Analytical and Physical Methods

Methods for the determination and prediction of chemical structure and dynamics are essential to chemistry. We are at the forefront of developing new methodologies, as well as applying them to a wide range of chemical problems.

We carry out world-class research in spectroscopy, including both electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.  We are leaders in the development of technologies based on mass spectrometry. We have excellent facilities for crystallography and structure determination, as well as specialised techniques for materials characterization. Advanced computational techniques are used to study chemical processes in the condensed phase. We have expertise in the fundamentals and application of electrochemistry.

The School of Chemistry has a strong involvement in the Photon Science Institute (PSI), a centre of excellence in 'light for science'. In EPR spectroscopy, the School hosts the EPSRC National EPR Service. The Michael Barber Centre for Mass Spectrometry (MBCMS), which is devoted to developing mass spectrometry based technologies and applying them to biological problems, is housed in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB). Specialised facilities for materials characterisation are housed in the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC) and the Centre for Nanoporous Materials (CNM).

Our software for diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy is licensed by one of the world’s largest scientific instrument companies. A spin-out company, PlasmaClean, which has a number of patents and licenses relating to plasma-induced destruction of odorous materials, has grown out of research in plasma chemistry.

 

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