The “Google Earth” of Cancer
Feb 14, 2017
Thanks to the Grand Challenge, a new Cancer Research UK initiative, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will been able to build an interdisciplinary team of physicists, chemists and biologists to map cancer in unprecedented detail. The goal is to find out how tumours survive and why they keep growing. By applying the most sophisticated analytical techniques they want to gain new insight into fundamental processes and develop new and better ways to diagnose and treat cancer. If you would like to learn more about the fascinating project, please follow the link below.
NPL Cancer Research
New TOF-SIMS study of a Nicolas Poussin painting
Dec 16, 2016
Philippe Walter, Alain Brunelle and colleagues published an exciting paper about high mass and high lateral resolution TOF-SIMS analyses of a Nicolas Poussin painting. The French painter Nicolas Poussin (15 June 1594 – 19 November 1665) spent most of his working life in Rome. Nevertheless he became one of the leading painters of the classical French Baroque style. The analysed painting “Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well” is possibly one of his last figure paintings and is dated to the early 1660s. Today, the painting belongs to the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The published measurements allowed for the identification of the pigments used in the painting, the binders and other organic materials such as glue. The study also paves the way to a wider use of TOF-SIMS for the analysis of ancient cultural heritage artefacts.
If you would like to learn more about the study please go to:
Wiley Online Library
News from the City of Music in Nashville, Tennessee
Dec 14, 2016
IONTOF software seminar during the AVS
From November 6th to 11th the AVS 63rd International Symposium and Exhibition took place in the City of Music - Nashville, Tennessee.
Henrik Arlinghaus from IONTOF gave an invited talk about the multivariate analysis of very large hyperspectral SIMS datasets and was responsive to the most important questions in this field: What can we do and what would we like to do?
During the poster sessions the attendees enjoyed some snacks and local beer while Thomas Grehl discussed the Low Energy Ion Scattering (LEIS) Analysis of ALD deposited films with many interested people, a cooperation with ASM Microchemistry.
The next day, Julia Zakel gave a presentation about the latest application of an advanced Bi cluster LMIG for ToF-SIMS analysis at the nano scale and Nathan Havercroft reported about the recent developments for molecular depth profiling with a new 3D Hybrid SIMS instrument with an improved molecular identification.
On Friday morning, IONTOF organized a software seminar for their users. About 20 willing participants learned how to use the new features, for example navigation on topmount sample holders and arithmetic on line spectra, of the latest version of SurfaceLab in a pleasant atmosphere with coffee and bagels. Along the way the users were given the opportunity to ask all the software related questions that were on their mind.
SurfaceLab 6.7 Release
Dec 05, 2016
SurfaceLab 6.7 has been released today. The new version comes with a multitude of new features and refinements which will further improve the way you work with your instrument and handle your data. A few of the many new options are:
This new feature of the navigation tool allows for automated and safe navigation even on topmounted samples
The new line spctra view provides a much better overview and allows for arithmetics on spectra.
Full EDR Support for Images
The image client now also fully supports the EDR technolgy and uses the correct attenuation factor for image display.
SurfaceLab 6.7 fully supports oxygen cluster operation of the gas cluster source.
Hybrid SIMS and SPM Combination
SurfaceLab 6.7 includes full software support for our new Hybrid SIMS and the SPM combination instrument.
The new release is available for download from our download area:
IONTOF Download Area
Postdoctoral Position at Chalmers University of Technology
Nov 24, 2016
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.
The university is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in the fields of analytical chemistry, zinc biology and mass spectrometry. The available position is part of a recently granted project financed by the Swedish Research Council.
For further information please go to:
Vacancies at Chalmers