture and storage, sustainable feedstocks, batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen generation and storage, solar harvesting, energy transport.


Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces

The Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces brings together the expertise, ideas, and resources of multinational industry, regional SMEs, the NHS, and the N8 affiliation of research driven Russell Group Universities to develop and share knowledge and innovation in the science of antimicrobial surfaces. With £3.7 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund, EU, the Innovate UK and several industrial partners. The hub will create rapid innovation pipelines by developing connections and forging partnerships between academia and the supply chains that connect innovative SMEs with market leaders.


Surface Science Research Centre

The Surface Science Research Centre (SSRC) was first established as a UK Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in 1989. The current research themes of the SSRC cut across the disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology and materials science, and combine the efforts of both experimentalists and theoreticians. The overarching ambition of this work is to achieve nanoscale control, design and assembly of function.