Christmas came early this week at SARC with the delivery of our new J105 Instrument. Thanks to the hard work of the guys from Ionoptika Ltd it was assembled and at vacuum in 48h.
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’.
|New Developments in Quantitative 3D Chemical Imaging
A major new EPSRC grant of £844k will allow us to explore further the 3D imaging SIMS capabilities of reactive cluster projectile using a new high-energy ion beam. Project partners include Prof Ian Gilmore at the National Physical Laboratory and Prof Arnaud Delcorte at the Universite catholique de Louvain.
The funding, togther with investment from the Henry Royce Institute allows us to replace our prototype Ionoptika J105 SIMS with the latest model, including a 70 keV water cluster beam. This comes 10 y after the installation of the first J105 instrument in Manchester.
Congratulations to Huriyyah on the award of her PhD! Her thesis is entitled ‘New Capabilities for Molecular Surface and in-depth Analysis with Cluster Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry’. The project was co-supervised by Prof Mike Turner at the Organic Materials Innovation Centre.
Congratulations to Giles on the award of his PhD entitled ‘Advances in Bioanalytical Laser Ionisation Mass Spectrometry’.
This month we welcome Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf, Associate Professor from H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at the University of Karachi, Pakistan (http://www.iccs.edu). Musharraf will discuss collaborative opportunities between his institution and the University of Manchester and share his own research interests with our group and others in the MIB. His visit is funded through a Charles Wallace Visiting Fellowship.
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!
August sees the start of a new EPSRC-funded project entitled ‘Development of Multiplexed ToF-SIMS Instrumentation‘ which represents a completely new paradigm for ToF-SIMS and builds of the group’s reputation for innovation in instrument development. The 3-year, £0.5M project involves collaborators in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Ionoptika Ltd.
Nick visited the groups of Drs Moritani and Toyoda at the University of Hyogo, Himeji, Japan, who work extensively with gas cluster ion beams (GCIBs) for materials processing and analysis. He gave a presentation on our ion yield enhancements with the water GCIB source.
Nick visited the groups of Prof Terada and colleagues at Osaka University, who are developing high resolution ToF mass analyzers and applying them in SIMS, SNMS, MALDI and FAB. He gave a presentation on our instrumentation and methodology development and discussed laser SNMS theory – he also had the opportunity to view some moon samples returned by the Apollo 15 and 17 missions.
Nick gave an invited presentation at a meeting in Kyoto, Japan, organized by Prof. Jiro Matsuo. The subject was tissue imaging with cluster ion beams
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