Job Title
Support Laboratories Group Leader
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Office Location
RAL R80,2.05
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Job R​​ole:​​​

I am responsible for the day to day running of the Deuter​​ation Facility and I am involved in synthesising deuterated materials for use in the ISIS User Program.​

Previous Studie​​s:​

  • MChem in Chemistry, University of Reading, 2003
  • PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, University of Reading, 2007 – Synthesis of S- and C-linked disaccharides via a Ferrier Rearrangement
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Queens University Belfast, 2008 - 2011 – Phosphorus Chemistry in Ionic Liquids
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate/Industrial Secondment, Merck Chemicals UK/Queens University Belfast, 2011 - 2015  – ​ Polymerisable ionic liquids for use in Electrophoretic Materials


Joint PhD studentship between ISIS Neutron and Muon Source/The University of Liverpool​​

Selected Publications:

Influence of an ionic comonomer on polymerization-induced self-assembly of diblock copolymers in non-polar media - G. N. Smith, S. L. Canning, M. J, Derry, O. O. Mykhaylyk, S. E. Norman, S. P. Armes, Polm Chem, 11, 2605-2614 (2020).​

Expanding the design space of gel materials through ionic liquid mediated mechanical and structural tuneability - A. P. S. Brogan, C. J. Clarke, A. Charalambidoue, C. N. Loynachan, S. E. Norman, J. Doutch, J. P. Hallett, Mater Horiz, 7, 820 (2020).

Oxygen condensation in ZIF-8 upon 'gate opening' structural transition - R. Boada, S. Diaz-Moreno, S. E. Norman, D. T. Bowron, Mol Phys, 117, 3456 (2019).

Liquid phase blending of metal-organic frameworks - L. Longley, S. M. Collins, C. Zhou, G. J. Smales, S. E. Norman, N. J. Brownbill, C.W. Ashling, P. A. Chater, R. Tovey, C. Schönlieb, T. F. Headen, N. J. Terrill, Y. Yue, A. J. Smith, F. Blanc, D. A. Keen, P. A. Midgley, T. D. Bennett, Nat Commun, 9, 2135 (2018).

Direct measurements of ionic liquid layering at a single mica-liquid interface and in nano-films between two mica-liquid interfaces - L. R. Griffin, K. L. Browning, S. M. Clark, A. M. Smith, S. Perkin, M. W. A. Skoda, S. E. Norman Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 19, 297-304 (2017).

Solvation Structure of Uracil in Ionic Liquids - S. E Norman, A. H. Turner, J. D. Holbrey, T. G. A. Youngs ChemPhysChem, 17, 3923-3931 (2016)​.

​Structure of ionic liquids with amino acid anions via neutron diffraction - S. E. Norman, A. H. Turner, T. G. A. Youngs RSC Adv. 5, 67220-67226 (2015)​.​​