The School has outstanding facilities, with for example 9 high resolution NMR spectrometers and 1 solid state, 3 area detectors and several powder systems for X-ray crystallography, and it hosts a national EPR service. Its research has been recognised both by funding bodies, who are currently providing over £40M of research grants, and by numerous national and international prizes and awards.

Our research community includes over 70 postdoctoral researchers and 220 postgraduate students. We have research links with over 80 different companies and over 150 overseas universities and research institutes.


Centre for Radiochemistry Research

  • Absorbtion spectroscopy
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Field flow fractionation
  • Ramen spectroscopy
  • Autoradiography
  • Luminescence spectroscopy
  • Upright fluorescence microscope
  • Quantification of Radionuclides
  • Uranium and Thorium chemistry labs
  • Various perspex and negative atmosphere gloveboxes

For a more comprehensive and detailed list, please visit our website.

Contact: Prof Nik Kaltsoyannis or Prof Steve Liddle


  • GC - Three autosampler based GC instruments with FID detection, on line data acquisition and processing, allied to GC-MS facility.
  • HPLC - All new autosampler based analytical instrumentation with UV/3D spectral detection, also RI detection. Foward and reverse phase. Preparative scale HPLC with variable wavelength detection.


Contact: Mrs Carole Webb

Mass Spectrometry

Contact: Dr Ilya Strashnov


Contact: Mr Martin Jennings

Optical Spectroscopy

  • UV-visible spectroscopy with diode array detection, range 190 – 900 nm. Peltier-controlled cell compartment for temperature studies.
  • Infra- red spectroscopy: Near, mid and far infrared transmission studies, film, liquid or reflection accessories.
  • Dedicated diamond crystal ATR instrument for solid and liquid samples in mid IR.

Contact: Dr Ilya Strashnov

Digital Fabrication

Our Digital Fabrication team are involved in the inkjet printing field with projects ranging from conductive tracks to tissue engineering. Inkjet printing spans a diverse range of knowledge bases leading to many collaborative projects both within and outside the University of Manchester. Facilities include:

Near-Ambient Pressure X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (NAP-XPS)

SPECS NAP-XPS system allowing XPS characterisation of samples in a gas environment of up to 25 mbar gas pressure. 

Please see our webpage for further details or contact Dr. Alex Walton.

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