Ionoptika Ltd and the University of Surrey have been awarded project grants worth a total of £425,000.00 from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to expand their research into new manufacturing technologies for quantum devices.

See more on the IonOptika Web site

This new funding will help support development of new ion source materials for the Single/Determinstic Implantater - SIMPLE.
It will also help further the development of this unique facility in the UK to support solid state quantum technology devices.

Old News

This year we organised a hybrid User Day at the University of Surrey. Users had the opportunity to peresent their work virtually or in person at the University. We tried to encourage people to join the event in person - numbers were limited to maintain social distancing. However many people were still not quite ready to engage fully with an event with many people and full participation at the User Day via remote access was provided. The Programme for the day was as follows:





10:00 Coffee
10:25 Welcome
10:30 John Kilner Imperial College The Surface of Complex Oxides; Ion Beam Based Analysis of Energy Materials
10:50 Niels Claessens IMEC/KU Leuven Ensemble and microbeam RBS: probing the areal density of high-Z atomic species in 3D microscale structures
11:10 Ella Scneider Surrey 28Si enrichment for quantum computers using ion implantation and layer exchange
11:30 Hazel Gardiner Oxford Degradation of alloys for Molten Salt reactors
11:50 Joseph Alexander UCL Quantum memories using defect spins in solids
12:10 Lunch &
14:00 Gillian Gehring Sheffield Magnetism in implanted oxides
14:20 Kan Ma Birmingham Drastic impact of micro-alloying on austenitic model alloy microstructure under irradiation
14:40 Mingchu Tang UCL Antiphase-boundaries free GaAs grown on on-axis Si (001) substrate grown by molecular beam epitaxy
15:00 Han Du Southampton Introduction to CORNERSTONE
15:20 Andrew Rossall Huddersfield Thermal behaviour of Cu and Au nanoparticles grown on CeO2 thin films
15:40 Jonathan Hinks Huddersfield Tailoring the Microstructure of MAX Phase Ceramics for Nuclear Applications
16:00 Andy Smith DCF, Manchester Ion Beam Developments at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility
16:20 Jonathan England Surrey Surrey Ion Beam Centre Update
16:40 Feedback Session
16:50 Close

Poster Presentations
To view all of the posters one after another follow this link
To view the posters individually follow the links in the table below:

Poster #




1 Alexia Beale Surrey Self-Stratification of Binary Linear and Star Polymers during the Drying of Thin Films
2 Matthew Sharpe Surrey Using TRI3DYN to Model Low Energy O2 SIMS of Si:Ge Delta Layers
3 Gabriele Parisi Surrey Performance assessment of a diamond-based microdosimeter by means of IBIC technique.
4 Matthew Sharpe Surrey Comparative Study of Epitaxial Grown GaNAsBi/GaAs Structures Using Photoreflectance and Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry
5 Pierre Couture Surrey ion beam induced charge, a nanobeam technique mapping silicon PIN photodiode assessing charge collection capability and uniformity
6 Holly-May Lewis Surrey DAPNe-LC-MS as a method of detecting drugs and lipids simultaneously in a single cell
7 Jonathan England Surrey Kinetic Monte Carlo Modelling of Implant Layer Exchange using SPPARKS
8 Jonathan England Surrey Extending TRI3DYN to Model Ion Driven Chemical Etching of Nanostructures
9 Callum McAleese Surrey Depth Analysis of ToF-ERD Using TRIM
10 Janella Marie de Jesus Surrey Studying the feasibility of sequential elemental and molecular imaging
11 William Iliffe Oxford In-situ measurements of the effect of radiation damage on the superconducting properties of coated conductors.
12 Toby Palmer Surrey Studying Surfactant Migration in Adhesive Films Using RBS & ERD
13 Alex Rubinstein Surrey Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Cluster Sputtering of Gallium Arsenide
14 Graeme Greaves Huddersfield An Introduction to the MIAMI Facility
15 Holly-May Lewis Surrey IBA, DAPNe and LC-MS delivers improved spatially resolved analysis
16 Theo Hobson Liverpool In-situ Doping for CSS Growth of n-CdTe Solar Cells.
17 Mikhail Lavrentiev UKAEA Thermal Desorption Spectrometry and Reflectivity of Self-Irradiated Molybdenum
18 Stephen Sutton Cardiff The Institute for Compound Semiconductors
User Oral presentations were 20 minutes and were shown "live" via zoom.
User Poster presentations were 3-5 minutes long and are available on the website above.

We have recently heard the sad news that Daniel Colmer passed away after a short battle with cancer.
Daniel first visited us at the Ion Beam Centre when he was 12 years old in 2009. He described his experience then as: “all brill to the power of infinity”. He came back to us when he was 16 for a holiday job. Initially we paid him in old computer parts – something he had a great fascination for and something we had a great deal of!
For the last two or three years we paid him in real money. He had become part of the "family" and we were putting his talents to good use.
We will miss his enthusiasm and good humour, and fascination for all thing science and we are all very sad to lose him so young.