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Sorby Nano Investigation Centre

The Sorby Nano Investigation Centre is a partner to the Mercury Centre, contributing to the industrially focussed materials testing and sample analysis expertise the centre offers.

 The Sorby Nano Investigation Centre offers a full range of cost effective micro and nano scale investigation capabilities, under the directorship of Professor Mark Rainforth, an international expert in material science and engineering we have a dedicated team to meet the needs of your business.

We use the latest optical and electron microscopy techniques, capable of analysing the most demanding materials.

Sorby Nano Investigation Centre capabilities:


The Sorby Nano Centre, combined with the Mercury Centre, offers an extensive microscopy suite which encompasses the latest world leading optical and electron microscopes capable of analysing a wide range of samples.  The following facilities are available for use by companies:


The Sorby Nano Investigation Centre was originally created as a joint venture between The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University (part funded by the ERDF) to offer industry a single point of access to the most powerful microscopes and leading experts in nanotechnology for the purpose of improving the development of innovative products and processes for a wide range of technological developments.

The Sorby Nano Investigation Centre continues this work and also provides the materials characterisation capability to the Mercury Centre.