Aaron Parsons


Aaron Parsons is Beamline Scientist at the Scanning X-ray Microscopy Beamline, I08. Aaron has a joint position with the Diamond Data Analysis Group.

Email: aaron.parsons@diamond.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 778805

Key Research Area

Latest Publications

Current Research Interests

  1. Morphology Controlled PA11 Bio-Alloys with Excellent Impact Strength”, J. Kawada, M. Kitou, M. Mouri, T. Mitsuoka, T. Araki, C. Lee, T. Ario, O. Kitou, and A. Usuki, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b01615
  2. First Direct Imaging of Electrolyte-Induced Deswelling Behavior of pH-Responsive Microgels in Aqueous Media Using Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy”, S. Fujii, D. Dupin, T. Araki, S. P. Armes, H. Ade, LANGMUIR, 2588-2592, 25 (5) (2009)
  3. “Organics Captured from Comet 81P/Wild 2 by the Stardust Spacecraft”, S. A. Sandford, J. Aléon, C. M. O’D. Alexander, T. Araki, S. Bajt, G. A. Baratta, J. Borg, J. P. Bradley, D. E. Brownlee, J. R. Brucato, M. J. Burchell, H. Busemann, A. Butterworth, S. J. Clemett, G. Cody, L. Colangeli, G. Cooper, L. D'Hendecourt, Z. Djouadi, J. P. Dworkin, G. Ferrini, H. Fleckenstein, G. J. Flynn, I. A. Franchi, M. Fries, M. K. Gilles, D. P. Glavin, M. Gounelle, F. Grossemy, C. Jacobsen, L. P. Keller, A. L. D. Kilcoyne, J. Leitner, G. Matrajt, A. Meibom, V. Mennella, S. Mostefaoui,L. R. Nittler, M. E. Palumbo, D. A. Papanastassiou, F. Robert, A. Rotundi, C. J. Snead, M. K. Spencer, F. J. Stadermann, A. Steele, T. Stephan, P. Tsou, T. Tyliszczak, A. J. Westphal, S. Wirick, B. Wopenka, H. Yabuta, R. N. Zare, and M. E. Zolensky, Science,1720-1724, 314 (2006)
  4. “Resonant Soft X-ray Scattering Exemplified with Structured Polymer Nanoparticles”, T. Araki, H. W. Ade, J. M. Stubbs, D. C. Sundberg, J. Kortright, A. L. D. Kilcoyne, and G. Mitchell, Appl. Phys. Lett., 124106, 89 (2006)
  5. Soft X-ray Microscopy and Spectroscopy at the Molecular Environmental Science Beamline at the Advanced Light Source”, H. Bluhm, K. Andersson, T. Araki, K. Benzerara, G.E. Brown, J.J. Dynes, S. Ghosal, M.K. Gilles, H.-Ch. Hansen, J.C. Hemminger, A.P. Hitchcock, G. Ketteler, A.L.D.Kilcoyne, E. Kneedler, J.R. Lawrence, G.G. Leppard, J. Majzlam, B.S. Mun, S.C.B. Myneni, A. Nilsson, H. Ogasawara, D.F. Ogletree, K. Pecher, M. Salmeron, D.K. Shuh, B. Tonner, T. Tyliszczak, T.H. Yoon, J. Electron Spectroscopy, 86-104, 150 (2006)
  6. Substrate Effect on the Melting Temperature of Thin Polyethylene Films”, Y. Wang, M. Rafailovich, J. Sokolov, D. Gersappe, T. Araki, Y. Zou, A. L. D. Kilcoyne, H. Ade, G. Marom, and A. Lustiger, Phys. Rev. Lett., 028303, 96 (2006)
  7. “Speciation and Quantitative Mapping of Metal Species in Microbial Biofilms using Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy”, J. J. Dynes, T. Tyliszczak, T. Araki, J. R. Lawrence, G. D.W. Swerhone, G. G. Leppard and A. P. Hitchcock, Environmental Science and Technology, 1556-1565, 40(5) (2006)
  8. “Direct imaging and spectroscopic characterization of stimulus-responsive microgels”, S. Fujii, S. P. Armes, T. Araki, H. W. Ade, J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 16808-16809, 127(48) (2005)
  9. Soft X-ray Resonant Reflectivity of Low Z Material Thin Films", C. Wang, T. Araki, H. W. Ade, Appl. Phys. Lett., 214109, 87 (2005)
  10. “Quantitative chemical mapping of nano-structured “onion-like” poly(methyl methacrylate)/ polystyrene composite particles by soft X-ray microscopy”, R. Takekoh, M. Okubo, T. Araki, H.D.H. Stöver and A.P. Hitchcock, Macromolecules, 542-551, 38 (2) (2005)
  11. Quantitative chemical mapping of sodium acrylate and N-vinylpyrrolidone enhanced alginate microcapsules”, T. Araki, A.P. Hitchcock, F. Shen, P. Chang, M. Wang and R.F. Childs, J. Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, 611-627, 16(5) (2005)
  12. “Compatibilizing Bulk Polymer Blends by Using Organoclays”, M. Si, T. Araki, H. Ade, A. L. D. Kilcoyne, R. Fisher, J. C.  Sokolov, M. H. Rafailovich, Macromolecules, 4793-4801, 39 (14) (2006)
  13. Scanning Transmission X-Ray, Laser Scanning, and Transmission Electron Microscopy Mapping of the Exopolymeric Matrix of Microbial Biofilms”, J. R. Lawrence, G. D.W. Swerhone, G. G. Leppard, T. Araki, X. Zhang, M.M. West and A.P. Hitchcock, Applied Environmental Microbiology, 5543-5554, 69 (2003)
  14. Adsorption of thiophene and 2, 5-dimethylthiophene on Au(111) from ethanol solutions”, J. Noh, E. Ito, T. Araki, and M. Hara, Surf. Sci., 1116-1120, 532-535 (2003)
  15. Polarized NEXAFS Spectroscopic Study of Organized Molecular Films for Fluorinated Comb Polymers with Different Lengths”, A. Fujimori, T. Araki, H. Nakahara, E. Ito, M. Hara, H. Ishii, Y. Ouchi, and K. Seki, Langmuir, 1437-1440, 18, (2002)



Tohru Araki received his Ph.D in 1998 at Nagoya University in Japan. He was a Post-doctoral fellow at RIKEN in 1997-1999. He engaged in education and research work at Saitama University as Research Associate in 1999-2001.

He worked as Research Associate at McMaster University in 2001-2003, then moved to North Carolina State University to work as Research Associate, later as Visiting Assistant Professor in 2003-2007. During the above time, his research work was conducted mainly at the Advanced Light Source using Soft X-ray Spectromicroscopy and Resonant Scattering techniques.

He worked as Scientist at TOYOTA Central R&D Laboratory and also as a visiting scientist at the SPring-8 in 2007-2012.

Since 2012, he is the Senior Beamline Scientist of the I08-SXM Scanning X-ray Microscopy beamline at the Diamond Light Source, UK.

He published over 60 articles.

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