Research at the Materials Innovation Factory

Limitless potential

The unique nature of the Materials Innovation Factory provides a new template for how researchers can work together to meet society’s grand challenges, and drive the UK’s competitive advantage.

Through the use of Computer Aided Materials Science (CAMS) and high-throughput (HT) automation we aim to develop new approaches to materials science, re-thinking potential applications and bringing it into the 21st Century.  The potential that new, and at scale, aggregations of automation, control and cognitive computing can offer is limitless.

Our Chemistry Department, achieved 2nd place in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework.

Research activity includes Organic Materials (academic lead Andy Cooper), Inorganic Materials (Matthew Rosseinsky), Nanomedicines (Andrew Owen, Steve Rannard), Sustainability (Jose Lopez-Sanchez), Genomic Sequencing (Christiane Hertz-Fowler), and High Throughput Formulation/Automation.

The Materials Innovation Factory will house the Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design, created to drive a design revolution for functional materials at the atomic scale. The prestigious award from the Leverhulme Trust 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.


Case Studies

De Novo Materials Design

De Novo Materials Design

From cutting carbon emissions and air pollution to drug delivery, some of our world’s most pressing problems are dependent on the development of new materials.

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The Shape of Spaces

The Shape of Spaces

A new method of analysis, topological data analysis, promises to uncover the underlying patterns in everything from climate research data to crystalline materials.

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Steve Rannard talks about his Nanomedicine research:

Sam Chong talks about her research into powder diffraction method development: