Posted on 9 October 2012
The Chemistry Department plan to develop the first dedicated laboratory building in the UK for atmospheric chemistry research. Supported in part by a £1.25M grant from the Wolfson Foundation, the facility will co-locate state-of-the-art global computer modelling facilities with laboratory science and instrument technology development plus calibration and logistics support for field observations. The Wolfson lab will bring together the atmospheric research teams in Chemistry as well as providing experimental and modelling infrastructure for interdisciplinary research across the University.
The new development will comprise a two-storey building of ~800m2 sited adjacent to the Department of Chemistry, and behind the current ‘Hub’ building. The location has been specifically chosen so that atmospheric chemistry research can remain closely connected to the wider chemistry department, providing opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduates, whilst removing highly sensitive field instruments from potential solvent contamination. The building will contain laboratory space, a modelling suite with visualisation facilities, collaborative research and office space. It will house faculty staff, post-doctoral researchers, external research staff including from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and Defra, postgraduates and undergraduates undertaking research projects. The building is currently planned for completion by summer 2013.