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Materials Characterisation

The MRI has extensive expertise in materials characterisation, including a wide range of spectroscopies from near infra-red to X-rays with particular strength in Raman spectroscopy. Mechanical characterisation includes expertise in nanoindentation and scanning probe methods as well as conventional static and dynamic mechanical testing. We have experts in electron microscopy and 3D imaging with both electrons and X-rays providing a multi-scale capability.  Our expertise in X-ray diffraction methods includes a UK leading activity in determining short range order in materials.  MRI researchers also make extensive use of Large Facilities such as ISIS and the Diamond synchrotron.

Key Publications

Bushby AJ, P'Ng KMY, Young RD, Pinali C, Knupp C and Quantock AJ (2011). Imaging three-dimensional tissue architectures by focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy. Nature Protocols  vol. 6, (6) 845-858.10.1038/nprot.2011.332

Cliffe MJ, Dove MT, Drabold DA and Goodwin AL (2010). Structure determination of disordered materials from diffraction data. Phys Rev Lett  vol. 104, (12) 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.125501

Hang F and Barber AH (2011). Nano-mechanical properties of individual mineralized collagen fibrils from bone tissue. Journal of The Royal Society Interface  vol. 8, (57) 500-505. 10.1098/rsif.2010.0413

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