Speakers at the Microscopy & Analysis Conference on 9th January 2013:
Professor Ioan Notingher from The University of Nottingham - ‘Raman microscopy for biomedical applications: from peptide nanotubes to label-free imaging of cells and tissues’ - Biological Raman microscopy/spectroscopy related to the development of new optical and spectroscopic methods for studying biological materials at a nano and micro-scale.
Professor Christian Colliex from The Université Paris Sud - 'The STEM multi-signal approach: learning the most from your nano-object’'. Development of scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) over the past decades, and how objects of the nanoworld (natural or artificial) can now be fully characterized individually.
Dr Phil Manning from The University of Manchester - '‘Chemical Ghosts in the Fossil Record' New and existing techniques are used in the analysis of vertebrate locomotion, biomechanics, palaeobiology, proteomics and musculoskeletal form & function in extinct vertebrates. Successfully recovered potential breakdown products of dinosaur skin and tendon have been verified by imaging (FTIR, CL, ESEM & BSEM) and analytical (XRD, MALDI-TOF and GCMS) techniques.
Dr Cinzia Casiraghi from The University of Manchester - Title TBA - involving Raman Spectroscopy and TEM used in research with graphene, and carbon nanotubes.
Dr Achilles Kapanidis from the University of Oxford - ‘Super-resolution imaging: bacteria and beyond’ - Ultrasensitive microscopy is used to study biological machinery involved in gene expression and regulation. Machines of gene expression are studied by observing single biomachines in real time, "in vitro" and in living cells. Our main tool is single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy, a technique that can measure nanometre distances and study molecular interactions in real time (as "molecular movies"). The work is multidisciplinary, combining diverse disciplines such as optics, spectroscopy, biochemistry, molecular biology, computation, molecular modelling, and signal processing.
Dr Budhika Mendis from The University of Durham - ‘Electron microscopy of thin-film solar cells’ - Silicon currently dominates solar cell manufacture despite it being a poor absorber of light. Thin-film solar cells rely on strongly light absorbing materials, such as CdTe, Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) and Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), so that the material volume is reduced and consequently the cost and production time as well. Although thin-film solar cell efficiencies have been steadily increasing over the years they are still not as commercially competitive as silicon. The microstructure plays an important role in the performance of thin-film solar cells; for example inter-diffusion at interfaces between chemically dissimilar layers during processing, electrical activity of grain boundaries, influence of secondary phase precipitates etc. In this presentation I will demonstrate how electron microscopy can provide information on a wide range of microstructural properties at high spatial resolution. Examples from chlorine activation of CdTe, secondary phases in CZTS, graded composition profiles in CIGS analysed using STEM EDX, EELS and cathodoluminescence will be presented. Time permitting I will also show how electron tomography can be used to study the role of morphology on the performance of organic solar cells.
Dr Jim Caunt from The University of Bath - ‘Deconvoluting intracellular signalling using high-content microscopy’ - High Content Microscopy & Analysis and Confocal Microscopy are used to study how ERK and its binding partners control cell behaviour.
To register for the conference email Ursula Potter (U.J.Potter@bath.ac.uk).