Our Vision

To drive product innovation in the chemistry-using industries by the application of materials chemistry, delivered through collaborative R&D from a world-class centre of excellence.

About KCMC

The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry was officially launched in March 2009 by the Rt Hon John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

With initial investment of £15 million from the Northwest Development Agency and academic partner organisations, our aim is to drive industrial growth for the UK chemistry-using industries through the coordination, development and exploitation of leading-edge materials chemistry research.


The KCMC operates as a discrete business unit within the Knowledge Transfer Network, with services delivered through a central team of knowledge-transfer experts and dedicated resources at our academic partner organisations embracing:

• >40 senior academics
• >250 scientists dedicated to materials chemistry research
• over £20 million investment in facilities within the past 5 years

Management Team and Project Partners

The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry is a centre of expertise that brings together leading-edge academic research facilities, knowledge and expertise in applied materials chemistry at the universities of Bolton, Liverpool, Manchester and the molecular modelling capabilities of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (SFTC) at Daresbury.

KCMC Management Team

CPI to host the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry, accelerating UK open innovation 1 June 2017 Wilton, UK – The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), the UK’s technology innovation provider for the process industry, today announced that it is now host to the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC). The KCMC works to link chemistry-using…

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KCMC is hosted at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)