The study of molecules and materials by magnetic resonance has had a significant scientific impact and diverse applications.

Our research activities include:

  • The use of hyperpolarisation to overcome the low sensitivity of magnetic resonance in order to open up new applications in molecular sensing and clinical imaging.
  • The use of EPR to characterise the properties and reactivity of nanostrucutres.
  • The development of ab initio calculations of NMR parameters for large molecules.
  • The exploitation of nuclear spin dynamics as a platform for unconventional computation.
We have close links with the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM). The Centre is dedicated to harnessing the Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange method, a recent York development, which produces a 100,000-fold improved magnetic resonance response such that low concentrations of metabolites, drugs and many other small molecules can be optimally detected.


Martin Cockett
  • High-resolution laser spectroscopy with electrons and ions
Simon Duckett
  • Organometallic chemistry and reaction mechanisms
Ian Fairlamb
  • Transition metals in synthesis, catalysis and chemical biology: reactivity, mechanism and applications
Meghan Halse
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy
Aneurin Kennerley
  • Neuroimaging
Robin Perutz
  • Organometallic photochemistry
  • Small molecule activation
  • Catalysis and solar fuels
Angelika Sebald
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy