The National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics
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Hydrodynamics: means "water movement" and the NCMH (National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics) is a Facility for the characterisation of the sizes, shapes and interactions of large macro molecules of biomedical and industrial importance (proteins, polysaccharides, DNA, synthetic polymers etc.) and in the environment that many occur naturally water or aqueous solution.

  • In March 2012 the Director of the NCMH, Professor Stephen Harding was awarded den Kongelige Norske Fortjenstorden (Ridder 1. Klasse) – Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald of Norway
  • In September 2012 the NCMH celebrated its 25th anniversary attended by over 120 people (anniversary plaque unveiled by Professor Sir Tom Blundell FRS)
  • Co-director Dr. Gary Adams recently featured on BBC East Midlands Today describing the work of the NCMH on the potential of pumpkin macromolecules in the fight against Diabetes
  • In December 2014 Professor Stephen Harding was invited to join the prestigious Saving Oseberg Reference Group in Norway


Labs and CentreThe NCMH consists of: 


Recent Research Highlights

  • Research highlightsThe discovery of sugars that behave like proteins (published in Angewandte Chemie) (view paper pdf file)  
  • The discovery (January 2014) of a sugar that completely reversibly forms tetramers, published in Scientific Reports, Nature (view paper) & reported in Chemistry World (view paper)
  • Designing macromolecular blocks against gluten intolerance (view paper) - most viewed article in BMC Biophysics
  • The nature and stability of carbohydrate vaccines (view paper 1 & paper 2)
  • Development of improved methods of getting molecular weight distributions (view paper), conformation (view paper), interactions (view paper pdf file

Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate CoursesThe NCMH runs the following postgraduate courses (1 year full time, 2-4 years part time): 

For details on how to apply for these courses and for PhD study please follow this link.

If you are interested in finding out more about the placement opportunities on the MSc ABT course, please contact

You can read previous students’ experiences about their MSc here.

Student Sebastian Latwiel talks about the MSc ABT Course

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MRes Student

Ryan Lithgo

PhD Students

Qushmua Alzahrani, Jennifer Wakefield, Vlad Dinu  

Visiting Researchers

Dr Samil Kok: Visiting Fellow, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey

Dr Mary Phillips-Jones: Visiting Fellow, AMR Biophysics Group, University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

Dr Immo Fiebrig: Visiting Fellow, University of Coventry, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resistance  (CAWR)


Group ABT ABBE 2016

MSc ABT and MSc ABBE graduation classes combined photo, 2016.
Of the 16 students, 14 got Distinctions and 2 got top Merits, a record for ABT/ABBE





Contact us

National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics 
University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus

LE12 5RD, U.K.

Email: Tel: +44 (0)115-951-6149