Our Partners


METRC pools expertise from leading research centres within the North of England. Our partners provide a number of key strengths in the area of molecular engineering.

The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC)

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The KCMC is a virtual centre of expertise brings together leading edge academic research and expertise in applied materials chemistry at the universities of Bolton, Liverpool, Manchester and the molecular modelling capabilities of the Science and Technology Facilities Council at Daresbury.

The Institute of Pharmaceutical Innovation (IPI)

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The IPI, at the University of Bradford, is a flagship research facility dedicated to supporting innovation in drug development and drug delivery. Our focus is to provide formulation development and analytical services from drug discovery support through to prototype clinical and commercial formulation development. Yorkshire Forward has accredited the IPI as a Centre of Industrial Collaboration (CIC).

The ParticlesCIC

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The ParticlesCIC provides access to advanced analytical equipment and expertise, with access to over 100 experts across a range of industry sectors providing an integrated approach to formulation design and manufacturing from a molecular scale to large scale production. We offer a service that adds value by accelerating the product development cycle and providing a focal point for all your formulation needs.

The Centre for Materials Discovery

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The Centre for Materials Discovery is jointly funded by Industry, North West Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund, and Liverpool University. The scientific focus for the centre is the application of high throughput technologies for new materials discovery. The centre operates a shared translational laboratory with space and facilities available for industrial partners.

The NanoManufacturing Institute (NMi)

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The NanoManufacturing Institute (NMi) at Leeds University is a cross campus activity for undertaking applied nanotechnology. The institute involves over 60 academic staff across a range of disciplines. The focus is on the discovery of novel materials and practical methods for their manufacture for consumer products. (personal, medical, household sectors).

Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC)

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The Organic Materials Innovation Centre is a UK government funded Innovation Centre at Manchester University. OMIC works with industry on a range of knowledge and technology transfer activities in the areas of speciality organic chemicals and polymers.

Polymer Centre

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The Polymer Centre at Sheffield brings together over 40 academics from seven departments facilitating interdisciplinary research on all aspects of polymer and macromolecular science. The Polymer Centre offers a wide range of services for industry including collaborative research, consultancy, testing and training courses.

Polymer IRC

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The Polymer IRC is a large research network of over 100 academic staff spanning 4 Universities in the North of England - Bradford, Durham, Leeds and Sheffield. Established in 1989, the IRC's activities include: interdisciplinary research involving polymer synthesis through to processing and modelling; liaison with industry via short- and long-term research projects, contract work, and consultancy; and training courses for industry.

The Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology

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The Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (INSAT) focus is on the application of materials technologies to emerging products - in particular the use of novel soft materials to electronics, healthcare and personal consumer products. INSAT brings together over 60 researchers across disciplines to work on applications including bio-sensors, micro-electro mechanical systems and nano-metrology.

The Materials Chemistry Group at York

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The Materials Chemistry Group at York University is focused on the research and development of complex fluids and soft matter systems including gels, liquid crystals, nanoparticles, polymers, and dendrimers. Applications include photonics, telecommunications and displays. The Group is also involved with de-manufacturing processes and recycling of advanced materials, such as those found in LCD TVs.

Institute of Hazard and Risk Research

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The Institute of Risk Research have been involved in a number of projects on upstream engagement with the public on emerging technologies. These have included an ESRC project entitled Nanotechnology, Risk and Sustainability: Moving Public Engagement Upstream and a project lead by the London based think tank Demos entitled: Nanodialogues: Four Experiments in Upstream Public Engagement. They are currently coordinating an FP6 project entitled DEEPEN: Deeping Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies.