Manufacturing Futures Lab



The MFL will work across biochemical sciences and engineering disciplines and from the microscopic to the macroscale.

Researchers in lab
Drawing on a rich range of engineering and biochemical disciplines within UCL’s Faculties of Engineering Sciences and Mathematical and Physical Sciences provides an ideal foundation for creating future manufacturing solutions. Rooted in UCL’s international reputation in these disciplines which derives from a desire to understand how scientific discoveries can be converted into commercially viable products, on a truly global scale, MFL addresses real-world problems.

Working across biochemical sciences and engineering disciplines and from the microscopic to the macroscale, the MFL aims to meet the challenge of a new manufacturing era. We will drive research and development in a range of areas from healthcare to energy to electronics, at the forefront of efforts to future-proof manufacturing and train future industry leaders. Across disciplines the MFL will leverage the potential of digitization, artificial Intelligence, robotics, and additive manufacturing to boost performance, shape new business models, and drive sustainable growth.

Specialist Equipment

Our research pods will be equipped with cutting edge equipment including:

  • Automated catalyst activity microreactors 
  • Autonomous laboratory flow reactors and liquid handling robots 
  • Chemical analysis instruments (including GCMS, HPLC, LCMS Microwave AES) 
  • Online process analysis equipment (including UV-Vis Raman and IR spectroscopy) 
  • Over 30 ducted fume cupboards 
  • Extracted enclosures up to 120 m3 
  • Glove boxes 
  • Nanofabrication tools and 3D printing facilities 
  • Pilot scale hybrid separation and fluidised bed rigs (in a double height lab) 
  • Materials characterisation instruments (including DSC, TGA, DLS, laser diffraction, contact angle measurement) 
  • Multiple benchtop ovens and furnaces 
  • Fixed bed reactors 
  • Technical scale reactors