Surface Analysis with Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF SIMS) / 3D OrbiSIMS
Duration 3 hours (2 hours self study & 1 hour webinar)
Training Points 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is run by the Researcher Academy 

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience: PGRs and ECRs in the faculties of Eng, M&HS and Sci 

Description: #

This course provides an introduction to the surface chemical analysis techniques Time of flight Secondary Mass Spectrometry (ToF SIMS) and 3D OribSIMS. It is intended for novice users of this instrumentation or those with an interest in the technique. 

The course will cover: 

  • An introduction to ToF SIMS and 3D OrbiSIMS  theory and instrumentation (basics & capabilities). 
Learning Outcomes:
  • Familiarisation with SIMS facilities available at the nmRC and elsewhere. 
  • Theoretical basis for techniques based on ToF-SIMS 
  • Functionality of specific instrumentation 
  • Practical applications of ToF-SIMS techniques 


This course will be delivered through a blended approach including asynchronous and synchronous delivery 

The scheduled timings for this course are for the synchronous delivery only and the asynchronous delivery must be completed in advance 

The overall length of course is approx 3 hours.  

Asynchronous: Watch and Read. To be completed at own pace in advance of joining the webchat. Completion time: approx. 2 hours  

Synchronous: Join 1 hour webchat for tutor Q&A after completing asynchronous part of course. Completion time: approx. 1 hour. 

All materials will be available on Moodle course page. The Moodle course page will close to first time enrolments 24 hours prior to the start of the webchat. 

How the register will be taken: To receive an attendance mark for this training, students must complete both the asynchronous and synchronous content and in the correct order. The register will be collated from both Moodle usage and the webchat Teams participant listing 

This course will be recorded, and the recording made available to all attendees and future attendees. By registering to attend you consent to the live session being recorded. 

Booking Conditions 

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.   

Pre-Requisites Pre-requisites: Background in Engineering, Physical or Life Sciences 
LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course05 May 202105 May 202111:00am - 12:00pm29