2017 Workshop: Characterisation

– Pictures of the workshop –

The “Enabling Excellence” Characterisation Workshop took place at the Renishaw Headquarters in Wotton-Under-Edge near Bristol, UK from Monday 20th to Friday 24th March 2017. It was organised by Tim Batten and ESR12 Dominik Winterauer from Renishaw.

The training workshop was open to all the PhD students, supervisors and project expert advisors within the Enabling Excellence network.  A pre-requisite was basic familiarity with optical and electronic microscopy and spectroscopy.  Appropriate introductory material was distributed for reading/watching/study beforehand for those who needed it.

Workshop Preliminary Programme

Sunday 19th March: Arrive at Bristol.

Monday 20th March: EnEx Science
Science meeting – student presentations, discussion of PhD projects, exchanges, publications, etc.
End afternoon: Introducing the Grand challenge projects.

Tuesday 21st March: Business and Commerce training
Morning: Commerce training (including lectures, case-studies and background information), chaired by Richard Lee (Academatch).
Speakers: Alexis Vlandas – IEMN Lille, Marcelo Motta – Basck Ltd (EnEx advisory board) and Ian Hayward – Renishaw.
Afternoon: Continue morning training lectures, followed by round table and practical exercises.

Wednesday 22nd March:
Morning: Training in TEM/STEM/EELS from Raul Arenal including hands-on Digital Micrograph practise
– Students: Discuss grand challenge projects, plus follow-up on communication, report back to the whole project at the end of the afternoon with a summary.
– Supervisors: Administrative and Organisational Issues, preparation for mid-term meeting.

Thursday 23rd March: Advanced Optical Spectroscopy
Practical Raman and advanced optical spectroscopy training, lectures near-IR spectroscopy of GO, …
Thursday evening: Meeting banquet.

Friday 24th March: Other nanocharacterisation techniques
Morning: Introduction to Probe microscopy techniques (Izabela Jurewicz).
Afternoon: Leave Bristol (possibility of tourism in Bristol if interested)

Detailed timetable (pdf)

Practical Details:

We will be staying at Tortworth Court, relatively near to the Renishaw site. We will arrange transport to-from the accommodation. The Renishaw headquarters is at New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge.

Bristol has its own airport, and if not there is a direct train from London so it’s easy to reach from London airports.  It’s also 1h40min from Southampton for flights (FlyBe fly direct to Southampton).

Don’t forget!

1. Lunches will be taken at Renishaw, everyone will have to pay for their lunch – don’t forget to bring cash.

2. Students presentation to bring for the Monday (5 minutes talk + 5 minutes questions)
Please prepare for the Monday to give a talk on your science.  But these will be SHORT!  5 minute talks, with 5 minute questions. Not a pretty “proper” talk for a conference – we want a “dirty” talk! Latest data, problems you have, ideas you have, etc.  The talk is just a start point for the discussions.  So no long introductions to the background to your research problem (and motivation, etc.), hopefully everybody in the network has seen your previous talks and knows what you are working on and why.

3. Let us know for Raman Spectroscopy if you are: beginner, intermediate or expert

4. For the trainings, bring your laptop and install the following software:

5. Currency is the GB Pound.

6. In UK the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type G (UK type):plug