Invited speakers

Introduction to the invited speakers at this event.

Dr Natalie Belsey, National Physical Laboratory, UK

Dr Natalie Belsey is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory.  Natalie graduated with MChem in 2005 from Lincoln College, Oxford, where she remained for her DPhil in protein film electrochemistry under the supervision of Prof Fraser Armstrong.  In 2009, Natalie joined the University of Bath for a postdoc with Prof Richard Guy, imaging transdermal drug delivery with SRS, CARS and two photon fluorescence microscopies in collaboration with the University of Exeter.  Natalie joined NPL in 2013 and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.  Her current research interests include the characterisation of nanoparticles and their bio-interfaces, and non-linear optical spectroscopies for imaging drug delivery in biological tissues, in particular topical and transdermal drug delivery.     


Professor Wendy Flavell,  The University of Manchester, UK

Wendy Flavell is Professor of Surface Physics at the University of Manchester.  She works on the electronic structure and surface reactivity of semiconductor nanocrystals, oxides and photovoltaics.  Her research uses world synchrotron sources, most recently for work aimed at developing light-harvesting quantum dots and inorganic heterojunctions for next-generation solar cells.  


Professor Martin McCoustra, Heriot-Watt University, UK


Martin McCoustra is ScotCHEM Professor of Chemical Physics at Heriot-Watt University.  He is a chemist by training and has worked in gas phase dynamics, surface dynamics and, most recently, to studying physical and chemical processes on complex surfaces relevant to interstellar space and planetary atmospheres.  His work commonly combines RAIRS and TPD with light and electron interactions at surfaces.




Professor Fulvio Parmigiani, University of Trieste, Italy

Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Trieste and director of the Physics Department.  Visiting professor at the International Faculty of the University of Cologne from 2014 to present.  Honorary professor of the Zernike Institute (University of Groningen). Visiting Scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Centre, CA., in the years 1984-85 and 1989-90.  Collaborator and affiliate researcher of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA from 2001 to present.  Science Director of the FERMI seeded FEL at Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste from 2004 to 2015. Editor of Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research (A) from 2006 to present. Editor of Physics Letters Reports from 2012 to present. His major scientific interests span from the non-equilibrium physics and spectroscopies of strongly correlated electron systems, low dimensional materials, and high temperature superconductors.  He has co-authored 240+ articles published in the most prestigious journals of physics and science magazine.

Professor Geoff Thornton, University College London, UK

Currently Professor of Physical Chemistry at UCL. Previously at the University of Manchester. DPhil Oxford, 1851 Research Fellow UC Berkeley. Recent awards include 2012 Humboldt Prize, and 2015 IOP Tabor Medal.  Research focuses on structure/property relations of metal oxide surfaces and nanostructures, with emphasis on solid/liquid interfaces.


Dr Glen West, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Dr Glen West is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and chair of the Ion and Plasma Surface Interactions Group of the Institute of Physics. His main research focus has been on the magnetron sputtering process, with applications as diverse as photocatalytic materials, photovoltaics, medical implants, energy efficient glazing, transparent conductors, and barrier coatings.  He has worked closely with industry in a variety of sectors, from global corporations to regional SMEs, developing and refining products and processes for commercial application.     


Dr Bill Allison, University of Cambridge, UK

Experimental studies of the dynamical properties of surfaces make up Bill Allison's primary research interest.  He is particularly concerned with understanding the behaviour of atoms and molecules over time-scales and distances where semi-classical behaviour begins to emerge from the quantum world.  He began his career at University College London and in the University of Florida working on excited states, ionisation and reactions during gas phase collisions.  His expertise in molecular beam methods led to appointments at the European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC), doing some of the first measurements of single-phonon scattering of molecules at surfaces, and then at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, where he has developed new methods of helium scattering from surface systems. With many talented co-workers he developed the Helium spin-Echo (HeSE) method, which has proved one of the most effective ways to study surface systems on pico-second time-scales.  In addition he has contributed to the ongoing develpment of a new type of surface-microscopy based on a probe of thermal energy helium atoms.


Professor Anders Nilsson, Stanford University, USA

Professor Anders Nilsson heads the experimental section of the X-ray Science of Liquids and Surfaces (XSolaS) group, at Stockholm University. He joined Stockholm in 2014 after working as a professor at Stanford University for 15 years. Some of his research group members are still in Stanford but most of them are in Stockholm.  The research group specialises in studying materials through their interaction with x-rays.  Specifically, the research consists of studying the chemical bonds and ultrafast reactions on surface and interfaces through X-ray and electron spectroscopy and scattering, probing the hydrogen-bonding environment in water and ice at different conditions, ultrafast chemistry on surfaces, heterogeneous and electro catalysis. He is an author and co-author of more than 300 papers in refereed journals including Nature, Science, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communication, Physical Review Letters, JACS, Angewante, JCP, Nanoletters etc. which are cited more than 17000 times (H-index 69) on Google Scholars, 13000 times (H-index 61) on ISI Web of Science and one edited book.  In 2004, the study of water by Nilsson and co-workers, was selected by Science Magazine as one of the 10 most important scientific breakthroughs of the year.    


Professor Robert Jones University of Nottingham, UK

Rob Jones started off as a Chemist at the University of East Anglia and Cambridge, started to change into a Physicist at the Cavendish Labs and Warwick University, and then returned back to Chemistry at Nottingham University where he is now Professor of Surface Science. He has carried out surface structural studies using synchrotron radiation for decades and is currently using the Diamond Synchrotron to develop a new technique, Variable Period X-ray Standing Wave analysis.  Over the past ten years in Nottingham he has been developing Liquid Surface Science, where surface sensitive techniques are applied to ionic liquid surfaces in ultra-high vacuum.


Dr Katie L Moore, The University of Manchester, UK

Dr Katie L Moore joined the University of Manchester in October 2014 as a Research Fellow in Materials Characterisation by NanoSIMS. She moved from the University of Oxford where she held an EPSRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship working on NanoSIMS imaging of trace elements in crops.  Prior to this Katie graduated with a D.Phil from the University of Oxford in Materials Science in 2011 and a MEng in Materials Science in 2007 also from University of Oxford.

Katie has been working in the field of NanoSIMS analysis for the past 8 years.  Her research has been primarily to use the NanoSIMS to investigate trace element uptake in crops, such as arsenic uptake by rice, but has also used the NanoSIMS on a range of other materials.  Recent work has included an investigation of oxidation and hydrogen pick up mechanisms in zirconium using isotopic tracers and the NanoSIMS.  


Dr Ron Reid, ASTec

Dr Ron Reid FInstP was formerly Head of Vacuum Science at Daresbury Laboratory where he was involved for many years in the design and operation of vacuum systems, instrumentation and facilities on the Daresbury SRS until its closure.  He led the team which carried out the design of the vacuum system for Diamond.  He established the successful Vacuum Science Laboratory at Daresbury.  

Since retirement, he has had several consultancies, especially to the Vacuum Group at ITER, and has been involved in vacuum training, including at the Vacuum Symposium series.

He is currently Chair of the IoP Vacuum Group and Treasurer of the British Vacuum Council.  For nine years up to 2013 he was Secretary General of the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technque and Applications (IUVSTA).


Professor Angelos Michaelides, University College London, UK

Angelos Michaelides obtained a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in 2000 from The Queen's University of Belfast.  Following this he worked as a post-doctoral research associate and junior research fellow at the University of Cambridge and then the Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow. Subsequently he was promoted to staff scientist and research group leader at the Fritz Haber Institute.  In 2006 he moved to University College London, where since 2009 he has been Professor Theoretical Chemistry.

He has received a number of honours and awards for his research including the Royal Irish Academy Young Irish Chemist of the Year, a visiting professorship at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, a Miller Visiting Professorship at UC Berkeley, a European Young Investigator Award, two European Research Council Startup Grants (Starup and Consolidator), and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.  He was also the 2010 recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Marlow Award "For his innovative contributions in broad areas of surface and physical chemistry, with particular relevance to heterogeneous catalysis and improved understanding for the water-ice interface".  In 2012 became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2013 a Fellow of the Institue of Physics.

Since 2011 has been a Director of the Thomas Young Centre and since 2013 he has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics.


Professor Martin Castell, University of Oxford, UK
Winner of the British Vacuum Council Senior Prize and John Yarwood Memorial Medal

Martin Castell is head of the Surface Nanoscience research group in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. The group specialises in the use of ultra high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to investigate the atomic structure of oxide crystals surfaces, ultra-thin films, nanostructures and molecular networks. There is an emphasis on imaging surfaces at elevated temperatures in order to measure defect dynamics.  Martin has recently also been involved in a project to enhance STM image resolution through the use if image averaging algorithms.  His other research interest is the development of an ultra-sensitive electrochemical gas sensor.

Dr Rachel Oliver, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr Rachel Oliver is a Reader in Materials Science at the University of Cambridge.  Her research focuses on the characterisation and exploitation of nanoscale in structures in GaN-based materials.  The broad aim of her work is to achieve improved performance in GaN-based optoelectronic devices and to develop and implement novel device concepts.


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Key dates

  • Poster abstract submission deadline [EXTENDED]:
    23 June 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    26 July 2016

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