Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Dr Nicholle Bell

Department / group: Chemistry
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Research interests:

Peatlands, organic matter, complex mixtures, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry

Career history:

NERC Soil Security Research Fellow (1/10/2016-present)
Creating molecular metrics to assess the status of peatlands using high resolution analytical techniques.

Scottish NMR Outreach Coordinator University of Edinburgh (1/3/2016-30/09/2016)
Funded by both Nanalysis and ScotCHEM, my role was to popularise NMR spectroscopy in high-schools, undergraduate and industrial laboratories using a 60 MHz benchtop NMR spectrometer. This involved:
– creating an NMR workshop for teachers and industrial researchers.
– creating a website for the Scottish NMR Community (
– organising a UK wide conference called NMR for Industry.
– setting up an annual meeting for the Scottish NMR Community at Firbush Point Centre, Killin, Scotland.
– touring Scotland with a benchtop NMR spectrometer to schools and SMEs.
– creating new undergraduate experiments for the 3rd year undergraduate teaching labs.

Active research projects:

Molecular metrics for assessing the status of peatlands

Recent publications:

Kew, W., Bell, N.G.A., Goodall, I., Uhrín, D., Advanced solvent signal suppression for the acquisition of 1D and 2D NMR spectra of Scotch Whisky. Magn Reson Chem. 55, 785-796 (2017).

Timári, I., Kaltschnee, L., Raics, M.H., Roth F., Bell, N.G.A., Adams, R.W., Nilsson, M., Uhrín, D., Morris, G.A., Thiele, C.M., et al., Real-time broadband proton-homodecoupled CLIP/CLAP-HSQC for automated measurement of heteronuclear one-bond coupling constants. RSC Advances. 6, 87848-87855 (2016).

Bell, N.G.A., Graham, M.C., Uhrín, D., Isotope-filtered nD NMR spectroscopy of complex mixtures to unravel the molecular structures of phenolic compounds in tagged soil organic matter. Analyst. 141, 4614-4624 (2016).

Bell, N.G.A., Michalchuk, A.A.L., Blackburn, J.W.T., Graham, M.C., Uhrín, D., Isotope-Filtered 4D NMR Spectroscopy for Structure Determination of Humic Substances. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 8382 – 8385 (2015).

Bell, N.G.A., Murray, L., Graham, M.C., Uhrín, D., NMR methodology for complex mixture ‘separation’. Chem. Commun. 50, 1694 -1697 (2014).

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