Materials chemistry knowledge centre opened

April 3, 2009

LCGC Europe eNews

LCGC Europe eNews-04-03-2009, Volume 0, Issue 0

The Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory is playing a key part in driving growth and innovation in the UK chemicals industry as part of a new centre launched by John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory is playing a key part in driving growth and innovation in the UK chemicals industry as part of a new centre launched by John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC) brings together leading edge knowledge and capabilities in applied materials chemistry from Daresbury Laboratory and the universities of Bolton, Liverpool and Manchester. It will aim to provide a national centre of expertise to drive innovative, multi-disciplinary research and knowledge transfer for companies of all sizes by providing a ‘one stop shop’ for companies to access a substantial range of world class facilities and expertise in materials chemistry.

With an initial investment of £15 million from the North West Regional Development Agency and academic partner institutions, the centre will drive industrial growth for the UK chemistry-using industries through the coordination, development and exploitation of leading edge materials chemistry research.

John Bancroft, Head of business development in STFC's technology exploitation company CLIK, added, "The chemical industry is one of the UK's largest manufacturing sectors, with an annual turnover of £55 billion, but like all industries it has to keep developing in order to grow. This new centre provides a way for UK chemical companies of all sizes to get access to the skills and facilities they need to help them take advantage of opportunities in areas such as sustainable energy, smart packaging and regenerative medicine."

Computational scientists from Daresbury Laboratory will bring their expertise in computational chemistry to the centre, contributing state-of-the-art modelling and simulation facilities and skills. Industrial projects will also be able to take advantage of the world-class experimental and materials characterization facilities at the Daresbury Laboratory, including photoelectron spectroscopy, surface characterization and advanced electron microscopy.

More information about the KCMC is available at www.materialschemistry.org