We leverage our position as a combined School of chemistry and chemical engineering to develop ideas from fundamental concepts and bench scale demonstrations to full plant scale in a single unit, allowing us to operate well-established Centres which attract industrial support and provide solid links to industry.
The Bryden Centre is a €9.4 million cross-border, renewable energy research centre funded by the EU under the Interreg VA programme. Led from Queen’s University Belfast, the Bryden Centre covers the Northern Ireland, Western Scotland and the Irish border regions. Renewable energy represents a major opportunity for this interregional area with many geographic, economic and demographic characteristics that provide a distinctive competitive advantage in a global marketplace.
Led by Professor David Rooney, Chair of Chemical Engineering at the School, Bryden Centre research is aimed at harnessing the potential for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland to become leaders in marine renewable energy. The cross-border area is rich in potential and includes tidal power sites at Strangford Lough and the North Antrim Coast, ocean and offshore wind energy sites in Western Scotland, as well as the potential for wave, tidal and offshore wind power generation in Donegal.
Exploiting the strong interregional agri-food sector to support Bioenergy generation is the other key theme to the Bryden Centre. Great opportunities exist to create energy and high-value products from organic waste while drastically reducing pollution with the ultimate prospect of creating a true circular economy and actively farming carbon from the atmosphere.
CASE is an industry-led sustainable energy research centre.
Through the Invest Northern Ireland Competence Centre programme CASE funds collaborative Research & Development in sustainable energy. CASE bridges the gap between industry research needs and academic research offerings.
CASE provides support for world-leading research in key areas of bio-energy, marine renewable energy, and energy systems - established in September 2013, CASE has access to £5m of research grant to fund collaborative R&D projects in partnership with academics at Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute. We can also signpost companies to other grant support through Invest NI, UK Government, the EU and Internationally.
The results of CASE R&D also provide a solid base for influencing local government policy in the sustainable energy sector and we proactively promote Northern Ireland’s sustainable energy innovation capability within government circles.
The Materials & Advanced Technologies for Healthcare (MATCH) pioneer research programme is an interdisciplinary research initiative comprising leading researchers from the Schools of Pharmacy, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biological Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences and Nursing & Midwifery.
MATCH research is centred on the key question: “How can we use advanced technologies to significantly improve healthcare outcomes?”. This research centre connects researchers along the development pathway and follow a unique “molecule to patient” approach. Currently, single-stranded strategies are applied to development and use of new healthcare products. Without a holistic approach, medicines are wasted, patients suffer avoidable adverse effects, or go untreated.
Greater interaction between those involved in identifying novel therapeutic targets, drug discovery, materials science, pharmaceutical formulation, manufacture, diagnosis, prescribing and medicines utilisation is a significant unmet need. If addressed, this stands to have major impact in the care of all patients, but especially the very young and old, representing the populations in which medicines may present the greatest risk, but have maximum benefit. MATCH takes an innovative dual approach, firstly by developing the underpinning technologies, secondly by exploiting the possibilities that these technologies present to maximum clinical and commercial advantage by selecting the best target areas and understanding patient factors.
The QUILL Research Centre (Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories) is the oldest and most established centre dedicated to studying ionic liquids. It was founded in 1999 by Professors Seddon and Swindall, based on the US NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centre model, in which pre-competitive research is supported by an Industrial Advisory Board.
QUILL currently associates 14 academics and their research groups, based in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, but also in the School of Mathematics and Physics and in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
QUILL's research is strongly rooted in ionic liquids, but extends beyond to other advanced liquid and amorphous materials, such as ionogels, deep eutectic solvents and zwitterionic salts.
Energy presents opportunities for creative thinking in local, national and international contexts. Sustainable energy is a global challenge which provides room for academics to come up with bright ideas which can have real impact. Technologies which can be sent to developing countries are desperately needed - technology which meets their needs and ours, and which is translatable to a range of applications.
The Sustainable Energy Research Centre brings together academics from across the University to investigate innovative approaches for the development in three main research themes – renewable energy conversion and storage; transportation; and sustainable chemical manufacturing.