Sir Henry Royce Institute - Liverpool Equipment

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Chemistry

Abstract

Our vision is sustainable international leadership in chemical materials design that will allow the UK to discover new step change functional materials, thus driving inward investment and economic growth. This will be driven by scientific excellence, will be strongly integrated with industrial exploitation, and will link together the world premier groups in the UK to maximise return on investment. Operationally, we will use the existing Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) infrastructure and its business model to ensure that this theme operates as a distinct and unique offering that is accessible to external partners in a clearly branded and state-of-the-art space-this will become the Royce @ Laboratory, and it will operate within the broader 11,600 m2 Materials Innovation Factory. By choosing this route, we ensure strong industrial engagement from the outset: at least 110 industrial researchers from at least two major UK companies will be collocated in the same building on 'day one'. Hence, we can demonstrate cross-sector benefit in this Royce Institute theme to our funders and this greatly enhances future prospects for long-term sustainability of the theme and makes a strong contribution to the Northern Powerhouse legacy.

Our vision relies on the integration of experimental and computational methods to both accelerate materials discovery through design and to open up access to new classes of both 'hard' and 'soft' functional material. The new enabling methodology for materials discovery that we will create will be actively transferred to the direct drivers of economic growth within key UK industry partners. Our capital request comprises equipment, such as the high-throughput 'Formulation Engine', that is unique not only in the UK but also globally.

Planned Impact

The Pathways to Impact for this funding will be realised through the collective benefits management activity for The Sir Henry Royce Institute

Publications

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Fu Q (2019) Porous Carbon and Carbon/Metal Oxide Composites by Ice Templating and Subsequent Pyrolysis in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

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Gibson QD (2018) BiOCuSeX (X = Cl, Br): A Three-Anion Homologous Series. in Inorganic chemistry

 
Description RCUK have invested in research infrastructure that is housed in the newly formed Materials Innovation Factory at the University of Liverpool. The Materials Innovation Factory is a hub of world class research instrumentation that is maintained by a highly qualified team and is bookable industrial and academic partners. Whilst the research infrastructure had been tendered for and installed during 2017 and through this investment we a developed a world leading hub for materials characterisation. The facility is now used by industrial and academic partners and there is funding available to support equipment and training access.
Exploitation Route Too early to say.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Electronics,Energy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

 
Description The Materials Innovation Factory is a hub of world class research instrumentation that is maintained by a highly qualified team and is bookable industrial and academic partners. The instrumentation enables industrial partners to characterise commercial products in non-academic related projects.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Sir Henry Royce Institute - recurrent grant
Amount £23,057,010 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R00661X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description The Royce: Capitalising on the investment
Amount £1,006,681 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S019367/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 10/2021
 
Description Formulation Engine Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Formulation Engine is a £3 million bespoke facility that allows users working in the Materials Innovation Factory to create an entirely automated workflow - formulating products, testing properties and analysing functionality. The launch event took place as part of the annual UoL Industry-Chemistry Engagement Meeting (I-Chem) which attracted more than 50 representatives from the research and business community. The purpose was to raise awareness of the system and promote engagement with the MIF.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/materials-innovation-factory/news/articles/formulation-engine-launched-a...
 
Description Industry Tours of the MIF Open Access Area 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The MIF team has interacted with over 50 companies or government entities during the last year, with engagement from corporates (such as Unilever, Croda, and NSG, others under NDA), SMEs (M&I Materials, LivFUL, Chemspeed, CeSOLs, Labman Automation), the National Formulation Centre (part of the Advanced Manufacturing Catapult), and policy groups such as the Campaign for Science and Engineering. Tours of the Open Access Area have be fundamental to developing relationships and projects using the Royce equipment and beyond.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Shaping the Future of Royce engagement event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact To develop a strategic focus for applied research in advanced materials and how to supporting innovation across a range of business sectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/manchester-hosts-national-summit-to-shape-uks-advanced-mat...