Chemistry Innovation Laboratory
What is CIL
The Chemistry Innovation Laboratory (CIL) is a project part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, which aims to support and strengthen links between the University of Nottingham and Chemistry Using SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) within the East Midlands. The project aims to facilitate access to specialist skills, knowledge, equipment and new technologies to help SMEs innovate and grow. Our ultimate goal is to increase the number and quality of interactions between chemistry using businesses and the University sector.
CIL is also part of an extensive business support programme Ingenuity Plus within the University of Nottingham, combining five technical centres of aerospace, chemistry, energy, satellite and navigation and food & brewing.
Who we are
The School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham is one of the leading Chemistry Schools in the UK and is recognised internationally for its world leading research portfolio, excellence in teaching and extensive engagement with Industry. It was placed second for research quality in the 2008 RAE (between Oxford and Cambridge) and was rated “Excellent” in the latest teaching quality assessment. Its expertise spans the spectrum of modern chemical technology including synthesis, analysis and characterisation, ranging from the core disciplines (organic/biological chemistry, inorganic/materials chemistry and physical / theoretical chemistry) to areas at the interface with biological sciences (eg. medicinal chemistry) and Engineering (sustainable chemical processing).
Supported by its Business Partnership Unit, the School has a long history of establishing mutually beneficial research and commercial partnerships with a wide variety of companies spanning the pharmaceutical, chemical and related chemistry using sectors.
CIL is managed through the School of Chemistry Business Partnership Unit and draws upon all of the expertise, facilities and contacts available to the School.