Dr Liam Howard-Fabretto

Electron and Ion Scattering Spectoscopy Facility Manager

College of Science and Engineering

place Bedford Park (2300)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr. Liam Howard-Fabretto is the Electron and Ion Scattering Spectroscopy Facility Manager at Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis (FMMA). He is well-experienced in working with spectroscopy under ultra-high vacuum conditions, having completed his physics PhD at Flinders University in 2021 under the supervision of Prof. Gunther Andersson. This work focussed on measurements of the surface properties of novel catalytic materials based on metal nano-clusters. As a facility manager, his instrument specialties at FMMA are the metastable induced electron spectroscopy (MIES) and neutral impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy (NICISS) instruments. These two instruments are capable of a variety of surface analysis techniques, and their uses are relevant to the energy, catalysis, materials science, nanotechnology, and atmospheric/environmental industries.


PhD in Physics. Flinders University, Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology (Prof. Andersson). Thesis: “Spectroscopic Studies of Size-Selected Ru and Pt Metal Clusters on Titania” (conferred July 2021).

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Enhanced Program for High Achievers). Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science First Class. Flinders University. Thesis: “Determination of the electronic structure of supported, gas-phase aggregated metal clusters” (conferred April 2017).

Key responsibilities

Facility Manager of the MIES and NICISS instruments (built by SPECS) at Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Instrument capabilities include:
-Metastable induced electron spectroscopy (MIES)
-X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
-Neutral impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy (NICISS)
-Low-energy ion scattering spectroscopy (LEIS)
-UHV Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
-Inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES)
-Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS)