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 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 ISAC website, or is internally available to University staff and students via the Kit Catalogue.

Electron Microscopy

  • Nano- & Micro-scale Imaging and Compositonal Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Electron Microprobe Analysis (EMPA)
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





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