PEMC Imaging Matters: 11 May
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Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) is hosting a series of free, research-focused seminars.

These monthly Imaging Matters events will show how different forms of microscopy can be used across a broad range of research. Each month an invited speaker will come and give a talk specific to their area of research and how they’ve utilised microscopy to achieve their goal. This will include optical microscopy, electron microscopy, x-ray microscopy, atomic force microscopy, ion beam microscopy and in some cases utilising multiple techniques.

We warmly invite researchers, academics and students to join us for one or more of these events, not only to learn more about their field but also to broaden their knowledge about other fields and how the same techniques can be used in across multiple research areas. These talks will not only be informative but also cutting edge, with speakers showcasing their recent advances. Each presentation will be followed by questions, where the audience can get involved.

Our Imaging Matters event on Wednesday 11 May 2022 is on Low kV Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, presented by Dr Louise Hughes from Oxford Instruments. Louise will be talking about the advancements of low energy chemical analysis within scanning electron microscopy.

What if we could change how we do energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), combining it with low kV scanning electron microscopy? What if we could use EDS as a true imaging tool to help us interpret data from our samples, merging compositional information with electron images? In this talk Louise will present how the Ultim Extreme detector in combination with low kV enables high resolution EDS on a range of samples. She will also discuss using EDS for multi-colour electron microscopy on beam-sensitive biological samples and biomaterials.

Dr Louise Hughes is a business manager for Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis. She graduated with a biology BSc and biological electron microscopy MSc from Aberystwyth University, where she also did her PhD. After several post-docs she became the BioImaging Unit Facility manager at Oxford Brookes University and remained there several years. Louise specialised in biological and 3D electron microscopy and has extensive experience in cryo, SBFSEM, array tomography, electron tomography and 3D data reconstruction. She joined Oxford Instruments NanoAnalysis in 2019 as a product manager for life science and her current role is business manager for EBSD, OmniProbe and the life sciences market.

Programme

12:00 – Welcome and introduction to Dr Louise Hughes

12:05 – Low kV Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy

12:40 – Questions

12:55 – Closing and introduction to next month’s speaker

Event series

13 October 2021: Introduction to Microscopy and Imaging Matters event series

10 November 2021: Professor Gail McConnell, University of Strathclyde – 2D and 3D optical mesoscopy with the mesolens

8 December 2021: Dr Sam Giles, University of Birmingham – Getting Inside the head of early jawed vertebrate evolution

9 February 2022: Dr Fabio Nudelman, University of Edinburgh - Coccolithophore biomineralisation

9 March 2022 [postponed]: Dr Izzy Jayasinghe, University of Sheffield - Imaging ion channels in the heart at true molecular-scale resolution

13 April 2022 [cancelled]: Professor Shadreck Chirikure, University of Oxford - Archaeological science and globalisation

11 May 2022: Dr Louise Hughes, Oxford Instruments - Low kV energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy

8 June 2022: TBC

13 July 2022: Dr Vengamanaidu Modepalli, Marine Biological Association

10 August 2022: TBC

Join us

Target audience

The sessions are primarily aimed at researchers, academics, and students with no restrictions on attendance.

Booking

Events are free to attend but booking is essential via the link at the top of each event page.

Contact either Dan Haspel or Alex Strachan for further information.

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