University of Bath

Philip Fletcher Instrument Specialist - Electron Microscopy

Philip oversees the electron microscopy, X-ray analysis, molecular spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy instruments, giving advice and providing training.

Role

Philip jointly manages the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and X-ray analysis instrumentation within MC². He gives expert advice and support on issues relating to the instrumentation, and contributes to user training and maintenance of the equipment. He is also involved in consultancy activities for external customers, enabling them to access these specialist techniques for their research.

Publications

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Career

Prior to joining the University of Bath in 2015, Philip worked as an analytical chemist/museum scientist in the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the British Museum, London, for 11 years. In this role Philip performed chemical analysis on a wide range of materials from the Museum’s collections. He carried out research in the areas of object provenance, pollutant gas monitoring, salt analysis and X-ray computed tomography. He managed a multi-user SEM/microanalysis facility, and developed bespoke software for instrument control, statistical and data analysis, and data visualisation. Philip also oversaw, trained and supervised users on various other techniques, including ion chromatography, FTIR microscopy, and UV/vis, near IR and FTIR spectroscopy.

Before joining the British Museum, Philip worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, for two years. His research focussed on the automation of chemical methods using sequential injection analysis (SIA), writing software for instrument control, data analysis and chemometrics for large sets of UV/visible diode array spectrometric data.

Education

Philip’s background is in analytical chemistry. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of York. Following this, Philip went on to study for an MSc at the University of Aberdeen, and carried out his research project on the preparation and study of arsenic trisdithiocarbamate complexes using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) at the Universität Siegen, Germany. He went on to study for a PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Plymouth, supported with funding from Shell Global Solutions. His research was on the determination of additives in fuels using automated flow injection analysis with chemiluminescence detection (FI-CL). This involved designing automated field deployable instrumentation to perform on-line solid phase extraction of additives in diesel fuel with FI-CL detection, optimising reaction conditions, designing electronics to interface pumps, valves and detectors, and writing control and data analysis software.