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Advanced Imaging Taster Session

Philip Barnes
28 January 2019


 The METaL project recently held it first taster session of 2019.

 The Taster Session focused on Advanced Imaging Techniques and Materials Characterisation and provided a rare opportunity for businesses to visit the Advanced Imaging of Materials (AIM) facility at Swansea University. AIM is a £9M Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) / Welsh Government funded integrated scientific imaging facility for Wales that can provide advanced imaging and analytical capabilities.

 The session provided an overview of current technologies used for the characterisation of materials such as surface analysis, polymorphism and trace analysis.

 AIM has already supported the following types of projects:

 - Multi-functional materials, nanomaterials, fuel cells, electronic interconnects

  organic electronics, photovoltaics and catalysis

- Composites materials for aerospace, automotive, marine and renewable energy

- Coatings and surface engineering


The AIM facility includes:

 - A suite of high-resolution scanning microscopes

- A focussed ion beam -Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

- A correlated optical microscopy suite

- Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) & X-Ray imaging suite


METaL’s taster sessions are an opportunity for industry to understand the Project’s training offering, to gauge industry appetite for new course development and to link with other University resources and capabilities.

Based on feedback from the session businesses were very impressed by the AIM facilities and indicated a real appetite for METaL to develop an Imaging & Characterisation course.

Khalil Khan – Project Manager for the METaL project said,” The Taster Session was really well received by businesses who indicated an industry need to develop an Imaging & Characterisation course.  The METaL team will now commence course design to respond to this industry need”

 It is anticipated that a course will be delivered in late Spring 2019, the course will appear on our timetable once dates are available.