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SuperSTEM 3 Inauguration Seminar : 19-20 February 2015

EPSRC and SuperSTEM are celebrating the installation of the new SuperSTEM 3 microscope with a two-day inauguration seminar from 19-20 February 2015 at the Daresbury Science Campus.

With this instrument, SuperSTEM will become the world’s first user facility for ultra-high spatial resolution vibrational spectroscopy.  It will support a range of additional capabilities including the localised mapping of band gaps in

semiconducting materials and device structures, the study of plasmonic materials and architectures for optical engineering, solar capture and molecular detection and will importantly enable the detection of the presence and atomic location of light elements, which is otherwise extremely difficult.

This Nion HERMES instrument will be the most powerful current microscope with atomic scale imaging and its advanced spectrometer will deliver an energy resolution of 10 meV - 30 times better than the other SuperSTEM machines and up to 100 times better than those found commonly in institutions and universities.

The inauguration will comprise an overview of the new instrument and its potential to be followed by a seminar addressing the new science that the microscope and will enable.

The event will take place at the Daresbury Science Campus, Warrington, UK, starting on Thursday 19 February 2015 with registration at 10:30am and ending at 12:00 noon on 20 February

Arrangement have been made for a celebration dinner at the Britannia Daresbury Park Hotel from 19:00 to 21:30. While the dinner costs are not covered by the (free) registration for this event, all participants are cordially invited to join us there. Due to space requirements there is however a limited number of places available and these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. 



The seminar will discuss the new science that will be enabled by the installation of the Nion Hermes aberration-corrected STEM. This new instrument is one of only three similar microscopes in existence at the time of installation and the only one in the UK and Europe. It has a specification that includes an energy resolution of 10 meV or below enabling phonon spectroscopy with atomic scale resolution and enhanced bandgap measurements. It also will offer improved spatial resolution at 60 kV and lower voltages. This energy resolution is a factor of 30 greater than the existing instruments at SuperSTEM and close to 100 over instruments more commonly found at research institutions and universities

To celebrate the availability of this instrument in the UK this seminar will discuss the frontier science that will be enabled by this new instrument.


Wednesday 18 February

18:30     Welcome drinks at Britannia Daresbury Park Hotel

Thursday 19 February

10:30     Registration and coffee

11:00     Welcome from Phil Nelson, EPSRC CEO

11:10     Inauguration Seminar: a new instrument for a new era

11:15        Ondrej Krivanek: "Nion and SuperSTEM"

11:30        Peter Nellist: "SuperSTEM and its role in UK microscopy"

11:45        Rebecca Nicholls: "Enhancing materials design by combining microscopy and modelling"

12:00        Archie Howie: "A fresh challenge and opportunity for physics"

12:15        Stig Helveg: "User facilities: an industrial user’s perspective"

12:45     Official opening of the microscope, tour of the facility

13:15     Lunch

14:00     Archie Howie, University of Cambridge. Loss and gain spectroscopy at energies below kT: experimental and theoretical challenges

14:30     Christian Dwyer, Ernst Ruska Centre for Electron Microscopy. “Spatial resolution in vibrational spectroscopy”

15:00     Stig Helveg, Haldor Topsoe A/S.  “Atomic scale structures and reactivity in catalysis

15:30     Coffee

16:00     Ursel Bangert, University of Limerick. “Effect of instrument development on electron microscopy of 2D materials”

16:30     Arkady Krasheninnikov, Aalto University. “Inorganic two-dimensional materials under electron irradiation: stability, evolution of the atomic structure, and beam-mediated doping”

17:00     Alexandra Porter, Imperial College London. Probing the ultrastructure and chemistry of tissues at the nanometre scale

17:30    Ondrej Krivanek: “Recent developments in high spatial and energy resolution STEM-EELS”

18:15     Bus departs to hotel. 

19:00     Dinner at Britannia Daresbury Park Hotel

Friday 20 February

09:00     Odile Stéphan, University of Paris-Orsay. "Some approaches complementing HERMES: a selection of recent results from Orsay"

09:30     Peter van Aken, MPI Stuttgart. "Real-space imaging of plasmonic modes of gold tapers by EFTEM and EELS"

10:00     Jan Rusz, Uppsala University. “Towards measurement of magnetic properties of single atomic columns”

10:30     Coffee

11:00     Marta Rossell, EMPA. "Investigation of functional metal-oxides by aberration-corrected analytical electron microscopy"

11:30     Vlado Lazarov, University of York. "Applications in topological insulators and half-metals

12:00     Refreshments and light buffet lunch.

 Tours of the facility, microscope demonstrations 


Registration is now closed.


by car

Daresbury Science Campus is ~1 mile from junction 11 off the M56 motorway, roughly half-way between Liverpool and Manchester. We are about 5 miles from Warrington and Runcorn, the two largest towns in the locality.

The Daresbury Science Campus has a free visitor car parking facility.

by train

To Warrington:  there are two railway stations Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Central, which together provide many inter-city train connections.  Taxi services to Daresbury Labs are available in front of both stations and cost ~ £10.

There is also a bus service (X30), from the nearby Warrington bus station, which runs every hour to the Daresbury Ring O'Bells pub, a short walk from SuperSTEM. 

To Runcorn:  Runcorn Station is on the Liverpool - London Euston line and you can take a taxi to either the hotel or SuperSTEM. 

For more details about train connections, consult the National Rail Enquiries webpage 

by airplane

SuperSTEM is conveniently located in a short distance of two international airports:  Manchester International Airport (most major airlines, as well as several low cost airlines) and Liverpool John Lennon Airport  (mainly low cost airlines). Both are located ~30mins by car from the laboratory. 

Taxi (about £27 from either airport when booked in advance) and train services (to Warrington Central) are also available from both airports.

If you are travelling to any of the London airports the easiest way to reach Daresbury is to take the train to either Warrington Bank Quay or Runcorn stations from London Euston (~ 2 hours journey). To get to Euston station you may use the London Underground or express trains to Central London (Paddington/Victoria train stations from Heathrow/Gatwick airports,  respectively). 


There are a number of hotels in the local area to choose from. The closest are:

Park Royal Hotel

Best Western Hotel in Stockton Heath