Ben Spencer


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Faculty Lead in Surface Analysis

As Senior Technical Specialist in Surface Characterisation, I help to manage cutting-edge facilities in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester including X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS, including hard X-ray and near-ambient pressure variants), Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM, including nanoscale infrared spectroscopy, NanoIR), and more. The Surface team at Manchester is comprised of 11 specialists and technicians. 

Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

Henry Royce Institute acquired the world first Ga Ka (9.25 keV) laboratory HAXPES system from ScientaOmicron in 2019. My research focus is on the application of this technique, which extends XPS sampling depths towards the bulk of a material, for the study of advanced materials. Applications include batteries and energy materials, actinides, metallurgy and corrosion, 2D material structures, biomedical materials, and more. 

Analytical services

We deliver characterisation for external academics and industry, with access available via Henry Royce Institute (including access schemes to cover access charges for academics and SMEs), and our XPS facilities are also accessible via the EPSRC National XPS Service. We provide a full service from consulation and quotation through to data collection, analysis, and reporting, for all our surface analysis facilities. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Pump-probe Spectroscopy of Photovoltaic Materials, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 31 Jul 2011

External positions

Manager, EPSRC National XPS Service

17 Aug 2023 → …

Committee Member, UKSAF (United Kingdom Surface Analysis Forum)

1 Jan 2023 → …

Committee Member, Materials and Characterisation Group, The Institute of Physics

1 Apr 2018 → …

Areas of expertise

  • QC Physics

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Henry Royce Institute
  • Photon Science Institute
  • National Graphene Institute
  • Advanced materials
  • Energy


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