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03 - 06 July 2017, Manchester, UK

Frontiers of Scanning Probe Microscopy

Session Chair: Nic Mullin, University of Sheffield

Co-Chair and Invited Speaker: Georg Fantner, EPFL, Switzerland

Invited Speaker: Susan Cox, King's College London, UK

This session is dedicated to advances in the spatial and temporal resolution, novel contrast mechanisms, new modalities and correlative methods across the family of scanning probe microscopies and includes the development of instrumentation, probes, methods and protocols.

SPM - Structures, Interfaces and Mechanics in Life and Health with AFM

Session Chair: Sonia Contera, University of Oxford, UK

Co-Chair and Invited Speaker: Kislon Voitchovsky, Durham University, UK

Invited Speaker: Nuria Gavara, Queen Mary University of London, UK

This session focusses on applications of scanning probe microscopy in life and health sciences.

We will have a special emphasis on advances on high resolution and high speed mapping of biological structures and quantitative mapping of interface properties such as liquid structure and surface restructuring. Measurements of mechanical properties and forces relevant to biological function in cells, tissues and single molecules especially (but not exclusively) in the context of medical applications will also be highlighted in session.

SPM nano-mapping of materials properties

Session Chair: Oleg Kolosov, Lancaster University, UK

Co-Chair and Invited Speaker: Bryan Huey, University of Connecticut,USA

Invited Speaker: Jamie Hobbs, University of Sheffield, UK

Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) plays a critical role in establishing connections between the structure, physical and chemical traits on materials at the nanoscale by providing key to development of engineering devices,functioning of biological systems and establishing paradigms for new advanced materials. This symposium will provide a platform linking the advanced knowledge of SPM champions with the needs of researchers in wide areas of materials science, biomedicine, and engineering. This includes, but is not limited to, topics such as nanoscale materials characterization, quantitative measurements and metrology of physical properties, chemical imaging with SPM and mapping of soft matter and biological materials.

This session is generously sponsored by Quantiheat.

High Resolution SPM

Session Organiser: Stephanie Allen, Nottingham University, UK

Co-Chair and Invited Speaker: Sonia Contera, Oxford University, UK

Invited Speaker: Bart Hoogenboom, University College London, UK

The field of scanning probe microscopy has led to important advances in wide-ranging disciplines; from the biological sciences, through to quantum chemistry and physics. Frequently, the most important breakthroughs have arisen through experiments performed at the limits of the resolution capabilties of SPM, with recent studies highlighting the ability to now image, manipulate and measure beyond the single molecule level. This session aims to highlight such advances through talks spanning the biological and physical sciences.

Microscopy of Engineered Surfaces and Tribology

Session Chair: Mark Gee, NPL, UK
Co-Chair and Invited Speaker: Tomas Polcar, University of Southampton, UK
Invited Speaker: Barbara Shollock, University of Warwick, UK

The tribological response of surfaces depends intimately on their microstructure. Surfaces are often engineered by applying coatings or by altering the surface structure by surface treatments to improve the resistance of the surface to damage from wear or to control their frictional performance. This session will discuss recent developments in the understanding of how altering the microstructure of surfaces can influence their functional performance. The seminar will include keynote presentations from leading experts in the field, and will be an ideal opportunity to network with experts in microstructural assessment and surface engineering practitioners.

Energy and Energy Storage Materials

Chair: Amy Gandy, Sheffield,UK

Co-Chair and Invited Speaker: Thierry Wiss, European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre

Materials for energy storage, and energy applications such as nuclear, typically operate at high temperatures and are exposed to high levels of radiation. This session will highlight recent developments in using microscopy to characterise novel materials for these applications, and to observe changes to the crystal- and microstructures of materials as a consequence of exposure to these environments. We invite contributions from researchers involved in all forms of microscopy, including in-situ techniques.

Innovative methods and applications of microscopy in Earth and Planetary Science Materials

Session Chair: Owen Green, Oxford University, UK

Co-Chair: Lisa Mol, University of the West of England

This session invites contributions that demonstrate new and innovative microscopical techniques applicable to problem solving within the fields of earth, planetary, environmental and archaeological studies. We invite contributions using from all researchers from sub-disciplines using all forms of light, scanning electron microscopy, tomography, imaging and analytical techniques.

Celtic session: Inorganic Nanomaterials

Session Chair: Ursel Bangert, University of Limerick, Ireland

Co-Chair and Invited Speaker: Valeria Nicolosi, Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland

Invited Speaker: Ian MacLaren, University of Glasgow, UK

The Celtic sessions, will be chaired by the Microscopy Society of Ireland and the Scottish Microscopy Group.
mmc2017 will bring together both societies for a session featuring research in the life sciences and material sciences.
Invited talks by members of both societies will be complemented by short presentations selected from submitted abstracts. The MSI and SMG hope to see not only members of their societies at the session, but also those who want to find out more about the work done by their members using the fabulous range of microscope facilities available in Ireland and Scotland.

EMAG 2017

EMAG Sessions Chairs and Invited Speakers:

  • Sarah Haigh, University of Manchester, UK
  • Caterina Ducati, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Andy Brown, University of Leeds, UK
  • Jun Yuan, University of York, UK
  • Ziyou Li, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Ana Sanchez, University of Warwick, UK
  • Budhika Mendis, University of Durham, UK
  • Ken Durose, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Sandra Van Aert, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • David McComb, Ohio State University, USA
  • Rowan Leary, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Reine Wallenberg, University of Lund, Sweden
  • Claus Ropes, University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Jordi Arbiol, Catalan Institute ofNanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain
  • David Cooper, University of Grenoble, France
    David Fullwood, Brigham Young University, USA

EMAG Keywords:


  • 3D microscopy
  • in-situ microscopy techniques
  • Low Dose Imaging and Analytical Microscopy
  • DynamicTEM
  • Advances in SEM& FIB (CL, EBSD, beam deceleration, monochromators etc)
  • Detector technologies and new instrumentation
  • Vortex Beams and Phase plates
  • Electron crystallography and diffraction


  • Biological materials, Biomaterials and Soft matter
  • Geological microscopy
  • Catalytic materials
  • Nanomaterials and 2D materials
  • Energy and Energy Storage Materials
  • Functional materials
  • Structural materials and Metallurgy
  • Surface imaging and modification
  • Microscopy of interfaces and heterostructures
  • High spatial resolution chemical and structural analysis

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