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Research facilities

We make our facilities available to organisations across the globe.

To support world-leading research, we invest millions to develop the latest facilities and the experts who run them. A lot of our equipment is available for hire or on a consultancy basis, at very competitive rates. Expert support and training can be provided to ensure you get the most out of your booking.

Our facilities range from environmental characterisation labs and biotechnology services to gas turbine combustors, lightning laboratories, and our Cardiff Innovation Campus.

Key facilities

The ARCCA Machine Room

Advanced research computing

Advanced Research Computing at Cardiff (ARCCA) provides leading-edge hardware and software to help tackle the global research challenges of our time.

PET Scanner

PET scanner

Our state-of-the-art positron emission tomography (PET) facilities are the first of their kind in Wales.

Lab technician using the qPCR robot.

Central Biotechnology Services

We are an ISO 9001:2015 and GCLP accredited technology facility offering access to a wide range of life sciences facilities to enable your research.

Biological samples


The Biobank distributes both healthy and diseased samples to support academic and commercial research.

Monitoring movement at the facility

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Facility

We provide an integrated, state-of-the-art centre for musculoskeletal biomechanics and bioengineering research.

XPS surface analysis facility

X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) analysis

Our spectrometer combines next generation technologies to provide quantitative, real time parallel imaging with the highest resolution spectroscopy in all analysis areas.

MEG scanner

Brain scanners

Our technology includes structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, electro- and magneto-encephalography, and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

The Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory

Lightning laboratory

We have some of the best facilities worldwide for lightning research and testing, supported by a highly experienced staff team.

Gas Turbine Research Centre

Gas turbine testing

We have some of the only gas turbine testing facilities in the world, with features that make them unique.

Wales Gene Park Genomic Facility

Harnessing genetics to advance research, healthcare, education and innovation.

CIC Wide

Innovation Campus

Transforming our built environment to support a shift in our research and innovation activities.