Dr Michael Jones

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An experimental physicist, Michael specialises in the development and application of novel experimental methods in synchrotron science. Using the unique properties of synchrotron radiation, he works with a wide variety of researchers on a range of scientific problems, from polymer chemistry, geopolymers, catalysts, and battery materials, to artificial cartilage and neuro-degenerative disease imaging. Michael has particular expertise in in operando and in situ dynamic nano-imaging and spectroscopy. He has specific interest in designing and undertaking experiments to simultaneously obtain chemical and structural information in situ. These experiments are ideally suited to systems where co-location of chemical and structural data is important, and also for non-reversible systems, where there is only one opportunity to collect the data.

Short Biography

Michael Jones completed his PhD (2010) in nonlinear optics at QUT under the supervision of A. Prof. Esa Jaatinen. He took an ARC Super Science Fellowship at La Trobe University with Prof. Andrew Peele in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coherent X-ray Science. In this position he designed and undertook dozens of experiments at synchrotron facilities around the world with a focus on developing novel imaging techniques for biological sciences. In 2014, Michael was appointed to the Australian Synchrotron, working as an Australian Synchrotron Fellow on the X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy beamline, where he worked collaboratively with many researchers on a diverse range of problems from biology to electrochemistry. In this role he developed high resolution simultaneous chemical and structural imaging for large sample area, becoming a world leader in this field. In 2018, he was appointed to the position of Research Infrastructure Specialist in Synchrotron Science and continues to develop and apply novel experimental techniques to answer a diverse range of research questions using synchrotron radiation.

Selected Publications

“Plasma-induced on-surface sulfur vacancies in NiCo 2 S 4 enhance the energy storage performance of supercapatteries” Wang, X.; Zhou, R.; Zhang, C.; Xi, S.; Jones, M.W.M.; Tesfamichael, T.; Du, A.; Gui, K.; Ostrikov, K.K.; Wang, H. J. Mater. Chem. A 2020, 8(18), 9278-9291.

“Monitoring compositional changes in Ni (OH) 2 electrocatalysts employed in the oxygen evolution reaction” Agoston, R.; Sayeed, M.A.; Jones, M.W.M.; de Jonge, M.D.; O’Mullane, A.P. Analyst, 2019, 144(24), 7318-7325.

“X-ray laser–induced electron dynamics observed by femtosecond diffraction from nanocrystals of Buckminsterfullerene” Abbey, B.; Dilanian, R.A.; Darmanin, C.; Ryan, R.A.; Putkunz, C.T.; Martin, A.V.; Wood, D.; Streltsov, V.; Jones, M.W.M.; Gaffney, N.; Hofmann, F.; Williams, G.J.; Boutet, S.; Messerschmidt, M.; Seibert, M.M.; Williams, S.; Curwood, E.; Balaur, E.; Peele, A.G.; Nugent, K.A.; Quiney, H.M. Sci. Adv. 2016, 2(9), e1601186.

“Simultaneous X-ray fluorescence and scanning X-ray diffraction microscopy at the Australian Synchrotron XFM beamline” Jones, M.W.M.; Phillips, N.W.; Van Riessen, G.A.; Abbey, B.; Vine, D.J.; Nashed, Y.S.G.; Mudie, S.T.; Afshar, N.; Kirkham, R.; Chen, B.; Balaur, E.; De Jonge, M.D J. Synchrotron Radiat. 2016, 23(5), 1151-1157.

“Shedding light on electrodeposition dynamics tracked in situ via soft X-ray coherent diffraction imaging” Kourousias, G.; Bozzini, B.; Gianoncelli, A.; Jones, M.W.M.; Junker, M.D.; van Riessen, G.AM Kiskinova, M. Nano Res. 2016, 9(7), 2046-2056.