European User's Training Course 2017
Mar 21, 2017
The first German-speaking user's training course took place this month in the IONTOF demo laboratory in Münster. The focus was on TOF-SIMS instrument operation and data evaluation using SurfaceLab 6.
Thirteen users from Germany and Belgium participated and learned a great deal from Dr. Julia Zakel and Dr. Derk Rading who are members of our analytical support team. In the evening attendees went to the town city centre for dinner and intensive discussion about TOF-SIMS or other important subjects such as the local beer. The course was very well received. The next, English-speaking course will take place from April 4th to April 7th, 2017.
We will also have additional events outside Europe held at our demonstration sites or at customer laboratories. If you are an IONTOF customer outside of Europe and would be interested to host such a meeting, please let us know.
SurfaceLab 6.7 Update (2)
Mar 15, 2017
SurfaceLab 6 version 6.7 build 89203 (bugfixing release 2) has just been released and is available for download from our download area:
IONTOF Download Area
The new setup does not include the online help files anymore. The help package is installed using the new separate setup program. This arrangement allows us to update the online help more frequently and independently from software releases. You will find the new online help setup on our download area too.
PhD position for nanoparticle characterization in complex media at the UFZ in Leipzig, Germany
Feb 17, 2017
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. It is part of
the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz community.
The PhD project aims to contribute to the development of analytical techniques for characterization of nanomaterials in complex matrices such as biological test media using the outstanding infrastructure. The project is embedded in an EU project with 28 partners and the successful candidate will work within an international project and interdisciplinary Environment. For more information please go to:
PhD positon at UFZ
The “Google Earth” of Cancer
Feb 14, 2017
Thanks to the Grand Challenge, a new Cancer Research UK initiative, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will be able to build an interdisciplinary team of physicists, chemists and biologists to map cancer in unprecedented detail. The goal is to find out how tumours survive and why they keep growing. By applying the most sophisticated analytical techniques they want to gain new insight into fundamental processes and develop new and better ways to diagnose and treat cancer. If you would like to learn more about the fascinating project, please follow the link below.
NPL Cancer Research
New TOF-SIMS study of a Nicolas Poussin painting
Dec 16, 2016
Philippe Walter, Alain Brunelle and colleagues published an exciting paper about high mass and high lateral resolution TOF-SIMS analyses of a Nicolas Poussin painting. The French painter Nicolas Poussin (15 June 1594 – 19 November 1665) spent most of his working life in Rome. Nevertheless he became one of the leading painters of the classical French Baroque style. The analysed painting “Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well” is possibly one of his last figure paintings and is dated to the early 1660s. Today, the painting belongs to the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The published measurements allowed for the identification of the pigments used in the painting, the binders and other organic materials such as glue. The study also paves the way to a wider use of TOF-SIMS for the analysis of ancient cultural heritage artefacts.
If you would like to learn more about the study please go to:
Wiley Online Library
News from the City of Music in Nashville, Tennessee
Dec 14, 2016
IONTOF software seminar during the AVS
From November 6th to 11th the AVS 63rd International Symposium and Exhibition took place in the City of Music - Nashville, Tennessee.
Henrik Arlinghaus from IONTOF gave an invited talk about the multivariate analysis of very large hyperspectral SIMS datasets and was responsive to the most important questions in this field: What can we do and what would we like to do?
During the poster sessions the attendees enjoyed some snacks and local beer while Thomas Grehl discussed the Low Energy Ion Scattering (LEIS) Analysis of ALD deposited films with many interested people, a cooperation with ASM Microchemistry.
The next day, Julia Zakel gave a presentation about the latest application of an advanced Bi cluster LMIG for ToF-SIMS analysis at the nano scale and Nathan Havercroft reported about the recent developments for molecular depth profiling with a new 3D Hybrid SIMS instrument with an improved molecular identification.
On Friday morning, IONTOF organized a software seminar for their users. About 20 willing participants learned how to use the new features, for example navigation on topmount sample holders and arithmetic on line spectra, of the latest version of SurfaceLab in a pleasant atmosphere with coffee and bagels. Along the way the users were given the opportunity to ask all the software related questions that were on their mind.
SurfaceLab 6.7 Release
Dec 05, 2016
SurfaceLab 6.7 has been released today. The new version comes with a multitude of new features and refinements which will further improve the way you work with your instrument and handle your data. A few of the many new options are:
This new feature of the navigation tool allows for automated and safe navigation even on topmounted samples
The new line spctra view provides a much better overview and allows for arithmetics on spectra.
Full EDR Support for Images
The image client now also fully supports the EDR technolgy and uses the correct attenuation factor for image display.
SurfaceLab 6.7 fully supports oxygen cluster operation of the gas cluster source.
Hybrid SIMS and SPM Combination
SurfaceLab 6.7 includes full software support for our new Hybrid SIMS and the SPM combination instrument.
The new release is available for download from our download area:
IONTOF Download Area
Postdoctoral Position at Chalmers University of Technology
Nov 24, 2016
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas.
The university is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in the fields of analytical chemistry, zinc biology and mass spectrometry. The available position is part of a recently granted project financed by the Swedish Research Council.
For further information please go to:
Vacancies at Chalmers
6th Chinese SIMS Conference
Nov 11, 2016
The 6th Chinese SIMS conference took place in the beautiful city of Dalian last month. With more than 100 international and Chinese participants it was again a great success and a strong documentation of the steadily increasing distribution of the technique and its application in China.
For IONTOF Dr Julia Zakel from the application team attended the conference and gave a talk in the scientific program about the application of large oxygen clusters for the quantitative measurement of alkali metal distributions in thin SiO2 films. It was wonderful to see so many young scientists interested in SIMS and especially TOF-SIMS and to have the opportunity to present the latest about the technique to the quickly growing Chinese user group.
First Chinese User School
Sep 06, 2016
Last month, the first IONTOF Chinese User School took place in Shanghai. The East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) hosted the meeting.
Two application scientists from IONTOF, Dr. Derk Rading and Dr. Julia Zakel, gave lectures about surface spectrometry, imaging and 3D depth profiling with ToF-SIMS. 15 participants acquired skills about instrument tuning and data evaluation during the four day workshop. The meeting was also a great opportunity for the attendees to get in touch with other users and discuss special applications and scientific questions.
At the end the attendees shared in a great seafood banquet, which was also organized by ECUST.
If you are an IONTOF customer and would like to host such a meeting in your region or if you have any suggestions about possible subjects, please feel free to contact us.