The Year of the MACS
4 April 2016

Five years after the original idea expressed in our first patent application, 2016 sees the publication of the first papers on the Matrix Assembly Cluster Source (MACS), designed to scale-up by orders of magnitude the available flux of clusters, and thus enable applications in catalysis, theranostics, photonics, etc. The first paper, in the Review of Scientific Instruments, reports the concept of the MACS and proof of principle experiments at a flux equivalent to a few nanoAmps (as a reference the magnetron cluster source typically generates about 0.1 nanoAmps). The second paper, in the Faraday Discussions of the RSC, reports a further scale-up of flux to around 100 nanoAmps, and considers the prospects for going further. This paper, presented by Richard at the Faraday Discussion Meeting on Catalysis in London today, attracted considerable interest from catalysis experts. Between the conception of the MACS and these first formal reports has been a terrific team effort to develop and demonstrate the new technology in a rigorous fashion. A series of further papers are in preparation. LATE NEWS A happy addendum to this story – Ross has been awarded the best poster prize at the Faraday Discussion.