Building a new sustainable hub for chemical engineering
The University of Manchester is building an Industrial Hub for Sustainable Chemical Engineering with a £1m grant from the Wolfson Foundation.
The grant will begin the transformation of the University’s existing Pilot Plant for Chemical Engineering, creating a world-leading facility for sustainable chemical processing. This space will bring researchers together with industry professionals to provide the vital infrastructure needed to test advanced technologies that prototype industrial-scale processes.
Manchester is the birthplace of Chemical Engineering, and the University continues to be a prime destination for industry‐relevant training. Today our academic researchers are at the forefront of some of the globe’s most transformational science and engineering discoveries.
Professor Lev Sarkisov, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering has said about the project: “We are developing the new generation of sustainable chemical technologies by combining advanced concepts in multiscale modelling, materials, data science and process optimization.
"The new Industrial Hub will be the testing ground for these technologies at the pilot scale, accelerating their transition to the industrial practice. With the new facility, Manchester will lead research and innovation on clean energy working closely with industry and delivering a new curriculum for the next generation chemical engineers.”
With support from the Wolfson Foundation, The University of Manchester will be able to significantly accelerate the UK’s ambitions for a thriving low carbon industrial sector. The new facilities will replicate industrial scale technologies and optimise industrial chemical processes, advancing scientific research to deliver solutions to the climate crisis.
The new Industrial Hub for Sustainable Chemical Engineering will be developed in the James Chadwick Building, which is part of the new £450m home for engineering and materials science - Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) - opening in September 2022.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, has said: “With support from the Wolfson Foundation, The University of Manchester will be able to significantly accelerate the UK’s ambitions for a thriving low carbon industrial sector. The new facilities will replicate industrial scale technologies and optimise industrial chemical processes, advancing scientific research to deliver solutions to the climate crisis.
We are excited to build on our position as the UK's primary university programme for the delivery of sustainable chemical engineering research and training the engineers of tomorrow.”
About the new home for engineering and materials science
Manchester’s new engineering and materials science development will provide world-class sustainable research facilities, alongside flexible and innovative teaching and learning spaces that will enable students to shape their own learning environment. It will house a community of 8,000 students, researchers, academics and professional services staff. This will be the largest concentration of interdisciplinary engineering expertise in any UK university.