Facilities for Industry Information

The Chemistry Department has a range of facilities that can be of direct benefit to industrial companies. These include:-

Enterprise Activities

Ionic Liquid Demonstrator

The Ionic Liquid Demonstrator (ILD) is a multi-application pilot plant facility to showcase the application of ionic liquids primarily in the area of metal processing. The ILD has been funded through the EU IONMET  project, Scionix  and the Leicestershire Economic Partnership (LSEP). The ILD project builds on the historic and ongoing research and development activities in the Green Chemistry group at the University of Leicester to transfer its ionic liquids applications know-how to Leicestershire business. The Leicester ionic liquid applications have real potential to bring new value-added gains to existing businesses within the sub-region.


The University of Leicester’s expertise in measuring in real-time the trace composition (VOC/OVOC) of complex mixtures of gases is being deployed through RAFT (Real-time air Fingerprinting Technology) demonstrator project in the region. RAFT innovates with industry to adopt technology and generate joint IP to better exploit commercial opportunities.   RAFT helps companies from all sectors develop new applications and products to follow in real time the emissions of volatile organic compounds and gases such as automotive emissions, and breath analysis.


Scionix Ltd is a Joint Venture between The University of Leicester and Genacys Ltd  (subsidiary of Whyte Group Ltd) . The company was set-up in 1999 to commercialise the industrial use of a novel class of solvent systems.


Training Programmes for Industry 

The Leading Edge is a dedicated unit at the University of Leicester. We work with businesses locally, nationally and internationally to cater for your staff development needs.

Contact us now to find out how we can help you with your staff development needs- leadingedge@le.ac.uk

Services for Industry 

  • Safe Fluorine Handling Facility - A specialist facility for handling and study of elemental fluorine and fluorinated compounds, please contact Professor Hope  
  • Scientific Glassblowing - for bespoke glassware made by our in-house Glassblower, please contact Mrs Gayle Priceglassware


Analytical Facilities 

The Department has a range of analytical instrumentation on which, subject to availability, samples can be analysed for clients. Further details can be obtained by clicking the links or contacting the operator by email as indicated:

*Please note these services are non-accredited.


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Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

Email: chemistry@le.ac.uk

Tel: [+44] (0)116 252 2100

Fax: [+44] (0)116 252 3789

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