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Focusing on the microscopic to gain a better understanding of the macroscopic is the fundamental process many scientists go through in the pursuit of uncovering many of life’s challenges; be it to develop new materials that mimic human tissues and organs or in the race to find new and sustainable energy sources, microscopy in its many shapes and forms plays an influential role.

The phenomenal rise and interest in nanotechnology has helped fuel the many remarkable developments in microscope technology; the continual demand to investigate ever smaller and more complex molecules at increasingly higher resolution pushes the frontiers even further. Conventional analysis has told us something about what the samples are and the environment they find themselves in, we now need to know how they interact with one another and their surroundings.

This virtual conference brings to you some of the fascinating developments in microscopy. From optical and fluorescence microscopy through electron microscopy and the scanning probe, tunneling and atomic force microscopes.

Call for posters - now closed

Authors are invited to submit posters which will be made available to view throughout the day in a special poster area by March 5th 2012. Any of the following techniques can be posted: any topics using light microscopy, electron and ion beam and the latest scanning probe, tunneling and atomic force microscopic techniques; on any materials ranging from materials for energy, electronic devices, sensors, biomaterials etc.

Who should Attend:

Any researchers from academia or industry in any area of materials characterization, materials selection, mechanical engineering, nanotechnology, bioengineering, etc. The content will be relevant to all researchers working in biological, chemical of physics disciplines interested in microscopic analysis.


Atom probe crystallography: Direct measurements of structure and composition at the atomic scale
Dr Baptiste Gault, The Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, Australia

Transmission electron microscopy of chalcogenide thin-film photovoltaic materials
Professor Yanfa Yan, Ohio Research Scholar Endowed Chair/Professor, The University of Toledo, USA

Dramatic transport properties of carbon nanotube membranes for a robust protein channel mimetic platform
Professor Bruce Hinds, William Bryan Professor of Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, USA

Imaging and analysis tools for vibrational micro-spectroscopy: Visualizing phase distributions in materials
Dr Forrest Weesner, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Torsional tapping atomic force microscopy for the study of soft matter and biological systems
Dr Nic Mullin, Research Associate, University of Sheffield, UK

Aberration-corrected electron microscopy in heterogeneous catalysis research
Dr Wu Zhou, Research Associate at Vanderbilt University and Guest scientist at Oak Ridge National, Laboratory, USA

Recent developments in dynamic transmission electron microscopy
Professor Nigel Browning, Chief Scientist for Chemical Imaging and Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Imaging nanomaterials in vivo and in vitro by exploring intrinsic optical signals
Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Associate Professor, Purdue University, USA


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