In 2010, the University initiated a £29 million pound phased redevelopment of the Department of Chemistry. New state-of-the-art facilities have now been provided for both research and teaching laboratories.
The first stage of the exciting development involved the completion (in the summer 2012) of phase 2 of the Dorothy Hodgkin Research Building at a cost of £9.4 million. This three-storey building provides high quality, purpose-built, synergistic laboratory space for around 100 researchers. It houses, amongst others, research groups associated with medicinal chemistry, materials/liquid crystals, organometallics, catalysis and solar energy conversion.
In a second development (part funded by the ERDF), a new two-storey building was completed in spring 2014 at a cost of £10 million. On the ground floor, state-of-the-art teaching laboratories provide outstanding professional-standard training facilities for the scientists of tomorrow. The main teaching laboratory (>900 m2) houses 80 two-person fumehoods together with an associated analysis lab (>100 m2), an NMR lab, a computational lab and a spacious social area.
On the upper floor, the building houses our Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, a world leading research centre, which aims to promote the development and implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and related technologies into new products and processes. The centre includes a laboratory with 20 fumehoods, an instrumentation room, a reactor room, lecture/seminar rooms and an associated industrial engagement area.
In 2011, the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) was established. The BDC is a 10-100 kg (10-100 litres) world-class scale-up facility that allows York researchers to test the most promising processes for converting renewables into chemicals and materials. In this way they can prove a new process and/or produce enough product for detailed commercial analysis and assessment for example, by an interested company. The BDC is very much about engaging and working with industry and is a joint venture between Chemistry (Green Chemistry) and Biology (CNAP), which is funded by ERDF and BIS.
In 2012, the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM), a £7 million research centre created together with the Department of Psychology, was established. Research within CHyM focuses on the development and application of hyperpolarisation techniques in NMR and MRI to solve fundamental sensitivity issues.
In 2013, the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories were completed. This is the first dedicated laboratory building in the UK for atmospheric chemistry research, bringing together global computer modelling facilities with laboratory science and instrument technology development plus calibration and logistics support for field observations.