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, Prof. Steve Harding was made a Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald of Norway

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                   Knight's Cross                                                                                    Svedberg Lecture Trophy

    • In July 2017 Harding gave the Svedberg Lecture at AUC 2017 in Glasgow “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Analytical Ultracentrifugation” 
    • In August 2017 Harding was made an Adjunct Professor of the University of Oslo to join the Saving Oseberg Research Group
    • In October 2017 Harding and Dr. Gary Adams received a grant of €130,000 from GSK, Rixensart for work on Glycovaccines
    • Adams also featured on BBC East Midlands Today describing the work of the NCMH on the potential of pumpkin macromolecules in the fight against Diabetes.


The NCMH consists of: 


Recent Research Highlights

  • Development of improved methods of getting molecular weights (view paper) molecular weight distributions (view paper), conformation (view paper) and interactions (view paper ) of macromolecules in solution.
  • The discovery of sugars that behave like proteins (published in Angewandte Chemie and Scientific Reports & reported in Chemistry World)
  • The NCMH contributed the hydrodynamics to Nottingham’s elucidation of the genetics of fruit ripening (view 2016 Nature Biotechnology article).glycovaccine3
  • The nature and stability of glycoconjugate vaccines (view paper 1 paper 2)
  • Elucidation of the hydrodynamics of microbial resistance mechanisms (view paper 1 & paper 2)
  • Finding natural polymer consolidants to save alum treated Oseberg Viking ship artefacts – Norways National Treasure - from disintegration (view paper 1 paper 2)

Postgraduate Courses

The 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

PhD Students

Visiting Researchers

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