Claire Pearce

Claire Pearce

Project Manager (PMCP)


To manage the delivery of the exciting new Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project,funded by ERDF, which brings 3D analysis and imaging on the nano-scale, to theHeart of the South West, through PEMC.


Theproject specifically brings FIB-SEM to the south west – i.e. 'focused-ion beam,scanning electron microscope'. Rather than using just one beam to gather data,image and analyse a sample, the FIB-SEM also uses a secondary beam, to cut(mill) the object simultaneously. This means that the FIB-SEM is able to imageand cut through an object whilst analysing, and therefore build a 3D stack ofdata representing that sample. The new FIB-SEM also accurately collectsthis data at the nano-metre scale.

This is new to PEMC; our existinginstrumentation includes scanning electron microscopes (SEM), which scan thesurface of the object and transmission electron microscopes (TEM) which lookthrough very thinly prepared samples. Therefore, the FIB-SEM takes PEMC into anew era of capability and precision, primarily for use by Devon companies inpartnership with our academic researchers. 

For Devon companies, the project means free access to the FIB-SEM, to explore how this technology can benefit their business - and, importantly, free access to technical specialists to help embed the findings in the company through additional research support, as needed by the company.


I have worked in aknowledge exchange role within universities for the last 20 years, bringingtogether business need and university-based solutions. Whilst at the Universityof East London, I managed the academic consultancy activity, KTP and thepartnership Proof of Concept project (Emerald Fund) which supported academicsand students to commercialise their ideas.

Prince II Practitioner
BA (Hons) Business Administration

Roles on external bodies

School Governor, Tavistock Church SchoolsFederation