Faraday Building Refurbishment for Chemistry

Lancaster University has invested more than £26 million into Chemistry facilities and equipment, providing a cutting-edge environment for research and teaching for Lancaster’s Chemistry department.

Lancaster’s Chemistry department is further complemented by an £11.3 million Collaborative Technology Access Programme (cTAP) annex (part-funded with a £9 million grant from the European Regional Development Fund), which has been purpose-built to facilitate research and development partnerships with North West industry.

Professor Mark E. Smith, Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, said: "Chemistry is a core science which enhances Lancaster’s ability to address major scientific problems, and working closely with other departments across the university will enhance our cross-disciplinary research excellence.

“In addition, the department, and its superb new facilities, enable us to significantly support, and work alongside, the region’s chemistry-related industry – one of the largest concentrations in the UK.”

Professor Peter Fielden, Head of Chemistry at Lancaster University, said: “This investment is a huge signal of Lancaster’s intention to be one of the leading Chemistry departments in the UK.

“Our students benefit from excellent staff-to-student ratios, research-led teaching, and from an impressive suite of modern, dedicated instrumentation and equipment. Our cTAP facility will also bolster Lancaster’s role as a regional economic anchor by working closely with businesses to support research and development of commercial products.”

New facilities at Lancaster’s Chemistry department’s disposal include:

  • Two teaching labs each with a capacity of 60 students; one tailored for flexible synthetic chemistry teaching with three separate bays each of 10 fume hoods, the other for physical and analytical teaching containing a variety of modern spectroscopic, analytical and computational instrumentation.
  • Two large research laboratories, each designed to accommodate and support around 25 researchers in synthetic and physical/analytical/biological chemistry.
  • A £1.2 million Solid State NMR machine that weighs three tonnes. Two solution state NMR machines that cost around £300,000; one is used primarily for research by Lancaster’s Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy research group to characterise and measure the properties of atoms, molecules, solids, materials and biological systems.
  • X-ray diffractometers for the analysis of crystals, powders and thin-films. Using these techniques researchers can determine the chemical structures of new materials, and also identify known materials from complex mixtures.
  • Electron and atomic force microscopes such as the Keysight 5500 allow researchers to view objects magnified millions of times, and images in air, fluids, and under controlled environmental and temperature conditions.
  • Raman spectroscopy equipment that is used to characterise biological materials, including live cells and biopharmaceutical therapeutics.
  • An array of mass spectrometry equipment allows the identification and quantification of trace compounds. Applications of this include impurity monitoring, food and beverage analysis, forensics and toxicology, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.
  • A Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT, which is the fastest microscale 3D printer available, with an achievable feature size of 1 µm (micrometer) and smaller.

More information about Chemistry at Lancaster can be found at http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/chemistry/