Centre for Sustainable Materials Processing

About us

Founded in 2014, the Centre for Sustainable Materials Processing is dedicated to materials chemistry research and enterprise, offering the opportunity to translate and scale-up academic research and pilot processes through interaction with industrial partners. The centre is a hub for interdepartmental collaborations, providing a critical nucleus within the University of Leicester’s materials community (around 10 academics and more than 30 researchers).

Specialising in liquid synthesis, electrochemistry and material characterisation, the centre features state-of-the-art facilities, including Atomic Force Microscopy, 3D-Optical profiling and metrology, Digital Holographic Microscopy and FT-IR imaging. Scale-up facilities include electroplating and electropolishing lines, and a pilot plant for scale-up of ionic liquid processes.

The centre hosts a wide range of activities through the academic staff and their research groups, grant funded projects and enterprise action. Areas of interest include recycling of Li-ion batteries, development of novel aluminium batteries, forensic science, sustainable materials, aerospace and automotive coatings, materials finishing, and surface characterisation. The Ionic Liquids research group has developed a series of Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs) that have been used in thousands of scientific studies across the world.


For all enquiries please contact Professor Karl Ryder, Director for Centre for Sustainable Materials Processing.

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