Research programmes

Working in the Nanocentre

Nanoscience and materials research is carried out in the Nanocentre, including in the following areas: advanced electron microscopy methods including aberration corrected in-situ electron microscopy for probing dynamic gas-catalyst reactions in medicines for healthcare, biofuels and climate control;  vortex electron microscopy, magnetic materials and interfaces; studies in liquids; SEM, AFM; photocatalytic materials; heritage management; surface science, spintronics and devices; and educational and industry Outreach.

Some highlights of research accomplishments (2013)

  1. Ultra thin films of new materials and quantum computing
  2. York Nanocentre researchers image individual atoms in a living catalytic reaction
  3. Vortex beam electron microscopy
  4. New insights into coral skeleton formation
  5. Reactivity of Au nanoparticles

Equipment upgrades

Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) have been installed on the major electron microscopes at the Nanocentre. These upgrades have been vital to researchers allowing them to obtain the chemical composition of their materials, in addition to the structure.

Pay for Access

Pay for Access has been established for the following: TRANSIT Project (chemistry/Biology); FERA (Food and Environment Research Agency); JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science).

Educational Outreach

The Nanocentre has hosted Open days at the Nanocentre for school children from Bradford, Selby and nearby schools. Other Outreach activities include, participation in British Science Festival sponsored by the British Association (BA) for Advancement of Science; and Open days for prospective undergraduates.


The Directors are grateful for the support from the Nanocentre sponsors Yorkshire Forward/EU/ERDF, JEOL and the University of York and for the JEOL and Yorkshire Forward Professorship in Electron Microscopy and Nanotechnology (Professor Gai). Support from Heads of Departments, Ian Wright, Dr M Mortimer of REO, Dr M McGowan of REO, the staff associated with the Nanocentre, Ruth Wilkinson, Barbara Jones, C Foster, S. Hart and our industrial partners is kindly acknowledged.