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.
We welcome a new PhD student, Matija Lagator from Serbia. Matija will work on the new J105-SIMS instrument. His project is entitled ‘Development of Novel High Energy Cluster Ion Beam Methodology for Molecular Analysis and Imaging’.
Congratulations to Afnan on the award of her PhD entitled ‘Comparison of cluster primary ion beams for quantitative biomolecular SIMS analysis’.
Congratulations to Andres on the award of his MPhil degree. We look forward to welcoming him back to Manchester very soon to study for a PhD. Hasta la vista, Andres!
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.
Welcome to Andres Galindo who joins the group to study biotechnology applications of ToF-SIMS and DESI. Andres is co-supervised by Prof Sabine Flitsch.
We welcome Ewa Szula to the group as a new PhD student working on the metabolic profiling of mammalian cells.
We welcome Katherine Hollywood to the group as a post-doctoral researcher. Kat will be working on the application of single cell metabolite profiling to optimisation of stem cell bioprocessing as part of a collaboration with Alan Dickson, Karen Cosgrove, Mark Dunne and Roy Goodacre.
We welcome Huriyyah Alturaifi to the group as a new PhD student working on polyatomic SIMS.
In Gothenburg he will be collaborating with Andrew Ewing’s group who have a range of SIMS instrumentation and will be working on biological cells and tissue. We expect to retain a strong collaboration with John.
Goodbye and Good Luck!
This week we welcome back Felipe Kessler from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil who will be with us for 12 months as part of his PhD training in SIMS. Felipe, some of you will recall was with us for a short visit in the Autumn. Those with longer memories will be interested to know that Felipe’s PhD supervisor is Daniel Weibel who was a Post-Doc in the group in 2000-2002.
Today we welcome a new member to the group – Dr Gabriel Karras. Gabriel is from Greece and will be working on laser postionisation.