Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre

About the Centre

The nmRC was officially opened on the 20th April 2016 with the aim of enabling and advancing world-leading nanoscale and microscale research.  The Centre is a cross-faculty hub servicing the entire University and research community beyond. The nmRC provides facilities and expertise for research across the engineering, physical and life sciences. The Centre is well placed to support academics and industry in achieving research excellence and leveraging the funding available in the nanosciences and related interdisciplinary areas.  

Guidance for New Users

We look forward to welcoming you to the Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre (nmRC) in Cripps South Building, University Park campus. University of Nottingham staff and students can register to access the nmRC via the following steps:

  1. Create a new user account on the nmRCs PPMS booking system
  2. Self-enrol on the Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre (nmRC) (UNUK) module on Moodle. 
  3. Request access and training through the PPMS booking system using your account. If this is deemed a valid request you will be added to an instrument specific moodle group by an nmRC staff member where there is an health and safety induction to complete.
  4. Once completed, your training sessions will be arranged and you will instructed on next steps by the appropriate nmRC staff member.
  5. Once sufficient training has been completed, and you are deemed proficient enough to do so you will be given booking rights within PPMS for the instrumentation you are trained on. 

PPMS Booking System

New users will need to create an account on our PPMS booking system. With an account, you can request training, sample analysis, access our instrumentation and receive email updates on events and news. 

nmRC Moodle Module

Self-enrol on the nmRC module on Moodle. When training on a given instrument you will be added to that instrument group on Moodle to complete a focused health and safety induction.


nmRC Staff

Follow this link to find out who to contact at the nmRC.


Find us

The nmRC is in the Cripps South Building (building 53) on the University Park campus - more directions and maps can be found here


Access and finding the nmRC

The Centre is a multi-disciplinary facility, and we welcome enquiries from within the University of Nottingham, the wider academic community, and from industry.

Having previously been hosted in the Physics Building from 2007 to 2015, the Centre has now moved to the Cripps South building (building 53) on the University Park campus (formerly the Cripps Computing Centre) - more directions and maps can be found here.

For all general enquiries about access to nmRC facilities, including cost estimates, please contact Dr Karen Alvey.

Cripps South Building
The nmRC is now based at the Cripps South Building, University Park, Nottingham.


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