University of Manchester

Multidisciplinary Characterisation Facility

UKRPIF award: £18 million
Officially opened: March 2015

The Multidisciplinary Characterisation Facility supports developments in advanced materials and manufacturing through accelerating innovation from the laboratory to the market.

The UKRPIF funded the construction of the facility within the university’s refurbished Alan Turing Institute, and supported procurement and installation of cutting-edge equipment, including four 18T X-ray systems with custom-built hutches.

The facility supports collaborative research projects between academics and businesses, and has received co-investment from a wide range of companies that produce and process materials in various manufacturing sectors.

Supporting companies include:

  • BP plc
  • Rolls-Royce
  • AMEC
  • Sellafield
  • NNL
  • FEI Company
  • Xradia
  • Rapiscan Systems
  • AREVA
  • Westinghouse
  • TiSiC.