Virtual RMS AFM & SPM Meeting 2020

3 – 4 November 2020


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UK AFM & SPM 2020 represents an exciting opportunity to explore the latest developments in atomic force microscopies and scanning probe microscopies. 

The AFM & SPM Meeting is held annually and provides an excellent forum for the community to meet and discuss the latest advances in the field. A virtual exhibition will be held alongside this virtual meeting.

This event was rescheduled from June 2020. Further information will be available soon.

Scientific Organisers

  • Professor Jamie Hobbs

    University of Sheffield
    Professor Jamie Hobbs received a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol in 1991, followed by a PhD in polymer physics, also from Bristol. Following work with Peter Barham and Andrew Keller on polymer crystallization, he worked with Mervyn Miles using and developing AFM for studying polymers. He pioneered methods for following polymer crystallization in real time, and then co-developed a new high speed scanning (videoAFM) approach which led to the launch of a spin-out company, Infinitesima Ltd. On moving to Sheffield in 2004 he started to collaborate widely with biologists, as well as further developing AFM approaches for high speed and high resolution imaging. His work is now focused on the development and application of AFM for imaging living systems, in particular bacteria, plants and cancer.

  • Dr Alice Pyne

    University of Sheffield
    lice Pyne is a Lecturer in Polymers/Soft Matter & MRC/UKRI Innovation Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield. Alice has over a decade of experience in scanning probe microscopy, spanning high-speed and high-resolution imaging, probe development and cantilever sensing. Alice’s current research aims to understand how variations in DNA structure can affect fundamental biological processes such as replication and transcription. She uses high-resolution AFM to observe variability in structure and conformation in individual DNA molecules and  to understand how these variations influence interactions with oligonucleotides and proteins, with a long-term view to improved development of therapeutics.


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