University of Nottingham

The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry

UKRPIF award: £10.35 million
Officially opened: February 2017

The Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry is designed to enable industry/academic research collaboration into green energy chemistry. The facility houses state of the art teaching and research laboratories, academic offices and seminar rooms.

Research themes supported within the centre include:

  • Generating valuable chemicals from waste and other sustainable feedstocks
     
  • Pioneering use of new techniques and technologies that minimise energy and maximise reaction efficiency, including flow chemistry, microwave heating and photochemistry.
     
  • Making vital molecules efficiently by computational modelling of reactions, development of new catalysts and the use of environmentally benign solvents and reagents
     
  • Developing sustainable materials for the next generation of batteries and photovoltaics
     
  • Measuring sustainability of chemical processes through life cycle analysis and other tools

The building is designed to be carbon-neutral over its lifetime, powered by renewable energy sources such as solar power and sustainable biofuel.

In addition to the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) award, the University of Nottingham’s strategic partner GlaxoSmithKline provided £12m in capital co-investment towards the Centre’s construction, with energy supplier E.ON also providing cofounding.