Manufacturing Futures Lab


Research Facilities and Equipment

The MFL laboratories are equipped with start-of-the-art equipment supporting multi-disciplinary manufacturing-focused research. This equipment underpins a wide range of academic and industrial collaborations and consultancy activities.

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Drawing on a rich range of engineering and biochemical disciplines within UCL’s Faculties of Engineering Sciences and MFL researchers work across the biological, chemical and physical sciences in a series of specialist research pods [insert link]. Research occurs from the molecular to the macroscale and is expected to have global impact. Each of the pods is equipped with state-of-the-art process and analytical equipment shared between the MFL academic staff. The equipment is also available to support collaborative activities with internal (within UCL) and external academic colleagues and to facilitate engagement with industry.

Specialist equipment in the various  research pods includes:

  • Microfabrication and analysis equipment
  • Additive manufacturing (high resolution 3D-printing)
  • Automated continuous flow reactors and liquid-handling robots
  • Fermentation (to 30L scale) and associated downstream processing equipment
  • On-line process analytical technologies (e.g. UV-Vis, Raman and mIR spectroscopy)
  • Chemical analysis instrumentation (e.g. GC, HPLC, GC/LC-MS, AES, NMR etc)
  • Materials characterization instrumentation (e.g. AFM, DSC, TGA, DLS, XRD, rheometer, contact angle measurement etc)
  • Fluid flow characterization (PIV, micro-PIV)
  • Glove boxes (controlled atmosphere)