Congratulations Professor Lockyer!

Dr Nick LockyerThe School of Chemistry at the University of Manchester have awarded Nick Lockyer a Chair in Physical Chemistry.

Nick came to the University (then UMIST) to read Chemistry in the late 1980s and continued to study for a PhD in Laser Ionisation Mass Spectrometry of Biomolecules, awarded in 1996. His postdoctoral research involved the development of the Biotof, an imaging ToF-SIMS instrument, with a focus on laser post-ionisation, sputtered neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS).

He was awarded a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship to further develop the Biotof as a Chemical Microscope, following which he was appointed lecturer in Chemistry. Nick briefly moved to the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS), during the merger of UoM and UMIST in 2004, before moving back to Chemistry in 2011. With his research group in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), and also the Photon Science Institute (PSI), he has explored a range of imaging mass spectral modalities in the area of biology and biomaterials, together with technique and instrument development.

As the result of successful bids to EPSRC and the Royce Institute he was awarded a major grant to replace the Ionoptika J105 3D Chemical Imager with a new instrument. This will involve consolidating the research group in the PSI providing opportunities to further explore advanced materials and photonic approaches to mass spectrometry.


Dr Joanna Denbigh

Congratulations to Jo on successfully completing her PhD ‘Lipidomic and Metabolomic Analysis of Biological Response Mechanisms in Cancer Cells: A Multidisciplinary Approach’.

Jo starts a post-doc in the area of mass spectrometry imaging in collaboration with Adam McMahon’s group at the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre.


Awards winning poster!

At the recent SciX Conference in Milwaukee USA, Jo walked away with not one, but two awards for best poster! Both the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) judged Jo’s work on “ToF-SIMS and Raman microspectroscopy as tools for probing lipid saturation in acute myeloid leukaemia cells treated with a novel combination therapy” to be outstanding and awarded her certificates and cash.

Jo Denbigh SAS certificateSciX certificate

We are very grateful to the Royal Society of Chemistry, Manchester & District Local Section for sponsoring Jo’s travel to the conference.

John Vickerman: A Celebration of a Career in SIMS

In 2013, John celebrates his 70th birthday. To mark this occasion, and a career devoted to the development of secondary ion mass spectrometry – including instrumentation, theory and applications – we invite you to a special scientific meeting on October 11 in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology.

We are delighted to have an international programme of outstanding quality, with confirmed contributions from the following speakers:

There will be a celebration dinner and we hope that as many attendees as possible will be able to join us for that.

Registration for the meeting is available here:

Please mark October 11 in your diaries! If you have any questions, please contact Graham Leggett ( or Nick Lockyer (

Further information can be found on the MassSpectrometry@Manchester site.

Travel award for Jo

Jo has been awarded a bursary from the Royal Society of Chemistry towards her attendance at an international conference.

At the meeting she will present her results on mammalian cell characterization. This is part of her PhD project on Lipidomic and Metabolomic Imaging of Biological Response Mechanisms in Tissues and Single Cells involving Raman and IR spectroscopies in addition to LC-MS and SIMS analyses.

Médaille Chevenard

John Vickerman has been awarded the Médaille Pierre Chevenard by the Société Française de Métallurgie et de Matériaux (French Society for Metallurgy and Materials, SF2M). The award is made for his work in the development of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry and is the first time the medal has been awarded to someone outside France in over 40 years.

The Pierre Chevenard medal is awarded by SF2M, in principle every two years, to a French or foreign national who has made an outstanding contribution in the areas which distinguished Pierre Chevenard; scientific instrumentation and methods of characterizing materials.

Pierre Chevenard

Pierre Chevenard (1888-1960)
Member of the French Academy of Sciences and the founding father of the Precision Metallurgy

Chevenard held the Chair of Metallurgy at the Ecole Supérieure des Mines, Saint-Etienne and was elected member of the Academy of Sciences, Section of Applied Sciences in 1946.

He was Commander of the Legion of Honor.

He began in Imphy Steelworks, and ended his career as Scientific Director of Commentry-Fourchambault-Decazeville.

His outstanding work earned him special awards including entering the Academy of Sciences, chairing the Society of Civil Engineers, and membership of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (1951), vice-president of the Scientific Council ONERA, vice-president of the Society of the Mineral Industry and President of the French Society of Physics.

The award ceremony will take place in Paris on 30 October, 2012.