University of Liverpool

Materials Innovation Factory

The Materials Innovation Factory is a £65 million partnership between the University of Liverpool, Unilever and the former Higher Education Funding Council for England to develop a unique materials chemistry research hub. It provides an unparalleled suite of open access, state-of-the-art equipment and internationally-leading academic expertise. 

Project summary

Opened in 2017, the MIF is housed in a brand new, four-storey £37 million building, providing the University and Unilever with private laboratory and office space, and shared access to an advanced high throughput characterisation and measurement suite. The facility provides a modern research environment designed to facilitate collaboration, networking and knowledge exchange. 

Within the building design, provision has been made to accommodate other users on a flexible, open-access basis. Companies will be able to use the shared equipment set and access the talent contained within the building to develop fundamental innovations in manufacturing at the molecular level and create new materials with step-change functional enhancement in a range of important applications. 

The MIF helps accelerate research and reduce new product discovery times, helping to drive economic growth and UK competitiveness in a range of sectors. 

Specifically it will encompass: 

  • energy
  • home and personal care
  • pharmaceuticals
  • genomics
  • food and drink
  • paints and coatings
  • bio manufacturing.