Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre
  • Print

Welcome to the Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre

The NMRC is a cross-disciplinary centre for world-leading nanoscale and microscale materials charaterisation.  With state-of-the-art facilities and allied technical and academic expertise, the centre offers a diverse range of research and commercial capabilities.   The centre hosts 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 visit our About the Centre page.


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

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Electron Micro Probe Analysis (EMPA)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • Electron Beam Lithography (EBL)

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

New JEOL 2100-plus TEM

Access the Facilities

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.




There are no results that match your criteria.

 See all events

Commercial Services

The NMRC can provide services rendered work on any of the instrumentation within the Centre.

To find out more please contact us using the details below.


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


See all Publications

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