Examples of our research - click on images for details


Contact Info

Adam P. Hitchcock

Canada Research Chair
in Materials Research
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8S 4M1
V: +1 905 525-9140
F: +1 905 521-2773
E: aph@mcmaster.ca
U: unicorn.mcmaster.ca




11 May 2016: Adam Leontowich, Russ Berg (CLS) measure first cryo-image on TEM stage with the CLS cryo-STXM
20 Feb 2016: Lis Melo publishes paper on FIB versus microtomy of fuel cell cathodes - J. Power Sources 312 (2016) 23.
16 Feb 2016: Xiaohui Zhu is awarded $2000 travel scholarship to attend XRM2016 (Oxford, UK)
09 Sep 2015: Adam Leontowich, Russ Berg (CLS) measure first image with new CLS cryo-STXM

The Hitchcock group develops new instruments, methods and applications of inner shell excitation spectroscopies and microscopies for analysis of advanced materials. We are particularly active in the application of X-ray microscopy to fuel cell materials, polymers, nanostructures, biomaterials, magnetotactic bacteria, environmental studies. A focus at present is in situ and operando methods, such as in situ flow electrochemistry, investigation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell electrodes under realistic (T,RH), and studies of peptide - model lipid membrane interactions. We also continue using electron impact and synchrotron methods to advance our understanding ot the fundamentals of Inner shell excitation spectroscopy of gases, surfaces, solids and liquids

A common theme of all projects is the development of newexperimental techniques based on electron impact and X-ray absorption phenomena, and optimization of their application to a wide variety of chemical, physical and materials problems. Collaborations with researchers in industry, government, and other universities play a large role in our approach to promote interest in, and practical uses for, inner-shell spectroscopies. Typically, these collaborations combine the group's expertise in X-ray and electron impact spectroscopic analysis with chemical, materials or physical problems motivated by the collaborating group.

Our group has helped develop the most advanced analytical soft X-ray microscope in the world (a scanning transmission X-ray microscope at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley) and we are exploring new applications on a monthly basis. At present we are collaborating with instrument developers and scientists at the Canadian Light Source to develop a new STXM with capabilities for cryo-spectro-tomography/

The CLS soft X-ray spectroscopy beamline (SM) features two scanning transmission X-ray microscopes (STXM) and an X-ray photoemission electron microscope (X-PEEM) on separate branch lines of a high performance plane grating monochromator beamline, illuminated by an elliptically polarized undulator. There is a fund to assist first visits by McMaster researchers to the CLS

Please explore the pages of this web site. It contains highlights of our research, information about group members, opportunities for research positions, a list our publications (with links to pdfs), and links to tools we provide to others - aXis2000, BAN, the Core Excitation Bibiography and Database (~600 spectra of ~400 gas phase compounds!!), and a X-ray microscopy bibliography as well as links to related sites.

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