Microscopy & Analysis Conference May 6th 2015
Conference Programme 2015
(To sign up email U.J.Potter@bath.ac.uk)
Professor Paul Midgley FRS
(Professor of Materials Science and Director of the Electron Microscopy Facility at the University of Cambridge)
Paul’s research involves electron tomography and 3D reconstruction of nano-structures. By recording a tilt series of scanning transmission electron micrographs using high angle scattering or energy filtered images using fixed beam methods it is possible to reconstruct the 3-dimensional structure and composition of nanoscale materials. Field emission TEM, off-axis and in-line (Fresnel) electron holography is being used to study a variety of material properties: Electric Fields in biased and non-biased p-n junctions, metal oxide grain boundaries and ferroelectrics; Magnetic Fields in magnetic nanowires, thin film devices and small single domain particles.
Conference talk title: ‘Multi-Dimensional Electron Microscopy’
Dr Anne-Cecile Reymann
Is part of the Stephen Grill Lab at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany. Anne-Cecile, Stephen Grill and Jennifer Lippencott-Schwartz are co-authors on the recent Science article “Lattice light-sheet microscopy: Imaging molecules to embryos at high spatiotemporal resolution”
See the stunning images and videos at: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6208/1257998.full
Anne-Cecile will speak about Light Sheet Microscopy and her current research.
Conference talk title: “Light sheet versus spinning disk confocal microscopy for nematic order parameter quantification as a measure of the orientation of the actin filaments”
Professor Martin Lee
(School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow)
Martin will speak about the application of high-resolution electron and ion beam techniques, also electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to understanding the mechanisms and rates of mineral crystallization and dissolution in a wide range of Earth and extraterrestrial materials.
See: http://web2.ges.gla.ac.uk/~mlee/fpnano2.html and http://web2.ges.gla.ac.uk/~mlee/worms.html
Conference talk title: “SEM-EBSD/TEM techniques for investigating nanoscale feldspar weathering, building stone decay, sandstone diagenesis & invertebrate biomineralization.”
Dr Sue Vaughan
(Dept of Biological and Medical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University)
One of the major drawbacks in transmission electron microscopy has been the production of three-dimensional views of cells and tissues. Currently, there is no one suitable 3D microscopy technique that answers all questions and serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SEM) fills the gap between 3D imaging using high-end fluorescence microscopy and the high resolution offered by electron tomography.
Conference talk title: "Serial block face scanning electron microscopy - the future of cell ultrastructure imaging"
Dr Fernando Castro
(National Physical Laboratory, Teddington)
Fernando's research aims to develop a systematic, microscopic understanding of the relationship between nanostructure and optoelectronic properties of organic semiconductors and to correlate it with the device functionality and performance. Specific objectives include: (1) to determine three-dimensional thin film structures of organic blends, (2) to examine molecular orientation in these organic thin films, (3) to correlate thin film structure and molecular orientation to their optoelectronic properties of organic blend PV devices, and (4) to develop advanced nanoscale Raman spectroscopy.
Conference talk title: “Organic photovoltaics: principles and techniques for nanometre scale characterization using AFM, Raman, PL and depth profiling"
Dr Tom Scott
Executive Director of the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre and Director of the Interface Analysis Centre, a specialist surface and materials science research centre, within the School of Physics at the University of Bristol. Tom is also a lecturer in Earth Sciences, specialising in research relating to the transport and clean-up of radioactive materials in the environment.
Conference talk title: “Uses of FIB/SEM in research at the Interface Analysis Centre at University of Bristol”
Dr Amanda MacKenzie
(Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, University of Bath).
Amanda has been awarded a BBSRC research grant for equipment consisting of a dual hypoxic workstation (comprising two chambers with individually controlled atmospheres and an integral fluorescence microscope), a spin resonance instrument and a microplate reader. The instruments will form a unique facility at the University of Bath open to researchers from GW4 institutions.
Conference talk: "A Facility for Advanced Imaging and Analysis under Hypoxic Conditions for Bath and GW4 Partners"