Examples of our research - click on images for details


Contact Info

Adam P. Hitchcock

Chemistry & ChemBio
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



09 Aug 2017: Juan Wu delivers talk on 4d imaging of fuel cell cathodes with STXM at Microscopy & Microanalysis conf. (St. Louis)
13 July 2017: Vinod Prabu graduates with MSc. - Flow Electrochemical STXM studies of Cu electrodeposition
26 Jun 2017: Lucas Le Nagaard is awarded the McMaster International Excellence Award as outstanding student.
12 May 2017: first cryo-spectro tomography measurement at CLS by Juan Wu et al.
29 Mar 2017: Ptychography of Magnetotactic Bacterium chosen as an ALS Science Highlight
08 Dec 2016: Xiaohui Zhu et al. Magnetosome Ptychography in Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. doi:10.1073/pnas.1610260114
04 Oct 2016: Xiaohui Zhu graduates with PhD - Soft X-ray Microscopy of Magnetotactic Bacteria

LATEST VERSION of aXis2000 - 25 July 2017

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 new experimental 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 lead the mplementation of STXMs at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) in Saskatoon). We are exploring new applications on a monthly basis. Over the past 5 years, in collaboration with instrument developers and scientists at the CLS, we have helped develop a new cryo-STXM with capabilities for cryo-spectro-tomography. We are helping to develop applications of soft X-ray ptychography.

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.

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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