PiFM shows itself as a powerful technique to provide visual and spectroscopical data of materials in nano-scale: from silica nano-spheres to the complex biomineralization of clams. The talk aims to introduce the technique and some of the equipment capabilities.
Arthur got his PhD in chemical-physics/spectroscopy from the University of Sheffield last year under the supervision of Dr Adrien Chauvet. His research field is X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)/surface science, which led him to join Prof. Phillip Davies at Cardiff University (CU)/HarwellXPS. His current project in the Catalysis Hub aims to use the newly acquired Photo-Induced Force Microscopy (PiFM) machine at CU as a tool to characterise Janus particles. PiFM not only allows investigation of materials morphology but also localised chemical characterisation; hence it maps the chemical properties of the material and how they are distributed over the structure.