Based in Teesside, the institute specialises in research and innovation in the fields of advanced materials, low carbon energy, the circular economy and digital technologies.
It has now established a specialist team to create the hand sanitiser and has converted one of the laboratories at its Teesside campus into a production centre. The institute aims to produce enough to supply one free bottle a week to all 175 Marie Curie nurses in the North East.
Chief executive Chris McDonald said: "This organisation may be better known for its innovations in metallurgy, advanced materials, thermo-fluid dynamics and engineering, but just at this moment hand sanitiser is a priority.
"We are all aware of the importance of protecting our critical workers through the Covid-19 pandemic. Marie Curie nurses all do an amazing job and are putting themselves at risk to care for others.
"Access to personal protective equipment is a priority, and I hope that by providing these hand sanitisers, we will help them remain safe and continue the absolutely vital work they do."