University of Leeds-Equipment Account

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Research & Innovation Services

Abstract

This application seeks an EPSRC Capital Grant of £1,079,600 towards the shortfall of £2,372,600 required to install a world leading aberration-corrected & monochromated dedicated scanning transmission electron microscope (SuperSTEM3) at the EPSRC National Facility for Scanning Transmission Electron-Microscopy (STEM) (EPSRC Reference: RE-10-0005-EPSRC-STEM). The EPSRC award will be matched by contributions from elsewhere totalling £1,293,000. As part of the National Facility, SuperSTEM3 will support many users from the UK and elsewhere and have a high utilisation factor.
The National Facility is run by a consortium of five Universities (Leeds, Oxford, Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool) and is led by Prof Rik Brydson of Leeds. It is based around the SuperSTEM facility at STFC Daresbury Laboratories (www.superstem.org) but also provides access to complementary advanced instrumentation at Consortium University sites and Partner sites (currently Cambridge, Sheffield, Warwick and York). The last EPSRC review panel (2005) rated the SuperSTEM facility 'internationally outstanding'. Highlights of research impact since this review include:
- a total of 104 journal publications with users (9 Nature group/PRL)
- 32 invited talks and 23 conference contributions since 2007
- the first demonstration of atomically resolved EELS mapping
- a significant contribution to 2010 Nobel prize winning work on graphene
The National Facility was awarded £4.5M by EPSRC in the recent round of tenders for mid-range user facilities. The requirements of the tender for this facility were determined by a Statement of Need from the user community and a subsequent Town Meeting. The combination of equipment at SuperSTEM and the Consortium/Partner Universities is able to meet many, but not all, of the tender requirements. The cap £4.5M on the tender budget combined with the requirements on staffing levels meant that the capital budget was insufficient to purchase SuperSTEM3. As a fall-back position, £1,103,000 of the budget was allocated to upgrading SuperSTEM2, the more modern of the current SuperSTEM instruments. As detailed below, this is far from a satisfactory option.
The new instrument, SuperSTEM3, will be housed in a new purpose-built "pod" at the SuperSTEM Lab. and will ensure the National Facility, its users and hence the UK remains at the forefront of aberration corrected STEM research and development. The combined monochromator/Cc corrector in a fully integrated state-of-the-art instrument will open up new areas for study. It will allow the full benefits of improved spatial resolution for STEM imaging and atomic resolution spectroscopy down to the low accelerating voltages necessary to study many nanomaterials. The improved energy resolution for electron spectrometry will open up new areas of study including the potential for vibrational spectroscopy.

Planned Impact

Associating the requested capital equipment with a newly formed, mid-range National Facility which has a strong and successful established base in terms of staff, experience and existing instrumentation is an ideal way to ensure a productive Pathway to Impact. Much of the detailed information required to evidence optimum use of the equipment has already been agreed with EPSRC as part of the Tender Process for the National Facility for Aberration Corrected STEM. Below we summarise the key points.
Specifically:
(a) Outreach to new users is detailed in Schedule 11 associated with Main Agreement.
This has involved creation of a dedicated National Facility website (http://www.superstem.com/) containing Facility information including Access Procedures, a Calendar, a Status and Announcement Page with detailed information about the EPSRC National Facility for AC-STEM operational status, a User Forum, Training Material including access to video lectures as recorded at the biennial, residential SuperSTEM summer school, an interactive instrument manual produced in collaboration with users and external links to further sources of information.
The EPSRC National Facility for AC-STEM staff will carry on its engagement in Electron Microscopy Schools and Workshops aimed at promoting and training the next generation of STEM Users. In addition there is set of presentations scheduled for departmental seminars at University institutions, at UK and international conferences, at workshops and specialised events. Staff scientists and Consortium members will continue to publish (in collaboration with users) regularly in a wide variety of high impact factor journals promoting the advanced capabilities of the instrumentation and the staff at the National Facility.
(b) Issues surrounding user support for data analysis are detailed in Schedules 1 and 9 associated with Main Agreement.
Unless otherwise pre-agreed with the User, the Daresbury SuperSTEM facility shall be responsible for the analysis of data sets from the samples supplied to the EPSRC National Facility for AC-STEM in order to meet the agreed User requirements. Should the User wish to utilise alternative data analysis resources, the Daresbury SuperSTEM facility shall be expected to provide the collected data in a format suitable for that analysis. Furthermore it is the aim, wherever possible to train users in data interpretation and analysis. Training and support facilities at the EPSRC National Facility for AC-STEM are always available to visiting experimenters. In addition to formally structured events, such as the biennial SuperSTEM School, more specialised courses, tailored to users' specific interests will be scheduled according to user demand.
(c) Suggested KPIs for usage and management which will allow monitoring of the success of the equipment usage. These have already been agreed with EPSRC as part of the tender process for the National Facility and are detailed in Schedule 2 associated with Main Agreement. The KPIs are collected monthly, reviewed at the regular Consortium Management meetings at Daresbury and reported at 3 monthly intervals to the Steering Committee and EPSRC. Briefly the KPIs involve:
-Number of Researchers that have been in contact and have used the National Facility;
-Facility Uptime;
-Number of Complaints;
-Numbers of Publications and Presentations;
-Number of samples investigated at Main Facility, Consortium Laboratories and Partner Laboratories.
The Steering Committee meets every six months to review and advise on Facility performance and equipment usage. The committee comprises:
Mark Rainforth - Sheffield; Steve Donnelly - Huddersfield; Paul Brown - Nottingham; Jeremy Skepper - Cambridge; David Cherns - Bristol; Dogan Ozkaya - Johnson Matthey; Mike Walls - CNRS Orsay Paris; Rafal Dunin-Borkowski - Ernst Ruska Centre, Julich; Dave McComb - Ohio State and Natalie James - EPSRC plus The Consortium Chair, Scientific Champion and Research Director

Publications

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Al Ma'Mari F (2017) Emergent magnetism at transition-metal-nanocarbon interfaces. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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Aufderhorst-Roberts A (2018) Nanoscale mechanics of microgel particles. in Nanoscale

 
Description 3D LS Spectrometer Pro
A 3D-photon correlation spectroscopy facility has been established in Leeds. This light scattering technique is used for the study of a wide range of soft matter systems where turbidity and thus multiple scattering of photons is a problem. This experimental technique makes it possible to perform full angular dependent light scattering investigations even in highly turbid media. The technique is being used on concentrated microgel suspension to study their structure and dynamics as well as in polymer gels, biological aggregating systems and a wide range of concentrated colloidal or polymeric systems both of fundamental and applied and/or industrial importance.

SQUID-VSM Magnetometer
A new superconducting quantum interference device - vibrating sample magnetometer (SQUID-VSM) was installed in Leeds in May 2013. It has the added capabilities of AC susceptibility and high temperature (1.8 - 1000 K) measurements in fields of up to 7 T.
Exploitation Route 3D LS Spectrometer Pro
- we are actively interacting with the equipment manufacturer LS-instruments to further

SQUID-VSM Magnetometer
To push the limits of magnetometry both in resolution and in added functionalities, such as added electrical signals or high temperatures.
Sectors Chemicals,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

 
Description 3D LS Spectrometer Pro A 3D-photon correlation spectroscopy facility has been established in Leeds. This includes a 3D-light scattering spectrometer with laser modulation option and a sample goniometer with a high temperature sample chamber. It also includes a second sample goniometer for rotation of samples that facilitates proper measurements on out-of-equilibrium samples. The set-up is equipped for full polarisation analysis and pseudo-cross correlation. The range of projects that are utilising the 3D-photon correlation spectroscopy equipment provide impact for materials understanding and design with a particular focus on turbid materials, out-of-equilibrium materials, and for research and development on complex formulations and biological materials. SQUID-VSM Magnetometer Since its installation, in addition to users from the University of Leeds, the SVSM has been used by groups in the universities of Durham, Heriot-Watt, Hull, Sheffield and Zaragoza (Spain). We have also added magneto-electric capabilities, performing the first measurements of electric control in multiferroics using this instrument. The instrument has not been down a single day since its installation. The liquid helium cryogenic plant at the school of Physics refills the liquid nitrogen and helium reservoirs roughly every week, and it is currently being used at full capacity.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Acted as expert witness in two high court trials involving analysis of medical products by microscopy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Provided expert guidance in data interpretation in two paptent disputes (for GSK in relation to inhalers) and Coloplast (colostomy bags)
 
Description Course material for light scattering teaching
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Development of teaching for light scattering, particularly on the 3D-PCS equipment at the University of Leeds
 
Description Versus Arthritis Research Advisory Group - Ruth Wilcox
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description 3D Nanoscale chemical analysis: a FIBSEM-SIMS facility optimised for soft and composite materials
Amount £1,726,123 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V028855/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2021 
End 06/2025
 
Description Bridging the gap between cell and structural biology at the University of Leeds
Amount £418,467 (GBP)
Funding ID 208395/Z/17/Z 
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 02/2023
 
Description Case award
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 05/2018
 
Description Cryogenic electron microscopy for native state analysis of nanoparticles in liquids
Amount £196,879 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R043388/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2018 
End 02/2021
 
Description Crystallisation in the Real World: Delivering Control through Theory and Experiment
Amount £5,436,236 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R018820/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 02/2023
 
Description EPSRC 1st Grant
Amount £100,410 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/J02113X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2012 
End 05/2014
 
Description EPSRC 1st Grant
Amount £125,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L022273/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 03/2016
 
Description EPSRC Grand Challenge
Amount £4,200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N010523/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 01/2021
 
Description EPSRC Impact accelerator
Amount £25,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K503836/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 07/2015
 
Description EPSRC Mid-range Facility Tender
Amount £4,499,509 (GBP)
Funding ID RE-10-0005-EPSRC-STEM 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2011 
End 09/2016
 
Description EPSRC National Facility for Advanced Electron Microscopy
Amount £7,200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NS/A000057/1 
Organisation EPSRC National Service for AC-STEM 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2022
 
Description Enabling the use of pollinator-friendly biopesticides as an alternative to chemical pesticides
Amount £24,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 04/2020
 
Description Engineering fellowship for growth
Amount £1,030,863 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M002462/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 08/2019
 
Description First grant
Amount £99,320 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L022273/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
End 03/2016
 
Description Hybrid pixel detector upgrade for electron energy loss spectrometer
Amount £499,999 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V036432/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2020 
End 04/2022
 
Description Industrial co-funding for a PhD student focusing on experimental studies of packing of microgels starting in April 2017
Amount £47,500 (GBP)
Organisation Industry Partners 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 03/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description Intensified by Design® for the intensification of processes involving solids handling (IbD)
Amount € 8,484,489 (EUR)
Funding ID 680565 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 08/2015 
End 08/2018
 
Description Multi-Disciplinary Pedestrian-in-the-Loop Simulator
Amount £653,011 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R008833/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 04/2019
 
Description N8 AgriFood grant: "Co-polymer complexes of dsRNA as highly selective and environmentally friendly insecticides: application to the control of coleopteran pests of arable crops"
Amount £11,689 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2019 
End 01/2020
 
Description National Centre for Infrastructure Materials (Leeds)
Amount £100,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P017169/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 04/2020
 
Description National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems
Amount £2,600,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2013 
End 12/2015
 
Description ProPAT
Amount € 5,484,160 (EUR)
Funding ID 637232 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2018
 
Description Supolen ITN (EU) - Supramolecular assembly of polymeric structures; a novel route to enhance soft materials properties
Amount £340,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 607937 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2013 
End 10/2017
 
Description The Leeds EPSRC Nanoscience and Nanoequipment User Facility
Amount £201,946 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R02863X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 11/2020
 
Description UK RAS Network - Additional Capital Funding
Amount £6,500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M012522/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Versus Arthritis Proof of Concept Grant 22031
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 22031 
Organisation Versus Arthritis 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 10/2020
 
Title Fundamental studies of gasification of hydrothermal carbonised biomass 
Description Netzch system Simultaneous Thermal Analyser, STA449F3 with dual furnaces (water vapour, high temperature SiC) 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The instrument was used to support an investigation of the influence of biomass pretreatment on gasification behaviour. The experiments performed including testing of the steam generator to simulate gasification behaviour of biocoal produced by hydrothermal carbonisation at different temperatures and steam flows. Experiments were able to establish influence of steam on biomass decomposition and allowed suitable conditions to be developed. 
 
Title Kinetic mechanism studies 
Description PTR-TOF-MS system (Kore Technology) 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The equipment is utilised by four PhD students (two are CDT). This instrument has enabled sampling in a range of environments to low concentrations for (1) Flash photolysis for the products of reactions of potential biofuels (ethers and alcohols), (2) Nitrogen chemistry (oxidations of amides and amines, relevant for low grade biomass (e.g. chipboard).   The equipment provides us with a much better way of identifying and quantifying stable products from reactions and has given new mechanistic insight as a result. Material using this apparatus has been presented this year at the International Conference on Chemical Kinetics (Chicago, May 2017). (3) The apparatus continues to facilitate work being undertaken on butanol oxidation and combustion mechanisms -to monitor butanol concentrations in laser flash photolysis experiments and looking at the fragmentation patterns prior to incorporation onto the HIRAC (Highly Instrumented Reactor for Atmospheric Chemistry) chamber, to study the atmospheric oxidation products of both biofuels and biofuel exhausts. (4) The analyser is also being used for dimethylether (DME) combustion mechanisms by using the mass spectrometer to look for the intermediates in DME combustion. 
 
Title Low nitrogen analyser technique to determine the fuel-nitrogen split between volatile matter and char for high heating rate pyrolysis (under development) 
Description Multi EA5000 Low nitrogen Analyser 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This analyser is being used for the research on NOx from biomass since it enables measurement of extremely low N in biomass and derived products fuels (to 100ppm). This analyser is widely used by CDT and non-CDT students on team projects and PhD studies (e.g. this instrument facilitated the research carried out by Dooley, Benjamin (2017) Combustion characteristics of coal, biomass and their chars in air and oxy-fuel environments. Integrated PhD and Master thesis, University of Leeds). Furthermore, the development of a novel analytical technique to determine the fuel-nitrogen split between the volatile matter and char for high heating rate pyrolysis conditions is also being explored. It has been used to obtain nitrogen data for investigations on single particle combustion on biomass and coal for the EPSRC Flexible Conventional Power Consortium (Patrick Mason (PDRA) in collaboration with Juan Riaza (PDRA) at Edinburgh University). 
 
Title Multicomponent gas analyser for monitoring emissions from domestic biomass use 
Description GASMET FTIR multi component analyser (Quantitech) 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact We have built an instrumental lab facilities for biomass stoves, which is one of the best in the country. This instrument is part of this set up. Currently being used for two PhD studies: (1) to examine the toxicity of emissions from cook stoves and (2) to determine the effect on emissions of pre-treated biomass fuels grown on contaminated land. The gas analyser was used by another PhD student to complete his studies on emissions from domestic biomass: E.J.S.M. (2017) Emissions from Residential Solid Fuel Combustion and Implications for Air Quality and Climate Change. Integrated PhD and Master thesis, University of Leeds. 
 
Title Optoelectronic Magnetometry 
Description New methods to perform high sensitivity magnetic characterisation with electrical and/or optical irradiation. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact When fully developed, this technique can be used to characterise a very broad range of multi-functional materials, such as multiferroics, spin-crossover molecules, perovskites and many others. There is a recent publication arising from this methodology in Advanced Functional Materials (L. Henrichs et al. In press). 
 
Title Thermal imaging camera for general use in Engineering Research 
Description FLIR sc600 Thermal imaging camera available for use by all researchers in Faculty of Engineering Enables infra-red thermal imaging/measurement of surface temperatures in a wide variety of experimental work 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The instrument has been used expensively by various groups in the Faculty of Engineering including: Experiment: measuring surface temperature of pure water droplets as well as aqueous polymer solutions during evaporation - Wael Ebrahim (University of Leeds Chemical & Process Engineering) 2017-18 Experiment: measuring surface temperature of cooling channels for thermofluids in microfluidic devices - Mark Levenstein (University of Leeds Mechanical Engineering) 2017-18 Experiment: measurement of the surface temperatures from heat generated during grinding - Matthew Marshall (University of Leeds Mechanical Engineering) 2017-18 Experiment: measurement of temperatures of stoves surfaces and combusting solid fuels in biomass stove testing: Andrew Price-Alison (University of Leeds Chemical & Process Engineering) 2016-19 Experiment: measurement of surface temperatures of chars in single particle biomass combustion: Patrick Mason (University of Leeds Chemical & Process Engineering) Juan Riaza (University of Edinburgh) 2016 Experiment: Rapid Mapping of Protein Interactions Using Tag-Transfer Photocrosslinkers : Mark Levenstein (University of Leeds Mechanical Engineering in collaboration with School of Molecular and Cellular Biology) 2017-18. Publication: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/anie.201809149 
 
Title Thermal imaging of biomass combustion 
Description FLIR Thermal imaging camera, with high T option (300-2000 °C) 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The camera is currently used for the PhD studies of three Bioenergy CDT students (1) to examine ignition risk of biomass dusts on heated surfaces; for studies on the performance of (2) heating stoves and (3) cook stoves. It was also used by Patrick Mason and Juan Riaza (at Edinburgh University) for the EPSRC Future Conventional Power Consortium, for temperature measurements of single particles of biomass and coal during combustion. The camera is widely used to facilitate the research in different areas: Temperature measurement of cooling channels on an electronic device, Temperature measurement of water droplets; and for studies on building energy efficiency in UK primary schools. 
 
Title Characterization of Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose (Na CMC) Aqueous Solutions to Support Complex Product Formulation - a Rheology and Light Scattering Study - dataset 
Description Experimental data shown in the figures included in the article and the supporting information published under the same name as the data set. The research article is published in ACS Applied Polymer Materials journal. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Description Engineering - Inst. Psychological Sciences Link 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have developed and strengthened links with researchers in the Institute of Psychological Sciences. We have brought expertise in engineering science to help investigate and understand human motor control and learning.
Collaborator Contribution Our research partners have extensive knowledge in human motor control and learning, and their application to rehabilitation and childhood development. We have combined this knowledge with our own to further understand the area and develop new tools for measurement and intervention.
Impact http://www.leeds.ac.uk/paclab/about.html
Start Year 2010
 
Description Engineering - Surgery Collaboration 
Organisation Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have brought engineering science to help understand challenges faced in modern surgery and develop new technological solutions to them.
Collaborator Contribution Our clinical collaborators have provided advice on key challenges in surgery, surgical science, clinical requirements and methods for device evaluation.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in the development of a number of funding applications and publications (planned, pending and published) It is a multidisciplinary collaboration and has led to joint supervision of PhD students and on-going work to build collaborative networks.
Start Year 2010
 
Description FEI Titan 
Organisation FEI company
Department FEI United Kingdom
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Electron Microscopy of Organic Crystals for Pharmaceutical applications - investigation of methodologies for high resolution imaging and analysis
Collaborator Contribution Application of techniques developed for FEI to the study of Pharmaceutical materials
Impact Various conference papers and talks so far. Also has involved PhD studentships and consultancy work with AstraZeneca and Haldor Topsoe, Denmark
Start Year 2016
 
Description Quorum Cryo-liftout 
Organisation Quorum Review- Independent Review Board
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration with company Quorum on in-situ liftout of frozen TEM samples
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration with company Quorum on in-situ liftout of frozen TEM samples
Impact none so far
Start Year 2017
 
Title 3D-photon correlation spectrometer 
Description A 3D-Photon correlation spectrometer has been installed in the School of Physics & Astronomy in Leeds. This equipment is unique in that it makes it possible to perform both static and dynamic light scattering on materials that range from optically transparent to opaque. Thus, both the arrangements and the movements of material building blocks such as colloidal particles, emulsion drops and protein or polymer chains can be studied in detail using scattering even if the dispersions are turbid. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact This technology has and is strongly benefitting the work both on finished grants and on several studentships connected to grants as outlined in the documentation. Moreover, it is strongly benefitting collaborations within the UK and abroad. 
 
Description A poster presented at the 16th Food Colloids Conference in Wageningen, April 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A poster was presented 10-13 April, 2016 at the 16th Food Colloids Conference in Wageningen in the Netherlands. The title of the poster is: Solvence Effects on Biopolymer Interactions. Work including light scattering investigations performed on the 3D-PCS will be presented and compared with the results from other techniques as performed in Leeds. This is the work of the PhD-student A. Gulotta together with his supervisors E. Beuling, J. Mattsson and B. Murray at physics and food science at Leeds and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description A presentation at the Annual European Rheology Conference (in cyberspace): "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids with thermal motion", 15 April, 2021, Presenter Daniel Read; authors: Tom Ridley, Daniel Read, Oliver Harlen, Johan Mattsson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation at the Annual European Rheology Conference (in cyberspace). Conference presentation: "Computer Simulations of packed soft colloids with thermal motion". Presenter: Daniel Read. Authors: Tom Ridley, Daniel Read, Oliver Harlen, Johan Mattsson
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description A presentation: "Structure and dynamics of aqueous locust bean gum solutions", EUSMI/SoftComp Annual Meeting, Adam O'Connell, 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation: "Structure and dynamics of aqueous locust bean gum solutions", EUSMI/SoftComp Annual Meeting, Adam O'Connell, 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description A presentation: "The application of microrheological techniques to the characterisation of polysaccharide solutions", Adam O'Connell, SOFI Showcase, 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation: "The application of microrheological techniques to the characterisation of polysaccharide solutions", Adam O'Connell, SOFI Showcase, 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description A talk presented at "The Physics of Soft and Biological Matter" conference in Cambridge, 6-8 April, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk was given at the "Physics of Soft and Biological Matter" conference in Cambridge 6-8 April, 2016. This work is a collaboration between Anders Aufderhorst-Roberts, Simon Connell, Daniel Baker and Johan Mattsson focused on detailed studies of the mechanics of single microgel particles. The studied microgel particles were produced and originally studied within the EPSRC First Grant EP/J02113X/1 using scattering and AFM techniques, and the AFM studies were then taken further in terms of details and it is particularly this extended work that will be presented here.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Abstract for an oral presentation at the 7th International Colloids Conference, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain submitted 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Abstract for an oral presentation at the 7th International Colloids Conference, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain submitted. The title of the presentation is: "Solvence Effects on biopolymer interaction in pectin gels". The presentation will be given by PhD student Alessandro Gulotta. The work that will be presented is to a significant degree based on light scattering results from the 3D-PCS facility at Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Annual Royal Microscopical Society School in Elecron Microscopy - every Spring or Summer 2008 onwards 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Week long Training School for users of the technique
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020,2021
 
Description Article in The Conversation: Low-carbon computing is needed to avoid a technological collapse 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article to disseminate the impacts that the internet and related technologies have in the environment and how current research contributes to minimise them -while continuing technological progress. Several comments and emails about this activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://theconversation.com/low-carbon-computing-is-needed-to-avoid-a-technological-collapse-93381
 
Description BBC Radio 4 interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview on Nanogold on BBC Radio 4 Inside Science Broadcast 5 March at 16.30 GMT
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fw1n
 
Description Be Curious Science Outreach event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Microscopy Talk, Activities and Display at Be Curious Festival at University of Leeds, Annual event every March
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018,2019,2020
URL http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/4000/around_campus/460/be_curious_festival-about_leeds_and_yorkshire
 
Description Co-organisation of Royal Society Discussion Meeting, Dynamic in-situ microscopy relating structure and function 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Fast-track discussion meeting organised by Dame Pratibha Gai FREng FRS, Professor Edward Boyes, Professor Rik Brydson and Professor Richard Catlow FRS.
October 21-22 2019
This meeting evidenced and advanced development in dynamic in-situ environmental electron, scanning probe, optical and fast time resolved microscopy and computer modelling studies of vital interest in the chemical, physical and life sciences, underpinning technologies of high commercial and societal value. It focused on the pivotal role of imaging and spectroscopy for dynamic processes across the sciences to access previously invisible aspects of real world processes.
An accompanying journal issue for this meeting was published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/10/in-situ-microscopy/
 
Description Conference presentation, talk: "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids", T. Ridley, D. Read, O. Harlen, J. Mattsson, British Society of Rheology midwinter meeting, 2018, Dec 18. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation, talk: "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids", T. Ridley, D. Read, O. Harlen, J. Mattsson, British Society of Rheology midwinter meeting, 2018, Dec 18. Presentation by Tom Ridley.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference presentation: "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids", T. Ridley, D. Read, O. Harlen, J. Mattsson, Annual European Research Congress 2018, April 20, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation, talk: "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids", T. Ridley, D. Read, O. Harlen, J. Mattsson, Annual European Research Congress 2018, April 20, The presentation was given by Tom Ridley.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference presentation; talk, "Structure-property relationships of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Na-CMC) characterised with rheology and light scattering", J. Behra, J. Mattsson, O.J. Cayre, T.N. Hunter, 9th Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium, Feb 5, 2019, presented by T. N. Hunter (Univ. Leeds) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation; talk, "Structure-property relationships of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (Na-CMC) characterised with rheology and light scattering", J. Behra, J. Mattsson, O.J. Cayre, T.N. Hunter, 9th Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium, Feb 5, 2019, presented by T. N. Hunter (Univ. Leeds)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hosted laboratory visit for Leeds Biomedical Research Centre Patient Public Involvement group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact Hosted a laboratory tour and series of talks from academic members of the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering for members of the Leeds PPI group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://youtu.be/cKfs50-NxJQ
 
Description Invitation to give a lecture: "The use of light scattering in food-related soft matter", Edible Soft Matter, Le Mans 17-19 April, 2019, presentation to be given by J. Mattsson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact J. Mattsson has been invited to provide a lecture on light scattering within a workshop dedicated to soft matter approaches within the foods application area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The launch event was received very well. We had a number of tours of our facilities and some relevant robot system demonstrations

We had a number of visitors from academia and industry and we have been approached by industries. These could lead to collaborative research with high impacts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lecturer at the international workshop on "Edible Soft Matter" in Le Mans, 17-19 April, 2019 (title: "The use of light scattering in food-related soft matter") 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lectures on light scattering technique and fundamentals for the study of food-related soft matter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description March of the Robots 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact March of the Robots was a regional theme created by Playful Leeds, where the public were engaged to discover, make and think about robots and their impact. The EPSRC Robotics facility at Leeds University hosted tours of members of the public to see what was happening within the context of research.

Too early to describe yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.marchoftherobots.com/
 
Description Oral presentation accepted for the 17th Food Colloids Conference, University of Leeds, 8-11 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Oral presentation accepted with the title: "Investigation of Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose (Na CMC) behaviour in aqueous formulations with rheology and light scattering" at the 17th Food Colloids conference at the University of Leeds, 8-11 April, 2017. The presentation will be given by Juliette Behra, University of Leeds. The work includes a significant light scattering component, where data have been acquired using the 3D-PCS equipment at Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oral presentation accepted for the Annual European Rheology Conference, April 17-20, Sorrento, Italy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation with the title "Computer Simulations of Packed Soft Colloids" accepted for the Annual European Rheology Conference, April 17-20, Sorrento, Italy. The presentation will be given by Tom Ridley at the university of Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Oral presentation at the 17th food colloids conference (University of Leeds) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk accepted for presentation at the 17th food colloids conference at the University of Leeds 8-11 April, 2018. The presentation is titled:"Solvency Effects on Biopolymer Interactions in Pectin Gels" and will be presented by Alessandro Gulotta. The work includes a significant light scattering component, where data have been acquired using the 3D-PCS equipment at Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Podcast for "The Conversation": Anthill 23: Bursting the Bitcoin bubble . about Bitcoins, cryptocurrency and physics research contributions to novel technologies with wider reach. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast to discuss cryptocurrencies, online banking and how new technologies impact our society. My contribution centred around information storage and research in magnetism applied to these technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://theconversation.com/anthill-23-bursting-the-bitcoin-bubble-93337
 
Description Poster and short oral presentation: "The application of microrheological techniques to the characterisation of polysaccharide solutions", IOP Food Physics 2022, Adam O'Connell, Feb. 2022 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster and short oral presentation: "The application of microrheological techniques to the characterisation of polysaccharide solutions", IOP Food Physics 2022, Adam O'Connell, Feb. 2022
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Poster presentation at the "Colloidal, Macromolecular & biological gels: formulation, properties & applications" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation at the "Colloidal, Macromolecular & biological gels: formulation, properties & applications" with the title: "From dilute polyelectrolyte solutions to entangled polyelectrolyte networks: intriguing ageing phenomena in Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose (Na CMC) solutions"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster presentation at the British Society of Rheology Midwinter meeting. Reading, UK 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A poster presentation of the work on "Dynamics of packed soft colloids" by PhD student Tom Ridley at Leeds. The presented work is focused on developing new computer simulation techniques that can describe the packing of soft elastic colloids and can be used to better understand experimental data on soft colloids such as microgels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Poster presentation at the McBain medal meeting, London, 12 Dec, 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Poster presentation with the title "Polyelectrolyte solutions: understanding sodium carboxymethyl cellulose chain behaviour in water with rheology and light scattering measurements" at the McBain medal meeting, London, 12 Dec 2017. Presented by Juliette Behra (University of Leeds). The work includes a significant light scattering component, where data have been acquired using the 3D-PCS equipment at Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster presentation at the UK Soft Matter Showcase, Durham 4 July, 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Poster presentation by Alessandro Gulotta (University of Leeds) of Ph.D. project 'Solvency Effects on Biopolymer Interactions in Pectin Gels'. His work includes a significant light scattering component, where data have been acquired using the 3D-PCS equipment at Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Poster presentation by Adam O'Connell: "Rheology and light scattering of locust beam gum solutions", International Soft Matter Conference, Edinburgh, 5 June, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Poster presentation by Adam O'Connell: "Rheology and light scattering of locust beam gum solutions", International Soft Matter Conference, Edinburgh, 5 June, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Poster presentation by Charlotte Pugsley: "Using RAFT polymerisation techniques to develop novel carriers for enhanced delivery of bioinsecticides", Inter-CDT conference (SOFI, CP3, Formulation Engineering and Additive Manufacturing), 16-17 Dec, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Poster presentation by Charlotte Pugsley: "Using RAFT polymerisation techniques to develop novel carriers for enhanced delivery of bioinsecticides", Inter-CDT conference (SOFI, CP3, Formulation Engineering and Additive Manufacturing), 16-17 Dec, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Poster presentation by Tom Ridley: "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids", Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI) CDT Industrial Showcase, 27-28 June, 2019. Authors: Tom Ridley, Oliver Harlen, Daniel Read, Johan Mattsson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Poster presentation by Tom Ridley: "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids", Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI) CDT Industrial Showcase, 27-28 June, 2019. Authors: Tom Ridley, Oliver Harlen, Daniel Read, Johan Mattsson
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Poster presentation, "Influence of ultrasonication on Sodium-Carboxymethyl Cellulose (Na CMC) solution rheology, structure and dynamics", J. S. Behra, T. N. Hunter, O.J. Cayre, J. Mattsson, Bragg Centre Inaugural Day (Leeds), 15 Jan, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation, "Influence of ultrasonication on Sodium-Carboxymethyl Cellulose (Na CMC) solution rheology, structure and dynamics", J. S. Behra, T. N. Hunter, O.J. Cayre, J. Mattsson, Bragg Centre Inaugural Day (Leeds), 15 Jan, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at Mondelez international in Bournville, Birmingham 24 Feb, 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A poster presentation of PhD-work "Solvency Effects on Biopolymer Interactions"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at the Delivery of Functionality in Complex Food Systems conference in Paris, 14-17 July 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of light scattering and rheology work on a polyelectrolyte system of both fundamental and industrial interest, particularly the food related industry. This was a poster presentation of the on-going work using the 3D-PCS in Leeds given by Juliette Behra and the work is based on her PhD-project, as led by T. Hunter, O. Cayre and J. Mattsson in physics and Engineering at Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at the UK Colloids conference in London 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A well attended conference presentation was given on work which was directly related to this grant

The talk generated significant interest and further invitations to talk on the same topic were discussed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation at the UK Colloids conference in Manchester, July 12, 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation by Alessandro Gulotta (University of Leeds) at the UK Colloids 2017 meeting in Manchester, July 12, 2017. The presentation/talk was titled 'Solvency Effects on Biopolymer Interactions in Pectin Gels'. The work includes a significant light scattering component, where data have been acquired using the 3D-PCS equipment at Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at the UK Soft Matter Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A poster presentation of the PhD project work "Solvent Effects on biopolymer interactions", in which the use of the 3D photon correlation light scattering spectroscopy is a key element.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation at the workshop: Arrested Gels: Dynamics, Structure and Applications; workshop in Cambridge, 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation with the title:Formulating Complex Products Containing Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose (NaCMC) presented at the Arrested Gels: Dynamics, Structure and Applications workshop in Cambridge, 2015. The poster presentation showed on-going work on a both fundamentally and industrially important polyelectrolyte system as studied using rheology and light scattering in Leeds (3D-PCS). The work was presented by J. Behra who is a PhD-student with T. Hunter, O. Cayre and J. Mattsson in Engineering and Physics in Leeds. This work which is partly industrially funded originally came out of a collaboration between J. Mattsson and O. Cayre which started with the First Grant work EP/J02113x/1 on microgel systems, where the NaCMC polyelectrolyte system is an important industrially motivated system which often shows strongly similar behaviour to model systems such as pNIPAM-based microgels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation by Daniel Read: "Computer Simulations of Packed Soft Colloids*, APS March meeting 2019, Boston, USA. Authors: Tom Ridley, Daniel Read, Oliver Harlen, Johan Mattsson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Daniel Read: "Computer Simulations of Packed Soft Colloids*, APS March meeting 2019, Boston, USA. Authors: Tom Ridley, Daniel Read, Oliver Harlen, Johan Mattsson
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation by Olivier Cayre: "Delivery of dsRNA to target insects via diblock copolymer complexation", Okinawa 2019 International Colloids conference, Nov 4, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by Olivier Cayre: "Delivery of dsRNA to target insects via diblock copolymer complexation", Okinawa 2019 International Colloids conference, Nov 4, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on scattering work at the 10th Annual European Rheology Conference, Nantes, France (April 2015) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference presentation with the title:Diffusing-wave spectroscopy in a standard dynamic light scattering setup. This work came out of a collaboration between researchers at TU Eindhoven and University of Leeds on light scattering in soft matter and is thus linked to the establishment of the 3D-PCS facility in Leeds. The work demonstrates how light scattering facilities can be used to study very highly turbid systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation, talk: "Characterisation of dispersion interactions between aluminium-doped titania pigment particles and polyphosphate salt during milling", L. Elliott (University of Leeds), 9th Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium, 3 Feb, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation, talk: "Characterisation of dispersion interactions between aluminium-doped titania pigment particles and polyphosphate salt during milling", L. Elliott (University of Leeds), 9th Australian Colloid and Interface Symposium, 3 Feb, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation, talk: "Solvency Effects on Biopolymer Interactions in Pectin Gels", presentation by Alessandro Gulotta, 4-5 July, 2018 SOFI CDT Showcase, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation, talk: "Solvency Effects on Biopolymer Interactions in Pectin Gels", presentation by Alessandro Gulotta, 4-5 July, 2018 SOFI CDT Showcase, Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation, talk: "Solvency Effects on Biopolymer Interactions in Pectin Gels", presentation by Alessandro Gulotta, Food Colloids, 8-11 April, 2018 (Leeds) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation, talk: "Solvency Effects on Biopolymer Interactions in Pectin Gels", presentation by Alessandro Gulotta, Food Colloids, 8-11 April, 2018 (Leeds)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation, talk: "The effect of ultrasonication on the rheology, structure and dynamics of Sodium Carboxymethyl cellulose (Na CMC) solutions", British Society of Rheology midwinter meeting, Edinburgh, Dec 17-18, 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation, talk: "The effect of ultrasonication on the rheology, structure and dynamics of Sodium Carboxymethyl cellulose (Na CMC) solutions", British Society of Rheology midwinter meeting, Edinburgh, Dec 17-18, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation: "Enhancing stability and uptake of double-stranded RNA for use in pest control via complexation with well-defined diblock copolymers.", Okinawa Colloids 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation: "Enhancing stability and uptake of double-stranded RNA for use in pest control via complexation with well-defined diblock copolymers.", Okinawa Colloids 2019, 3-8 Nov. 2019; presentation by Olivier Cayre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation:"Using RAFT polymerisation techniques to develop novel carriers for the enhanced delivery of bioinsecticides"; UK Colloids 2020 Online Flash presentations; 21 July, 2020. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation:"Using RAFT polymerisation techniques to develop novel carriers for the enhanced delivery of bioinsecticides"; UK Colloids 2020 Online Flash presentations; 21 July, 2020; presented by Charlotte Pugsley.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Public Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our open day event created interest in parents and young visitors. This has provided some opportunity for them to think about their future choices for engineering courses

The interest was at a very high level. There were requests to run such events more frequently.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Public engagement research open day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Be Curious is an annual University of Leeds research open day, run during the annual Leeds Festival of Science public events programme. Students from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Particulate Products & Processes (CDT CP3) have participated in two Be Curious days so far.

In 2015, CP3's cohort 1 hosted a stand which attracted large crowds with 2 interactive displays:

The first display used hydrophobic sand to demonstrate the engineering and science which can go into particulate engineering of water-proof products from mobile phone coatings and cases, through to fabrics and clothing. The second display looked at magnetic oils to show the diversity of engineering this tiny product is applied in from cars, to speaker systems, and the impact the innovation of this product has.

Feedback from the event was very positive, with comments about the event being 'a fantastic showcase for all types of engineering' and 'a really good way for young people to get interested or reassure their interest in engineering'.

In 2017, students from the CP3 CDT cohort 2 presented on 'From particle to product - chemical engineering in everyday life'. This time, the students tied their activity to the everyday products they investigated as part of their Reverse Engineering module completed in their first year, with hands-on demonstrations which were enjoyed and understood by both children and parents. The students also then had an opportunity to talk about their individual PhD projects.

One visitor commented very positively on the poster display and was impressed with the way that different concepts were explained (she was currently tutoring someone through GCSE Chemistry and would have appreciated something in a similar format as a resource for this pupil).

The organisers gave the following feedback; 'We had well over 1000 visitors on the day, and looking through the initial evaluation forms, they had a very positive experience. Talking to visitors on the day, they said the enthusiasm of the researchers on each stall was amazing.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2017
URL http://www.leeds.ac.uk/becurious
 
Description Public engagement research open day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Be Curious is an annual University of Leeds research open day, run during the annual Leeds Festival of Science public events programme. In 2018, students from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Particulate Products & Processes (CDT CP3) cohort 3 participated in this event. The students tied their activity to everyday products, this time with hands-on demonstrations of different types of emulsions and a game of 'match the SEM image' to the real-life product (including tea, washing powder and digestive biscuits).

The students also set up a display for a virtual SEM, with a link from one of the partners in the CDT (FEI, now ThermoFisher) http://myscopeoutreach.org/virtualSEM_explore.html.

At the 2018 event, there was a 'secret shopper' who visited all stands and reported back on their experience. For CP3, the feedback was 'Chemical Engineering - The couple of people at the stand were really engaging and had some really nice interactive activities.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2018
 
Description Scientific Organisation of Microscience Microscience Microscopy Congresses MMC2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance and presentation at conferences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2015,2017,2019,2021
URL https://www.mmc-series.org.uk/
 
Description Seminar at ESPCI (Paris): "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids as deformable viscoelastic objects", T. Ridley, D. Read, O. Harlen, J. Mattsson, 15 March, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar at ESPCI (Paris): "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids as deformable viscoelastic objects", T. Ridley, D. Read, O. Harlen, J. Mattsson, 15 March, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar: "Structure, dynamics and rheology of polyelectrolyte solutions and molecular glass-formers", ISIS deuteration for neutron science meeting, Steventon, 16-17 May, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar presented by Johan Mattsson: "Structure, dynamics and rheology of polyelectrolyte solutions and molecular glass-formers", ISIS deuteration for neutron science meeting, Steventon, 16-17 May, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk at Pint of Science - Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gave a presentation to a general audience about magnetic materials and how our research may be used to reduce some environmental impacts of technological progress - such as mining of rare earths and power consumption.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/
 
Description Talk at the "Colloidal, macromolecular & biological gels: formulation, properties & applications", Hernstein, Austria. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A talk was given with the title: "From dilute polyelectrolyte solutions to entangled polyelectrolyte networks: a study of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose in water by light scattering and rheology". It was presented by Juliette Behra (Leeds). The light scattering work was performed at the 3D-PCS light scattering facility at Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talk at the American Physical Society March Meeting 5 March 2019: "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids", T. Ridley, D. Read, O. Harlen, J. Mattsson. Presentation by D. Read. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the American Physical Society March Meeting 5 March 2019: "Computer simulations of packed soft colloids", T. Ridley, D. Read, O. Harlen, J. Mattsson. Presentation by D. Read.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk at the British Society of Rheology Midwinter meeting 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An oral presentation given by PhD student Juliette Behra with the title:"From dilute to concentrated polyelectrolyte solutions: understanding sodium carboxymethyl cellulose chain dynamics in water with rheology and light scattering measurements". The light scattering work has been performed using the 3D-PCS facility at Leeds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Workshop in Modern Light Scattering Technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation workshop facilitator
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A workshop in modern light scattering technologies was jointly organised between the Soft Matter Physics Group and LS-instruments and was held in Leeds 12-14 June, 2013. The workshop offered a combination of lectures and laboratory experience on light scattering equipment including the 3D-photon correlation spectroscopy kit set-up in the School of Physics & Astronomy in Leeds based on EPSRC funding.

The workshop was very well received and researchers have expressed strong interest in the organisation of another similar event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description poster presented by Adam O'Connell: "Rheology and light scattering of locust beam gum solutions", SOFI Soft Matter Showcase, Leeds, 28 June, 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact poster presented by Adam O'Connell: "Rheology and light scattering of locust beam gum solutions", SOFI Soft Matter Showcase, Leeds, 28 June, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019