The 5th Microscopy Characterisation of organic-inorganic Interfaces meeting goes virtual but keeps the main goal and aspiration of all previous editions: bringing together experts from both the life science and materials science communities to address the challenging but increasingly important topic of studying hybrid organic-inorganic materials. Different approaches such as the application of correlative microscopy solutions, cryogenic electron microscopy techniques, in-situ gas and liquid microscopy methods and many more will be discussed in the context of researching hybrid and beam-sensitive materials.

This edition’s Focus Lecture Series will be dedicated to "Scanning TEM as applied to Inorganic/Organic Systems/Interfaces” and is co-organised by the Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy (LEMAS) centre, University of Leeds, UK. World-leading experts will guide you through the latest achievements in scanning transmission electron microscopy applied to beam-sensitive materials and hybrid interfaces (4D STEM, STEM in liquid cell, 3D electron diffraction).

Scientific Organisers

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    Dr Nadezda Tarakina

    Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany 
    Nadezda V. Tarakina leads the Electron Microscopy research group at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam (Germany). After completing her PhD in Chemistry at the Institute of Solid State Chemistry in Yekaterinburg (Russia), she performed research in Belgium, Germany, Russia, Sweden and the UK, combining different scattering techniques and transmission electron microscopy to study highly-disordered structures. She got her Habilitation in Experimental Physics from the University of Wuerzburg (Germany) in 2020. Her main research interest lies in developing approaches for characterising soft functional materials and their interfaces with hard matter at the nanoscale using electron microscopy techniques. She is the lead scientific organiser of the “Microscopy characterisation of organic-inorganic interfaces” conference, which has been running on an annual basis since 2016. 

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    Professor Rik Brydson

    RMS Honorary Secretary Physical Science

    University of Leeds
    Rik holds a chair in the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) in the School of Process Environmental and Materials Engineering at the University of Leeds. He heads the NanoCharacterisation group based around the Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy (LEMAS) centre which is shared between Materials and Earth Sciences and also acts as an EPSRC facility for external UK researchers. He has a general research interest in high spatial resolution chemical analysis in nanostructured materials, and has a current research h index of 32 with over 25 years research experience in nanomaterials characterisation. He has managed extensive national and international collaborations including being current consortium leader for the UK National Facility for Aberration corrected Electron Microscopy, SuperSTEM at Daresbury

    Rik is also on the Management Board of the European Microscopy Society. He has written an RMS Handbook on Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (Bios /Taylor and Francis 2001), has co-written a book on “Nanoscale Science and Technology" (Wiley 2005), edited a recent RMS book on Analytical Aberration-corrected Transmission Electron Microscopy with Wiley and has contributed a number of other chapters in specialist books on electron microscopy by other professional bodies covering Physics, Chemistry and Engineering. In recent years his research interests have focused on applying high spatial resolution characterisation methods (particularly TEM and EELS) to the nanochemical analysis of softer, more radiation sensitive materials.

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    Dr Andy Brown

    University of Leeds
    Andy is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds and is currently Chair of the Institute of Physics Electron Microscopy and Analysis Group. Andy has a background in the application of analytical transmission electron microscopy to the characterization of materials, focusing more recently on nanoparticles and beam sensitive materials.

  • Dr Sean Collins

    University of Leeds 

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    Dr Nicole Hondow

    University of Leeds
    Nicole is a University Academic Fellow in the area of Materials Characterisation at the University of Leeds. Prior to this she completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at The University of Western Australia, and undertook postdoctoral research University of Leeds in the electron microscopy of materials relevant to catalysis and toxicology. Nicole’s current research uses analytical electron microscopy in the examination and quantification of nanomaterials in complex matrices.

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    Dr Andy Bushby


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    Russell Bailey