We are excited to announce a new collaboration with The Surrey Ion Beam Centre on a new £3m project ‘Multimodal 3D elemental and molecular imaging at the sub-micron scale‘ funded by the EPSRC. The project, led by Prof Melanie Bailey at the University of Surrey, will be achieved.by combining MeV ion beam analysis (X rays, gamma rays, backscattered particles) and water cluster Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) for the first time in a single instrument.
We recently got together with some alumni and friends of the group to celebrate John Vickerman’s 80th Birthday with a meal and drinks in Manchester city centre. It was great to catch up with everyone. Congratulations John!
Our collaboration with Prof Richard Curry results in a publication in the jounal Advanced Engineering Materials:
Congratulations Abdul on your recent publication:
Secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis of metal oxides using 70 keV argon, carbon dioxide, and water gas cluster ion beams
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 41, 044007 (2023)
Search ‘Lockyer’ on FindaPhD.com to see current funded PhD opportunities:
We are currently recruiting to the following positions:
(BBSRC DTP) Shedding new light on the spatial lipidomics of disease progression using vibrational spectroscopy and mass spectrometry
Congratulations Matija on winning the Rowland Hill Award for best student presentation at SIMS 23 in Minneapolis! Matija’s award-winning presentation was entitled ‘“Effects of Reactive Gas Cluster Ion Beams on Yields and Matrix Effects in SIMS”
Nick gave an invited talk at the 14th International Symposium on Atomic Level
Characterizations for New Materials and Devices (ALC’22) conference in Okinawa, Japan. The talk was entitled ‘Improved bioanalysis using GCIB SIMS and laser post-ionisation’ highlighting recent progress in fundamentals and applications of ToF-SIMS.
Nick gave the Keynote Presentation in the Mutimodal Session of the 42nd BMSS Conference in Manchester in September. The talk was titled ‘Multimodal Mass Spectrometry and Optical Imaging of a Neuroinflammation Model‘ and showcased our collaboration with the Medicines Discovery Catapult and colleagues in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.
We have been awarded funding from the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund for a pilot-project entitled ‘A framework for multi-omic hyperspectral image fusion’. This work will be carried out with colleagues from across the Faculties of Engineering and Physical Science and Biology, Medicine & Health together with the CRUK-Manchester Institute Computational Biology Support Team.
Akhila has published a review article in the Journal Plants:
|Mass Spectrometry Imaging for Spatial Chemical Profiling of Vegetative Parts of Plants
Akhila Ajith, Phillip J. Milnes, Giles N. Johnson and Nicholas P. Lockyer
Plants 11 (2022) 1234
Our recent work on cluster ion beam developments has been published in the Special Issue in honour of Martin Seah.
Sensitivity enhancement using chemically reactive gas cluster ion beams in secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS)
Matija Lagator, Irma Berrueta Razo, Thomas Royle, and Nicholas P. Lockyer
Surf. Interface Anal. 54 (2022) 349-355
Akhila’s PhD project will explore the novel application of mass spectrometry imaging technologies to measure improved uptake, distribution and metabolism of crop protection products in leaves and plants, addressing global challenges in food security. The project is co-funded with Syngenta and the BBSRC.
The world urgently needs better battery technology to rapidly move towards a low‐carbon society. However, commercially‐available batteries currently do not store enough energy, have limited working lifetimes, and are too expensive to make large‐scale electrification viable. To design improved batteries, a better understand of chemical processes inside a battery during charging and discharging is needed. This requires measuring the flow of ions and electrons across multiple interfaces, buried within the battery. Abdulrhman’s PhD project will develop methodologies to study these interfaces using secondary ion mass spectrometry and X‐ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The project is co-supervised by Dr Alex Walton.
Congratulations to Danielle on the award of her PhD! Her project ‘Diagnosing the Masses’ explored differentiation and drug interactions of prostate cancer cells and tissue using SIMS, DESI and Laser-REIMS mass spectrometry imaging. Thanks to Dr Adam McMahon from the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre and Dr Emrys Jones from Waters Corp. for their co-supervision.