Job Title
Deuteration Facility Operations Manager
Office Phone Number
(01235) 446033
Office Location
RAL R80,2.05
Mobile Phone Number

Job Role:

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

Previous Studies:

  • 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)​