Research facilities

Integrated Photonics Laboratory

Our academics and postgraduate researchers have access to the following specialist facilities and laboratories that support their research. Our undergraduate and Masters students may benefit from these facilities during their project work.

  • Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre - internationally renowned as a leading research centre in microscopic and spectroscopic characterization of solid materials, LEMAS houses a large proportion of the electron microscopy and analysis facilities at the University of Leeds.
  • The Leeds EPSRC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Facility (LENNF) is for the characterisation analysis of soft matter systems such as hybrid organic/inorganic systems.
  • X-ray diffraction facility houses x-ray diffractometers as well as a suite of analysis tools to structurally characterise powders, thin films and coating, solid materials and single crystals.
  • Specialist facilities for materials testing and characterisation including equipment for use in microscopy, spectroscopy, thermal methods, surface characterisation, materials modelling, mechanical testing, electrical property characterisation, particle and pore structure and characterisation.
  • The energy building, which contains a suite of advanced laboratories including a laser diagnostics laboratory, an engine testing fuel evaluation and transport emissions suite, and pilot scale wave power, fuel cell, gas turbine power station, wind, and solar laboratories and rigs.
  • Excellent computational facilities with a 64 node Beowulf Parallel computing cluster and high performance graphic workstations for molecular modelling studies.
  • Nuclear research facilities including a laser lab to study fluid flows via the illumination of particles suspended in the flow, a new pipe flow laboratory to investigate the near-wall flow behaviour in multiphase flows, new uranics laboratories with wet and dry process engineering facilities and a rig hall (scheduled to open mid-2016), and our sorby laboratory, which allow complex turbulent flow fields to be quantified in three dimensions.
  • Pilot scale combustion systems
  • Advanced energy systems including fusion cells and a combustion CAP suite.

We also make use of University facilities, including:

  • Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD) facility - a 650 m2 state-of-the-art process development laboratory which includes custom-built continuous processing equipment, PAT-instrumented 20 and 50 litre batch reactors for process development and scale-up, reaction and parallel calorimeters for chemical hazard and reaction progress monitoring, process development separation and isolation equipment, process analytical technologies (FTIR, turbidity, ultrasound, XRD, tomography)
  • Royce facilities - The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials is funding two new state-of-the-art facilities, which provide unique capability for the UK: a multifunctional materials growth facility, and a versatile X-ray spectroscopy facility for materials characterisation in controlled environments.

We are committed to sharing our facilities and associated expertise with external academic and industrial collaborators. To make an enquiry please email

If you are looking to locate 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.