Research and publications

Core facilities, such as Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC), provide the University research community and partner organisations with state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise, which adds to and improves research outputs. 

We have captured the range of academic partners we work within the following list of published research.

With the help of the national EM community and The Royal Microscopical Society, PEMC has created a publication policy and from 1 January 2018, all users of PEMC are required to adhere to this policy in their future publications resulting from any level of PEMC support. 

Please see below to download the publication policy and the sign-up form.

Academic publications

MacArthur, J.L., Bridges, J.C., Hicks, L.J., Burgess, R., Joy, K.H., Branney, M.J., Hansford, G.M., Baker, S.H., Schwenzer, S.P., Gurman, S.J., Stephen, N.R., Steer, E.D., Piercy, J.D. & Ireland, T.R. (2019) Mineralogical constraints on the thermal history of martian regolith breccia Northwest Africa 8114 Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 246, 267-298 DOI

King, A.J., Schofield, P.F., Stephen, N.R., Frogley, M.D., Cinque, G. & Russell, S.S. (2018) Investigating the history of volatiles in the solar system using synchrotron infrared micro-spectroscopy Infrared Physics and Technology 94, 244-249 DOI

Da Wang, Michiel Hermes, Ramakrishna Kotni, Yaoting Wu, Nick Tasios, Yang Liu, Bart de Nijs, Ernest B. van der Wee, Christopher B. Murray, Marjolein Dijkstra, & Alfons van Blaaderen. Interplay between spherical confinement and particle shape on the self-assembly of rounded cubes. Nature Communications 9, Article number: 2228 (2018), DOI

Oliver Plümper, Alexandru Botan, Catharina Los, Yang Liu, Anders Malthe-Sørenssen and Bjørn Jamtveit. Fluid-driven metamorphism of the continental crust governed by nanoscale fluid flow. Nature Geoscience, DOI

Davit Jishkariani, Yaoting Wu, Da Wang, Yang Liu, Alfons van Blaaderen and Christopher B. Murray. Preparation and Self-Assembly of Dendronized Janus Fe3O4-Pt and Fe3O4-Au Heterodimers. ACS nano, DOI

Oliver Plümper, Helen E. King, Thorsten Geisler, Yang Liu, Sonja Pabst, Ivan P. Savov, Detlef Rost, and Thomas Zack. Subduction zone forearc serpentinites as incubators for deep microbial life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol.114 no.17, 2017 (pp. 4324-4329). DOI

M.E. Houben, N.J. Hardebol, A. Barnhoorn, Q.D. Boersma, Y. Liu, D.A.M. de Winter, C.J. Peach, G. Bertotti, M.R. Drury. Fluid flow from matrix to fractures in Early Jurassic shales. International Journal of Coal Geology, Volume 175, 15 April 2017, Pages 26-39. DOI

Austrheim, Håkon, Dunkel, Kristina G., Plümper, Oliver, Ildefonse, Benoît, Liu, Yang & Jamtveit, Bjørn. Fragmentation of wall rock garnets during deep crustal earthquakes. Science advances, Vol. 3, no. 2, 2017. DOI

Z. F. Yao, J. C. Qiao, Y. Liu, J. M. Pelletier, Y. Yao. Aspect ratio effects on the serration dynamics of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass. Journal of Materials Science, 2017, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 138–144. DOI

Yang Liu, Helen E. King, Marijn A. van Huis, Martyn R. Drury and Oliver Plümper. Nano-Tomography of Porous Geological Materials Using Focused Ion Beam-Scanning Electron Microscopy. Minerals 2016, 6(4), 104. DOI

T. Fiorido, J. Galineau, Vincent Salles, L. Seveyrat, F. Belhora, P.-J. Cottinet, L. Hu, Y. Liu, B. Guiffard, A. Bogner-Van de Moortele, T. Epicier, D. Guyomar and A. Brioude. Bifunctional Organic/Inorganic Nanocomposites for Energy Harvesting, Actuation and Magnetic Sensing Applications. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, vol. 211, 2014, 105-114. DOI

N. Destouches, N. Crespo-Monteiro, G. Vitrant, Y. Lefkir, S. Reynaud, T. Epicier, Y. Liu, F. Vocanson, F. Pigeon. Self-organized growth of metallic nanoparticles in a thin film under homogeneous and continuous-wave light excitation. J. Mater. Chem. C, vol. 2, 2014, 6256-6263. DOI

J.C. Qiao, J. M. Pelletier, C. Esnouf, Y. Liu, H. Kato. Impact of the structural state on the mechanical properties in a Zr–Co–Al bulk metallic glass. J. of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 607, 2014, 139–149. DOI

Yang Liu, Helen E. King, Pierre Le Fur, Marijn A. van Huis, Martyn R. Drury and Oliver Plümper. FIB-SEM Tomography of Porous Geological Materials, A State-of-the-Art3D Characterization Technique. Imaging & Microscopy, Jun. 19, 2017. LINK

D.M.Haspel, M.A.Ashworth, L.Wu, G.D.Wilcox & R.J.Mortimer, Tin Whisker Mitigation My Means of a Post-Electroplating Electrochemical Oxidation Treatment, Transactions of the IMF, 93, 332-341, 2016 DOI

Berry, A.J., Schofield, P.F., Kravtsova, A.N., Miller, L.A., Stephen, N.R., Walker, A.M., Soldatov, A.V., Ireland, T.R., Geraki, K. & Mosselmans, J.F.W. (2017) The limitations of hibonite as a single-mineral oxybarometer for early solar system processes Chemical Geology DOI 

Bilton, D, Tourraint, E, Turner, C, Balke, M (2015). Capeloatus prykei gen. et sp.n. (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Copelatinae) – a phylogenetically isolated diving beetle from the Western Cape of South Africa, Systematic Entomology, Volume 40 Issue 3, p520-531 (Acknowledgements: Dr Roy Moate and Glenn Harper).

Consolaro, C, Rasmussen, TL, Panier, G, Mienert, J, Bunz, S, Sztybor, K (2015). Carbon isotope (δ13C) excursions suggest times of major methane release during the last 14 kyr in Fram Strait, the deep-water gateway to the Arctic, Climate of the Past, 11, p669-685 (Acknowledgements: Plymouth EMC).

Hart, MB, Cartwright, K, Fisk, B, Smart, CW, Consolaro, C, Hall-Spencer, JM (2015). Foraminifera of the Fal Estuary (Cornwall), including taxa associated with Maerl Beds, Geoscience in South-West England, 13, p483-490 (Acknowledgements: Dr Roy Moate)

M.A.Ashworth, D.Haspel, L.Wu, G.D.Wilcox & R.J.Mortimer, An Investigation into the Effect of a Post-Electroplating Electrochemical Oxidation Treatment on Tin Whisker Formation, Journal of Electronic Materials, 44, 442-456, 2015 DOI

Menegon, L, et al (2015), Creep cavitation bands control porosity and fluid flow in lower crustal shear zones, Geology, v43, p227-230 (Acknowledgements: Plymouth EMC).

Beacham, T, Bradley, C, White, DA, Bond, P, Ali, ST (2014). Lipid productivity and cell wall ultrastructure of 6 strains of Nannochloropsis: Implications for biofuel production and downstream processing, Algal Research, Volume 6, Part A, p64-69.

Brown, TA, Belt, ST, Tatarek, A, Mundy, CJ (2014), Source identification of the Arctic sea ice proxy IP25, Nature Communications, Issue 5, Article number 4197 (Acknowledgements: Plymouth EMC).

Laudone, GM, Gribble, CM, Matthews, P (2014). Characterisation of the porous structure of Gilsocarbon graphite using pycnometry, cyclic porosimetry and void-network modelling, Carbon, Volume 73, p61-70 (Acknowledgements: Plymouth EMC).

Krueger-Hadfield, SA, Balestreri, C, Schroeder, J, Highfield, A, Helaouet, P, Allum, J, Moate, R, Lohbeck, KT, Miller, PI, Riebesell, U, Reusch, TBH, Rickaby, REM, Young, J, Hallegraeff, G, Brownlee, C, Schroeder, DC (2014). Genotyping an Emiliania huxleyi (prymnesiophyceae) bloom event in the North Sea reveals evidence of asexual reproduction. Biogeosciences.

Besinis, A, De Peralta, T, Handy, RD (2013). Inhibition of biofilm formation and antibacterial properties of a silver nano-coating on human dentine, Nanotoxicology, 8:7, 745-754

Sanders, DL, Kingsnorth, AN, Moate, R, Steer, JA (2013). An in vitro study assessing the infection risk of low-cost plyethylene mosquito net compared with commercial hernia prosthetics. Journal of Surgical Research, Vol 183 (2): E31E37 (2.362).

Sanders, DL, Lambie, J, Bond, P, Moate, R, Steer, JA (2013). An in vitro study assessing the effect of mesh morphology and suture fixation on bacterial adherence. Hernia 17 (6); 779-89; DOI 10.1007/S10029-013-1124-5

Al-Shmgani, HS, Moate, R, Sneyd, JR, Macnaughton, PD, Moody, AJ (2012): Hyperoxia-induced ciliar loss and oxidative damage in an in vitro bovine model: the protective role of antioxidant vitamins E and C. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications doi: vol 429, issue 3-4, p191-196.

Doddrell, R, Dun, X, Moate, R, Jessen, KR, Mirsky R, Parkinson, DB (2012). Regulation of Schwann Cell Differentation and Proliferation by the Pax-3 Transcription Factor: GLIA 60: Volume 60, Issue 9, p1269-1278

Sanders, DL, Kingsnorth, AN, Lambie, J, Bond, P, Moate, R, Steer, J (2012): An experimetnal study exploring the relationship between the size of bacterial inoculum and bacterial adherence to prosthetic mesh. Accepted: Surgical Endoscopy (4.012), volume 27, issue 3, p978-985.

Sanders, DL, Bond, P, Moate, R, Steer, JA (2012). Design and validation of a novel quantitative method for rapid bacterial enumeration using programmed stage movement scanning electron microscopy. Journal of Microbiological Methods (2.544), volume 91, issue 3, p544-550.

Moody, J, Al-Shmgani, H, Moate, R, Sneyd R, Macnaughton, P (2013). Effects of hyperoxia on permeability of 16HBE14o - cell monolayers: the protective role of antioxidant vitamins E and C. FEBS Journal Ref no FJ-13-0358.R1.

Shivane, A, Hilton, DA, Moate, R, Bond, P, Endean, A (2012): Macrophagic myofascitis: a report of second case from UK. Accepted: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology (3.802) Volume 38, issue 7, p734-736.

Waines, PL, Moate, R, Moody, AJ, Allen, M, Bradley, G (2011). The effect of material choice on biofilm formation in a model warm water distribution system. Biofouling, 10, 1161-74 (4.429).

Allsop, T, Neal, R, Davies, EM, Mou, C, Bond, P, Rehman, S, Kalli, K, Webb, DJ, Calverhouse, P, Bennion, I (2010), Low refractive index gas sensing using a surface plasmon resonance fibre device, Measurement Science & Technology, Volume 21, Number 9.