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Neil Young

Dr Neil Young
Senior EM Research Scientist

Department of Materials
University of Oxford
16 Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PH

Tel: +44 1865 273655 (Room 154.30.10)
Tel: +44 1865 273777 (reception)
Fax: +44 1865 273789 (general fax)

Electron Microscopy Group

Summary of Interests

Neil manages the Departments teaching and training activities across all aspects of electron microscopy (EM).  In addition he is the support scientist for transmission electron microscopy delivering front-line research support for users of TEM and associated techniques.  He is particularly focused on developing expertise and applications in advanced TEM techniques such as HRTEM, STEM and electron exit-wave function restoration. 

Neil is the point of contact for internal and external EM access requests. He is happy to discuss the scientific aspects of projects requiring EM support from Materials and other departments within the university, and currently works on several collaborative projects with researchers from across the MPLS division.

Personal research interests include the atomic-level characterisation of functional nanoparticles, with a particular interest in structure-property studies of catalysts.  Neil uses advanced instrumentation such as the Oxford-JEOL 2200MCO aberration-corrected microscope in addition to aberration-corrected in-situ and ETEM facilities around the world to investigate the structure and dynamics of catalyst particles. He collaborates with the research group of Prof. Angus Kirkland and international colleagues.






Current Research Projects

Aberration-corrected electron microscopy for high resolution analysis and imaging
Professor A.I. Kirkland, Dr. P.D. Nellist, Dr. N.P. Young
As part of a major research grant, the Department has secured funding which enables us to work closely with an electron microscope manufacturer in developing the next generation of high performance electron microscopes. The new instrument includes a field-emission-gun, two aberration correctors and various advanced detectors which provide analysis and spatial resolution capabilities at the 1 angstrom level. The instrument is being used for atomic-scale investigations of a range of new materials. (Funded by the Joint Infrastructure Fund)

1 public active projects

Research Publications

Ion Beam Induced Chemical Mixing at a Nanocrystalline CeO2-Si Interface"   P.D. Edmondson, N.P. Young, C.M. Parish, S. Moll, F. Namavar, W.J. Weber, Y. Zhang   J.Am.Ceram.Soc. - In Press 

A Non Syn-Gas Catalytic Route to Methanol Production”   C.T. Wu, K.M. Yu, F.L. Liao, N. Young, P. Nellist, A. Dent, A. Kroner, S.C.E. Tsang   Nature Comm., 3 (2012) 1050

 Advances in the Technology and Applications of High-Resolution Electron Microscopy for Materials Science”  A.I. Kirkland & N.P. Young   Microscopy & Analysis, 26 (6), (2012) 19

 “Layer-by-layer spray deposition and unzipping of carbon nanotube-based thin electrodes for electrochemical capacitors”   C.A. Huang, N. Grobert, A.A.R. Watt, C. Johnston, A. Crossley, N. P. Young, P.S. Grant   Carbon – Submitted

 "A Study of Commercial Nanoparticulate g-Al2O3 Catalyst Supports”  Y. Rozita, R. Brydson, T.P. Comyn, A. Scott, C. Hammond, A. Brown, S. Chauruka,  A. Hassanpour, R.I. Smith, N.P. Young, A.I. Kirkland, H. Sawada  ChemCatChem – accepted in press

 Synthesis and characterisation of mesoporous silica nanoparticles optimised for chemotherapeutics delivery  H.E. Townley, X. Huang, N.P. Young   In Preparation

 “Resolving strain in carbon nanotubes at the atomic level”  J.H. Warner, N.P. Young, A.I. Kirkland, G.A.D. Briggs  Nature Materials, 10 (2011) 958

 “Imaging the active surfaces of cerium dioxide nanoparticles”  S.J. Haigh, N.P. Young, H. Sawada, K. Takayanagi, A.I. Kirkland   ChemPhysChem, 12 (2011) 2397

 “Performance and early applications of a versatile double aberration-corrected JEOL-2200FS FEG TEM/STEM at Aalto University”   H. Jiang, J. Ruokolainen, N. Young, T. Oikawa, A. Nasibulin, A. Kirkland, E. Kauppinen  Micron, 43 (2012) 545

 “Atomic Scale Growth Dynamics of Nanocrystals within Carbon Nanotubes”   J.H. Warner, S.R. Plant, N.P. Young, K. Porfyrakis, A.I. Kirkland, G.A.D. Briggs   ACS Nano, 5 (2011) 1410

 “Utillizing boron nitride sheets as thin supports for high resolution imaging of nanocrystals”   Y. Wu, A.I. Kirkland, F. Schaffel, K. Porfrakis, N.P. Young, G.A.D. Briggs, J.H. Warner  Nanotechnology, 22 (2011) 195603

 “A Facile Route to Self-assembled Hg / MoSI Nanowire Networks”   V. Nicolosi, Z.Aslam, K.Sader, D.Vengust, N.P. Young, A.L. Bleloch, A.I. Kirkland, P.D. Nellist  New Journal of Chemistry, 34 (2010) 2241

 “Atomic Imaging of Phase Transitions and Morphology Transformations in Nanocrystals    M.A. van Huis, N.P. Young, G. Pandraud, J.F. Creemer, D. Vanmaekelbergh, A. I. Kirkland,  H.W. Zandbergen,  Advanced Materials, 21 (2009) 4992  

 “Structural and Surface Transformations of Gold Nanoparticles Investigated via Variable Temperature High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy   N.P. Young, M.A. van Huis, H.W. Zandbergen, H. Xu, A.I. Kirkland,   Ultramicroscopy, 110 (2010) 506

 “Nanogold: A Quantitative Phase Map  A.S. Barnard, N.P. Young, A.I. Kirkland, M.A. van Huis, H. Xu,  ACS Nano, 3 (2009) 1431

 “Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Branched Palladium Nanostructures”  J. Watt, N. Young, S. Haigh, A. Kirkland, R. Tilley,  Advanced Materials, 21 (2009) 2288  

 “Weighing Supported Nanoparticles: Size-Selected Clusters as Mass Standards in Nanometrology”  N.P. Young, Z.Y. Li, Y. Chen, S. Palomba, M. Di Vece, R.E. Palmer,  Physical Review Letters, 101 (2008) 246103

 Three-Dimensional Atomic-scale Structure of Size-selected Gold Nanoclusters” Z.Y. Li, N.P. Young, M.Di Vece, S. Palomba, R.E. Palmer, A.L. Bleloch, B.C. Curley, R.L.  Johnston, J.Jiang, J. Yuan,  Nature, 451 (2008) 46

 “A combined Theoretical and Experimental Study of Gold Nanoclusters  B.C. Curley, R.L. Johnston, N.P. Young, Z.Y. Li, M.di Vece, R.E. Palmer, A. Bleloch,  J. Phys. Chem. C., 111 (2007) 17846

Co-deposition of Clusters of Different Size and Composition M.di Vece, N.P. Young, Z.Y. Li, Y. Chen, R.E. Palmer, Small, 2 (2006) 1270.

 “C60 – assisted Growth of Gold nanowires Using a Stepped Graphite Surface as Template”  N.P. Young, J. Palfreyman, Z.Y. Li, Small, 2 (2006) 71.       

Recent Conference Proceedings

“Irradiation Induced Effects at Interfaces in a Nanocrystalline Ceria Thin Film on a Si Substrate”  P.D. Edmondson, N.P. Young, C.M. Parish, F. Namavar, W.J. Weber, Y. Zhang  Proceedings of the MRS, 2013 - Submitted

Synthesis and characterisation of mesoporous silica nanoparticles towards delivery of chemotherapeutics”  X. Huang, H.E. Townley, N.P. Young,  EMC 2012, Manchester, (2012)

 “Characterisation of surface and sub-surface atomic transformations in magnesium aluminium oxide spinel”  N.P. Young, K.B. Borisenko, H. Sawada, K. Takayanagi, A.I. Kirkland,  EMC 2012, Manchester, (2012)

 “Direct Measurement of the Crystallographically Sensitive Atomic Termination of Nanophase Cerium Dioxide”  N.P. Young, S.J. Haigh, H. Sawada, K. Takayanagi, A.I. Kirkland,  Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 371, (2012) 012072

 “Ex-Situ Annealing and Structural Transformations in Gold Nanoparticles”  K.E. MacArthur, N.P. Young, J.W. Critchell, A.I. Kirkland,  Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 371, (2012) 012068

 “Direct Measurement of the Crystallographically Sensitive Atomic Termination of Nanophase Cerium Dioxide”,  N.P. Young, S.J. Haigh, H. Sawada, K. Takayanagi, A.I. Kirkland,  Proceedings of the Israel Society for Microscopy Conference, Be’er Sheva, Israel, (2012)

 "Surface roughening and partial melting of Au nanoparticles observed with in-situ HRTEM"  M.A. van Huis, N.P.Young, G. Pandraud, A.I. Kirkland, H.W. Zandbergen  Proceedings of the 17th International Microscopy Congress, (2010) M19.17

 "Development of a 200kV aberration corrected analytical electron microscope equipped with a monochromator"   M. Mukai, A. Ikeda, J. Zhou, T. Kaneyama, N. Young, P. Nellist, A. Kirkland  Proceedings of the 17th International Microscopy Congress, (2010) I1.2   

 Variable Temperature Investigation of the Atomic Structure of Gold Nanoparticles   N.P. Young, M.A. van Huis, H.W. Zandbergen, H. Xu, A.I. Kirkland,  Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 241 (2010) 012095

 Probing Nanoparticle Structure with Aberration-Corrected In-situ Electron Microscopy   Neil P. Young, S.J. Haigh, M.A. van Huis, H.W. Zandbergen and Angus I. Kirkland,    Proceedings of the 47th Conference of the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa, 47 (2009) 50

 “New Considerations for Exit Wavefunction Restoration Under Aberration Corrected Conditions”  S.J. Haigh, L-Y. Chang, N.P. Young, A.I. Kirkland,  Proceedings of the 14th Electron Microscopy Conference, 1 (2008) 437

Selected Presentations

 46th Annual meeting of the Israel Society for Microscopy, Ben Gurion University, B’eer Sheva, Israel.  “Imaging the Surface Structure of Metal-Oxides via Aberration-Corrected HRTEM”, May 2012 (Invited)

School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland. “The secret lives of nanomaterials: Atomic resolution imaging in the aberration corrected electron microscope”, February 2012 (Invited)

The Nordic TEM Network Workshop on Advanced TEM, Aalto University, Finland.  “HRTEM and aberration-correction” & “STEM and Analytical Techniques” , August 2011 (Invited)

UNIQ Physical Sciences Summer School, University of Oxford, “Probing the nanoworld with high-resolution electron microscopy” , August 2011  (Invited)

TEM & TOM 3, University of Sheffield, “The secret lives of nanoparticles: Mapping phase diagrams for metals and metal-oxides” , April 2011