User survey to support Scanning Electron Microscope funding proposal at the University of Leeds

The University of Leeds spoke of the Henry Royce Institute is applying for funding through the EPSRC Strategic Equipment Panel for a Plasma Focused Ion Beam (FIB) – Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer (SIMS).

Researchers at Leeds would like to get the views of potential external users of this equipment to make sure that this is a valuable addition to the UK materials community.

The short survey is available HERE.

It is intended that the instrument will be UHV and cryo-cooling and cryo-transfer facilities to enable the 3D chemical mapping of soft matter in addition to more conventional hard matter samples. More details of the equipment specification are included in the survey introduction. We intend to include a small external access fund in the proposal for pump-priming studies using the equipment which will be open to industry and academia.

As well as providing an important tool for surface chemical analysis and chemical imaging (at an ultimate spatial resolution in the range 15 – 20 nm) with isotopic and trace element sensitivity (complementing X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy), the instrument will provide a new research capability in large volume, three dimensional (3D), nanoscale chemical mapping of complex materials over volumes of up to 100,000 cubic microns via serial plasma ion beam sectioning.

The equipment will be integrated into the well Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy (LEMAS) Centre with a strong track record in analytical microscopy-based research and complemented by six permanent research staff. The equipment will be housed in a purpose-built laboratory in the new Bragg Centre for Materials Research at Leeds, and is available for external use.

The deadline to complete the survey is 10 July 2020.

The short survey is available HERE.


For more information, please contact: LEMAS Director Prof Rik Drummond-Brydson: R.M.Drummond-Brydson@leeds.ac.uk


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