Institutes and centres

As a school we work closely with several interdisciplinary University research institutes and centres. An overview of each can be found on this page with links to their websites for further information.

  • Centre for Nuclear Energy Technology (C-NET)

    C-NET's collaborative research programmes and facilities build on existing capabilities across The University of Manchester in key disciplines such as materials performance, computational fluid dynamics, applied nuclear physics, and structural integrity. In addition to reactor technology, engineering and science, C-NET also carries out studies on the economic, management and socio-political aspects of nuclear energy.

  • Centre for Process Integration (CPI)

    The Centre for Process Integration (CPI) is a world leader in the field of conceptual process design. The methodologies developed allow environmentally friendly process design with the most efficient use of raw materials, energy and capital. The Centre enjoys an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its work, gained from many years of successful research and technology transfer.

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  • Dalton Nuclear Institute (DNI)

    Research by the School at the Institute is focused on the sustainability of nuclear power on a life cycle basis relative to other energy options, including fossil and renewables. We aim to enhance the safe and secure supply of affordable, low carbon energy world-wide by developing and delivering the research and skills required to address key challenges in the field of nuclear energy.

  • International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM)

    The International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM) is leading research that seeks to advance the fundamental understanding and use of advanced materials across a variety of energy and industrial applications. Established in 2012, the ten-year $100m investment programme is modelled on a "Hub and Spoke" structure, with the "hub" located within The University of Manchester.

  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB)

    Focusing on advanced quantitative approaches to specific biotechnology challenges at the interface between medicine and biology and the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computation the MIB enjoys a unique pluralistic and open research culture that is supported by world-class infrastructure. The establishment of multi-skilled interdisciplinary teams with critical mass generates unique capabilities that cannot be realised through virtual associations between PIs or research units to develop regional, national and international partnerships in biotechnology research.

  • Manchester Integrating Medicine & Innovative Technology (MIMIT)

    The University and Greater Manchester NHS and Primary Care Organisations have joined forces to create MIMIT™ - an initiative which facilitates collaborations between clinicians, scientists, engineers and industry to develop innovative technology for patient benefit. MIMIT™ seizes opportunities to enable clinical problems to be identified more readily and, most importantly, improve patient outcomes by bringing innovative technology developments to fruition.

  • Photon Science Institute (PSI)

    The Institute provides an innovative and interdisciplinary environment for research into and the application of photon science - the understanding of how light interacts with matter. The Institute fosters collaborations across the physical, engineering, material, medical and biological sciences to produce high-quality research and knowledge transfer.

  • Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI)

    The Sustainable Consumption Institute is a University Inter-disciplinary research institute focusing on the challenge of how to reshape consumption in order to achieve sustainability. Research programmes focus on understanding consumer choices, habits and routines and how they can become more sustainable; accelerating sustainable innovation in products, services and systems; exploring alternative framings of sustainable consumption and the politics underpinning them and; developing novel methodologies to advance the evidence base on sustainable consumption.

  • The National Graphene Institute (NGI)

    The £61m National Graphene Institute is the national centre for graphene research in the UK, drawing in specialists from across the globe. It houses state-of-the-art cleanroosm,plus laer, optical, metrology and chemical labs and equipment- the ideal environment for worl-class graphene research.

  • The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC)

    The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) will fill a critical gap in the ecosystem for graphene and 2D material research, development and application in the UK. The University’s second work-class multi-million pound grapheme-focused centre will see industry-led development in applications through partnerships with academics.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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)

    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.

  • 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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