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SEMINAR: Chemical and isotopic imaging at the sub-micron scale with NanoSIMS

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Today's date is Sunday, March 07, 2021
Chemical and isotopic imaging at the sub-micron scale with NanoSIMS : This seminar is part of the Centre for Water Research seminar series. Other events...
To understand large-scale phenomena, such as ecosystem health or ore mineral deposition, researchers are increasingly looking at the chemical processes occurring at the nano-scale. Mass spectrometry traditionally requires material to be extracted in bulk from samples, at the expense of information about the complex spatial relationships of the individual components.

Nano-scale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (NanoSIMS), however, allows chemical imaging and analysis to be performed at the sub-micron scale, in situ. NanoSIMS is a highly versatile technique, able to turn its hand to a broad range of applications. This seminar will highlight several novel applications, including mineral-fluid interactions, nutrient transport in terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and how evidence of early life might be preserved in the rock record.


Matt Kilburn is a Professor in the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis at UWA, He read Planetary Science at University College London, gained a PhD from the University of Bristol in geochemistry, and then went on to postdoc positions at the Max Planck Society in Germany, and Oxford.

In 2006, Matt moved to UWA to lead the Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) group and head the Ion Probe Facility, which currently houses a CAMECA NanoSIMS 50 and an IMS 1280 large-radius ion microprobe. In 2014, the Facility will take delivery of a new $4M NanoSIMS 50L. Matt’s research revolves around developing SIMS applications across a wide range of disciplines, from biomedical research to nuclear safeguards.

PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.

****All Welcome****

Speaker(s) Professor Matt Kilburn, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis-The University of Western Australia
Location Blakers Lecture Room, Ground Floor, Mathematics Building, The University of Western Australia
Contact Askale Abebe <[email protected]> : 6488 7565
URL https://www.cmca.uwa.edu.au/facilities/sims
Start Wed, 21 May 2014 16:00
End Wed, 21 May 2014 17:00
Submitted by Askale Abebe <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:41
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