Spotlight On: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Multi User Facility

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The UCL X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Multi User Facility holds a suite of two X-ray photoelectron spectrometers (XPS). XPS is a widely used surface analysis technique employed to determine elemental composition and chemical environment. It is used by a very wide range of workers in physical sciences, engineering, medical sciences, etc. Our facility offers access to two spectrometers. Users are trained to run their own samples and analyse their own...
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Powering Up Research: The MMM Hub

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The significance of High Performance Computing in materials research has recently been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the award of £4 million to a consortium of partners to create a new national supercomputing centre, the Materials and Molecular Modelling Hub. The HPC facility that the MMM Hub hosts is known as Thomas, a 17,000 core machine designed to support small to medium sized capacity computing focusing on materials and molecular modelling. The launch of this Tier 2 supercomputer on the 14 September was designed to raise awareness amongst the entire UK Materials and Molecular Modelling community...
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Guest Post: Inspiring New Science

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Lei Tan is a PhD student from Queen Mary University of London under the guidance of three supervisors: Prof. Martin Dove, Dr Andrei Sapelkin and Dr Alston Misquitta. She is currently studying the structure of metal chalcogenide nanoclusters, in particular a group called magic-size clusters that have an extremely small size (knowledge of their structures at an atomic level is critical for further understanding).  In her work, Tan combines experiment methods (xray total scattering, neutron scattering) and simulation (DFT and Reverse Mont-Carlo modelling), requiring large amounts of CPU time. She is one of the pilot users of the Thomas supercomputer. I...
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Guest Post: Exploring the Materials Genome

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Currently a PhD candidate in the group of Prof. Angelos Michaelides at UCL, Patrick studied Chemistry (MSc, BSc) at the University of Warwick where his research focused on elucidating the quantum nature of biological light harvesting proteins. He also worked in research for DSM Speciality Resins, where he developed bio-renewable alternatives to polymers sourced from fossil fuels. Patrick’s current research focuses on the application of machine learning algorithms to the development of accurate models for use in molecular dynamics simulations of graphene and other carbon-based materials. It would – I think – be a fair statement to make that our...
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Spotlight On: DRIFTS Spectrometer

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The DRIFTS Spectrometer is used for insitu studies of species formed at the surface of a material (e.g. a catalysis) during a reaction. The set up of the spectrometer allows researcher to perform reactuins under operando conditions (heat, gas flow) to preform reactons under realistic conditions and get real data.THE DRIFTS Spectrometer is used for insitu studies of species formed at the surface of a material (e.g. a catalysit)...
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Trailblazing Training Adds to Chemistry’s Attraction

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When designing new molecules for pharmaceutical and other uses, the key is to combine the right elements in the right way. The same is true of the training vital to nurturing the skills needed to make it happen.     A perfect example has seen Southampton University join forces with Oxford and Bristol to establish an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) integrating two vital aspects of chemistry in a powerful new way. With strong links to industry ensuring its work feeds into the real economy, the Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (TMCS) CDT is producing tomorrow’s research leaders and equipping...
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Spotlight On: Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) 3D X-Ray Microscope

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The ZEISS Xradia 810 Ultra is a 3D X-Ray microscope, which can achieve the highest spatial resolution achievable in a lab-based X-ray microscope (<100 nm in 3D) and the unique possibility of employing absorption and Zernike phase contrast imaging to characterise the widest range of samples. The nano computed tomography (CT) instrument can be used to investigate the internal structure of a wide range of materials in a non-destructive...
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Making the Structure of Materials Crystal Clear

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Exposing the deepest, most revealing secrets of materials’ structure is all part of a day’s work at the UK National Crystallography Service (NCS), based at the University of Southampton. By firing X-ray beams at crystals often just one-hundredth the size of a salt grain and then measuring the radiation’s diffraction pattern, Professor Simon Coles and his team generate important insights into materials and their properties – facilitating development of, for example, new drugs and novel energy storage technologies. This cutting-edge service provides UK academia and industry with easy access to world-class crystallography skills and facilities, opening the door to discovery...
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Spotlight On: Facility for Imaging by Light Microscopy

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The Facility for Imaging by Light Microscopy (FILM) at Imperial College London uses the latest equipment in light microscopy to observe living cells, tissues or materials. The facility provides access to state-of-the-art microscopy equipment and all training and assistance required for the whole range of light microscopy, from basic observations with transmitted light to multi-photon fluorescence and super-resolution microscopy. In addition to microscopy equipment, the facility also provide access to software and expertise in image...
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