Dr Ian Sadler

Dr Ian Sadler

Honorary Fellow

Room B11

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road

Research Overview

  • 1964 - 1985       Lecturer, School of Chemistry, Edinburgh University
  • 1968 - 2005       Administrator/Supervisor of the School NMR Spectroscopy Facilities
  • 1978 - 1989       Administrator/Supervisor of SERC supported UK High Field NMR Service.
  • 1985 - 1996       Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry, Edinburgh University
  • 1989 - 1998       Director of the SERC supported UK Centre for Ultra High Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
  • 1996 - 2000       Heavily involved in the design of the Christina Miller Building
  • 1998 - 2005       Director of the Edinburgh Centre for High Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • 1996 - 2005       Reader in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Edinburgh University.
  • 1997 - 2005       Chemistry 1 Course Organiser
  • 2001 - 2005       Convenor of School Space Management Committee

Earlier research (1964 ??? 1985) concerned the exploration of vapour phase rearrangements of small carbocylic ring compounds. Later (1978 onwards) research moved over to the application of NMR spectroscopy to the structure determination of organic compounds including natural products. This involved collaborations both with staff in the School of Chemistry and with research staff at other universities. Collaboration with Professor Stephen Fry (School of Biology) into the structures of plant cell wall oligosaccharides continues at present.


  1. An unexpectedly lichenase-stable hexasaccharide from cereal, horsetail and lichen mixed-linkage β-glucans (MLGs): Implications for MLG subunit distribution. T. Simmons, D. Uhrin, T. Gregson, L. Murray, I. H. Sadler, S. C. Fry. Phytochemistry, 2013, 95, 322-332
  2. Characterisation of oligosaccharides from the chondroitin/dermatan sulphates: (1)H and (13)C NMR studies of oligosaccharides generated by nitrous acid depolymerisation. R. M. Lauder, T. N. Huckerby, I. A. Nieduszynski, I. H. Sadler. Carbohydrate research, 2011, 346, 2222-7.
  3. 3-O-Methylrhamnose in lower land plant primary cell walls. Z. A. Popper, I. H. Sadler and S. C. Fry. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 2004, 32, 279-289.
  4. Complete Assignment of the 1H and 13C NMR Spectra and Solution Conformation of the Antitumour Antibiotic, Aclacinomycin A.  J. A. Parkinson, I. H. Sadler, M. B. Pickup and A. B. Tabor.  Tetrahedron, 1995, 51, 7215-7222.
  5. The Determination by N.M.R. Methods of the Structure and Stereochemistry of Astellatol, a New and Unusual Sesterterpene.  I. H. Sadler and T. J. Simpson.  Magn. Reson. Chem., 1992, 30, S18-S23.