New chemical and biological institute opens in UK

The University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, has opened a new £4.3m life sciences institute, which allows collaborative work in chemical and biological engineering.

The £4.3m grant awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will allow the new Chemical Engineering at the Life Science Interface (ChELSI) institute to appoint staff to support teamwork between biologists and engineers.

The new centre will help train researchers in chemical and bioprocess techniques, working with other universities and industry contacts.

University of Sheffield Faculty of Engineering professor Mike Hounslow said the new institute will advance work on a broad range of biological systems, from waste water to the treatment of disease.

"We are particularly pleased that we have been able to join forces with the Research Council to bring such high quality facilities to Sheffield and to continue our investment in engineering, creating jobs in the region and equipping our students with new skills for a changing world," Hounslow added.

The institute also features an 'ideas space' that will be used for events such as workshops, presentations and lunches.