School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Ian Fletcher

Prof of Surface Engineering

Background

Introduction


Background

Ian Fletcher obtained his PhD in gas-phase molecular reaction dynamics from The University of Manchester in 1984. After carrying out postdoctoral research there, he joined VSW Scientific Instruments Ltd. in 1985. He joined the world-renowned Surface Analysis team in ICI in 1988, became team leader in 1995 and was appointed an ICI Business Scientist in 2002 and an ICI Research Associate in 2005. Following divestment of ICI’s Measurement Science Group to Intertek in 2007, Ian continued to lead the Surface Analysis Team within Intertek MSG and was based at Wilton on Teesside. He is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Chemist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In recent years Ian's research has centred on surface analysis of coatings and coated materials, composite structures, inorganics, catalysts, metals, polymers and automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical and biological materials. His current interest is in developing the application of high-resolution XPS and SSIMS capabilities to characterise the distribution of molecules on surfaces in both 2- and 3-dimensions, especially for pharmaceutical, medical, personal care and organic electronics applications.

He has published widely in the scientific literature and has given a number of lectures at conferences and academic and commercial training courses.


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Research

New Studentship Opportunity

EPSRC CASE PhD Studentship in Nanoscale Tomography and Chemical Analysis of Soft Materials in 3D

Details on how to apply for this 4-year funded studentship can be found here.

Publications

  • Sano N, Hinder SJ, Watts JF, Perry JJ, Singer BW, Fletcher IW, Cumpson PJ. Evaluation of ToFSIMS with PCA to Identify Pigments in Artist’s Paints in Post War Art. 2016. In Preparation.
  • Wigzell JM, Racovita R, Stentiford BG, Wilson M, Harris MT, Fletcher IW, Mosquin DPK, Justice R, Jetter R, Beaumont SK, Badyal JPS. Smart water channelling through dual wettability by leaves of the bamboo Phyllostachys aurea. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2016, 506, 344-355.
  • Pesce G, Richard B, Fletcher Ian. ToFSSIMS analysis of calcium carbonate formation from calcium hydroxide under ambient atmospheric conditions. 2016. In Preparation.
  • Lee JLS, Gilmore IS, Fletcher I, Seah MP. Topography and field effects in the quantitative analysis of insulating surfaces using ToF-SIMS. 2016. In Preparation.
  • Cumpson PJ, Sano N, Fletcher IW, Portoles JF, Bravo-Sanchez M, Barlow AJ. Multivariate analysis of extremely large ToFSIMS imaging datasets by a rapid PCA method. Surface and Interface Analysis 2015, 47(10), 986-993.
  • Marco F, Amaro P, Brown R, Lewin P, Pilgrim J, Wilson G, Jarman P, Fletcher I. SSIMS investigation of corrosion inhibitor Irgamet39 on copper surfaces treated in power transformer insulating oil. Corrosion Science 2015, 98, 450-456. In Preparation.
  • Briggs D, Fletcher IW. Qualitative interpretation of spectra. In: TOF-SIMS: Materials Analysis by Mass Spectrometry. IM Publications LLP and SurfaceSpectra Ltd, 2013.
  • Wolf R, Bishop CA, Fletcher IW. Effects of Cumulative Surface Treatment on Vacuum-Deposited Coating Adhesion. In: Society of Vacuum Coaters Annual Technical Conference in Santa Clara. 2012.
  • Gilmore IS, Aoyagi S, Fletcher IW, Seah MP. G-SIMS – a powerful method for simplifying and interpretation of complex secondary ion mass spectra. Spectroscopy Europe 2012, 24(6), 6-13.
  • Aoyagi S, Gilmore IS, Mihara I, Seah MP, Fletcher IW. Identification and separation of protein, contaminant and substrate peaks using G-SIMS and the g-ogram. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 2012, 26, 2815-2821.
  • Lee JLS, Gilmore IS, Seah MP, Fletcher IW. Topography And Field Effects In Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry – Part I: Conducting Samples. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry 2011, 22(10), 1718-1728.
  • Zhang Z, Fletcher IW, Hurley CR, Boardman C, Doyle P, Leggett GJ. Morphological, and quantitative frictional measurements of cotton fibres using friction force microscopy. Materials Chemistry 2010, 39(20), 8531 - 8538. In Preparation.
  • Nikogeorgos N, Fletcher IW, Boardman C, Doyle P, Leggett GJ. Nanotribological characterization of human head hair by friction force microscopy in dry atmosphere and aqueous environment. Biointerphases 2010, 5(2), 60-68.
  • Lee JLS, Gilmore IS, Fletcher IW, Seah MP. Multivariate image analysis strategies for ToF-SIMS images with topography. Surface Interface Analysis 2009, 41(8), 653-665.
  • Lee JLS, Gilmore IS, Fletcher IW, Seah MP. Topography and field effects in the quantitative analysis of conductive surfaces using ToF-SIMS, J.L.S. Lee, I.S. Gilmore, I.W. Fletcher and M.P. Seah, Appl. Surf. Sci. 255 (2008) 1560-1563. Appl. Surf. Sci 2008, 255, 1560-1563.
  • Klerk LA, Broersen A, Fletcher IW, vanLiere R, Heeren RMA. Extended data analysis strategies for high resolution imaging MS: New methods to deal with extremely large image hyperspectral datasets. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 2007, 260, 222-236.
  • McDonnell LA, Heeren RMA, deLange RPJ, Fletcher IW. Higher sensitivity secondary ion mass spectrometry of biological molecules for high resolution, chemically specific imaging. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry 2006, (17), 1195-1202. Submitted.
  • Dahm RH, Brewis DM, Fletcher IW, Mathieson IJ. A new pre-treatment for elastomers to enhance adhesion. Adhesion 2005, 81, 59-75.
  • Fletcher IW. Industrial Applications of Surface Analysis (Guest Column Article). DTI VAM Bulletin 2004.
  • Briggs D, Brewis DM, Dahm RH, Fletcher IW. Analysis of the surface chemistry of oxidized polyethylene: comparison of XPS and ToF-SIMS. Surface and Interface Analysis 2003, 35(1), 156-176. In Preparation.
  • Briggs D, Fletcher IW, Goncalves NM. A high mass resolution ToF-SIMS study of Chlorine-containing polymers. Surface and Interface Analysis 2002, 33(3).
  • Bullett NA, Short RD, O'Leary T, Beck AJ, Douglas CWI, Cambray-Deakin M, Fletcher IW, Roberts A, Blomfield C. Direct imaging of plasma-polymerized chemical micropatterns. Surface and Interface Analysis 2001, 31(11), 1074-6.
  • Brewis DM, Briggs D, Dahm RH, Fletcher I. A ToF-SIMS study of electrochemical pretreatments for polymers. Surface and Interface Analysis 2000, 29, 572-81.
  • Abel ML, Digby RP, Fletcher IW, Watts JF. Evidence of specific interaction between gamma-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and oxidized aluminium using high-mass resolution ToF-SIMS. Surface and Interface Analysis 2000, 29(2), 115-125.
  • Lindsay CI, Hill SB, Hearn M, Manton G, Everall N, Bunn A, Heron J, Fletcher I. Mechanisms of action of phosphorus based flame retardants in acrylic polymers. Polymer International 2000, 49(10), 1183-1192.
  • Briggs D, Fletcher IW, Goncalves NM. Positive secondary ion mass spectrum of poly(methyl methacrylate): a high mass resolution ToF-SIMS study. Surface and Interface Analysis 2000, 29(5), 303-9. In Preparation.
  • Cassidy OE, Rowley G, Fletcher IW, Davies SF, Briggs D. Surface modification and electrostatic charge of polystyrene particles. Int. J. Pharmaceutics 1999, 182(2), 199-211.
  • Briggs D, Fletcher IW. Cs+ ion beam damage of poly(vinyl chloride) and poly(methyl methacrylate) studied by high mass resolution ToF-SIMS. Surface and Interface Analysis 1997, 25(3), 167-76.
  • Barkshire IR, Kenny PG, Fletcher IW, Prutton M. Quantitative surface microanalysis of samples with extreme topography utilising image interpretation by scatter diagrams and principal component analysis. Ultramicroscopy 1996, 63(3-4), 193-203.
  • Briggs D, Fletcher IW, Reichlmaier S, Agulo-Sanches JL, Short RD. Surface morphology of a PVC/PMMA blend studied by ToF-SIMS. Surface and Interface Analysis 1996, 24(6), 419.
  • Maeda S, Gill M, Armes SP, Fletcher IW. Surface Characterization of Conducting Polymer-Silica Nanocomposites by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Langmuir 1995, 11(6), 1899-904.
  • Hoad DRC, Flavell WR, Male SE, Fletcher IW, Beamson G. High-resolution XPS studies of superconducting Ag/(Bi0.9Pb0.1)2.3Sr2.0Ca1.9Cu3.0O10+x tapes and wires. Surface and Interface Analysis 1994, 21(11), 764-70.
  • Taylor AM, Watts JF, Duncan H, Fletcher IW. Interphase formation and the characterization of polymer/ceramic adhesion. J. Adhesion 1994, 46(1-4), 145-160.
  • Hearn MJ, Fletcher IW, Church SP, Armes SP. Characterization of polypyrrole-fibre composites by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and vibrational spectroscopy. Polymer 1993, 34(2), 262-6.
  • Flavell WR, Hoad DRC, Roberts AJ, Egdell RG, Fletcher IW, Beamson G. Surface stability of superconducting oxides. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 1993, 195, 535-42.
  • Fletcher IW, Davies M, Briggs D. Surface modifications introduced to a polytetrafluoroethylene-filled polycarbonate compound by dry sliding against steel as revealed by imaging XPS. Surface and Interface Analysis 1992, 18(5), 303.
  • Briggs D, Hearn MJ, Fletcher IW, Waugh AR, McIntosh BJ. Charge compensation and high-resolution TOFSIMS imaging of insulating materials. Surface and Interface Analysis 1990, 15(1), 62-5.
  • Beamson G, Briggs D, Davies SF, Fletcher IW, Clark DT, Howard J, Gelius U, Wannberg B, Balzer P. Performance and application of the Scienta ESCA300 spectrometer. Surface and Interface Analysis 1990, 15(9), 541-9.
  • Briggs D, Hearn M, Beamson G, Fletcher IW. Polymer Surface Analysis - what's new?. Spectroscopy World 1990, 2(6).
  • Barry NJ, Fletcher IW, Whitehead JC. The dynamics of OH production in the reaction O(3P) + Benzene. J. Phys. Chem 1986, 90(21), 4911-4912.
  • Dutton NJ, Fletcher IW, Whitehead JC. Dynamics of hydrogen-atom abstraction in the reaction O(3P) & Ethanol. J. Phys. Chem 1985, 89(4), 569-570.
  • Fletcher IW, Whitehead JC. Classical trajectory studies of the reaction F + I2, Part 2. Reaction energy dependence on the role of migration. J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans. 2 1984, 80(8), 985-90.
  • Dutton NJ, Fletcher IW, Whitehead JC. Laser-induced fluorescence determination of the internal state distributions of OH(X 2P) produced in molecular beam reactions of O(3P) with some cyclic hydrocarbons. Molecular Physics 1984, 52(2), 475-83.
  • Farthing JW, Fletcher IW, Whitehead JC. Generation of supersonic beams of free-radicals by chemical-reaction. J. Phys. Chem 1983, 87(10), 1663-1665.
  • Dutton NJ, Farthing JW, Fletcher IW, Whitehead JC. Laser-induced fluorescence studies of rotational relaxation of SO2 in a supersonic molecular beam. Molecular Physics 1983, 50(2), 347-51.
  • Farthing JW, Fletcher IW, Whitehead JC. Laser-induced fluorescence studies of vibrational and rotational relaxation in a supersonic molecular beam of bromine monochloride. Molecular Physics 1983, 48(5), 1067-73.
  • Fletcher IW, Whitehead JC. Classical trajectory studies of the reaction F + I2 . Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Trans 2 1982, 78(8), 1165-73.
  • Fletcher IW, Whitehead JC. Classical trajectory studies of the reaction F + CH3I - IF + CH3. Journal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Trans 2 1981, 77(12), 2329-2338.
  • Wilson TA, Barlow AJ, Foster ML, Bravo-Sanchez M, Portoles JF, Sano N, Cumpson PJ, Fletcher IW. In situ ion beam sputter deposition and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of multiple thin layers under computer control for combinatorial materials synthesis. Surface and Interface Analysis 2017, 49(1), 18-24.
  • Cumpson PJ, Fletcher IW, Sano N, Barlow AJ. Rapid Multivariate Analysis of 3D ToF-SIMS Data: Graphical Processor Units (GPUs) and Low Discrepancy Subsampling for Large-Scale Principal Component Analysis. Surface and Interface Analysis 2016, 48(12), 1328-1336.
  • Murdoch B, Portoles J, Tardio S, Barlow A, Fletcher I, Cumpson P. Visible wavelength surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy from In-InP nanopillars for biomolecule detection. Applied Physics Letters 2016, 109(25), 253105.
  • Brown CM, Henderson DM, Vinther J, Fletcher I, Sistiaga A, Herrera J, Summons RE. An Exceptionally Preserved Three-Dimensional Armored Dinosaur Reveals Insights into Coloration and Cretaceous Predator-Prey Dynamics. Current Biology 2017, 27(16), 2514-2521.
  • Murdoch BJ, Barlow AJ, Fletcher IW, Cumpson PJ. The plasmonic properties of argon cluster-bombarded InP surfaces. Applied Physics Letters 2017, 111(8), 081603.