Award for Akhila

Many congratulations to Akhila for winning the Peter Ryan Award for the best presentation at the BMSS Ambient Ionisation meeting in Birmingham!  The title of Akhila’s oral presentation was titled ‘Visualizing Fungicide Mobility in Tomato Leaves with DESI Mass Spectrometry Imaging‘.  The Award was sponsored by KR Analytical.  Well done Akhila!

“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.

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.