Julie is based in the nano and micro scale Research Centre, working as a research fellow within the school of Pharmacy. Her research interests include the development and optimisation of cryogenic sample preparation and associated imaging and spectroscopy / spectrometry. Other interests include the synthesis of novel hollow nano carbon structures and their characterisation. Previous experience includes silver nanoparticle synthesis, in vivo magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and analytical chemistry (IR, NMR, mass spectrometry, titration).
Sample preparation, including cryogenic sample preparation, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy.
Training and teaching cryo sample preparation rechniques - including high pressure freezing, scanning electron microsopy, transmission electron microscopy.
Sample preparation for scanning and transmission electron microscopy, correlative microscopy and hybrid ToF SIMS with OrbitrapTM experiments.
AMIN, SHARAD, CAMERON, JAMIE M., WATTS, JULIE A., WALSH, DARREN A., SANS, VICTOR and NEWTON, GRAHAM N., 2019. Effects of chain length on the size, stability, and electronic structure of redox-active organic-inorganic hybrid polyoxometalate micelles MOLECULAR SYSTEMS DESIGN & ENGINEERING. 4(5), 995-999 WATTS, J.A., FAY, M.W., RANCE, G.A., BROWN, P.D. and KHLOBYSTOV, A.N., 2018. Formation of hollow carbon nanoshells from thiol stabilised silver nanoparticles via heat treatment Carbon. 139, 538-544
HAMPSON E, CAMERON JM, AMIN S, KYO J, WATTS JA, OSHIO H and NEWTON GN, 2019. Asymmetric Hybrid Polyoxometalates: A Platform for Multifunctional Redox-Active Nanomaterials. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English). 58(50), 18281-18285
Use of Lanthanide shift reagents in nuclear magnetic resonance for isomeric separation and identification. Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy to quantify gamma aminobutyric acid in vivo in the human brain. Synthesis and characterisation of silver nanoparticles and formation of novel hollow nano carbon structures in situ, inside a transmission electron microscope,