Engineering & Physical Sciences
Formerly the Materials Sciences section, this newly created section is dedicated to serving the interests of the wide-ranging community of physical scientists and engineers who apply microscopic and focused beam techniques to the study of: atomic and nanoscale phenomena; matters and the properties of matter; physical and chemical processes; the fabrications of devices and products.
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Prof Beverley Inkson
Engineering & Physical Sciences Section Chair
University of Sheffield
Beverley Inkson is Professor of Nanomaterials in The Dept of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Sheffield, where she leads the NanoLAB Centre. Beverley joined the RMS as a PhD student in Electron Microscopy at Cambridge University, and served on the RMS EM section committee while a Royal Society University Research Fellow. She set up the UK NanoFIB network in 2001, and has run numerous Focused Ion Beam scientific meetings joint with the RMS. Beverley’s research interests focus on the use of electron and ion microscopies to quantify the nanomechanical and functional properties of 3D nanomaterials, including developing novel in-situ SPM-TEM and tomographic characterisation methods.
"I am excited to be the first Chair of the new Physical and Engineering Sciences Section, and look forward to developing an exciting programme with active involvement of the new generation of young scientists."
Dr Roland Kröger
Engineering & Physical Sciences Section Secretary
University of York
Roland is a Reader at the Department of Physics in York with a strong focus on Nano- and Biomaterials using electron microscopy and other materials characterisation tools. Roland obtained his PhD at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Science and Technology in Braunschweig/Germany and has since built a large expertise in Materials Physics and Materials Science covering diamond thin films, metal/semiconductor nanostructures, nitride based light-emitting devices, metal nanoparticles for biomedical applications and biominerals. In the past years he has increasingly become interested in novel in situ techniques studying processes in liquid environments using aberration corrected electron microscopy.
"There is a lot of scope in bringing together 'traditional' Materials Science and the Life Sciences which is a key aspiration for me as Secretary of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Committee"
Dr Anna Baldycheva
University of Exeter
Dr Anna Baldycheva is an Assistant Professor in 2D Optoelectronic materials in Engineering at the University of Exeter. Dr. Baldycheva’s research group works in the areas of 2D Materials, Si Photonics and Microfluidics. The research interests span from the development of new 2D material based layered and liquid crystal nanocomposites to the engineering of integrated 2D material-Si hybrid electronic-photonic devices for application in communications, energy harvesting, and bio-chemical sensing. Since 2010, Dr. Baldycheva authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings.
Dr Michael Dixon
Hitachi High Technologies
Mike is EM Section Manager at Hitachi High-Technologies. After studying Physics at university he started his career in microscopy at Philips Research before joining Hitachi in 1997
Mike has worked in sales, service and applications development roles in the US and Europe, covering Hitachi's preparation systems, benchtop SEM, field emission SEM, automated SEM and TEM/STEM. He is currently responsible for Hitachi's EM sales activity in the UK, but continues to work in applications development and training. He is a member of the RMS Engineering & Physical Sciences Committee and the Institute of Physics EMAG committee.
Mr Paul Gunning
Smith & Nephew
Paul worked from 1984-2004 at the BBSRC Institute of Food Research (Norwich) in colloid science and microscopy (LM, EM, AFM), looking at emulsion stabilisation and protein/surfactant systems at air/water and o/w interfaces. During his time at IFR Paul gained a Physics HNC at Cambridge Technical College, followed by a research MSc (Salford/NEWI) investigating “Effects of microstructure on growth of pathogenic bacteria”. Paul has worked at Smith & Nephew from 2004. Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people's lives. Paul is currently ‘Science Manager, Surface Analysis’ at the company’s corporate Research Centre leading a cross-disciplinary team using SEM/ED-X, LM, Raman and IR microscopy, X-ray micro-CT, contact angle and (occasionally) AFM. Paul’s and his team provide support of Manufacturing (pseudo-forensic troubleshooting, QA and Regulatory/Safety), R&D and Patents/IP functions, with occasional support of Marketing departments.
Mr Owen Green
Outreach & Education Section Secretary
Owen has worked in the Earth Science Department at the University of Oxford since 1989. He initially, trained and worked in London Colleges as a Geological Technician and Curator of Geological Collections. He is currently a member of both the Engineering and Physical Sciences and Outreach Committees, and has been a co-convenor of the Geo-materials meeting (September 2014), and organised Outreach events on volcanos and mountain building. He has been a member of the Learning Zone team at mmc and an occasional contributor to infocus. His research interests include sample preparation techniques, particularly those involving applications in light and scanning electron microscopy. He is currently undertaking a 2nd edition of A manual of Practical Laboratory and Field Techniques in Palaeobiology (2001, published by Kluwer, now Springer). Other micropalaeontological research includes a study of the last shallow marine carbonate-platform foraminifera of the Tethyan Ocean recorded in rocks from the NW Himalayas 50.5 million years ago as India crashed into Asia, Neoproterozoic agglutinated foraminifera from NW Europe (Avalonia and Baltica), and contextual studies on the world’s oldest (3.5 billion years old) putative microfossils from Western Australia
Dr Rebecca Higginson
EPS Representative infocus Editorial Board
University of Loughborough
Rebecca is a Reader in Metallurgy in the Department of Materials. Her current research considers the study of microstructural development in metals and composites. Her group has carried out extensive studies on the high temperature oxidation of ferrous alloys. She co-ran an RMS 1-day meeting “Microstructure of High Temperature Oxidation” in 2007. Other work includes microstructural development in hologramatic laser welding, interpenetrating composites, energy materials & ultrasonic consolidation.
Dr Stephen McVitie
University of Glasgow
Steve is a Reader at the School of Physics & Astronomy. His research interests include the development of magnetic imaging techniques using electron microscopy and magnetic force microscopy, and Micromagnetic characterisation of magnetic thin films.
Mr Steve Metcalfe
Microscopy 101 Ltd
Steve has worked with optical microscopes for the past 30 years. His background in engineering, logical approach to problem solving and inquisitive nature make him an ideal partner for your microscopy questions.
After a government (MoD) apprenticeship during which he qualified as an electronics engineer, Steve started ‘Sight Systems’, an imaging company providing innovative solutions for microscopy. Subsequently Steve was appointed as European Product Manager for Microscopy and Imaging products within Buehler, a materials sample preparation company.
Recently Steve has specialised in materials microscopy within Carl Zeiss UK as manager of the Materials Microscopy Division. He has built up a wealth of knowledge about applications and optical techniques both in industry and academia.
He now works for himself within a new company Microscopy101 Ltd.
Mr Jean-Yves Mugnier
RSSL / Mondelēz Food Research Centre
Jean-Yves is a senior scientist in the microscopy department at Reading Scientific Services Limited (globally known as RSSL) and also HQ for Mondelēz international’s cutting edge food research. His work over the last 15 years has covered a broad remit of scientific disciplines but mainly centred on materials science and food technology, using a variety of techniques but with particular focus on structural microscopy, spectroscopy and X-ray microtomography. His specialist interests include cryogenic techniques applied to hydrated and oil based materials (emulsions, colloidal compound food systems, plant material etc).
Dr Dogan Ozkaya
Dogan Ozkaya is a Senior Principal Scientist and in charge of electron microscopy team in Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Sonning Common, U.K. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge. He carried out postdoctoral research in electron microscopy of various materials in several university departments, including the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and the Materials Department, University of Oxford, before joining Johnson Matthey in 2003. His research interests lie in in electron microscopy of catalysts, metrology of supported nanoparticles, high angle annular dark field imaging and quantification and application of in-situ and ex-situ environmental treatments on catalysts.
Dr Alan Poole
Dr Alan Poole began his career as a geologist studying at Nottingham and then Oxford Universities. He became a senior lecturer in London University with research interests in applied petrography. He has also worked as a consultant specialising in the petrography of aggregates, concrete and related materials and has gained wide experience of the practical and research aspects of alkali-aggregate reaction in concrete from working both in the UK and abroad. He is involved in British and European standards committees and technical working parties. He is author of over 100 journal papers and is co-author of several technical books.
Dr Natalie Reznikov
Imperial College London
Natalie is a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London. She is running a multidisciplinary project aiming at the development of biomimetic scaffold-based trabecular bone for prosthetic applications under the supervision of Prof. M. Stevens. Natalie has mastered 3D imaging of the extracellular matrix of bone and other tissues using a dual-beam microscope (FIB-SEM) during her PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science at the group of Prof. S. Weiner in 2010-2014.
The Engineering & Physical Sciences (formerly Materials Sciences) Section represents the interests of the community of physical scientists and engineers who apply microscopic and focused beam techniques to the study of: atomic and nanoscale phenomena; matter and the properties of matter; physical and chemical processes; the fabrication of devices and products.
The constitution of the section emphasises the principle of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of physical sciences and engineering. A programme of meetings, workshops and courses is organised in support of this objective.
The Section Committee has experience using a host of analytical tools including light, electron and scanning microscopies. Scientists and engineers working in this multidisciplinary field are always welcome to contact the Chair with suggestions for future conferences or meetings that the section could organise or be involved in. RMS members with an enthusiastic interest in the microscopy and physical sciences or engineering are also encouraged to contact the Committee and assist in our activities.Take a look at the EPS Committe Report featured in infocus magazine
The next AGM of the RMS Engineering & Physical Sciences Committee will take place at 9am on Thursday 6 July at mmc2017.Download the 2017 EPS Committee AGM Agenda
Download the 2016 EPS Committee AGM Minutes
"This year we celebrate the first anniversary of the new Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) Section. The EPS section represents the diverse and interdisciplinary engineering and physical science community, who use cross-cutting microscopy based methods to solve engineering and physical science problems.
Our Committee is a mix of young and young-at-heart members coming from a range of scientific disciplines, career levels, academia and industry. Over the year extensive effort by the EPS committee, the RMS and EPS-associated Organisers has gone into organising a number of 2016 and future 2017 events.
Successful 2016 events have included a redesigned Quantitative Analysis of Grain Size course organised by Steve Metcalfe in collaboration with Struers Sheffield, which was expanded to two events to meet demand; EBSD 2016, organised by the RMS in Manchester with 83 registrants and 10 exhibitors; and FIB & EM Preparation Workshop, organised in Manchester, by Dr Xiangli Zhong with 40 participants.
Our focus for upcoming meetings are the cross-cutting EPS themes of Energy, Environmental Materials, Tribology & Coatings and Bioengineering. The first three themes will be addressed by dedicated EPS symposia at mmc2017 next July. Key challenges of bioengineering will be addressed during the upcoming Cryogenic preparation and imaging strategies for soft matter in materials science meeting to be held on 24 February 2017 at Queen Mary University, London.
We would like to engage as many early-career researchers in these exciting symposia as possible, all of which address topics highlighted by the Research Councils and relevant for the RCUK Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT). The mmc2017 symposia will give younger researchers opportunities to present work in a supportive environment, network with international and established birthday-challenged researchers in academia and industry, and browse the newest technologies in the outstanding Trade exhibition.
As we think about the development of the next generation of researchers, and the evolution of engineering disciplines, it is clear that there is great strength in diversity. Over the last 10 years Engineering and Physical Science disciplines in the UK have benefitted greatly from the influx of talented overseas students and staff, and substantial improvements in gender equality have resulted from engagement with the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Gender equality charter.
As the challenges of Brexit approach, the EPS committee aims to ensure that all activities are accessible and inclusive across the whole Microscopy Community. Scientists and engineers with an enthusiastic interest in microscopy for physical sciences or engineering are encouraged to contact the Committee and assist in our activities."
Professor Beverley Inkson
EPS Committee Chair