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iPRD is home to a 650 m2 state-of-the-art process development laboratory which is the first of its kind in the UK.

Research and contract projects:

We are able to deliver research and contract projects utilising:

  • Industry-standard development and scale-up facilities and procedures

  • 20 and 50 litre batch reactors that meet ATEX requirements for handling non-aqueous solvents on a large scale (a unique capability within UK academia)

  • On-site mechanical and electrical workshops for bespoke equipment design

Our facilities include:

  • Custom-built flow chemistry equipment for continuous processing

  • Process analytical technologies (PAT) (FTIR, turbidity, pH, UV-vis, mass spectroscopy, GC, HPLC) for inline and online reaction monitoring

  • 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

  • Lab manager to ensure the safe operation and smooth running of the facility.

  • To find out more about how to access our laboratory, contact Mary Bayana (Laboratory manager),; 0113 343 6900


Scale-Up Equipment
Parallel CSTR Reactors
Alfa Laval ART reactor
HEL AutoMate Parallel Reactors
HEL Heat-Flow Reaction Calorimeter

ASW 2000 Chemspeed System
Vapourtec E-series flow chemistry system
Analytical equipment