Grand opening for York chemistry build

The University of York has opened its new teaching labs and research facility as part of a £29m department redevelopment

New undergraduate teaching laboratories and new research facilities for the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York officially opened in York on Friday 5 September. They are part of a £29m phased redevelopment of the University’s Department of Chemistry.

The opening also coincided with the launch of the Chemistry 50 Fund, a new campaign to help to develop the next generation of scientists to find solutions to some of the global challenges facing society.

Dame Ellen MacArthur opened the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence’s new headquarters while the teaching labs were opened by the first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Professor Lesley Yellowlees, of Edinburgh University and by Professor Sir John Holman, Senior Education Advisor to the Wellcome Trust.

Part of a phased investment in redeveloping the Department of Chemistry, construction on the new £10m buildings began in 2012 and was part-financed by a £1.8m investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the 2007-13 Yorkshire and The Humber ERDF Programme.

New facilities in the ground floor teaching laboratories include 80 two-person fumehoods together with an associated analysis lab, an NMR lab, a computational lab and a social area.

On the upper floor, the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence includes a laboratory with 20 fumehoods, an instrumentation room, a reactor room, lecture/seminar rooms and an associated industrial engagement area.

Professor Richard Taylor, Head of the Department of Chemistry at York, said: “This exciting new development gives us more scope to undertake a wide range of practical chemistry with supporting instrumentation, office and support areas providing outstanding professional-standard training facilities for the scientists of tomorrow.

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