Dr Neil Young

Senior Research Fellow
MSci., PhD (Birmingham)

Neil is the support scientist for transmission electron microscopy and faculty member of the Department of Materials. He has responsibility for access to the department’s TEM instrumentation and for the planning and delivery of practical and theoretical training across the department’s electron-beam and related instruments. He also covers the role of service director for the EPSRC OXTEM access scheme for HRTEM in Oxford.

Neil has previous experience of managing and running the Oxford-JEOL 2200MCO double aberration corrected and monochromated (S)TEM, and also worked as a consultant applications specialist in high-end TEM with JEOL(UK) Ltd.
His specific research interests include the development of hardware and experimental methodologies for the in-situ and ex-situ study of nanomaterials via aberration-corrected electron microscopy. These are used to observe structural and surface changes of nanoparticles at the atomic level, leading to the formation of quantitative nano-phase diagrams important in catalysis. He is also investigating other nanoscale materials such as metal-oxide nanostructures with respect to atomic structure and surface termination, plus nano-porous materials with potential applications in drug delivery.

Contact Details

30.10 Holder Building
Department of Materials, University of Oxford
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PH
Telephone: 01865 273655
Fax: 01865 273789
E-mail: neil.young@materials.ox.ac.uk


Recent presentations

Research seminar, School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin, February 2012 (INVITED) “The secret lives of nanomaterials: Atomic resolution imaging in the aberration corrected electron microscope”
EMAG 2011, University of Birmingham, September 2011”Direct measurement of the crystallographically sensitive atomic termination of nanoscale cerium dioxide”
NorTEMnet Workshop on advanced TEM, Aalto University, Finland, August 2011 (INVITED)
UNIQ Physical sciences summer school, University of Oxford, August 2011 (INVITED) “Probing the nanoworld with high-resolution electron microscopy”
TEM & TOM 3, University of Sheffield, April 2011 (INVITED) “The secret lives of nanoparticles: Mapping phase diagrams for metals and metal-oxides”


Hua Jianga,b,?, Janne Ruokolainenb, Neil Youngc, Tetsuo Oikawad, Albert G. Nasibulina, Angus Kirklandc, Esko I. Kauppinena, Performance and early applications of a versatile double aberration-corrected JEOL-2200FS FEG TEM/STEM at Aalto University, Micron, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 545-550, 2012.

Sarah J Haigh, Neil P Young, Hidetaka Sawada, Kunio Takayanagi, and Angus I Kirkland, Imaging the Active Surfaces of Cerium Dioxide Nanoparticles, ChemPhysChem, vol. 12, no. 13, pp. 2397-2399, 2011.

Jamie H Warner, Simon R Plant, Neil P Young, Kyriakos Porfyrakis, Angus I Kirkland, and G Andrew D Briggs, Atomic Scale Growth Dynamics of Nanocrystals within Carbon Nanotubes, ACS Nano, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 1410-1417, 2011.

Jamie H Warner, Neil P Young, Angus I Kirkland, and G Andrew D Briggs, Resolving strain in carbon nanotubes at the atomic level, Nature Materials, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 958-962, 2011.

Yimin A Wu, Angus I Kirkland, Franziska Schäffel, Kyriakos Porfyrakis, Neil P Young, G Andrew D Briggs, and Jamie H Warner, Utilizing boron nitride sheets as thin supports for high resolution imaging of nanocrystals, Nanotechnology, vol. 22, no. 19, pp. 195603, 2011.

Neil P. Young, M.A. van Huis, H.W. Zandbergen, H. Xu, Angus I. Kirkland, Variable Temperature Investigation of the Atomic Structure of Gold Nanoparticles, Proceedings of EMAG 2009, vol. In Press, 2010.

Valeria Nicolosi, Zabeada Aslam, K. Sader, Gareth M. Hughes, D. Vengust, Neil P. Young, Ron Doole, D. Mihailovic, A. L. Bleloch, Angus I. Kirkland,Nicole Grobert and Peter D. Nellist, Self-assembled Hg//MoSI Nanowire complexes: the next generation of molecular scale interconnects, New Journal of Chemistry, vol. 34, pp. 2241-2246, 2010.

J.Watt, Neil Young, Sarah J. Haigh, Angus I. Kirkland and R.D.Tilley, Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Branched Palladium Nanostructures, Advanced Materials, vol. 21, no. 22, pp. 2288-2292, 2009.

Neil P. Young, M.A. van Huis, H.W. Zandbergen, H. Xu, Angus I. Kirkland, Structural and Surface Transformations of Gold Nanoparticles Investigated via Variable Temperature High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Ultramicroscopy, vol. doi:10.1016/j.ultramic.2009.12.010, 2009.

Neil P. Young, S.J. Haigh, M.A. van Huis, H.W. Zandbergen and Angus I. Kirkland, Probing Nanoparticle Structure with Aberration-Corrected In-situ Electron Microscopy, Proceedings of the 47th Conference of the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa, no. 47, pp. 50, 2009.

M.A. van Huis, Neil P. Young, G. Pandraud, J.F. Creemer, D. Vanmaekelbergh, Angus I. Kirkland, H.W.Zandbergen, , Atomic Imaging of Phase Transitions and Morphology Transformations in Nanocrystals, Advanced Materials , vol. 21, no. 48, pp. 4992-4995, 2009.

A.S. Barnard, Neil P. Young, Angus I. Kirkland, M.A. van Huis, H. Xu,, Nanogold: A Quantitative Phase Map, ACS NANO, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 1431-1436, 2009.

Sarah J. Haigh, L.Y. Chang, H.Sawada, Neil P.Young, Angus I. Kirkland, New Considerations for exit wavefunction restoration under aberration corrected conditions., Proceeding of the 14th European Microscopy Congress, Aachen., no. 1, pp. 765, 2008.

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

Z.Y. Li, Neil P. Young, M.Di Vece, S. Palomba, R.E. Palmer, A.L. Bleloch, B.C. Curley, R.L. Johnston, J.Jiang, J. Yuan, Three-Dimensional Atomic-scale Structure of Size-selected Gold Nanoclusters, Nature, vol. 451, pp. 46-48, 2008.

B.C. Curley, R.L. Johnston, Neil P. Young, Z.Y. Li, M.di Vece, R.E. Palmer, A. Bleloch, A combined Theoretical and Experimental Study of Gold Nanoclusters, J. Phys. Chem. C. , vol. 111, pp. 17846-17851, 2007.

M.di Vece, Neil P. Young, Z.Y. Li, Y. Chen, R.E. Palmer, Co-deposition of Clusters of Different Size and Composition, Small, vol. 2, no. 11, pp. 1270-1272, 2006.

Neil P. Young, J. Palfreyman, Z.Y. Li, C60 assisted Growth of Gold nanowires Using a Stepped Graphite Surface as Template, Small, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 71-74, 2006.