The Collaborative Technology Access Programme (cTAP) provides businesses access to facilities and expertise located in the Chemistry Department currently unavailable to inwardly investing businesses within the UK.

The £11.3 million technology facility enables businesses to access a suite of cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities worth almost £7 million.

Available instrumentation

The list below highlights some of the instrumentation that is available for use by businesses engaging in collaborative research programmes with the department:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy (£1.7 million)
  • Chromatography and mass spectrometry instruments (£1.5 million)
  • Molecular beam epitaxy machine (£1 million) which is used to manufacture semiconductor devices
  • Next generation 3D microprinting system with a range of applications including bioengineering
  • Raman spectrometer
  • SEM Microscope
  • FT infrared spectrophotometer
  • High performance liquid chromatograph
  • X-ray fluorescence spectrometry
  • Nanoscribe

Alongside wider university investment in chemistry, engineering and physics, this instrumentation will provide companies with unparalleled access to expertise and facilities across the university.

An overview of the space

The three-floor building will provide more than 10,000 square feet of space to house facilities, including laboratory and write-up space, meeting accommodation and dedicated rooms for instrumentation.

Independent assessments underpinning the case for investment in the cTAP estimate that the investment will enable the university to realise £90 to £150 million in additional value to the economy over the next 15 years. It will also see the creation of more than 100 high-value jobs within SMEs.

North West England hosts the largest manufacturing sector in the UK generating £21 billion. There are 16,500 high value manufacturing companies in the North West, employing 400,000 people.


The cTAP programme is part-funded (£9,084,336) from the North West operational Programme for the European Regional Development Fund.