Research facilities

The School has excellent facilities with well-equipped teaching and research laboratories, modern lecture theatres, and dedicated computer suites.

In addition to the extensive range of state-of-the-art facilities listed below, we have a strong presence in a number of  Research institutes and centres.
James Chadwick Building

The James Chadwick Building

The James Chadwick Building houses our pilot scale area, containing a range of large-scale industrial processing equipment, which is one of the largest and best equipped of any European university.

Electron Microscopy Centre

Electron Microscopy Centre

The Centre houses a suite of 20 electron microscopes, comprising 12 scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), two dual beam Focused Ion Beam (FIB) microscopes, and five transmission electron microscopes (TEMs). This includes the state-of-the-art FEI Titan G2 80-200 scanning transmission electron microscope (S/TEM) with ChemiSTEM™ technology, the first of its kind in the UK.

Manchester beamlines at DIAMOND

Manchester beamlines at DIAMOND

The University of Manchester has joined forces with Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, to produce a world-class imaging facility. This allows researchers in a wide range of fields to create high-quality 3D images of samples including engineering components, biomaterials, fossils, organic materials and energy devices such as fuel cells.

Facilities in mass and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies (NMR)

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a powerful, continually evolving analytical technique with wide applications in chemical, biological, pharmaceutical and medical sciences. This technique has made rapid strides over the last two decades, both in theory and in applications, and works in conjunction with modern computer and information technology. The breadth and quality of information attainable from NMR measurements makes it unique among spectroscopic tools.

Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility (MXIF)

Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility (MXIF)

The Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility provides academic and industrial users a suite of 10 world-class complementary non-destructive 3D X-ray imaging instruments. MXIF enables researchers from a wide range of disciplines to analyse and characterise materials samples as large as 1m in diameter or to image with spatial resolutions of 1mm to 50nm using the highest resolution machines in the UK.

High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster

N8 High Performance Computing (N8 HPC)

N8 HPC currently offers a shared 'Tier 2' HPC facility underpinning world-class research, enabling collaborations between institutions and creating the opportunity to engage more effectively with business and the community. The computing capability and capacity available to leading researchers in the N8 universities, provides a platform for sharing methodological and technical expertise, and creates new opportunities for business-facing collaborative research.

The Computational Shared Facility (CSF)

The CSF is a collection of servers joined together to form a large High Performance Computing resource, for University researchers to run computationally-intensive calculations, simulations, and problem analyses. It is built on a shared model, the expansion of which is funded by research groups. The service began in spring 2011 and is operated on behalf of the research community by IT Services.

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