Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence

new green chemistry building

Our innovative new building officially opened on 5 September 2014

Girl working in Lab

Research is carried out under across 4 Technology Platforms

‌The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) is an internationally-leading academic facility for pioneering pure and applied green and sustainable chemical research through its technology platforms on microwave chemistry, alternative solvents, clean synthesis and renewable materials. Our facilities allow us to work from grams to kilograms with a strong emphasis on waste valorisation and clean technologies. The GCCE also provides high quality education and training programmes and develops strategic partnerships with global corporations and world-leading universities.

Our New Building

  • Larger, state-of-the-art laboratories
  • 20 fumehoods
  • an instrumentation room
  • a reactor room
  • A new bespoke Industrial Engagement Facility, part-funded by the ERDF, with a capacity of over 100 personnel.  
new building

Our people


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PhD Vacancies

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The GCCE is a partner in BioVale, a new initiative to support development of the bio-based economy in Yorkshire and the Humber.


The group works at the frontiers of green chemistry research in the following areas:

Alternative Solvents Button

Alternative Solvents

Renewable Materials

Renewable Materials

Clean Synthesis

Clean Synthesis

Microwave Chemistry

Microwave Chemistry





The GCCE works closely with industry to deliver competitive tailor-made solutions that are more profitable, less wasteful and less damaging to the environment.‌




Latest News 

Waste not, want not - The Mole
November 2015

GCCE Discusses Incorporating Biomass into Chemical Manufacturing with BASF
October 2015

York launches green solvent service
October 2015

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