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NextGenChem is co-designed by Lancaster University and Yordas Group, and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to address the R&D challenges of 300 Lancashire based SMEs involved in chemicals production and usage.

NextGenChem has already worked with industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, applied healthcare and life sciences.

Together, Lancaster University and Yordas Group present a complimentary range of expertise with a unique industrial insight. With world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, the NextGenChem Hub is fully equipped to tackle R&D challenges being faced by Lancashire’s SMEs over the next three years.

We work with businesses to develop technology solutions, improve products and novel materials using ‘next generation’ chemistry, offering targeted workshop activities and bespoke technical, analytical research and development support.

The NextGenChem Hub has already attracted some fantastic projects. Companies are looking for support with their sustainability goals, developing innovative new products, and running tests to offer unique, verifiable products to niche markets.

The kind of collaborative research projects we are working on so far includes improving the sustainability of companies’ products by utilising green chemistry and Life Cycle Assessment expertise and using our deep understanding of chemical processes to supporting companies in the healthcare sector to safely and effectively develop their products.

The NextGenChem hub as already supported R&D innovations such as:

  • New surface treatments for multiple applications for an engineering firm.
  • New product designs and ideas for waste products in the food and beverage industries.
  • Heating efficiencies for machinery manufacturers and providers.
  • Sustainable cleaning products for a multitude of industries that use these regularly.

Read our case study: Understanding and improving the environmental impact of your products 

Who is it for?

Eligible Lancashire SME’s including sectors such as aerospace, automotive, energy, applied healthcare and life sciences.

How does it work?

If a company is interested in taking part, they can reach out to our dedicated Business Engagement teams using the contact details below. We’ll have an initial discussion about your goals and challenges, and how NextGenChem can support you.

The company will need to fill out an Eligibility Form to ensure their eligibility to receive the support for their challenge, and then our technical team will review the challenge in detail, with the aim to create an action plan and delivery contract to work with.

The work will take place over two phases, covering a few months and many hours of support, and the company will then have to sign off that the assistance they’ve received has been satisfactory.

At the end of each phase, the project team will suggest next steps and actions to continue moving the project forward.

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