NanoIR Spectroscopy and Imaging: Recent Developments and Applications

Join us for this exciting virtual workshop on nanoscale infrared spectroscopy and imaging technology, during which an impressive panel of speakers share their knowledge and provide us with insight into their work.

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About the Workshop

By combining infrared spectroscopy with atomic force microscopy-based (AFM-IR), it is possible to perform chemical analysis and compositional mapping with a spatial resolution down to 10 nanometers — significantly below standard optical diffraction limits. This makes the technique ideal for use to unravel the structure of functional and pathological protein self-assemblies and the structure of single protein molecules.

Our speakers examine the origins of, recent advancements in, and wide range of possible applications for this technique, drawing from their research and experiences across a wide variety of disciplines including materials science, life science, and astrochemistry. This workshop features talks on the use of AFM-IR to study:

  • The buried interphase structure of polymer/metal oxides;
  • Nanoscale regions inaccessible to most organic analysis techniques, and
  • Scattering SNOM imaging of the nanoscale light-matter interaction from bubbles in graphene heterostructures (with the view to their future use in tuneable nanophotonic devices).


Alexandre Dazzi, Université Paris-Saclay, Institut de Chimie Physique

Alexandre Dazzi is a tenured Professor of Physics at Université Paris-Saclay and works at the Institut de Chimie Physique. His research focuses on the infrared and nanoscience domain. After inventing and developing the AFM-IR technique, he has worked on improving AFM-IR instrumentation and focused on biological applications. He now has a user facility and collaborates with various groups in different domains like astrophysics, culture heritage, polymer science, and microbiology. He was the 2009 laureate for France's national instrumentation prize from the Societé Francaise Division de Chimie Physique and received the Ernst Abbe Award in 2014 from the New York Microscopical Society.

Tom Vincent, the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Royal Holloway, University of London

Tom Vincent joined the Quantum Materials and Sensors group at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) as a research student in 2017, after finishing his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Surrey. His studentship is held jointly between NPL and Royal Holloway, University of London. His work studies 2D materials, with a particular focus on the interplay between light-matter interactions and the physical features of real 2D materials, such as fractures, strains, and bubbles.

Dr. Francesco Simone Ruggeri, Wageningen University

Dr. Francesco Simone Ruggeri joined the chair groups of Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of Wageningen University as Assistant Professor in 2020. Before this, he completed his independent Junior Research Fellowship at the Darwin College and post-doctoral research at the Department of Chemistry & Centre for Misfolding disease at the University of Cambridge, UK. He holds a Ph.D. in biophysics obtained in 2015 at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, where he acquired a strong expertise in scanning probe microscopy and single molecule methods.

Dr. Suzanne Morsch, Research Fellow, AkzoNobel Laboratory for Corrosion Protection in the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester

Dr. Suzanne Morsch obtained her Ph.D. in Surface Science from the University of Durham in 2013, for research focused on AFM lithography and plasma polymer films. Since 2013 she has held a role first as the lead Research Associate, now as Research Fellow, in the AkzoNobel Laboratory for Corrosion Protection in the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the relationship between nanostructure, small molecule transport, and degradation of polymer networks.