On behalf of the whole Programme Committee I would like to welcome you to Oxford for the 13th International X-ray Microscopy Conference, XRM2016. The conference is hosted by Diamond Light Source and supported by a range of sponsors and vendor exhibitors.
We have worked with the committees involved to put together a programme showcasing the most recent and interesting results in the field of X-ray microscopy, which we hope you will find stimulating and comprehensive...
Selected talk intros
Stephen Urquhart, Chair of XRM2018 and Professor of Chemistry at University of Saskatchewan, shares his experiences of XRM2016 with one eye on the future.
"Once the jet lag passes, conferences always bring a mix of feelings to me: awe at rapid progress and creativity in the field, pride as I watch colleagues that I first met as students develop as leaders in the field, the physical toll of too much coffee and beer, and ‘introvert overload’ after a week of intense hallway and poster conversations. To recover, I have a few days of quiet time planned...
Prof Janos Kirz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
It was a fantastic conference. Progress in X-ray microscopy is rapid and affects every facet of the field. Applications in the life sciences, in the energy area, in cultural heritage, etc. are now attracting new communities and will further broaden the impact.
It was a total surprise that Günter Schmahl and I were singled out and celebrated during the conference. There have been many others involved since the early years. While some of them are unfortunately no longer with us (including David Sayre, Alan Michette, and Werner Meyer-Ilse), others were in attendance, including Malcolm Howells, Graeme Morrison, Dave Attwood and Sadao Aoki. They also deserve to be acknowledged.
Janos is currently Scientific Advisor at the Advanced Light Source, and SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University, where he served as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1998-2001. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Prof Günter Schmahl, University of Göttingen
There were many interesting scientific results presented here, and stimulated by new storage rings with high spectral brilliance, the X-ray energy range for microscopic applications has been extended. Improved spatial resolution both for the soft and the harder X-ray region has been shown. In the near future it can be hoped to reach isotropic 10 nm resolution in 3D for biological objects in their natural state.
I have a keen interest in high resolution applications in the life sciences, and was very impressed by the talks of James McNally (HZB) on coated nanoparticles in cells, and Eva Pereiro (ALBA) on correlative microscopy. Lisa Miller (BNL) gave a great presentation of her work on Alzheimer’s disease, using the method of X-ray induced X-ray fluorescence, which is much more sensitive than electron induced X-ray fluorescence. Another highlight from me was hearing William Chueh (Stanford University) on electrochemical ion insertion in Li-ion batteries.
I would like to thank all for the excellent organization of the conference and the friendly atmosphere, and the Mathematical Institute was an ideal venue.
Günter is a Professor emeritus of the University of Göttingen, who's work lies in the development of full-field X-ray microscopy with soft X-rays.
Anna Khimchenko, University of Basel
I am typing this weekend after the closing of X-Ray Microscopy Conference 2016 and I am going to admit that I've found the whole conference extremely amazing. Such a great event! I knew this was going to be something special from the opening session on Sunday – already at 16:00 the room was full of friendly discussions of open-minded people. They even had a table football! There was a lot going on during the conference: each presentation and poster were just perfect. I also highly appreciated the concept of 3 poster sessions; otherwise there would be too many posters, so some could have light attendance or nobody (terrible…). By the way, thanks to everybody who had interest to my poster: I stood at my station ready to go for you…
Anna is currently working towards a PhD on the micro- and nanoanatomy of human brain tissues. As a member of the SNSF-funded project 147172, her research interests include hard X-ray tomography, grating interferometry, phase contrast imaging and soft tissue visualization.
Selected presentation abstracts, with an informal introduction from the speakers.
Complex internal structure of dinosaur teeth revealed using synchrotron transmission X-ray microscopy
Lightsource: Taiwan Light Source
Surveying electronic banstructure of smart materials revealed by nano-ARPES
Examining works of art with synchrotron-based micro-probes
TIMBIR - A method for high temporal resolution tomographic reconstructions
Affiliation: Purdue University
Lightsource: Advanced Photon Source
Cryo scanning soft x-ray microscope optimized for spectro-tomography
Affiliation/Lightsource: Canadian Light Source
In situ X-ray Microscopy in Catalysis: Direct Synthesis of DME from Syngas on a Core-Shell Structure
Multiple-wavelength resonant fluctuation X-ray scattering
Affiliation/Lightsource: European XFEL
Megapixels per minute: Chemical imagingusing fast X-ray fluorescence microscopy
Affiliation/Lightsource: Australian Synchrotron
3D X-ray Imaging of Defect Networks in Nanostructured Materials