University of Liverpool
The Materials Innovation Factory (MIF)
UKRPIF award: £11 million
Officially opened: October 2018
The MIF is a four-storey facility designed to help accelerate the discovery process of new materials and provide potential solutions to a range of global challenges including climate change, clean water and battery energy storage.
The centre, which boasts one of the highest concentration of automated equipment for materials chemistry in the world, includes open access lab and office space to accommodate postdoctoral and PHD students, academics, research technicians and businesses.
As the project’s main partner providing £25m in co-investment, Unilever has a floor dedicated to research and development to drive the company’s commercial activity.
The development of the MIF has also enabled further collaboration between other universities. The centre’s open access area includes The Royce@Liverpool, a £10m grant-funded laboratory installed by the Sir Henry Royce Institute, a research and innovation partnership that includes the universities of Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London.