• Centre for materials Discovery (CMD)

The Centre for Materials Discovery (CMD) has established a core capability in High Throughput (HT) techniques and instrumentation to enable the discovery of innovative materials for high value applications.

Working with collaborators from the University of Liverpool, other institutions and commercial organisations, they deliver accelerated synthesis, formulation and characterisation programs across a variety of application areas and industries.

CMD is engaged in various areas of materials research, with particular focus on energy-related applications, polymers, porous materials, and nanomaterials. However, the broad base of synthesis, formulation and characterization instrumentation is of general applicability, and projects fields as diverse as catalysts, lubricants, home and personal care, biomedical devices and inorganic coatings are also served.

  • Micro-biorefinery

The University of Liverpool and Unilever have been awarded £2.83million from the Regional Growth Fund to establish a microbiorefinery research facility and develop novel functional materials from non-petrochemical feedstocks.

The project aims to promote environmentally sustainable operations and presents the University with a unique opportunity to extend its Centre for Materials Discovery (CMD) to include high-throughput biorefining, creating a unique facility in the UK.

Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy

The Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy is dedicated to exploring the future of renewable, clean and sustainable energy technologies.

We connect research strengths, technologies and experts from a broad mix of disciplines from across the University, including Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Biology.

Proud of our Liverpool roots, we work closely within our local community to research sustainable energy issues. However, we also forge vital relationships with academic networks, research centres and industry, enabling us to tap into a unique pool of expertise, essential to developing truly innovative solutions that meet the world’s future energy demands.

In addition to our research programme, we allow PhD students and postgraduates to work on energy-related projects and technologies providing them with relevant skills and knowledge to meet the UK and global demand for graduates in this emerging job market.

  • Centre for Materials and Structures

Short presentation on the Atomic Layer Deposition capabilities within Liverpool

The Centre for Materials & Structures exists to meet the global demand for cost effective, sustainable materials and structures in industries such as transport, medicine, energy production and the built environment.

We are internationally known in many fields of research and technology, including microscopy, manufacturing process design, biomedical materials and functional materials.

Discovering novel materials and structures

Our research and development programme involves prestigious external partners and benefits from a recent £8m investment in facilities for materials characterisation, synthesis and processing.

Research specialisms

We have a sizeable and expanding group of research specialists. Here are some of our key themes:

  • Nanostructured functional materials
  • structural materials and mechanics for optimum structural design
  • explosion resistance and impact loading
  • materials degradation at high temperatures


The University of Bristol has wide ranging expertise in materials chemistry, supported by outstanding and, in many cases unique, equipment and infrastructure. Specific areas of focus are:

  • Advanced composite materials

Activities are led by the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) (, which brings together expertise across the University of Bristol. Specific areas of interest for materials chemistry in this area are structural materials with added functionality, e.g. for sensing, or self-repair, and new material architectures incorporating novel fibres, matrices and nanomaterials. The long-standing links between the School of Chemistry and Engineering, and our close association with the National Composites Centre (NCC) ( in Bristol, allows pull-through of new materials from design to application.

  • Materials for Energy

This is a broad theme which covers many topical areas of research, including materials for electrochemical solar energy conversion and storage, hydrogen storage materials, new catalysts for methane, bioalcohol and carbon dioxide conversion, and fundamental research into materials of interest to the nuclear industry (led out of the Interface Analysis Centre and South West Nuclear Hub) (

  • Soft matter and colloids

This has long been an area of expertise within the School of Chemistry, and we continue to have interests in both the fundamental and applied aspects of these materials.

PhD level training in materials chemistry research is particularly vibrant at Bristol, facilitated by several relevant EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) ( ), which provide flagship national research, training and collaboration opportunities in Chemical Synthesis, Advanced Composites, Functional Nanomaterials, Catalysis,       Diamond Science and Technology, and Theory and Modeling.

Materials chemistry research is facilitated by outstanding infrastructure and equipment. This ranges from:


  • Institute for Materials Research & Innovation (IMRI)

IMRI is a multi-disciplinary centre designed to cultivate research and innovation activities in collaboration with industry and other academic institutions.

The institute leads the UK and is internationally known for its strong applied materials science and engineering applications through the development of new, designer and novel smart and multifunctional materials (fibers, fabrics, films, foams and particles) at nano and micro levels, as well as associated processing technologies that strive to contribute to futuristic solutions and new horizons within the global marketplace

  • Institute for Renewable Energy & Environmental Technologies

The Institute for Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies (IREET) is a multi-disciplinary research centre focusing on world class innovative research in collaboration with industry and leading academic institutions, aiming at advanced and sustainable technological solutions for renewable energy generation and clean/hygienic environment.

The research activities of IREET cover various renewable energy systems, novel materials with designer formulation and functionalities (with particular interest in nano-materials and functional thin films), and applied technologies for innovative industrial exploitation.


The materials chemistry expertise at the University of Manchester is extensive with particular strengths in:

  • The design, synthesis and characterisation of novel monomers oligomers and polymers
  • Novel organic semiconductors and dielectrics for use in printed electronics
  • Functional materials for use in sensors
  • Porous materials including polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs) and nanoporous inorganic materials
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Structured carbons including graphene, graphene oxide and nanotubes
  • Surfactants, emulsions and colloids
  • Biomaterials based on polymers and peptides
  • Inkjet printing of a wide range of functional materials
  • Crystallisation of functional materials

Within the School of Chemistry there are two centres devoted to specific aspects of materials chemistry. They are the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC) and the Centre for Nanoporous Materials (CNM).


A venture by the Science & Technology Facilities Council and IBM allows the chemistry-using industries to solve business challenges through leveraging High Performance Computing (HPC), visualisation and ‘big data’ technology platforms to model, simulate and predict which high fidelity and speed.

Benefits include:

  • Sharper innovation and improved global competitiveness
  • Lower research and development costs
  • Shorter time to  market

Capabilities include:

Materials Science & Computational Chemistry

Model, simulate and predict the structure of materials in order to develop new materials which can result in new technologies, for example

  • Formulate products using mesoscale modelling and design technologies for property prediction and control
  • Catalyst technology modelled at the atomistic scale for optimised fuel cell performance
  • Packaging material innovations for greener products
  • Oil extraction process enhanced through multi-scale modelling of complex fluids
  • Innovations in nanoelectronics through a deeper understanding of atomistic behaviour at material interfaces

Service offerings:

Collaborative R&D

Outcome focused projects

“Help me make a better…..”

Software & Algorithms

New software applications for HPC or Big Data

New Algorithms

Optimisation of existing codes for new platforms / architectures

Training & Skills

Logical course curriculum to broaden and deepen adoption and application of Modeling & Simulation

Platform as a Service

Timeshare use of Hartree assets

Predominantly self service

Primary cost element is machine asset time

May or may not include Hartree owned software assets

May include some separately costed Hartree staff effort

Primary focus sectors include:

Materials & Chemistry


Nuclear Science



Life Sciences


Southampton Skills

Chemistry at Southampton is well-known nationally and internationally for its excellence and long-standing reputation for expertise and innovation. The award-winning department is particularly focused on the synthesis, processing and application of new materials and functional molecules vital to driving future innovation and technology, and improving the sustainability of our society through developments in areas such as energy, catalysis and healthcare.

In order to address these challenges, Southampton is at the forefront of developments to synthesise diverse classes of inorganic, organic, solid-state and supramolecular materials and assemblies, as well as having a world-leading reputation in electrochemistry and its applications.

On-site access to fabrication and clean room facilities in the University provides a direct route to processing new structures and devices. Expertise in computational methods provides a detailed understanding of material properties for diverse applications.

Southampton also provides unique services to science and industry for materials diffraction and is home to the UK National Crystallography Service, which supports and develops world-leading research in chemistry, biochemistry and physical sciences.

Additionally a wide variety of analytical skills are available via the Southampton Chemistry Analytical Solutions (SCAS) with particular expertise in NMR (liquid and solid state) and Mass Spectrometry and X-ray Diffraction.  The department has one of the best scientific glassblowing and design workshops in the country.

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