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Research Group

Characterisation and Analytics

The Characterisation and Analytics research group specialises in research-led analytical problem-solving by using the latest instruments to examine and analyse chemical data.

Part of Chemistry


Our research focuses on using methods to identify, isolate or quantify chemicals and materials. We also investigate what characterises their physical properties.

Using the latest instruments and facilities, which are available to researchers across the University, we examine both organic and inorganic chemicals.

Our techniques include:

  • powder and materials X-ray diffraction
  • nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy
  • mass spectrometry and chromatography-mass spectrometry

People, projects and publications


Dr Graham Tizzard

Operations Manager, Nat Crystallography

Professor John Langley

Professorial Fellow-Enterprise

Research interests

  • The application of separation science and mass spectrometry as a routine tool for chemistry/chemical biology/oilfield chemistry;
  • Probing new areas for research using these tools;
  • The application of hyphenated approaches (GC-MS, GCxGC-MS, HPLC-MS & SFC-MS).

Dr Julie Herniman

Senior Experimental Officer

Research interests

  • chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • supercritical fluid chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • high resolution mass spectrometry

Dr Mark Light

X Ray Diffraction Manager

Research interests

  • Single crystal X-ray diffraction
  • Powder and materials X-ray diffraction
  • Total scattering and pair distribution function analysis

Accepting applications from PhD students

Dr Neil Wells

Sen Exp Officer in NMR Spectroscopy

Research interests

  • Applied NMR Spectroscopy
  • Structural elucidation by NMR Spectroscopy

Dr Nicola Knight


Dr Raymond Whorley

Research Software Engineer (PSDI)

Professor Simon Coles

Professor of Structural Chemistry

Research interests

  • Chemical Crystallography
  • Structures under change
  • Quantum Crystallography

Accepting applications from PhD students

The ability to elucidate complex atomic-scale structures through their interactions with X-rays is truly incredible.
X Ray Diffraction Manager