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Our Mission Statement



Our Aim

  • To enable external access to and use of the materials characterisation facilities and expertise at the nmRC and wider UoN.

Our Objectives

  • To support the awareness, application and advancement of materials characterisation, surface and interface science.
  • Use our world leading expertise in surface analytics to develop the best solutions to commercial and industrial problems.
  • Develop awareness of our surface and interfacial science capabilities, and drive commercial engagement.
  • Better co-ordinate professional materials characterisation services through a single contact point.
  • Work with new collaborators to advance our track record of achievements in scientific publication and grant success.

Right: Opening access to our world leading experts and facilities to develop commercial, industrial and academic success.

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Our Expertise

With world leading experts in materials characterisation, nanotechnology, biomedical surfaces, mechanical engineering and beyond, nmCS targets being a gateway to quality analysis and interpretation in a wealth of scientific and industrial applications.

Our key areas of expertise include:


Materials Characterisation

  • From chemical identification and spatial mapping to mechanical property assessment, microstructural analysis and more.
  • Analyse a broad range of materials including pharmaceuticals, machine components, performance coatings, polymers, cosmetics, foodstuffs, textiles, geological samples etc.
  • Visualisation and compositional analysis.
  • Cryogenic workflows and correlative analyses to support soft matter system interrogations.

Surface Analysis

  • Interrogation of material surfaces and interfaces.
  • Assessment and understanding of surface chemistries, morphologies and physicochemical properties.

Biophysical Analysis

  • Quantification and qualification of the biological functions and dynamics of molecular assemblies, cells, tissues and organisms.
  • Biomolecular imaging and kinetics to determine the structure and behaviour of biological molecules.

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

  • Understand and control matter at the very smallest scales, from around 100 nanometres down to the dimensions of single atoms.
  • Morphological, tribological and physicochemical analysis to advance system formulation, design and performance. 


Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre

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

telephone: +44 (0) 115 95 15046
email: nmcs@nottingham.ac.uk