Chemistry innovation hub NextGenChem helps Lancashire’s chemical-using companies tackle innovation challenges

Chemistry innovation hub NextGenChem helps Lancashire’s chemical-using companies tackle innovation challenges

The NextGenChem Hub will support 300 local businesses with the development of next generation technology solutions, improved products and novel materials. Participating companies will get access to scientific workshops, expert services as well as state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Support is available free-of-charge for eligible Lancashire based SMEs, who use or produce chemicals. Examples of applicable sectors include chemical formulators, manufacturers and service providers as well as companies operating in the aerospace, automotive, energy, health care, life science and food and beverage industries.

By joining the NextGenChem Hub, businesses will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest developments in chemistry to create efficiencies and develop new products/processes
  • Access scientific expertise to help solve business challenges
  • Access specialist equipment and laboratories worth over £45 million
  • Collaborate on the development of innovative products, processes and services to increase competitive advantage
  • Use low-risk methods for exploring new ideas whilst continuing to focus on core business


The NextGenChem team’s current projects include developing catalysts with raw materials to produce basic chemicals, conducting product life cycle assessments (LCAs), developing substitution strategies to replace substances in a product with safer or more environmentally benign alternatives, and designing novel techniques to develop next generation composite materials.

Companies interested in collaborating on new innovative products, formulations and chemical processes with top-of-the-range scientists can join the NextGenChem hub by visiting, emailing or calling 07815582102.


NextGenChem is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and benefits from a team of leading experts in chemistry and chemical engineering from Lancaster University, and dedicated scientists and sustainability professionals at Yordas Group.

  • Project Partners: Yordas Group, Lancaster University
  • Funding: European Regional Development Fund
  • Duration: 3 years (2019–2022)
  • Value: £4.9m
  • Region: Lancashire, UK