Research projects are typically hosted within the purpose-built Brewing and Bioenergy Building which was opened in 2011 and features modern state-of-the-art equipment. The main facilities relevant to core research interests of the group include:
- 10 hL pilot scale brewery
- micromalting facilities
- 35 L Briggs brewhouse for experimental wort production
- 9 x 10 L fermentation vessels (state of the art research tools; computer controlled with online monitoring of fermentation parameters)
- experimental beer dispense rig
- extensive brewing research laboratories and analytical facilities
- outstanding flavour research laboratories and sensory science centre with specialist ‘beer panel’
- University Farm, extensive glasshouse and growth room facilities in plant and crop sciences
- State of the art genomic and proteomic facilities
In a broader research context, Sutton Bonington Campus is well equipped for research ranging from genomics, proteomics and metabolomics to field scale trials to study environmental factors on the growth of crop plants. There is an automatic weather station, field sites for micrometeorology and laboratories with facilities for gas chromatography, atomic absorption analysis, and a major suite for flavour chemistry.
There are extensive growth room and glass house facilities that provide a range of controlled environments to study crop growth and development and the production and analysis of transgenic plants. The campus also houses the Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre (the European Centre for Arabidopsis genetic resources).
The Tropical Crops Research Unit has a suite of controlled-environment glasshouses in which conditions such as temperature, atmospheric moisture and carbon dioxide concentration can be controlled by a central computer whilst crop stands are able to grow in a natural soil. An arboretum, consisting of about 1.5 hectares and containing over 300 trees and shrubs, many of which are unusual species, provides both an amenity and a scientific and educational resource.
There are modern, well equipped laboratories containing a wide range of analytical equipment, stable isotope mass spectrometers, radioisotope suites, tissue culture rooms, and molecular biology equipment. Research in biotechnology is supported by a capillary DNA sequencer and genomics, and proteomics equipment, for plant, animal and microbial investigations.
The Food Sciences Building contains modern equipment for the physio-chemical analysis of food and food structure, including mass spectrometry, high speed preparative and analytical ultra centrifuges, instruments for studying X-ray and light scattering, NMR and an extensive array of rheological techniques.
The food microbiology laboratories are fully equipped to carry out modern molecular and microbial techniques and include proteomic equipment and an ACGM Category 3 laboratory available to the school for genetic manipulation work. Specialised imaging equipment, including a photon video imaging system, is used in the development of novel approaches to microbiological research. Investigation of fundamental principles of food structure, flavour chemistry and safety has resulted in major links with industrial partners. The National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics, contains some of the best facilities for analytical ultracentrifugation in Europe.
Sutton Bonington Campus has its own hall of residence, sports centre and social amenities, student guild and wide range of clubs and societies. The campus benefits from state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities dedicated to the study of biosciences, including purpose-built plant and food science buildings; many specialised laboratories; a 24-hour learning resource centre; university farm and a new dairy centre.