Workshop on Cosmo-, Geo- and Environmental Research with NanoSIMS

qAim & Scope

Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) has been playing an increasingly important role in the isotope analysis of extraterrestrial, geological, and environmental samples. NanoSIMS, a special kind of SIMS with extremely high spatial resolution (~ 50 nm), allows for studies of natural and synthetic samples at submicron scales. In this workshop, we invite three world experts on SIMS analysis to share their experience, and then discuss some scientific ideas that could be performed on the future NanoSIMS facility at Academia Sinica.

vSachiko Amari: Research Prof. at the Dept. of Physics, Washington Univ. at St. Louis. An expert on isotopic studies of presolar grains using SIMS.

vCiska Kemper: Associate Research fellow at Inst. of Astro. and Astrophys, Academia Sinica. An astronomer who specializes on astronomical observation of interstellar dust.

vLarry Nittler: Staff Scientist at the Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Inst. of Washington. An expert on isotopic studies of presolar grains and extraterrestrial organic matter using SIMS.

vHisayoshi Yurimoto: Professor at the Dept. of Natural History Sciences, Hokkaido Univ. He has more than 25 years of experience with isotopic analysis of geological and meteoritic material with SIMS

qTime: Jan 18 - 19, 2011

qVenue: 6F seminar room, Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica.

 1/18/2011 (Tuesday)

 1/19/2011 (Wednesday)



Presolar graphite from the Murchison meteorite

(Sachiko Amari)


Typhoon Lee



Oxygen isotope analysis of meteorites: the procedures and contribution to solar system evolution

(Hisayoshi Yurimoto)


Ming-Chang Liu


Interstellar dust

(Ciska Kemper )


Automated NanoSIMS isotopic analysis of small particles

(Larry Nittler)

Discussion of Possible Projects (sharing talks or posters is welcome)


Future of SIMS


Chuen-Yen Chen




Der-Chuen Lee




Environmental science

Attendance limited (max 50 persons). 

Please register by email: anita at (02-27839910 ext 613)

For any question regarding the workshop, please email: mcliu at

Organizing committee: Typhoon Lee, Der-Chuen Lee, Ming-Chang Liu, Anita Wu.

Workshop sponsored by: ASIAA, ASIES and ASRCEC