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

The ‘INFINITY’ research and development programme will drive forward the continued search for the best and most diverse portfolio of colour-change pigments. It will involve work within the areas of synthetic chemistry and materials characterisation to investigate the opportunities for multi-colour printing of products and packaging. The project will operate from the company’s headquarters in…

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KCMC is part of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). KTN is the UK's innovation network. KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through its network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. ktn-uk.org