20-21 May 2021
Virtual Event
Australia/Melbourne timezone

Invited Speakers - Day 1

Day 1 - XFM Invited Speakers


Dr Keith Bambery



Dr David Paterson

XFM capabilities: mail-in & remote access; data analysis GeoPIXE on ASCI


Dr Daryl Howard

Cultural heritage studies + high energy and milliprobe capabilities


Dr Cameron Kewish

Fast-scanning ptychography and other correlated scanning probe methods


Dr Cameron Kewish

Nanoprobe beamline capabilities


Dr Mark Hackett - Curtin University

Sample Preparation Considerations for Multi-Modal IRM and XFM Analyses of Biological Tissues

Dr Mark Hackett is an ARC-Future Fellow and senior lecturer of Analytical Chemistry at Curtin University. He completed his PhD at The University of Sydney (Chemistry, 2011) under the supervision of Professor Peter Lay. His PhD focussed on the application of IRM and XFM to study biochemical changes that occur in the brain during cerebral malaria. Following his PhD, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to undertake post-doctoral studies at the University of Saskatchewan, working with Canadian Research Chairs Professors Ingrid Pickering and Graham George. His post-doctoral studies provided the opportunity for experiments at multiple North American synchrotron facilities (SSRL, APS, CLS, CHESS, SRC), and in particular to assist in the development and commissioning of IRM and medium energy XAS beamlines at the CLS and SSRL. His post-doctoral studies were primarily focussed on developing synchrotron microscopy tools to study the pathology of ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke. Since returning to Australia, Mark’s independent research program now applies my training in various aspects of synchrotron science (IRM, XFM, XANES), to develop the research tools and protocols to study the role of metal ions in both brain health and brain disease.


Dr Chris Ryan - CSIRO

XRF analysis and imaging at XFM using GeoPIXE

Dr Chris Ryan is a physicist focussed on developing next generation microanalysis capabilities using proton and X-ray microbeams primarily for geoscience applications through CSIRO Mineral Resources. He designed and built the CSIRO Nuclear Microprobe beamline and quadrupole quintuplet lens system, developed techniques and software for trace element real-time imaging, such as widely used in the GeoPIXE fluorescence imaging software, and initiated international collaborative efforts driving the CSIRO-BNL Maia advanced spectroscopy and imaging detector developments, their application at synchrotron and ion-beam laboratories and the CSIRO Maia Mapper high definition laboratory XRF mapping system.


Combined Talk: Louise Schoneveld, Siyu Hu & Steve Barnes 

The wide applications of XRF and XANES in geology: exploring life on the edge and unlocking the secrets of magmatic sulfide systems

Dr Louise Schoneveld - CSIRO

Dr Louise Schoneveld is a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia. She obtained her bachelors and honours in geology from James Cook University, Townsville and in 2018 graduated with a PhD from the Australian National University (ANU). During her PhD she focussed on the experimental partitioning of trace elements between plagioclase, clinopyroxene and melt to understand what controls trace element signatures in these common minerals. Currently she is focussed on investigating the trace element signatures in minerals as possible indicators for economic mineralisation including zoning patterns mapped using XRF


Dr Siyu Hu - CSIRO

Dr Siyu Hu is a research scientist at CSIRO-Mineral Resources and currently acting the team leader of Ore Deposit Petrology team. She has developed the expertise in utilising an innovative combination of cutting-edge analytical techniques (e.g. Synchrotron-based and desktop XRF mapper, SEM-EDS and EBSD, NanoSIMS and TEM) to understand microbe/organic matter-metal interactions in mineral systems and to characterise ore bodies at multiple scales. She has been involved in projects related to orogenic gold deposits, volcanic massive sulfide deposits and modern seafloor hydrothermal systems. She is also interested in exploring the behaviour of life in extreme environments.


Dr Steve Barnes - CSIRO

Dr Steve Barnes is currently a Post-Retirement Fellow in CSIRO Mineral Resources, based in Perth, Western Australia. He has been at CSIRO since the 1980s researching magmatic ore deposits associated with mafic and ultramafic rocks, with a particular interest in komatiites and nickel deposits.

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