SIMS 22: Kyoto, Japan

The group were well-represented at the 22nd International Conference on SIMS in Kyoto.  Danielle, John Medland, Alex and Nick gave presentations.

Presentation at SISS-17 Tokyo

Record attendance at the ‘SIMS and related techniques’ meeting SISS-17, Seikei University, Tokyo. Nick gave an invited talk on the subject of our recent Analytical Chemistry paper.

PhD presentations

Well done to Afnan, Giles and Jo for their contribution to the final year PhD talks.  All three did very well.  Jo was awarded second prize in the MIB session!

“It’s good, but it’s not right!…” How to validate your model

Alex gave a presentation entitled “It’s good, but it’s not right!…” How to validate your model at the UK Surface Analysis Forum‘s (UKSAF) Workshop on Multivariate Analysis held at the University of Nottingham, 8 January 2014.

The purpose of the workshop was to introduce users of surface analysis technologies to multivariate analysis with a combination of theory and demonstration.

The presentation covered validation of multivariate models, how to get the most out of them and how to avoid various pitfalls in the data treatment. The slides for the talk can be found here.

UKSAF Presentation 2014

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.

SIMS and Pharmacy talk

Nick gave an invited talk on Imaging Biosystems using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry to industrialists and academics at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London, organised by the Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group and The Drug Metabolism Discussion Group.  The title of the meeting was ‘New approaches in bioanalysis and analytical toxicology’.

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MeV-SIMS Workshop

Alex gave an invited presentation at the Joint IAEA-SPIRIT-Japan Technical Meeting on Development and Utilization of MeV-SIMS held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 21-25 May 2012.

The meeting was to determine the scope and prospects for the emerging MeV-SIMS technique and the outcome was very positive.

The presentation covered factors that influence the form of a Static SIMS spectrum and various issues that may arise in its interpretation and can be found here.

MassSpectrometry@Manchester Symposium

We held a very successful MassSpectrometry@Manchester symposium in the MIB focussing on Data Analysis.

Alex’s presentation is available here

SIMS XVIII Presentation

Alex’s presentation from SIMS XVIII has been added to the site. See here for more details


We had 7 oral presentations at the SIMSXVIII conference in Riva del Garda, Italy. A very sucessful meeting.

Invited talk at BMSS

Nick gave an invited presentation at the British Mass Spectrometry Society 2011 conference in Cardiff.

Keynote – Metabolomics 2011

Nick gave a keynote presentation on “Developments in biological analysis and imaging using Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry” at the Metabolomics 2011 conference, Cairns, Australia.


Alex presented the work of the group with a talk entitled ‘Imaging SIMS: Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, 2D and 3D’ to the first International Association for Spectral Imaging (IASIM) meeting in Dublin, Ireland. IASIM-10 is essentially the third EASIM meeting (European Association for Spectral Imaging) which was retitled recently.

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Both John F and Alex presented work at the 59th IUVSTA Workshop on Surface Chemical Analysis – Improving data interpretation by multivariate & informatics techniques, in Trinidad.