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EPSRC Reference: EP/T023406/1
Title: Supporting World-Class Labs at the University of Manchester
Principal Investigator: Flavell, Professor W
Other Investigators:
Fagan, Professor C Lindsay, Dr R Strashnov, Dr I
Muryn, Dr CA Jones, Dr M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: The Research Office
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 13 February 2020 Ends: 12 August 2021 Value (£): 600,000
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Chemical Biology Chemical Synthetic Methodology
Co-ordination Chemistry
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
05 Nov 2019 EPSRC Capital Award for Core Equipment Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Since its creation in 2004, the University of Manchester has focussed on building its reputation for world-class research, and has risen rapidly in world university league tables. It now ranks within the top 35 institutions in the world. Our stated aim is to to provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and pioneer arrangements for their more efficient use, including sharing.

Now we propose to use our EPSRC Capital Award for Core Equipment to support researchers in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, by providing state-of-the-art equipment in fields aligned with University of Manchester strategic priorities. Following a round of competitive bidding, the projects we have chosen for investment are:

* A state-of-the-art powder X-ray diffractometer (XRD) for determining the structure of materials. This will increase the capability and capacity of our XRD facility by replacing an obsolete instrument. The new capabilities will support our growing portfolios of research in catalysis and identifying newly-synthesised materials, particularly porous materials. The instrument will be available to all researchers from the University of Manchester and to external users in other universities and also industry.

* A high resolution, high throughput mass spectrometer for identification and detection of large biomolecules. This will increase the capability and capacity of our mass spectrometry facility by replacing two ageing instruments that were decommissioned during 2019. The instrument is particularly useful for identifying heavy molecules, such as those used in biomanufacturing, or in the bio-synthesis of pharmaceuticals, molecular machines, and nanostructures. The instrument will be available to researchers in the University of Manchester, other universities and a wide range of industry users.

* A unique 'make and characterise' facility for mineral dusts, which will be created by co-locating new and existing instruments. A jet mill will be used to create the dusts that will then be characterised in one location. This will allow us to study how jet engines are destroyed by dust, mimicking the real conditions inside a jet engine. It will provide a significant uplift in our capability in this field, will underpin multidisciplinary collaborations between environmental sciences and mechanical engineering, and support longstanding collaborations with the aviation industry.

* A new workstation for studying materials under environmental conditions where they can be electrochemically corroded, in order to find new ways to protect them. Examples are the flowing solutions saturated with hydrogen sulphide that are encountered in geothermal power stations and the flowing fluid conditions found inside oil pipelines. It will be used by around 20 groups working in metallurgy and corrosion and their external partners in other universities and in industry.

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