The York JEOL Nanocentre

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Close up of instrumentation


Ed Boyes

Gold nanoparticle

Poster presentation

About the Nanocentre

The York JEOL Nanocentre represents a major collaboration between the University of York, Yorkshire Forward through the European Union and JEOL who are world leaders in electron optics. We have created at the University a world class research and teaching facility. The Nanocentre draws on the combined resources of the Physics, Electronics and Chemistry departments, with Departments of Environmental Sciences, Biology, Heritage management and FERA (Food and Environmental Research Agency) also participating. As well as carrying out high quality nanoscience and materials research and teaching, the York JEOL Nanocentre provides rich opportunities for collaboration with UK industry and external partners.


Delivering scientific excellence.

Mission statement

The York JEOL Nanocentre is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre at the University of York.  The York JEOL Nanocentre is a cost centre.  It was formally established in 2007 and the flagship instrumentation was accepted in 2008.   In the last few years it has trained more than 250 students and researchers doing BSc, MPhys, MSc, MChem and PhD courses as well as supporting postdoctoral and other  researchers in electron microscopy and different areas of the nanosciences.   Publications from the Nanocentre research include over 200 refereed scientific papers in leading journals. 

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Research and teaching

The Nanocentre is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre with founding Co Directors, Professor Pratibha Gai, FREng, FRS and Professor Edward Boyes, FRMS, FInstP. It provides world-class teaching and research training for young scientists to PhD and full and part-time MSc level, and contributing to teaching and research projects in the supporting University Departments and more widely. It offers short courses towards higher degree education programmes and hands-on training for scientists in industry.

Recent News

  • Professor Pratibha Gai, FREng, elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).
  • Professor Ed Boyes presents invited lecture at Materials Res Society (MRS), Phoenix, USA.
  • Prof. Ed Boyes presents invited lecture at Microscopy of America conference, Portland, USA.
  • Contributions by Prof. J. Yuan, Dr. Lazarov groups at the IMC18 conference.
  • Prof. Ed Boyes, with Dr. Michael Ward, Dr. K. Yoshida, Tom Martin, Dr. L Lari, Prof. Pratibha Gai present invited talk at 18th International Electron Microscopy Congress (IMC 18); and Prof. Ed Boyes presents invited talk at Scandinavian EM Soc, Linkoping Sweden
  • Nanocentre Symposia organisation at Microscience Microscopy Congress in Manchester
  • Prof. Pratibha Gai presents Friday Evening Discourse, Royal Institution, London; and presents MRS keynote lecture in San Francisco.


Services for industry

The Nanocentre is an open access, industry facing and "industry first" facility, with published terms and conditions.