Facilities

 ‌‌GCCE building

In the latest phase of development, the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) has been re-housed in a new building on the Department of Chemistry site. The new Centre includes larger, state-of-the-art laboratories and a new bespoke Industrial Engagement Facility, part-funded by the ERDF, with a capacity of over 100 personnel.  

The GCCE houses a range of dedicated research facilities. These include both extensive state of the art analytical instruments and a number of specialised reactors utilising latest developments in reactor technology and reactor designs which aid energy and reagent efficiency and minimise or eliminate the use or generation of toxic chemicals. The Centre has state-of-the-art equipment for microwave chemistry, supercritical fluid extraction, preparation and characterisation of biomaterials and heterogeneous catalysts as well as small molecule identification. 

The Green Chemistry Group has strong collaborations with a number of other research centres giving it access to a wider range of analytical and laboratory equipment. The new Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) is a joint venture between the GCCE and its sister organisation in the Department of Biology, the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP). The BDC has larger scale versions of equipment used in the GCCE including a 10 litre CO2 extractor/reactor, 30 Kgh-1 microwave processor, associated large scale chemistry equipment and pre-treatment facilities such as maceration, milling, fibre explosion and pelletisation.

Analytical Facilities

The members of the Green Chemistry Group have access to extensive analytical facilities in our laboratory as well as in the Department of Chemistry and throughout the whole University. These facilities include a wide range of instruments which enable a variety of measurements and test for fully comprehensive characterisation of compounds and processes.

  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
  • UV-visible Spectroscopy
  • Thermal Analysis
  • IR Spectroscopy
  • Porosimetry
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Gas Chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Powder and crystal X-ray diffraction

Specialist Reactors

The design and operation of chemical reactors are vital elements in every manufacturing process. The design process governs the efficiency and performance of a reactor and as such is an important aspect of chemical engineering which can contribute to lower energy costs and lower amounts of waste. The Green Chemistry Group explores the use of novel reaction technology to benefit reaction efficiency through improved yields and material utilisation and minimised energy consumption. The Green Chemistry Group has a number of specialist reactors, including:

  • High pressure reactor
  • Supercritical carbon dioxide reactor
  • Microwave reactor
  • Membrane reactor
  • Multipoint reactor

 

Piece of lab equipment