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Project CAYMAN

Enabling regional SMEs to benefit from access to high-field NMR spectroscopy.

Project CAYMAN - Chemistry Assets for Yorkshire Manufacturing - is an exciting 3 year £1.6 million programme. The project establishes new high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facilities at the University’s City Campus and is dedicated to delivering 30 fully funded research and innovation projects to regional SME. The collaborative projects will use the NMR facilities and high-field NMR techniques to investigate how they may be used to characterise macromolecular materials and complex chemical mixtures in an attempt to help develop new products and optimise current manufacturing processes.

In addition, the CAYMAN project team will offer 15 training sessions to facilitate knowledge exchange between the University and regional SMEs to demonstrate the potential benefits of modern techniques in NMR. The CAYMAN project started in October 2019 and we expect to deliver the first set of training in Spring 2020 see below for further information on training sessions.


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This project is receiving £800,000 of funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund is established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. By investing in projects the funds will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs.

The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK. Alongside over €1.5 billion of European Regional Development Fund support for businesses and communities across the North, the government has awarded £3.4 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.

Innovation projects

In collaboration with partner companies the fully funded innovation projects will be performed at the Centre for Chemical and Biological Analysis and focus on using high field NMR  techniques including Diffusion Ordered “NMR” SpectroscopY (DOSY) as a means to better characterise macromolecules such as polymers or peptides and offer a new insight into how they may be utilised to investigate starting materials, processes and products. Our focus is on helping SMEs in a number of industrial sectors including:

  • Polymers and plastics
  • Fine and Bulk Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical devices
  • Food, Vitamins and Supplements
  • Cosmetics

DOSY NMR can be used in many different studies including: 

  • Determining molecular weight distributions of macromolecules
  • Analysis of complex mixtures avoiding chromatography
  • Degradation studies of polymers and other macromolecules
  • To determine chemical functionisation of polymers
  • To identify interactions between molecules in complexation studies

For more information please see our Case Studies


NMR Spectroscopy

CAYMAN NMR Training Event (Dates to be confirmed)

Project CAYMAN is offering a free 2-day training session in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) at the University of Bradford City Campus to companies (SMEs) located in the Leeds City Region (dates to be confirmed). The project is aimed at giving smaller companies the knowledge to use NMR as part of their process and product development tools and enabling them to take advantage of some of the latest NMR techniques. The training will involve an introduction into NMR and some of the more advanced techniques with case studies plus expert guidance and hands-on experience of how to analyse samples and interpret data. It is open to anyone working in an SME, both to those new to NMR or more experienced scientists. At the end of the course we expect trainees to have a good understanding of NMR and the more sophisticated techniques such as DOSY plus have some laboratory experience of running samples, processing and evaluating the data allowing them to identify potential uses of this technique within their company. For more information please download our training event schedule below or to reserve a training place for your company please contact us

Training Event Schedule (dates to be confirmed)


For more details please contact:

Cayman Project team