Virtual XFM & IRM Microscopy Workshop at the Australian Synchrotron

Australian Synchrotron (Virtual Event)

Australian Synchrotron

Virtual Event


About this event
Microscopy is the tool for characterising the spatial distribution of elements and chemical compositions within a diverse range of samples. At the Australian Synchrotron, we have two beamlines dedicated to microscopy with a third beamline under construction (Nanoprobe to be completed in 2024). Our X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy (XFM) beamline specialises in mapping the spatial distribution of most elements heavier than aluminium, while our Infrared Microspectroscopy (IRM) beamline analyses chemical compositions in a broad range of samples from biology, medicine to archaeology and minerals.

The two-day workshop will cover the capabilities of the microscopy beamlines and highlight the potential to access both beamlines for comprehensive analysis of many types of samples.

Thursday 20 May
Day 1 will focus on the XFM beamline. We will explain the beamline capabilities and give examples and case studies over a wide range of samples and research disciplines. We will describe the information XFM and spatially resolved X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES) can provide. Some power XFM users will expand further with presentations of their research. There will be discussion of future developments and directions for XFM and correlated X-ray microprobe techniques.

Friday 21 May
Day 2 will introduce the IRM beamline. The capabilities of the beamline will be explained, with examples of the types of samples that can be studied, and the information that can be gained from synchrotron IR microanalysis. This will be expanded further through a series of presentations from researchers currently making use of the IRM beamline. The workshop will also include advice on the process of applying for access to the beamline, and a discussion of potential future developments at the facility.

Who should attend?
We would encourage anyone with an interest in elemental and chemical microanalysis over a wide range of research disciplines to attend. This includes undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early career researchers and laboratory group leaders.

Registration (Free)
Bettina RIchen
    • 10:30 10:45
      Day 1 Event Commences - XFM Welcome 15m
    • 10:45 11:05
      XFM capabilities: mail-in & remote access; data analysis GeoPIXE on ASCI 20m
      Speaker: David Paterson (ANSTO)
    • 11:05 11:25
      Cultural heritage studies + high energy and milliprobe capabilities 20m
      Speaker: Daryl Howard
    • 11:25 11:45
      Fast-scanning ptychography and other correlated scanning probe methods 20m
      Speaker: Cameron Kewish (Australian Synchrotron)
    • 11:45 12:00
      Nanoprobe beamline capabilities 15m
      Speaker: Cameron Kewish (Australian Synchrotron)
    • 12:00 13:00
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 13:00 14:00
      Mark Hackett: XFM and IRM studies in biology and best practice sample preparation and mounting
      Convener: Mark John Hackett (Curtin Univeristy)
    • 14:00 14:30
      Chris Ryan: XRF analysis and imaging at XFM using GeoPIXE
      Convener: Chris Ryan (CSIRO)
    • 14:30 15:00
      Afternoon tea break 30m
    • 15:00 16:00
      Louise Schoneveld, Siyu Hu & Steve Barnes: Joint presentation on The wide applications of XRF and XANES in geology: exploring life on the edge and unlocking the secrets of magmatic sulfide systems
      Conveners: Louise Schoneveld (CSIRO), Siyu Hu (CSIRO-Mineral Resources), Steve Barnes (CSIRO)
    • 16:00 16:30
      Panel discussion Q&A on Sample preparation and mounting across XFM and IRM 30m
    • 16:30 16:40
      Closing Remarks 10m
    • 10:30 10:40
      Day 2 Event Commences - IRM Welcome 10m
    • 10:40 11:10
      General capabilities of the IRM beamline 30m
      Speaker: Mark Tobin (Australian Synchrotron)
    • 11:10 11:40
      Macro-ATR capabilities for high-resolution surface characterisation at IRM beamline 30m
      Speaker: Jitraporn (Pimm) Vongsvivut (Australian Synchrotron)
    • 11:40 12:10
      Martha Blank & Natalie Sims: Measuring bone composition in health & disease
      Conveners: Martha Blank, Natalie Sims
    • 12:10 13:00
      Lunch Break 50m
    • 13:00 13:30
      Rhiannon Boseley: Using synchrotron sourced microscopy to explore fingermark chemistry
      Convener: Rhiannon Boseley (Curtin University)
    • 13:30 14:00
      Justyna Miszkiewicz: Using sFTIRM data from archaeological human bone to reconstruct health and disease in our recent past
      Convener: Justyna Miszkiewicz
    • 14:00 14:30
      Han Weng: Soil carbon research from past, present and future
      Convener: Han Weng (The University of Queensland)
    • 14:30 15:00
      Afternoon tea break 30m
    • 15:00 15:20
      Discussion on future capabilities of the IRM beamline 20m
    • 15:20 15:50
      Andreas Huber: IR nanoscopy applications for materials and life science at synchrotron facilities
      Convener: Andreas Huber
    • 15:50 16:20
      How to apply for beamtime
    • 16:20 16:30
      Closing Remarks 10m
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