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.



Chemistry World article published about imaging chemical reactions in nano test tubes

The nmRC and School of Chemistry's Professor Andrei Khlobystov speaks to Chemistry World on exciting developments allowing scientists to drive and watch real-time molecular reactions using a state of the art TEM technique.

Professor David Briggs - Obituary

It was with great sadness that we announce the loss of our friend and colleague Professor David Briggs. David worked at Nottingham from 2000 to 2006 and set up the SIMS and XPS labs as interdisciplinary services that have now become 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.


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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

Growth of carbon nanotubes inside boron nitride nanotubes by coalescence of fullerenes: toward the world's smallest coaxial cable, Walker K. E., Rance G. A., Pekker A., Tohati H. M., Fay M. W., Lodge R. W., Stoppiello C. T., Kamaras K., Khlobystov A. N., Small Methods, 1(9), 2017

A one-pot-one-reactant synthesis of platinum compounds at the nanoscale, Stoppiello C. T., Biskupek J., Li Z. Y., Rance G. A., Botos A., Fogarty R. M., Bourne R. A., Yuan J., Lovelock K. R. J., Thompson P., Fay M. W., Kaiser U., Chamberlain T. W., Khlobystov A. N., Nanoscale, 9, 14385-14394, 2017

Redox-active organic-inorganic hybrid polyoxometalate micelles, Kastner K., Kibler A. J., Karjalainen E., Sans V., Newton G. N., Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5, 11577-11581, 2017

Mesoporous titania microspheres with highly tunable pores as an anode material for lithium ion batteries, Fischer M. G., Hua X., Wilts B. D., Bennett T. M., Steiner U., ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9, 22388-22397, 2017

Synthesis and characterisation of AG NPs templated via polymerization induced self-assembly, Zhang Y., Filipczak P., He G., Nowaczyk G., Witczak L., Raj W., Kozanecki M., Matyjaszewski K., Pietrasik J., Polymer, 129, 144-150, 2017

Twisted aromatic frameworks: readily exfoliable and solution-processable two-dimensional conjugated microporous polymers, Belen Marco A., Cortizo-Lacalle D., Perez-Miqueo I., Valenti G., Boni A., Plaz J., Strutynski K., De Feyter S., Paolucci F., Montes M., Khlobsytov A. N., Angewandte Chemie, 129, 7050-7055, 2017

Biomass to porous carbon in one step: directly activated biomass for high performance CO2 storage, Balahmar N., Al-Jumialy A. S., Mokoya R., Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5, 12330-12339, 2017

Controlling the release of-indomethacin from glass solutions layered with a rate controlling membrane using fluid-bed processing. Part 1: surface and cross-sectional chemical analysis, Dereyinaker A., Scurr D. J., Steer E. D., Roberts C. J., Van den Mooter G., Molecular Pharmaceutics, 14, 959-973, 2017

The potentials and challenges of electron microscopy in the study of atomic chains, Banhart F., La Torre A., Ben Romdhane F., Cretu O., European Physical Journal - Applied Physics, 78, 20701, 2017

Nanoscale engineering of hybrid magnetite-carbon nanofiber materials for magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents, Metelkina O. N., Lodge R. W., Rudakovskaya P. G., Gerasimov V. M., Lucas C. H., Grebennikov I. S., Shchetinin I. V., Savchenko A. G., Pavlovskaya G. E., Rance G. A., del Carmen Gimenez-Lopez M., Khlobsytov A. N., Majouga A. G., Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 5, 2167-2174, 2017


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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