April Dinner Lecture - Apr 24, Mike Reading


The GGPF announces the April Dinner Lecture with Mike Reading.  

Note also that the deadline for discounted early registration for GGPF May short course on Adhesion is April 6.  See details on web page,

The Golden Gate Polymer Forum April 2007 Dinner Lecture
        Tuesday, April 24
        Bay Café at the Palo Alto golf course
        Note different location --> do NOT go to Michael's at Shoreline for this meeting.

"Progress in NanoScale Thermal Analysis"

       Mike Reading

        Dept. of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy
        Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich UK

Hammich, Pollock, Reading and co-workers have introduced a series of scanning probe techniques including local calorimetry and thermomechanical analysis [1-3].  These have found a range of applications particularly for polymers and pharmaceuticals [1-3].  A new generation of thermal probes has now become available that can achieve the same spatial resolution as conventional AFM tip for imaging and has also improved the resolution for local thermal measurements by 2 orders of magnitude compared to existing probes.  These new probes considerably extend the range of applications for local thermal analysis and make possible new approaches in heated tip AFM imaging.  Application of these new probes and how AFM/local thermal analysis can compliment Raman Microscopy will be explored.

1.  Hammiche, A., Reading, M., Pollock, H.M., Song, M. and Hourston, D.J., Localized thermal analysis using a miniaturised resistive probe, Review of Scientific Instrumentation, 6712 (1996) 4268-4273.
2.  Reading M., Price D. M., Grandy D. B., Smith R. M., Bozec L., Conroy M., Hammiche A. and Pollock M. P., Micro-thermal analysis of polymers: current capabilities and future prospects, Macromol. Symp., 167 (2001) 45-62
3.  Pollock H.M. and Hammiche A., Micro-thermal analysis: techniques and applications, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 34 (2001) R23-R53

Speaker Background:
Mike Reading gained his PhD in 1983 from Salford University. After post doctoral work in France (CNRS centre for calorimetry and thermodynamics, Marseilles), he worked with ICI until 1997 when he left to join Loughborough University. In 2004 he moved to University of East Anglia to take up a chair in pharmaceutical characterisation science.

As a senior research scientist with ICI paints, Mike was involved in a wide range of materials science and analysis projects (mainly involving polymers). One outcome of this work was Modulated Temperature Differential Scanning Calorimetry which has now become a common, commercially available technique. While still at ICI then at Loughborough University he invented, with co-workers Azzedine Hammiche and Hubert Pollock of Lancaster University, a scanning probe microscopy based technique known as micro thermal analysis. This has become a commercially available instrument and has the Pitcon Gold award as the best new scientific instrument in 1998, a R&D 100 award in 1999 (both in the US) and a Millennium award in 1999 in the UK.

He has been given the Mettler Award (the highest honour given by the North American Thermal Analysis Society) and a Royal Society of Chemistry Thermal Methods Group Young Scientist Award.

Mike has a general interest in the characterisation of materials and a particular interest in thermal methods that use modulated and other more complex temperature programs. Current research centres on using scanning probe microscopy to characterise the structure and chemical composition of samples on a small, preferably nano, scale. His group is now developing and applying to pharmaceutical materials a variety of approaches to nano analysis including, for example, photothermal micro spectroscopy.

This meeting is sponsored by Anasys Instruments.
Anasys Instruments manufactures the nano-TA, which is the first technique by which you can obtain sub-100nm Local Thermal properties.  The nano-TA is founded on the breakthrough thermal probe technology from the labs of Prof Bill King of Illinois, a scientific co-founder of Anasys.  For his breakthrough, Bill was was named to the TR-35 for 2006 by MIT which is their annual list of the 35 most significant scientific innovations for the year.  The nano-TA is a module (comprising probes, controller and software) which enables any AFM to perform sub-100nm local thermal analysis.  The principal applications are in Polymers, Thin Films and Pharmaceuticals with new areas opening up in Energetic Materials, Data Storage and Semiconductors.  The nano-TA was launched in April 2006 and has already sold over 25 units with customers ranging throughout the Fortune 500 and spanning research intensive industries like Chemicals, Automotive, Data Storage and Pharmaceuticals.  Anasys Instruments was founded by senior managers from DI/Veeco together with Prof Mike Reading and Prof Bill King. Â For more details, please visit us at or send your questions to


DATE:        Tuesday, April 24.

Location:        Bay Café at the Palo Alto golf course (see directions below)

Timing:    6 PM  social hour
                7 PM  dinner
                8 PM  lecture

Cost:             $30 with advance registration
         Half price for students, retired, and unemployed. (late fee still applies, if applicable)
         Free if you attend just the lecture at 8PM.
                  (but please let us know for headcount)
                 $40 after registration deadline
, if possible.Please contact us to inquire.

DIRECTIONS to Bay Café at the Palo Alto golf course

Bay Cafe and Deli
       1875 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto
       located at the Palo Alto Golf Course
For general location of Bay Cafe and Deli, see
For a more detailed view see detailed direction

From Embarcadero Rd., turn left into the entrance driveway and park in
the large parking lot on the left. Walk toward the golf course and the
clubhouse - a set of white, concrete buildings (visible in the top left
of the map). The restaurant is in this building complex.

Do NOT call restaurant for reservations.

PLEASE NOTE:  we accept cash or checks, but are unable to
accept payment by credit card at this time.
  You may pay at the door.

Deadline for registration:    5 PM, Friday April 20
Please register on the web page

Or, contact:  
        David Olmeijer

You should receive confirmation of your registration; if not, please contact us again.


Dinner choices (pick one when registering):        
       NY strip steak
       salmon filet
       vegetarian pasta primavera
(each served with Rice Pilaf, Seasoned Vegetables, Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread & Dessert)

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