Materials Innovation Factory services

Our services

Working with MIF, businesses from start-ups to global leaders take advantage of state of the art digital technology and academic research to make R&D more cost effective and impactful.

We provide flexible access to our lab facilities, equipment and technical support, to help you quickly scale-up your capacity and achieve greater precision, accuracy and speed in your research.

For longer term projects, our collaborative team can help you build strategic partnerships with world leading materials chemists and academics to help you innovate to find new solutions to your challenges.

Research Services

We can tailor access to our unrivalled aggregation of robotics, automation equipment and academic experts depending on your needs. We can facilitate both contract and collaborative research. Our highly skilled on-site technical team can support the lifespan of your project, from scoping experiments, running samples, through to data analysis and results feedback.

The Materials Innovation Factory also hosts the Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design. This research centre is at the academic forefront of materials discovery and driving a shift in the way new materials are discovered. The close working relationship between the MIF and the Leverhulme Research Centre allows for rapid translation of academic research into industry practices.

The Leverhulme Research Centre is a ten year research grant that provides funding for PhD students and post-doctoral research associates.

Flexible Access

We offer a variety of engagement models - from one-day use for sample analysis, to longer term Research Hotel residencies for up to seven people. This offers you the flexibility to access our state of the art equipment and facilities on an on-demand basis or to co-locate your research teams on site with our specialists to benefit from being immersed in an environment made for translational research.

Training and Education

Training on how to use specific equipment can be offered on a project by project basis to upskill your workforce. Our apprentice scheme, outreach activities and funded PhDs are another route to discovering more of the MIF's potential. In addition, the MIF hosts an Advanced Training Centre (ATC) that trains PhD graduates to operate at the interface of physical science, artificial intelligence (AI), data science, and robotics, to create the leaders in data-enabled science that UK industry and academia requires to deliver breakthroughs in research and innovation.

Video: A range of supportive approaches

Dr Jon Mercer outlines the range of supportive approaches we can offer to accelerate your research process.

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