Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre


The LiPPS XPS system at the NMRC

nmRC  Facilities

The nmRC is a hub for state-of-the art analytical infrastructure used in teaching, research and service provision.

What's at the nmRC?

In addition to acting as a learning and research hub for nano-, micro- and materials science at the University of Nottingham, the nmRC hosts a number of state-of-the-art research facilities.

The centre is a specialist resource for electron microscopy variants, with vast Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and electron microprobe infrastructure and dedicated technical support.

In addition the centre is also home to X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Confocal Raman Microscopy, Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and sample preparation suites. Please follow the links below for more information or additional technical information can be found on the nmRC Commercial Services (nmCS) website, or is internally available to University staff and students via the Kit Catalogue.

We also have a selection of e-leaflets for most of our equipment which highlight key capabilitiesinstrumentation, and relevant case studies, which can be found at the bottom of the page

Electron Microscopy

  • Nano- & Micro-scale Imaging and Compositonal Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
The Central Electron Microscopy Suite at the NMRC

X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)

  • Surface Chemical Analysis
  • Elemental Composition
  • Chemical State Information

Confocal Raman Microscopy

  • Chemical Compositon
  • Chemical Distribution
  • Ambient and Real-Time Analyses 

Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS)

  • Surface Chemical Analysis
  • Surface Chemical Mapping
  • ToF / Orbitrap Detection

Nano-Fabrication Suite

  • Electron Beam Lithography
  • Clean Room Sample Preparation and Manipulation



Sample Preparation Laboratory

  • Sample Coating, Polishing, Grinding
  • Cryo-preparation
  • Sample Staining
  • Microtomy / Ultramicrotomy
The sample preparation laboratory at the NMRC

Spectroscopic Imaging Ellipsometry

  • Thin Film Analysis
  • Thin Film Thickness Mapping

Facilities Brochure

Our facilities brochure highlights the key techniques that the nmRC offers, and outlines the capabilities and applications of each one as well as some relevant case studies.

To get your copy: either click the link below or pop into the centre for a physical copy. They can be found in our entrance foyer. 

nmRC Facilities Brochure PDF format

nmRC Facilities Brochure


Here you will find a selection of our e-leaflets which can be downloaded. The leaflets are a quick and easy way to find out about the range of instrumentation related to a certain technique and their key functions. 

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) PDF format

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) PDF format

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) PDF format

Raman Spectroscopy PDF format

Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) PDF format

X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) PDF format

Nanofabrication Suite PDF format

Biophysical Analysis PDF format

Cryogenic Materials Characterisation PDF format

Particle Sizing PDF format


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