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, University 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.



The nmRC at the Materials Research Exchange 2018

Dr Karen Alvey from the nmRC exhibited a display at the Materials Research Exchange 2018.

Etching the Notts TV logo

Dr Chris Parmenter and the nmRC featured on Notts TV on 6 March and created the world's smallest TV logo.

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.


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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. 


This initiative provides funding to researchers from academia and industry to access the nmRC. Further details on elegibility and how to apply can be found here.

Contact Us

Tel:+44(0)115 74 86340

Email: nmrcenquiries@nottingham.ac.uk






 Recent Publications

Stable DHLA-PEG capped PbS quantum dots: from synthesis to near-infrared biomedical imaging, Zamberlan F., Turyanska L., Patane A., Liu Z., Williams H. E. L, Fay M. W., Clarke P. A., Imamura Y., Jin T., Bradshaw T. D., Thomas N. R., Grabowska A. M., Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 6, 550-555, 2018

3-Dimensional inkjet printing of macro structures from silver nanoparticles, Vaithilingham J., Saleh E., Korner L., Wildman R. D., Hague R. J. M., Leach R. J., Tuck C. J., Materials and Design, 139, 81-88, 2018 

Selective Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation Driven by Ferromagnetic RuFe Nanoparticles in Ionic Liquids, Qadir M. I., Weilhard A., Fernandes J. A., de Pedro I., Vieira B. J. C., Waerenborgh J. C., Dupont J., ACS Catalysis, 8, 1621-1627, 2018

Microstructural characteristics, porosity and strength development in ceramic-laterized concrete, Awoyera P. O., Akinmusuru J. O., Dawson A. R., Ndambuki J. M., Thom N. H., Cement and Concrete Composites, 86, 224-237, 2017

Confined naked gold nanoparticles in ionic liquid films, Calabria L., Fernandes J. A., Migowski P., Bernardi F., Baptista D. L., Leal R., Grehl T., Dupont J., Nanoscale, 9, 18753, 2017

Revealing Hydrogenation Reaction Pathways on Naked Gold Nanoparticles, Luza L., Rambor C. P., Gual A., Fernandes J. A., Eberhardt D., Dupont J., ACS Catalysis, 7, 2791-2799, 2017

Dehyrdrocoupling of dimethylamine-borane promoted by manganese(II) m-terphenyl complexes, Sharpe H. R., Geer A. M., Blundell T. J., Hastings F. R., Fay M. W., Rance G. A., Lewis W., Blake A. J., Kays D. L., Catalysis Science & Technology, 8, 229-235, 2017

Additive manufacture of complex 3D Au-containing nanocomposites by simultaneous two-photon polymerisation and photoreduction, Hu Q., Sun X-Z., Parmenter C. D. J., Fay M. W., Smith E. F., Rance G. A., He Y., Zhang F., Liu Y., Irvine D., Tuck C., Hague R., Wildman R., Scientific Reports, 7, 17150, 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 R. M., Fogarty R. A., Bourne J., Yuan J., Lovelock K. R. J., Thompson P., Fay M. W., Kaiser U., Chamberlain T. W., Khlobystov A. N., 9, 14385-14394, 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


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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