A Training Day was integrated within the NanoFormulation2011 programme was focussed on nanomaterial characterisation. The day was held at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) on Friday 1 July 2011. IMRE is a research institute of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).




11:00 Group arrive at IMRE

11:05 Introduction to the training day- Dr Richard Greenwood, EngD Programme Manager, University of Birmingham, UK

11:15 Welcome and introduction to IMRE, Dr Jasbir Singh, Director (Industry & Enterprise), IMRE A*STAR, Singapore

11:30 Dr Charles Clifford, Senior Research Scientist: Nanoanalysis Group, National Physical Laboratory, UK

Nano-object characterisation and standardisation

12:00 Dr Lin Ming, Scientist I, IMRE A*STAR, Singapore

Application of STEM, EELS and Tomography to the characterisation of nanoparticles

12:20 Dr Pan Jisheng, Senior Scientist I, IMRE A*STAR, Singapore

Surface and interface property characterization and their characterisation in nanoparticle systems

12:40 Dr Victoria Coleman, Research Scientist: Nanometrology Section, National Measurement Institute, Australia

New techniques for nanoparticle characterisation in liquids

13:00 Dr Christine Vauthier, Director of Research, CNRS and Universite de Paris-Sud-11, France

Characterisation of nanoparticles for in-vivo drug delivery

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:30 IMRE Laboratory Tours*

i. Electron microscopy laboratories: Demo on measurement of nanoparticles to show the application of TEM in various modes: TEM, STEM, EELS, EDS

ii. XPS and ToFSIMS laboratories: Demo on characterization of nanoparticles and highlight the relative advantages of the two techniques

iii. NMR (solid/liquid): Explanation on the use of NMR on nanoparticle and formation characterization

iv. AFM/SPM: Demo on morphological characterization of polymer coating.

16:40 Depart IMRE

* Consists of tours to 4 laboratories with various characterization tools. Split into 4 groups of people with 10 – 12 pax each. Duration spent at each laboratory is less than 30 minutes, so all the tours can complete in 2 hours.