The atrium in the MIB.

The Webb group is part of the School of Chemistry and is based in the state-of-the-art Manchester Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Manchester.

The School of Chemistry is one of the largest research schools in the UK and the premier institution for chemistry in the North-West; with ~650 students it has one of the largest undergraduate populations in the UK. The 60 academic staff and ~200 postgraduates of the School enjoy one of the UK's largest research grant portfolios, in addition to world-class facilities, including a full range of analytical instrumentation.

Fluorescence microscopy in our analytical bay.

A key part of the scientific strategy of the University of Manchester was the interfaculty initiative that gave birth to the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), a 38M research centre completed in 2006.

The MIB fosters a barrier-less scientific culture between its 54 research groups, allowing expertise and techniques within to be focused on important scientific problems. Our research group has been based in purpose-built chemistry labs in the MIB since July 2006; our laboratories contain optical/epi-fluorescence microscopy with hot stage, fluorescence spectroscopy, UV-visible spectrophotometry, induction heating, and a fully-equipped synthesis lab. Other shared facilities available within the MIB include NMR spectrometry, the latest mass spectrometers and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).