RMS SPM Meeting
Scientific Organisers: Paolo Actis (University of Leeds), Lorna Dougan (University of Leeds), Laura Fumagalli (University of Manchester), Andrew Lee (University of Leeds), Simon Connell (University of Leeds)
UK SPM 2018 represents an exciting opportunity to explore the latest developments in scanning probe microscopies. From the study of calcium dynamics in cardiac cells to the electrical imaging of graphene and 3D printing at the nanoscale, we aim to showcase the diversity of the state of the art in SPM techniques.
The meeting encompasses 4 sessions providing a broad cross section of the latest SPM techniques and applications within; living systems, advanced materials, instrument development and nanomechanics. The participation of early career researchers is strongly encouraged.
The SPM Meeting is held annually and provides an excellent forum for the community to meet and discuss the latest advances in the field. With an exhibition alongside organised social activities, it is one of the best events in 2018 for scanning probe microscopy users, for PhD students and well-seasoned microscopists alike!
Registration is now closed.
If you have any questions regarding your registration , please contact Victoria Masters.
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- 10:00 Registration
Paolo Actis (University of Leeds)
Functional Imaging of Living Cells in Cancer Research by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy
Stefania Rapino (Universita di Bologna)
Twist and Topology: visualizing dynamic DNA interactions at nanometre resolution
Alice Pyne (UCL)
Direct in situ observation of RecA mediated homologous recombination
Andrew Lee (University of Leeds)
Exlporing curvature in single-sheet DNA origami nanotiles
Ashley Stammers (University of Leeds)
New advances in correlative nanochemical and nanoelectrical characterisation - Bruker
- 12:50 Lunch and Exhibition
Force-controlled single-cell perturbation
Tomaso Zambelli (ETH Zurich)
Singe ions at bio-interfaces: organisation and dynamics
Kislon Voitchovsky (Durham University)
AFM reveals sub-diffraction limit domains in Supported Lipid Bilayers
James Goodchild (University of Leeds)
Study of α-synuclein aggregate toxicity using a nanopipette delivery system
Chalmers Chau (University of Leeds)
Molecular resolution of Bacteria Cell Wall using AFM
Laia Pasquina Lemonche (University of Sheffield)
Video rate imaging with the Cypher VRS AFM - Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments Company
- 15:55 Coffee and Exhibition
A one-eyed man in the atomic land of the blind
Adam Foster (Aalto University)
The role of tip reactivity in intramolecular imaging of organic molecules in NC-AFM
Adam Sweetman (University of Leeds)
Electrical and Thermal Studies by Means of Non-Resonant Oscillatory Atomic Force Microscopy by NT-MDT - Scanwel
- 17:40 RMS SPM Section Committee Annual General Meeting
- 17:40 Poster Session, Drinks and Exhibition
- 19:30 Dinner
Nanomechanical imaging and modeling of biological systems with SPM
Ozgur Sahin (Columbia University)
Single molecule assays for probing polysaccharide-protein interactions under force
Ralf Richter (University of Leeds)
Controlling Elasticity of Model Bio-membranes by Ionic Liquids
Pallavi Kumari (University College Dublin)
Combining Atomic Force Microscopy and Digital Image Correlation for Visualizing Deformation of Polymers on the Nanoscale
Rebecca Savage (ExxonMobil)
Using ultra-soft probes to explore the femtoNewton force regime - NuNano
- 10:40 Coffee Break and Exhibition
A novel automated force spectroscopy analysis for the investigation of cell nanomechanics using AFM
Spyridon Sovatzglou (University of Sheffield)
Local functional studies of 2D materials and heterostructures
Olga Kazakova (NPL)
AFM and SEM Correlative Microscopy - Hitachi
Molecular Maracas: Investigating the potential of Li+@C60 as a multi-state molecular switch
Henry Chandler (University of St Andrews)
Photoinduced Force Microscopy: a technique for hyperspectral nanochemical mapping - Acutance Scientific
- 12:50 Lunch and Exhibition
Dielectric constant of two-dimensionally confined water
Laura Fumagalli (University of Manchester)
Ultrahigh Pressure Local Tuning of Graphene Electronic Properties
Pablo Ares (UAM, Madrid)
Coherent THz apertureless near-field microscopy based on self-mixing in QCLs
Pierluigi Rubino (University of Leeds)
nano-FTIR - nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy of polymers, biomaterials and 2D materials - neaspec
- 15:00 Coffee Break and Exhibition
In-situ molecular-level observation of water to methanol catalysis at the surface of graphite
Will Foster (Durham University)
Influencing on-surface covalent-coupling reactions via substrate structure and porous molecular templates
Alex Saywell (University of Nottingham)
Polymer nanostructures on surfaces: A closer look
Vasileios Koutsos (University of Edinburgh)
Liquid-liquid interfacial imaging by atomic force microscopy
Neil Thomson (University of Leeds)
- 16:45 Meeting Ends
1. NTCDI Thin Films and NTCDI/PTCDI Heterostructures on Hexagonal Boron Nitride
Manal Alkhamisi (Nottingham)
2. Tracking of HIV assembly and release in living cells by SICM
Joanna Bednarska (Imperial College)
3. Multidimensional Mapping of Electrical properties using Fast Force Volume
Mikael Febvre (Bruker Nano)
4. In-situ molecular-level observation of water to methanol catalysis at the surface of graphite
Will Foster (Durham)
5. Single-molecular investigation into the stability and dynamics of G-quadruplex DNA
Phil Haynes (UCL)
6. Thickness determination of ultrathin silicon oxide films using KPFM
David Jones (St Andrews)
7. Molecular resolution of Bacteria Cell Wall using AFM
Laia Lemonche (Sheffield)
8. Synthesis, Structural Characterization and Electrical Properties of Helixes Comprising Silver-Mediated Cytosine Pairs and Reduced by Hydrogen Plasma
Fatima Linares (Granada, Spain)
9. The use of Atomic Force Microscopy to study the Photosynthetic Membrane of Blastochloris viridis
Leanne Miller (Liverpool)
10. Quantitative measurements of electromechanical response with interferometric atomic force microscopy
Jonathan Moffat (Asylum)
11. Molecular architecture of bacterial exosporium studied with complementary transmission electron and atomic force microscopies
Nic Mullin (Sheffield)
12. Regulating the femtosecond excited-state lifetime of a single molecule
Rebecca Purkiss (Bath)
13. DNA origami Analysis Using Nanopipettes
Mukhil Raveendran (Leeds)
14. Optical Quality PET Film - Influence of Particulate Nanoadhesion
Amy Seaman (Birmingham)
15. Single molecule imaging of DNA-protein interaction using AFM to study the action of Flap endonucleases
Vinny Verma (Sheffield)
16. Bringing metrology to high speed AFM
Andrew Yacoot (NPL)
17. Diamond tip-assisted fabrication of BiFeO3 nanoislands by scanning probe microscopy
Fengyuan Zhang (Dublin)
There will be 4 workshops running on Sunday 24 June at the University of Leeds, prior to the meeting beginning on Monday 25 June. Workshops will begin at 1400 and finish at 1800. Refreshments will be provided.
These workshops will be hands-on sessions aimed at Students and Post Docs.
The workshops that will be hosted are as follows:
1. Single molecule force spectroscopy
2. Scanning ion conductance Microscopy
3. Near field imaging (THz-AFM)
4. High resolution imaging of DNA nanostructures
A maximum of 12 participants can attend each workshop and each workshop will run twice in the afternoon. Each workshop session will last two hours.
During online registration, each participant will be asked to select a workshop for each of the two sessions.
Functional Imaging of Living Cells in Cancer Research by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy
Dr Stefania Rapino
Universita' di Bologna
Stefania Rapino is Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna in Physical Chemistry. She is actively working in the field of Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) applied to living cell research. Using her interdisciplinary approach and SECM she gave an insight in the study of cancer metabolism, cell respiration, cancer redox balance, Warburg effect at single cell level and some applications of nanotechnology in cancer.
FluidFM technology for 2D patterning, 3D printing, and single-cell biology
"Force-controlled single-cell perturbation"
Dr Tomaso Zambelli
Tomaso Zambelli is an expert of Scanning Probe Microscopies (STM and AFM). He directed the development of the FluidFM, a force-controlled pipette based on microchanneled AFM cantilevers. In these last years, he assessed FluidFM applications in different fields from single-cell manipulation to additive manufacturing of metallic microstructures.
Nanomechanics of living cells
"Nanomechanical imaging and modeling of biological systems with SPM"
Prof. Ozgur Sahin
Columbia University, US
In Sahin Lab, we investigate biological systems that function under physically extreme conditions like short timescales, confinement to nanoscale regions of space, and high pressures. A significant portion of our efforts goes into the development of new experimental methods that allow observation of biomolecules, cells, and small organisms under these extreme conditions.
Atomic Resolution imaging at surfaces and interfaces
"A one-eyed man in the atomic land of the blind"
Prof. Adam Foster
Prof. Adam Foster is leader of the Surfaces and Interfaces at the Nanoscale (SIN - physics.aalto.fi/sin) group in the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University. The SIN group has extensive experience in simulations on a wide variety of materials, particularly insulators, and including studies of metallic nanoclusters, molecular adsorption and reactions on insulating surfaces. In general, from the working on many collaborative projects with experimentalists, the SIN group is very experienced in linking simulations to experiments.
Nanoscale electrical and magnetic imaging of nanomaterials and nanodevices
"Local functional studies of 2D materials and heterostructures"
Dr Olga Kazakova
Olga Kazakova received her Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Science in 1996. She is an author of above 140 peer-refereed publications and had above 130 presentations at scientific conferences, e.g. above 50 invited talks and seminars. She was a recipient of the numerous national and international awards, including Intel European Research and Innovation Award (2008), NPL Rayleigh Award and Serco Global Pulse Award (2011). She is a Fellow of Institute of Physics.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1000 on Monday 25 June and finish at 1645 on Tuesday 26 June.
Admittance to this event is for registered and authorised attendees. Unfortunately we cannot permit access to visitors or allow non-registered persons to enter the meeting or exhibition areas. If you have any questions, please contact the RMS contact for this event.
Standard registration with one night's accommodation: £395
RMS member registration with one night's accommodation: £350
Student registration with one night's accommodation: £195
Additional accommodation for Sunday night: £47
Standard registration: £295
RMS member registration: £250
Student registration: £145
Sunday Workshop: £50 for full day
The meeting will be held at the University of Leeds. Accommodation will be provided on-site.
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT, UK
If you are interested in sponsoring this event please contact Chloe Goode.
Acutance Scientific was founded in 2011 to provide innovative scientific instrumentation. Key amongst these technologies is the new technique Infrared Photo-induced Force Microscopy (IR PiFM) which delivers robust, easy and superfast Nanoscale Chemical Imaging & Spectroscopy. This is a hyperspectral technique (a full spectrum in every spatial pixel) with each full spectrum acquired in as little as 0.1 second. Unlike other AFM IR techniques (s-SNOM and TERS), it is robust (a plain commercial cantilever is used) and easy (only an incremental alignment step) to get stunning nano IR AFM absorption images. The whole process is rapid, since PiFM is a near-field detection method only needing very short set-up.
Spatial resolution of the chemical mapping is better than 10nm and we now integrate visible lasers.
PiFM is being used not only for heterogeneous polymers/polymer electronics/block-copolymers, but in plasmonics, 2D materials, shale deposits, battery chemistry (LiFP nanoparticles for instance).
For almost 50 years Bruker has been driven by a single goal: to provide the best technological solution for each analytical task. Today, worldwide, more than 4,000 employees in over 90 locations on all continents work towards this enduring vision.
Bruker’s drive to develop state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions for today’s analytical questions remains constant, evidenced by the many product lines that lead their respective markets. With one of the world’s most comprehensive ranges of scientific instrumentation available under one brand, the Bruker name is synonymous with excellence, innovation and quality.
CN Technical Services Ltd
CN Technical Services specialise in materials testing for research and industry.
At this exhibition we are focusing on the Swift Tensile Testing Stage, especially developed for Scanning Electron Microscopes,
the EMS range of consumables for microscopy sample preparation and the Alemnis SEM Nano indenter.
CN Tech also sell and service a wide range of instrumentation for Surface Analysis, Materials testing and Microscopy equipment.
At Hitachi High-Technologies our primary goal is to provide customers with powerful, dependable and easy-to-use microscope solutions for the advancement of science & engineering. Our technologically advanced solutions in SEM, TEM and FIB are developed through a long-term commitment to research and development, drawing upon the resources of the whole Hitachi group.
By employing recognised pioneers and developing long term partnerships with world-renowned authorities in electron microscopy, we are able to provide unique technologies which push the boundaries of science. Our Tabletop Microscope is making electron microscope capabilities accessible to all, whilst key technologies such as cold field emission and Cs-correction are making ultra-low voltage imaging in SEM and atomically resolved imaging and analysis in TEM/STEM a practical reality.
JPK Instruments AG is a world-leading manufacturer of nanoanalytic instruments - particularly atomic force microscope (AFM) systems and optical tweezers - for a broad range of applications reaching from soft matter physics to nano-optics, from surface chemistry to cell and molecular biology. From its earliest days applying atomic force microscope (AFM) technology, JPK has recognized the opportunities provided by nanotechnology for transforming life sciences and soft matter research. This focus has driven JPK’s success in uniting the worlds of nanotechnology tools and life science applications by offering cutting-edge technology and unique applications expertise. Headquartered in Berlin and with direct operations in Dresden, Cambridge (UK), Singapore, Tokyo and Paris (France), JPK maintains a global network of distributors and support centers and provides on the spot applications and service support to an ever-growing community of researchers.
Find out more about Neaspec here.
Nu Nano Ltd
NuNano is a UK-based company specialising in the design and manufacture of probes for atomic force microscopy and cantilever-based sensor devices. Building on over 30 years of experience in atomic force microscopy, proprietary microfabrication processes enable NuNano to manufacture AFM probes with the tightest dimensional tolerances in the market at present. Furthermore, NuNano is passionate about providing AFM users with the best possible customer service, from the first time you visit our website to storing your probes after a successful day on the microscope.
Oxford Instruments (UK) Ltd
1959-2019 Celebrating 60 years of scientific excellence and innovation.
Oxford Instruments celebrates over fifty years which have seen a number of “world’s firsts”, technology breakthroughs and innovative new products.
Innovation has always been at the heart of Oxford Instruments and is the driving force behind its growth and success. There is now a continuous flow of new ideas driven by the demands of the markets and the focus on developing commercially successful products.
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