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 and built for geochemical research in all areas of environmental geosciences. The facility operates as a collaborative and flexible space with specialist equipment available for: sample processing and extractions; radiochemical and microbiological experimentation; and for chemical and stable isotope analysis. We offer logistical support, assistance 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

The Institute for Process Research and Development (iPRD) is a collaborative venture bringing together chemists and chemical process engineers with industry to improve manufacturing processes of fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and new materials. We have a 650m2 process development laboratory, facilities within this include:

  • Custom-built flow chemistry equipment for continuous processing
  • Process analytics technologies (PAT) (turbidity, FTIR, pH, UV-vis, HPLC, GC, mass spec) for inline and online monitoring of reactions
  • PAT-instrumented 20 and 50 litre batch reactors for process development and scale-up
  • Process development separation and isolation equipment

Working with our facilities and academic expertise, we offer professional services that include:

  • Design of novel syntheses and processes
  • Process optimisation to reduce costs and energy use and increase product quality
  • Process understanding and scale-up
  • Training and teaching including IChemE and RSC approved training
  • Consultancy

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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, biological and medical sciences. The main laboratory comprises 200m2 of ISO 5 (class 100) cleanroom and has an extensive microwave and high-frequency electronics infrastructure. In addition, we have a further 30m2 of ISO 3 cleanroom containing our £4.5m electron beam lithography system. Using these tools, it is possible to fabricate structures to a resolution below 10nm. We are involved in projects looking at nano-spintronic devices, nanomagnetism, magnetic nanowires, high frequency nanoelectronics, single-molecule electronics and hybrid bio-electronic materials. The cleanroom is supported by a dedicated technician and a suite of ‘back end’ laboratories for post-processing activities including wafer sawing, scribing and electrical characterisation.

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National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems

Our £4.3m National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems is backed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is designed to drive Britain's international competitiveness in robotics. The facility builds upon the University's achievement using robotics in surgical applications, prosthetics and exploration. Working with over 100 researchers from multiple disciplines, our work covers four main areas:

  • Field robotics – overcoming real-world challenges such as search and rescue following natural disaster
  • Medical robotics - improving surgery, rehabilitation and independent living
  • AI for robotics - helping robots learn from experience
  • Underpinning science and technology – including sensing technologies, robot manufacturing and communications and networks

In addition, we house some of the latest 3D printing and high-precision assembly technologies including:

  • a multi-material 3D printer a Laser MicroJet cutter
  • a 3D visualisation studio to inspect robotics models in fine detail.

We can provide industry with a suite of technologies for robot design and construction.

Access our National Robotics Facility.

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

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

X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Fluorescence (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.

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To access a broader range of our research facilities, visit some of our faculty sites:

Biological Sciences

Engineering

Environment

Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Medicine and Health

In addition, the N8 database holds details of all the equipment and facilities across the N8 university partnership.