The 32,000 sq ft Spectrum Building at Harwell Campus houses Agilent’s Raman spectroscopy business. It is also the company’s Laser Spectroscopy Center of Excellence (LSCE) focusing on research and development in the field of vibrational spectroscopy. The state-of-the-art facility for spectroscopy research and development was opened in October 2019.
Spectroscopy technologies are used to ensure environmental quality, human health, and the safety of a wide variety of everyday products.
Agilent’s Raman Spectroscopy technologies were originally developed at Harwell by scientists at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) before being spun-out into Cobalt Light Systems, which was then acquired by Agilent for £40million.
The technologies have been adopted by global industries – many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies use the technology to assess the raw ingredients of materials and final products, and airports, across the world, have installed Agilent bottle liquid scanners to increase flight safety for tens of millions of people.