We look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 UKNIBC User Day at the University of Huddersfield which is home to the Medium Energy Ion Scattering (MEIS) and the Microscopes and Ion Accelerators for Materials Investigations (MIAMI) facilities.

The focus will be on presentations by our wide-ranging user community but we also warmly welcome those whose projects are ongoing and prospective users who are looking to explore the possibilities. This will be an excellent opportunity to share your research and to discover the potential offered by the UKNIBC with fellow users and the operators of the facilities within the centre.

Registration is free. We will be inviting talks directly from our user community but you are also highly encouraged to get in-touch if you wish to present. You are also very welcome to bring posters to be displayed during the lunchtime session – just let us know if you plan to do this when you register.

Please direct all enquiries related to the event to


The 2023 UKNIBC User Day will be held in-person on Tuesday 12th September 2023 at the University of Huddersfield:

Oastler Building OA7/29
University of Huddersfield

Getting Here

Campus Map: you can download our campus map here:

Arriving by Train: The venue is a ten-minute walk through the town centre from Huddersfield train station:

Arriving by Car: Parking is available nearby for around £5 per day:

Where to Sleep

In case you are travelling some distance and need to stay over, here are some nearby accommodation options:

Where to Eat

In case you are travelling some distance and need to stay over, here are some nearby restaurant options:

Where to Drink

If you want to raise a glass to the UKNIBC then here are three recommendations but you will find plenty more:
  • BrewDog
    29 Zetland Street, HD1 2RA
  • Magic Rock Brewing Company (little bit of a trek but worth a mention)
    Willow Lane, HD1 5EB
  • Rat and Ratchet
    40 Chapel Hill, HD1 3EB





09:00 Coffee & Morning Nibbles
09:30 Dean's Introduction Paul Harrison University of Huddersfield
09:32 Welcome & Housekeeping Jonathan Hinks University of Huddersfield
09:40 Surfactant-mediated epitaxial growth of large area 2D transition metal chalcogenides Akhil Rajan St Andrews University
10:00 Quantitative correlation of multi modal MSI-PIXE imaging: novel techniques to molecule/element co-location Conner Newstead University of Surrey
10:20 Ion irradiation of hydrous rare earth phosphates Ruwaid Rafiuddin University of Huddersfield
10:40 Multimodal Imaging of mammalian tissue for elements and lipids using PIXE, RAMAN and Fluorescent Microscopy Johanna von Gerichten University of Surrey
11:00 Coffee
11:20 Spectacular advances in AlGaAsBi (title TBC) Robert Richards University of Sheffield
11:40 Effect of hydrogen on fatigue crack propagation in irradiated nuclear reactor steels Melissa Weihrauch University of Liverpool
12:00 Accelerated Development of MAX Phase Ceramics for Advanced Nuclear Systems Konstantina Lambrinou University of Huddersfield
12:20 In-situ depth profiling of low energy Cs implant into copper by MEIS Reza Valizadeh ASTeC / Cockcroft Institute
12:40 Lunch & Posters
13:40 Surrey Ion Beam Centre Update Roger Webb University of Surrey
14:00 Dalton Cumbrian Facility Update University of Manchester
14:20 MIAMI Facility Update Graeme Greaves University of Huddersfield
14:40 MEIS Facility Update Andrew Rossall University of Huddersfield
15:00 Coffee
15:20 SEISMIC Facility: Current capabilities in spatially resolved single cell omics and future developments Jake Penny University of Surrey
15:40 Impact of dual-beam irradiation mode on damaged tungsten structures by in-situ TEM Enrique Jimenez-Melero University of Manchester
16:00 Radiation behaviour of nano-structured ferritic superalloys Kan Ma University of Birmingham
16:20 Combined Ion Beam Analysis on advanced cathode thin films for Li-ion micro batteries Venkateswarlu Daramalla University of Cambridge
16:40 Closing Address Roger Webb University of Surrey

Paul Bailey was a much-loved colleague, friend, and husband who enjoyed a successful academic career in the ion beam field. The Paul Bailey Memorial Fund has been set up in his memory to support PhD students studying in the Ion Beam Centre.

Paul’s family have generously supported the Paul Bailey Memorial Fund. The Fund will support:
Student prizes
Two PhD student prizes per year awarded for:
The best student work presented at the annual UK National Ion Beam Centre User Day
The best conference presentation or thesis by a student in the field of energetic ion solid interactions.
Travel bursaries
For students making presentations at international conferences in the field of energetic ion solid interactions, or to undertake short study visits to further their research work in the field.

Who is eligible?
All PhD students who have accessed the UK National Ion Beam Centre as part of their thesis woek are eligible for the awards. Please contact the Director of the Ion Beam Centre if you would like to be considered for an award.

See more here

Old News

Ionoptika Ltd and the University of Surrey have been awarded project grants worth a total of £425,000.00 from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to expand their research into new manufacturing technologies for quantum devices.

See more on the IonOptika Web site

This new funding will help support development of new ion source materials for the Single/Determinstic Implantater - SIMPLE.
It will also help further the development of this unique facility in the UK to support solid state quantum technology devices.

This year we organised a hybrid User Day at the University of Surrey. Users had the opportunity to peresent their work virtually or in person at the University. We tried to encourage people to join the event in person - numbers were limited to maintain social distancing. However many people were still not quite ready to engage fully with an event with many people and full participation at the User Day via remote access was provided. The Programme for the day was as follows:





10:00 Coffee
10:25 Welcome
10:30 John Kilner Imperial College The Surface of Complex Oxides; Ion Beam Based Analysis of Energy Materials
10:50 Niels Claessens IMEC/KU Leuven Ensemble and microbeam RBS: probing the areal density of high-Z atomic species in 3D microscale structures
11:10 Ella Scneider Surrey 28Si enrichment for quantum computers using ion implantation and layer exchange
11:30 Hazel Gardiner Oxford Degradation of alloys for Molten Salt reactors
11:50 Joseph Alexander UCL Quantum memories using defect spins in solids
12:10 Lunch &
14:00 Gillian Gehring Sheffield Magnetism in implanted oxides
14:20 Kan Ma Birmingham Drastic impact of micro-alloying on austenitic model alloy microstructure under irradiation
14:40 Mingchu Tang UCL Antiphase-boundaries free GaAs grown on on-axis Si (001) substrate grown by molecular beam epitaxy
15:00 Han Du Southampton Introduction to CORNERSTONE
15:20 Andrew Rossall Huddersfield Thermal behaviour of Cu and Au nanoparticles grown on CeO2 thin films
15:40 Jonathan Hinks Huddersfield Tailoring the Microstructure of MAX Phase Ceramics for Nuclear Applications
16:00 Andy Smith DCF, Manchester Ion Beam Developments at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility
16:20 Jonathan England Surrey Surrey Ion Beam Centre Update
16:40 Feedback Session
16:50 Close

Poster Presentations
To view all of the posters one after another follow this link
To view the posters individually follow the links in the table below:

Poster #




1 Alexia Beale Surrey Self-Stratification of Binary Linear and Star Polymers during the Drying of Thin Films
2 Matthew Sharpe Surrey Using TRI3DYN to Model Low Energy O2 SIMS of Si:Ge Delta Layers
3 Gabriele Parisi Surrey Performance assessment of a diamond-based microdosimeter by means of IBIC technique.
4 Matthew Sharpe Surrey Comparative Study of Epitaxial Grown GaNAsBi/GaAs Structures Using Photoreflectance and Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry
5 Pierre Couture Surrey ion beam induced charge, a nanobeam technique mapping silicon PIN photodiode assessing charge collection capability and uniformity
6 Holly-May Lewis Surrey DAPNe-LC-MS as a method of detecting drugs and lipids simultaneously in a single cell
7 Jonathan England Surrey Kinetic Monte Carlo Modelling of Implant Layer Exchange using SPPARKS
8 Jonathan England Surrey Extending TRI3DYN to Model Ion Driven Chemical Etching of Nanostructures
9 Callum McAleese Surrey Depth Analysis of ToF-ERD Using TRIM
10 Janella Marie de Jesus Surrey Studying the feasibility of sequential elemental and molecular imaging
11 William Iliffe Oxford In-situ measurements of the effect of radiation damage on the superconducting properties of coated conductors.
12 Toby Palmer Surrey Studying Surfactant Migration in Adhesive Films Using RBS & ERD
13 Alex Rubinstein Surrey Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Cluster Sputtering of Gallium Arsenide
14 Graeme Greaves Huddersfield An Introduction to the MIAMI Facility
15 Holly-May Lewis Surrey IBA, DAPNe and LC-MS delivers improved spatially resolved analysis
16 Theo Hobson Liverpool In-situ Doping for CSS Growth of n-CdTe Solar Cells.
17 Mikhail Lavrentiev UKAEA Thermal Desorption Spectrometry and Reflectivity of Self-Irradiated Molybdenum
18 Stephen Sutton Cardiff The Institute for Compound Semiconductors
User Oral presentations were 20 minutes and were shown "live" via zoom.
User Poster presentations were 3-5 minutes long and are available on the website above.

This year we organised an in person User Day at the University of Surrey. Users had the opportunity to peresent their work in person.

The Programme for the day was as follows:





09:30 Coffee
09:50 Welcome
10:00 Roger Webb University of Surrey UKNIBC Update
10:20 Mateus Masteghin University of Surrey Ion Beam (Iimplantation) Induced Strain of Single-Crystal Membranes
10:40 Haitao Ye University of Leicester Ion-Implanted Diamond to Fight Fungus in Space
11:00 Dave Armstrong University of Oxford Using Ion Implantation to Understand Neutron Damage in Tungsten
11:20 Callum Littlejohns Univertsity of Southampton Silicon Photonics Prototyping with CORNERSTONE
11:40 Venkateswarlu Daramalla University of Cambridge Composition & Depth Profile of Light Elements of Epitaxial Y=Thin Films by Ion Beam Analysis
12:00 Lunch &
14:00 Andy Smith University of Manchester - DCF Applications at the DCF Facility
14:20 Alex Theodosiou University of Manchester Ion implantation of nuclear graphite to study fission product behaviour
14:40 Kirk Adams University of Oxford Understanding Radiation Damage in REBCO High Temperature Superconductors for Fusion Applications.
15:00 Kristian Stockbridge University of Surrey Deterministic Ion Implantation using the SIMPLE tools
15:20 Steve Clowes University of Surrey The RAISIN Network for Ion Implantion for Quantum Technologies
15:40 Graham Greaves University of Huddersfield An Update in the MIAMI Facility
16:00 Matthew Carr University of Sheffield Development of Next Generation APDs Based on AlxGa1-xAs1-yBiy
16:20 Jaap van den Berg University of Huddersfield An Update on the MEIS Facility
16:40 Close

User Poster presentations were available onsite during the lunch break.

We have recently heard the sad news that Daniel Colmer passed away after a short battle with cancer.
Daniel first visited us at the Ion Beam Centre when he was 12 years old in 2009. He described his experience then as: “all brill to the power of infinity”. He came back to us when he was 16 for a holiday job. Initially we paid him in old computer parts – something he had a great fascination for and something we had a great deal of!
For the last two or three years we paid him in real money. He had become part of the "family" and we were putting his talents to good use.
We will miss his enthusiasm and good humour, and fascination for all thing science and we are all very sad to lose him so young.