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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.



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.


nmRC Seminar Series

05/04/2017 - 24/05/2017
C18 Pope Building
NMRC is delighted to announce the resumption of it's technical seminar series.


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Science photography prize for polymer particles resembling golf balls

Congratulations to Dr Marta Alvarez Paino for winning the 'Weird and Wonderful' category in EPSRC's Science Photography Competition.

Soot-in-Oil Diagnostics

The NMRC hosted a highly successful industrial workshop on soot-in-oil characterisation on the 29th of March. Professor Antonino La Rocca showcased the soot characterisation suite, utilising multiple techniques from within the NMRC, and in particular the ground breaking work on 3D tomographic TEM imaging.


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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