Research Complex at Harwell

We are a world-class research institution at the heart of Harwell’s thriving science and technology campus.

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Research at Harwell

Research Complex at Harwell  is a world-class institution dedicated to research across the life and physical sciences, based at the heart of Harwell’s thriving science and technology campus. Building on synergies with the other large-scale facilities at Harwell, such as the Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Central Laser Facility and the Rosalind Franklin institute, our mission is to accelerate research collaboration, and generate internationally leading science, by convening research teams from over 25 UK universities and industry under one roof and training the next generation of scientists and engineers, assisted by a core team of expert staff. 

Upcoming Events

Science Up Close

Harwell Open Day

29/06/2024
10:00 - 16:00
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

We're excited to open our doors for Harwell Open Day this year on 29th June. Members of the public are invited to explore Research Complex, alongside Diamond Light Source, ISIS, the Central Laser Facility, RAL Space, and more!

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Science themes

Research Complex has a mix of research groups, hubs and facilities across the physical and life sciences.

Imaging and Spectroscopy

We host a suite of imaging and analysis facilities across Research Complex and the Electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC at Diamond Light Source), including HarwellXPS and groups of the Central Laser F

Imaging and Spectroscopy
Imaging and Spectroscopy
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Functional Materials

We host the EPSRC funded Catalysis Hub through to EPSRC Future Manufacturing Research Hubs: Continuous Manufacturing and Advanced Crystallisation (CMAC) and Powder Manufacturing (MAPP).

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Functional Materials overall image
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Cellular and Molecular Biology

The Membrane Protein Laboratory (MPL) is a Wellcome Trust funded user facility and the XChem Laboratory developing methodology in computational and synthetic chemistry for Diamond Light Source.

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Cellular and Molecular Biology
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