Launch of Imperial Centre for Cryo Microscopy of Materials - I(CM)2  

Monday 24 April  2023, 11:00 - 17:30
Evening social event: 17:30
Department of Materials, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London
 (Tours of the facility at lunch and evening)
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The Imperial Centre for Cryo Microscopy of Materials (I(CM)2) is a new unique UK national facility for multi-length scale materials characterisation of environmentally sensitive materials. New insights into the structure, chemistry and behaviour of light materials will be critical for the UK transition to net-zero pollution by 2050.  

The facility specialises in the analysis of highly complex, environmentally sensitive materials that are difficult to characterize using a single technique. These often include low atomic weight, highly mobile elements such as hydrogen and lithium which give low contrast using conventional imaging techniques.

Through the combination of electron microscopy, atom probe and cryo/vacuum transfer between instruments, multi-length scale and technique approaches can be optimized for material-specific challenges. By combining multiple microscopy data streams and utilising AI/ML approaches in collaboration with Imperial-X, I(CM)2 will pioneer high risk high reward energy materials research.  

We will start the I(CM)2 launch with a celebration of the history of electron microscopy at Imperial College London, highlighting the key achievements made by several student and staff researchers over the years, including Prof Grace Burke's work on the Million V TEM and initial in-situ TEM holders designed by the late Prof Peter Swann. 

The launch will outline the centre’s vision and aims, as well as hearing from prominent figures in the fields of cryogenic electron microscopy and atom probe tomography in academia and industry.  

 Guest Speakers:

Prof Grace Burke, President of the Royal Microscopy Society 

Prof Michael Moody, Oxford University 

Prof Alex Porter,  Imperial College London 

Prof Dave McComb, Ohio State University  

Prof Rik Drummond-Brydson, University of Leeds 

Dr Shelly Conroy, Imperial College London  

Prof Baptiste Gault, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH & Imperial College London  

Dr Emanuela Liberti, Rosalind Franklin Institute 

Dr Colin Ophus, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

Dr Lewys Jones, Trinity College Dublin