The £26 million Maxwell Centre will focus on “blue skies” research and will house much of the activities of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability. The official opening was on 7th April 2016 by David Harding, whose generous gift of £20 million established the Winton Programme.
Hosted by the Cavendish Laboratory, the Centre provides facilities for the University of Cambridge’s Science and Technology campus as well as collaborators from industry, with offices, laboratory and meeting spaces for more than 230 people.
Director of the Centre, Professor Sir Richard Friend, said: “The co-location of academics and industry supports a two-way flow of ideas. New research opportunities are often revealed by industrial activity, their solutions require transfer of ideas and techniques often from fields well away from the industry.”
The interdisciplinary Centre will have researchers from the University’s Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Engineering, and Material Sciences and Metallurgy departments. It is also a base for two EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Centres for Doctoral Training, the SKF University Technology Centre, the Energy@Cambridge Initiative and connects to several other Cambridge Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks.
For further information on the Maxwell Centre follow the link.