The HarwellXPS Team

Comprising of researchers and management from Cardiff University, University College London, the University of Manchester and based fully within the Research Complex at Harwell - HarwellXPS contains a wealth of knowledge and experience in the use of XPS in a multitude of applications.

Prof Philip Davies
Director

Interests: interface analysis, photocatalysis, nanoscale vibrational spectroscopy, PiFM, coatings

Prof Robert Palgrave
Co-Director

I am Professor of Materials Chemistry at UCL, and have worked with XPS for 20 years in many different applications.

Dr David Morgan
Technical Director

For over 20 years, I have had a long-standing interest in the characterisation and reactivity of model and nanoparticulate precious metal catalysts by x-ray methods, especially XPS and XAS. I am passionate about training the next generation of XPS practitioners, with an emphasis on minimising errors in XPS analysis. Some of my research interests include: 1. XPS data analysis methods 2. Multi-technique analysis 3. Sample degradation 4. Imaging XPS 5. Chemistry and characterisation of carbon materials

Dr. Shaoliang Guan
Researcher and Experimental Officer

Catalysis, Electrochemical XPS

Dr. Mark Isaacs
Researcher and Experimental Officer

I have been working with XPS for over 10 years, starting out as a PhD student under the supervision of Profs. Karen Wilson and Adam Lee at Cardiff University. Since then I've been fascinated with how to use XPS to obtain new and fiferent information. Interests: Porous materials, Multi-technique analysis, Operando/In-SItu XPS, Catalysis, Antibacterials

Dr. Josh Davies-Jones
Researcher

Microplastics, Microbiology, PIFM, Catalysis

Dr. Arthur Graf
Researcher

I have been working with surface chemistry since undergraduate alongside prof Rocco in Brazil, where I have fallen in love with spectroscopy. As standard in the HarwellXPS team, I am very enthusiastic when it comes to XPS and XAS techniques, their uses and instrumentation. My research interests focus on spectroscopy of inorganic nanomaterials - Janus Particles, quantum dots and thermochromics. More recently I have been using the Cryo-XPS to analyse sensitive inorganic systems (including explosive materials). TAGS: Surface Chemistry, temperature-controlled XPS, inorganic nanoparticles, PiFM

Ben Spencer
Faculty Lead - HAXPES

Ben is faculty lead for Surface Analysis at the University of Manchester and also works within the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials. Since 2019 he has led development of laboratory-based hard X-ray photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES) with a first-of-its-kind instrument from Scienta Omicron GmbH, part of Royce as well as HarwellXPS. His research spans a variety of advanced materials research particularly energy materials including photovoltaics. Ben is a committee member in the IoP Materials and Characterisation special interest group.

Alex Walton
NAP-XPS