The University of Warwick is one of the foremost centres for analytical science in the UK, with an internationally leading analytical equipment infrastructure underpinning an unrivalled spectrum of research areas, from functional materials (catalysts, polymers, composites, battery electrodes, photovoltaics, steels, nanoparticles, diamond and quantum materials) to biomedical research (pharmaceuticals, novel antimicrobials, detection of infectious agents, biologic cryopreservation, drug delivery, metabolism and ageing, and bacterial antibiotic resistance).
Warwick's philosophy in managing this unique set of facilities has been characterised by the drive to maximise its access for all researchers from undergraduate students to Professors, a commitment that is grounded in the University's Research Strategy. This has been achieved by organising the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment into a range of university-wide Research Technology Platforms (RTPs) and interdepartmental facilities available to both internal and external users. This unique model brings together experts and instrument developers with frequent or occasional end-users and has been the origin of a large number of highly successful collaborative research initiatives across the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Life Sciences and Physics, and with a number of other UK universities and industrial partners.
WASC has recently been awarded £1m (EP/V007688/1) to expand the access to Warwick's analytical equipment infrastructure, with a particular focus towards supporting research and postgraduate training and, concurrently, expanding multi-disciplinary collaboration and end-user engagement. This will be achieved by investing in research technical professionals (RTProfs), who are integral to deriving optimum benefit from the existing substantial infrastructure investment. Their presence will represent an essential asset for the effective and consistent training, at the highest standards, of PhD students in the Midlands and across the UK and will provide them with over 480 days of seed-corn use of the analytical science instrumentation at Warwick. The RTProfs will also be responsible for showcasing the availability of funding for PhD students and for disseminating analytical science best practice, through the organisation of national analytical science meetings that will involve UK universities, learned societies, and industry.
The Warwick Centre for Analytical Science (W-CAS) was established in October 2008, with the goal of becoming a major national and international hub for research and training in the analytical sciences.
The Warwick Analytical Science Centre (WASC) has its origins in a £3.6M Science and Innovation award in 2008 by EPSRC (EP/F034210/1), with a further £2M award (EP/P030572/1, 2017-18) having been used to refresh for multi-user equipment. The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Analytical Science (EP/L015307/1, 2014-23) has been invaluable in linking up experimental analytical sciences research at Warwick, and for strengthening interaction with key external partners, notably, in the pharmaceutical (AstraZeneca), additives (Lubrizol) and agrochemical (Syngenta) sectors.
A key aspect of high quality analytical science is high quality techniques, methodologies and instrumentation. Our Analytical Capabilities Guide summarizes some of the experimental techniques and instrumentation we have at Warwick.