Characterisation of Thin Films and Interfaces: Friday 14th May

by | Apr 29, 2021

Date – From May 14, 2021 to June 10, 2021
Start Time – 09:00 am
End Time – 10:00 am
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Venue – Online Webinar Session

​​About this Event

Join Dr Benjamin Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Quantum Nanotechnology and Deputy Director of the Lancaster University Materials Science Institute, to learn about the fabrication of ultra-thin films and characterisation of interfaces.

This webinar is the latest in a series of breakfast research seminars on materials science at Lancaster University’s Material Science Institute. Learn how cutting-edge research can help you increase the competitiveness of your business and find out more about how the GISMO programme can help you do this at no extra cost.

even when teams are working remotely.

Session 6: Stories and selling – Thursday 3rd June How to craft a narrative; how to sell your mission to stakeholders and funders; Introduction to use of social media and video content. Outcome: Creating a plan for using storytelling and narrative techniques to increase impact.

Session 7: Tendering for contracts – Tuesday 8th June How and where to find contracts; how to complete a tender; interpreting tender feedback. Outcome: Increased understanding of and confidence in tendering processes.

Session 8: Reflection and feedback – Thursday 10th June Each participant presents back on their reflection and learning through the programme and their action plan going forward. Outcome: Action Planning, reflection and accountability.


Dr Benjamin Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Quantum Nanotechnology and Deputy Director of the Lancaster University Materials Science Institute. He is a past winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Phillip Adams prize. His research focuses on the design, fabrication and characterisation of large area ultra-thin films. He collaborates extensively with industry partners from local start-ups to multi-nationals.

About This Seminar

All materials have interfaces. These include the outermost surface, which interacts with the local environment, or they may be between two components buried with a structure’s bulk. Most real-world materials and devices are complex, multi-layered structures with many interfaces and the properties of these interfaces can disproportionately dictate the structures performance.

All interfaces are governed by the physical and chemical properties of just a few nanometres of material, and understanding these ultra-thin regions is essential to many challenges in materials design, development and quality control.

Researchers at Lancaster University are world-leaders in the fabrication and characterisation of thin films which can modify materials interfaces. This seminar will give an overview of the state-of-the-art characterisation capabilities available through GISMO at Lancaster University to map the mechanical, electrical and chemical properties of material interfaces. Attendees will also learn from examples where an interface’s properties have been modified by inclusion of tailored ultra-thin films and case studies of previous industrial use.

GISMO is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Who is it for?

These breakfast events are for businesses and material researchers from across the globe.

We are especially pleased to invite Cheshire and Warrington SMEs to join our seminars and to gain insight into our research in surfaces and coatings and the latest research challenges in this field.

These seminars are aimed to provoke thought on how smart surfaces and coatings might improve the reliability, performance and behaviour of your materials, products and processes.

How do I join?

This event will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams. You will receive a link to join the webinar upon registration. You can join from your browser. This will be an automated email from Eventbrite with the subject ‘Order Confirmation’. Please scroll down to ‘Additional Information’ to find the meeting link. If you do not receive this email, please contact


If you have any questions about the event, please contact James Stancombe, GISMO Programme Manager:



To register for the webinar session please visit our eventbrite page 


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