The £81m facility will develop porous solids and liquids that capture pollutants and materials that can generate low-carbon energy.
The University of Liverpool’s Materials Innovation Factory will combine materials chemistry expertise with advanced computational and robotic equipment to develop products that tackle an array of societal challenges.
The university will collaborate with Unilever at the 11,600m² facility, which is said to contain "one of the highest concentrations of materials science automation robotics in the world".
This capability will be harnessed to develop organic materials and sustainable materials, such as those that harvest, store, and convert low-carbon energy and porous molecular organic solids and liquids that capture contaminants.
"The opening of the Materials Innovation Factory is an important milestone for the University of Liverpool," says Professor Dame Janet Beer, vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool. "The institution is known for its world-class research in advanced materials and these impressive new facilities will serve to further accelerate progress.
"The applications for our research in this area are truly exciting, with the potential to answer some of the greatest challenges facing the world today in fields such as sustainable energy, healthcare, and manufacturing."