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UKSAF Winter Meeting at Begbroke Science Park

On the 11th January 2012, The Department of Materials hosted the UK Surface Analysis Forum (UKSAF www.uksaf.org) for their winter meeting on January 11th 2012 at Begbroke Science Park.

The topic for this one day event was “Advances in Correlative and Multi-Technique Analysis.” Professor Chris Grovenor welcomed the delegates to the historic farmhouse with a brief history of the site and the growing involvement of the Department of Materials in surface analysis methods particularly in the NanoSIMS field.

Professor Wilfried Vandervorst from IMEC in Belgium gave a keynote presentation on “Probing 3D semiconductor structures” where he discussed dopant profiling with Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and novel methods which are used when spreading resistance probing. Wilfried Vandervorst has spent his entire career doing fundamental research on the use and improvement of material characterisation methods for advanced semiconductor processing and is recognised worldwide as a leading authority in various aspects of ULSI characterisation.

Dr Katie Moore represented the Department of Materials, showcasing how the department is using the NanoSIMS in diverse research projects from metal uptake in plant, cancer research and studies of nuclear reactor materials. Dr Hidde Brongersma, formerly of Eindhoven University of Technology, demonstrated recent improvements in Low Energy Ion Scattering (LEIS) and how this can be used to complement other surface analytical methods on, catalysts. Catalysts were also the focus of the talk given by Richard Smith from Johnson Matthey.

Other speakers included Peter Cumpson from ‘NEXUS – The National EPSRC XPS User’s Service’. Access to the facility was explained including the development of remote interactive methods.

The meeting was very well attended with an excellent exhibition of surface analysis equipment providers. The 77 attendees were able to mingle with the exhibitors and view the poster presentations over lunch in the contrasting modern Institute of Advanced Technologies. The day finished with the delegates having the opportunity to take a tour of the analytical facilities and view on-going research at Begbroke Science Park. Overall the UKSAF organising committee felt that the day was a huge success thanks to the range of topics covered, the location and the hospitality at the Begbroke Science Park.

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Ben Roeves