Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre
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Welcome to the Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre


The Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre (nmRC) is a cross-disciplinary facility dedicated to supporting and promoting world-leading nanoscience and materials characterisation.

With state-of-the-art facilities allied to in-house technical and academic expertise, the centre offers a diverse range of research and commercial capabilities. The centre is proud host to a unique suite of 20 instruments which facilitate the imaging and analytical investigation of materials from a wide range of scientific disciplines.  

For further information about the nmRC please see the links below or visit our About the Centre page. 

nmRC Facilities

The nmRC is located in the Cripps South Building, Univerisity Park, and currently hosts instruments in the following techniques:

The centre also offers a dedicated training area, sample preparation laboratory and a particle sizing suite. 

The new JEOL 2100+ TEM available for access at the nmRC.



Nature Methods paper published

The first paper from the 3D OrbiSIMS (a new molecular imaging technology) was published this week in Nature Methods illustrating label free biomedical chemical imaging.

nmRC now advertising for a Senior Technician in Electron Beam Lithography

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Technician in Electron Beam Lithography and Nanofabrication

Welcome event for the LDMI DTP cohort at the nmRC

The nmRC hosted a welcome event for the new cohort of students in the LDMI DTP on Wednesday 18th November.


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Access for Researchers

Researchers at the University of Nottingham can access the nmRC by registering through our online booking system. Training on instrumentation can also be requested through this website.

Researchers external to the University of Nottingham can also access the nmRC facilities. To do so please contact us.

Commercial Services

The nmRC welcomes commercial and industrial access. To discuss the range of research and business services on offer please contact us directly using the details below or follow this link. 

Contact Us

Tel:+44(0)115 74 86340

Email: nmrcenquiries@nottingham.ac.uk






 Recent Publications

Samer J Algodi, James W Murray, Michael W Fay, Adam T Clare, Paul D Brown, Electrical discharge coating of nanostructured TiC-Fe cermets on 304 stainless steel, Surface and Coatings Technology, Available online 28 September 2016, ISSN 0257-8972, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.surfcoat.2016.09.062.

Orhan, O., Haffner-Staton, E., La Rocca, A., & Fay, M. (2016). Characterisation of flame-generated soot and soot-in-oil using electron tomography volume reconstructions and comparison with traditional 2D-TEM measurements. Tribology International. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.triboint.2016.09.015

Botos, A., Biskupek, J., Chamberlain, T. W., Rance, G. A., Stoppiello, C., Sloan, J., ... & Khlobystov, A. N. (2016). Carbon Nanotubes as Electrically Active Nanoreactors for Multi-Step Inorganic Synthesis: Sequential Transformations of Molecules to Nanoclusters, and Nanoclusters to Nanoribbons. Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Eltaher, H. M., Yang, J., Shakesheff, K. M., & Dixon, J. E. (2016). Highly efficient intracellular transduction in three-dimensional gradients for programming cell fate. Acta Biomaterialia.

Lebedeva, M. A., Chamberlain, T. W., Scattergood, P. A., Delor, M., Sazanovich, I. V., Davies, E. S., ... & Khlobystov, A. N. (2016). Stabilising the Lowest Energy Charge-Separated State in a {Metal Chromophore-Fullerene} Assembly: A Tuneable Panchromatic Absorbing Donor Acceptor Triad. Chemical Science.

Yaşayan, G., Xue, X., Collier, P., Clarke, P., Alexander, M. R., & Marlow, M. (2016). The influence of nanotexturing of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) films upon human ovarian cancer cell attachment. Nanotechnology, 27(25), 255102.

Lacinska, A. M., Styles, M. T., Bateman, K., Wagner, D., Hall, M. R., Gowing, C., & Brown, P. D. (2016). Acid-dissolution of antigorite, chrysotile and lizardite for ex situ carbon capture and storage by mineralisation. Chemical Geology.

La Torre, A., Rance, G. A., Miners, S. A., Lucas, C. H., Smith, E. F., Fay, M. W., ... & Khlobystov, A. N. (2016). Ag-catalysed cutting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Nanotechnology, 27(17), 175604.

Parmenter, C. D., Fay, M. W., Hartfield, C., & Eltaher, H. M. (2016). Making the practically impossible “Merely difficult”—Cryogenic FIB lift‐out for “Damage free” soft matter imaging. Microscopy research and technique, 79(4), 298-303 DOI: 10.1002/jemt.22630


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Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre

Cripps South building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 748 6340
email: nmrcenquiries@nottingham.ac.uk