Deuteration Facility
25 Nov 2009



The ISIS Deuteration Facility supplies deuterated compounds and precursors to the UK Neutron community to support scientific research at ISIS or other neutron facilities across the world.

Staff working in the Deuteration Laboratory
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Requests for deuterated samples are​ made through th​e ISIS Proposal System when applying for beamtime. However, it is strongly advised that any requests are first discussed with the ISIS Deuteration Facility ( to assess feasibility. The deuteration team have a wide range of chemical expertise, and the laboratory itself is well equipped with synthetic and analytical equipment.​

Prop​​osal Route​​​​

All submitted proposals are initially reviewed by the internal Deuteration Facility Access Panel (FAP) to assess the feasibility of the request. The outcome is then passed onto the Science Groups that carry out the peer reviewed ISIS FAPs. This is strictly a practical assessment of the technical and resource requirements of the request. If your proposal is accepted, you will be sent a formal letter from the Deuteration Management Team with further details.


The Deuteration Facility has the capability to host and supervise researchers. Examples of this include PhD students who may use our facilities to either synthesise requested compounds or to learn about the deuteration techniques that we use. We are also happy to host independent researchers on longer term projects.​​​​​


The second floor of R55 Cryogenic Extension​.


​Access Policy, Safety​ Information and Working Practices​

Access to the Deuteration Facility is mainly restricted to staff​. However,​​ use of the facilities including the laboratory, staff expertise and specialist equipment can be arranged on an ad hoc basis. Please contact the ISIS Deuteration Facility ( for more information. A safety induction, COSHH and risk assessments for the work to be carried out will be required prior to access being given.



Dr Peixun Li - Science Lead

Dr June McCorquodale - Operations Manager

Dr James Tellam - Senior Chemist

Dr Kun Ma - Synthetic Chemist

Dr Yao Chen - Synthetic Chemist​

Contact: Youngs, Sarah (STFC,RAL,ISIS)