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Teaching and research in the department is supported by outstanding facilities across both experiment and theory. We have highlighted some of the resources available below, and always welcome equiries from students and researchers interested in using these resources in their work.

We also have close links with engineering companies based at the nearby, University-owned Thornton Science Park site, a centre for research and innovation at the heart of the North West chemical industries.  Over twenty embedded engineering companies, ranging from start-ups in our incubators to industrial-scale research laboratories, are based on this site, many of which collaborate closely with the department through industrially-focussed research projects.

Engineering Software Laboratories

Modelling work is a key aspect of research in our department and is more and more important industrially.  Areas of interest to our staff include bioenergy process simulation, computational fluid dynamics, quantum mechanics of materials, optimisation and systems biology.  Students develop skills in these areas in the Engineering Software Laboratories, where industry-leading software such as the ANSYS software suite for fluids and materials modelling is available.

Materials Characterisation and Micro-Analysis Laboratory

The Materials Characterisation and Micro-Analysis Laboratory is very well equipped and includes facilities for high resolution surface profilometry, crystalline phase investigation by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy for high-resolution imaging with micro-area elemental analysis (SEM-EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) for surface and thin-film chemical analysis. The laboratory also houses high quality optical microscopes configured for bright and dark field imaging, polarisation, phase and interference contrast. The facilities are completed by atomic force and scanning tunnelling microscopy (AFM/STM).

Chemical Engineering Laboratories

A number of Chemical Engineering Laboratories are available for teaching and research.  These are well equipped and supported by specialist laboratory staff.  Several industrial partners also use our laboratory space.

Biotechnology Laboratory

The Biotechnology Laboratory includes facilities for research in the areas of bioinformatics & computer modelling, bioreactors and genomics. With two additional laboratories for microbiology recently having been commissioned, this is a particular strength of the department.

Supercomputer cluster

The Chemical Engineering Department has access to the Faculty of Science and Engineering's Supercomputer cluster. Our cluster consists of a combined processor power of 312 cores. Intel Xeon E5 series @ 2.5GHz CPUs are incorporated adding up to 530GB of memory in total. Cores are divided among 17 compute nodes linked via high-speed infiniband interconnects.