The York JEOL Nanocentre

The JEOL 7800F Prime chamber


York JEOL Workshop 2016


Ed Boyes

Gold nanoparticle

Poster presentation


To be a world leading interdisciplinary centre for dynamic and collaborative materials research on the nanoscale, underpinned by innovative instrument development in electron and scanning probe imaging and spectroscopies.

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Mission Statement

To be the UK centre of excellence for in-situ and environmental aberration-corrected electron imaging and spectroscopy.

To provide an environment and support for stimulating interdisciplinary research and teaching for academia and industry.

Research and Teaching

The Nanocentre is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre with founding Co Directors, Professor Pratibha Gai, FREng, FRS and Professor Edward Boyes, FRMS, FInstP. It provides world-class teaching and research training for young scientists to PhD and full and part-time MSc level, and contributing to teaching and research projects in the supporting University Departments and more widely. It offers short courses towards higher degree education programmes and hands-on training for scientists in industry.

Services for industry

The Nanocentre is an open access, industry facing and "industry first" facility, with published terms and conditions.



  • Dr Vlado Lazarov is the new Director of Electron Microscopy in the York JEOL Nanocentre. He will be leading the science and developments in AC-(e)STEM/TEM at the Nanocentre.

Background to the Nanocentre

The York JEOL Nanocentre was formally established in 2007 and represents a major collaboration between the University of York, Yorkshire Forward through the European Union and JEOL who are world leaders in electron optics. We have created at the University a world class research and teaching facility. The Nanocentre draws on the combined resources of the Physics, Electronics and Chemistry departments, with Departments of Environmental Sciences, Biology, Heritage management and FERA (Food and Environmental Research Agency) and many others also participating. As well as carrying out high quality nanoscience and materials research and teaching, the York JEOL Nanocentre provides rich opportunities for collaboration with UK industry and external partners.

Nanocentre Staff

Director of York JEOL Nanocentre

Dr Steve Tear FRMS, MInstP, CPhys

Studies of surface and interface atomic structures of materials; low-energy electron interactions with material surfaces in microscopy and spectroscopy. Low-voltage SEM, STM and AFM.

Director of Electron Microscopy

Dr Valdo Lazarov

AC-(e)STEM/TEM. Atomic level structural and spectroscopic characterisation of nanomaterials. Growth and modelling of thin films and heterostructures for spintronic and electronic applications.

 Research Staff

Dr Leonardo Lari  Research Officer: AC-(e)TEM/STEM

Dr Jon Barnard Experimental Officer: TEM/SEM/AFM/FIB

EPSRC SuperSTEM senior research fellow/lecturer

Dr Demie Kepaptsoglou 

Areas of expertise: Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy; Materials Science; Thermoelectrics; Functional ceramics; Graphene and 2D materials.


 Other resident staff

Professor Dame Pratibha Gai DBE, FREng, FRS 
(JEOL Founding Professor of Electron Microscopy and founding Co-Director of Nanocentre (2005-2016), Departments of Chemistry and Physics) - Catalysis, in-situ electron microscopy instrumentation and methods, bioenergy, fuel cells, emission control, healthcare.

Professor Edward D Boyes FRMS, FInstP
(Founding Co-Director of Nanocentre, Physics and Electronics) - Analytical instrumentation, method development, auto-exhaust emission control and nanoparticle physics

Chair of Nanocentre Users' Forum

Dr Richard Douthwaite (Chemistry)


Staff associated with the Nanocentre