I2APM Centres - CMAC

The EPSRC Future Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation (CMAC) Hub has facilities distributed across 7 collaborating universities. The Centre therefore has access to unique, multi-disciplinary capabilities over a broad spectrum of areas. As part of the National Centre role, CMAC is developing a facilities and expertise database which will be accessible to academics and businesses in the UK and internationally.

CMAC Facilities

The facility is equipped using £11.4m funding awarded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)’s UK research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) and supported with £22.8m industry and charity contributions. It aims to establish world class capabilities in:

• Primary Processing

• Secondary Processing

• PAT/Spectroscopy

• X-Ray Diffraction

• Surface Analysis

• Materials characterisation


Housed within the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde, the CMAC National Facility laboratories cover 900m2 and include a cluster of 12 multi-functional walk-in fume cupboards and a dedicated enclosure for primary processing. The three main areas of laboratory space include: dedicated analytical areas for advanced understanding of particulate formation and processing; a secondary processing suite; and a primary process area with reconfigurable walk-in fume hoods for the development of advanced multiphase continuous processes. Stores and ancillary areas have been designed to complement the unique activities carried out in the laboratories.

Key Equipment

The National Facility has end-to-end continuous manufacturing, crystallization and research

capability under one roof, and includes the following key items of equipment:

• ToF-SIMS - the only one of its type in Scotland

• CRD filtration Robot – one of only five in existence

• Secondary Processing Suite

• Modular Skids

• AFM – the most advanced model available in Europe

• SEM - the only benchtop field emission source model currently available

• World class, extensive suite of X-ray Diffractometers

For full details of the facilities and equipment at CMAC, click here