Access our research facilities

The University has a range of specialist research facilities available for external organisations to access. 

Cohen Geochemistry Laboratory

Our Cohen Geochemistry laboratory suite has been designed for geochemical research in all areas of environmental geosciences. The facility is a collaborative and flexible space with specialist equipment available for:

  • sample processing and extractions
  • radiochemical and microbiological experimentation
  • chemical and stable isotope analysis
We can offer you logistical support, help with analysis, and method development research.

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Driving simulator

Our simulator group is one of the most advanced in the world within a research environment. It uses motion base technology to create a realistic driving environment.

The facility consists of a large motion-based driving simulator, a commercial truck simulator, and a large immersive pedestrian laboratory. Realistic and repeatable scenarios enable us to study driver and pedestrian behaviour in a safe and controlled environment.

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Haldrup F-55 Grass Harvester

The Haldrup F-55 is a precision plot grass harvester. The harvester is fitted with a Zeiss Corona Extreme Near-Infrared spectrophotometer system that measures the intensity of light relative to its wavelength. This together with the InProcess software allows real time measurements of dry matter content, protein and other indicators of harvest quality. This plot grass harvester is ideal for:

  • whole crop harvesting of grass and forage, weeds, herbs and spices
  • calculation of post-harvest straw weight
The harvester is a Natural Environment and Research Council (NERC) funded purchase and is available for scientists and industry to hire.

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Inductively Coupled Plasma Analysis

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry and Optical Emission Spectrometry are techniques used to determine the concentration of elements in liquid samples. Our equipment is capable of analysing a wide range of samples and is available for consultancy work. You could use this facility to:

  • Monitor water quality
  • Analyse contaminated land
  • Analyse biological samples

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Institute of Process Research and Development

This £4.3 million laboratory provides facilities for chemical processing and small scale manufacture of chemicals to order.

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Leeds electron microscopy and spectroscopy centre

The Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy centre specialises in the microscopic and spectroscopic characterisation of solid materials. The centre works across academic disciplines, delivering advanced materials characterisation techniques.

These help relate a material’s physical properties (such as its mechanical or electronic behaviour) to its chemistry and structure at the micron to angstrom scale. Our team of qualified and trained experts take time to understand your business needs and advise on the appropriate techniques.

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Leeds Nanotechnology Cleanroom

The cleanroom is a fabrication centre, supporting research activities across the physical and life sciences. The facility includes 200 m2 of ISO 5 (class 100) cleanroom containing a range of specialist equipment to suit most micro- and nano-fabrication requirements, including photo- and e-beam lithography, deposition, wet and dry etching, post-processing and characterisation. This cleanroom complements the facilities in the ‘atoms to devices’ (A2D) theme at Leeds, funded by Royce.

Multifunctional Materials Growth Facility

This equipment, funded by Royce, will enable organic, ferromagnetic, piezoelectric, superconducting, and exotic topologically insulating materials to be combined with atomic resolution in a bespoke set of ultra-high vacuum chambers. This will enable electronic and opto-electronic devices to be designed in which the properties are controlled by manipulation of the atomic interfaces.

National Centre for Robotics

The National Centre for Robotics gives our researchers and industrial partners access to a suite of technologies for robot design and construction that is among the most advanced in the world.

Next Generation Sequencing Facility

The next generation sequencing facility is equipped with Illumina HiSeq and MiSeq sequencers, which can be used for sequencing DNA or RNA samples. Depending on requirements, the team can sequence user-prepared libraries or provide a limited library preparation service. The facility is a partnership between the University of Leeds and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Topographical surveying equipment

Topographical surveys map the three-dimensional position of landforms and manmade objects. We have specialist topographical equipment including Leica Viva differential global positioning systems (using GS14 antennae and a REIGL VZ-1000 Terrestrial Laser Scanner). The Terrestrial Laser Scanner provides high-speed, non-contact data for ranges of up to 1400 meters. It uses an infared laser beam and a fast scanning mechanism. It can be used in:

  • topography
  • mining
  • architecture
  • archaeology
  • monitoring
  • civil engineering
  • city modelling

X-ray Diffraction and X-ray Fluoresence (XRD/XRF)

X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluoresence (XRF) are techniques that provide detailed information about the structure, composition and physical properties of materials. We have a range of XRD facilities including a preparation laboratory and an instrument laboratory. Anything that has a crystal structure can be examined - from food to ceramics and geological materials. Examples of how you could use this facility include:

  • the analysis of sediment in effluent pipes
  • examining geological samples for building projects
  • checking the components of materials for quality control purposes

If you are interested in accessing the University's facilities or a particular item of research equipment you can search the N8 database, which holds details of all the equipment and facilities across the N8 university partnership.