National Physical Laboratory

Alex Shard

Current interests

Alex Shard
  • Accurate measurements of chemistry using surface analytical techniques
  • Chemical measurements of nanoparticles and their surfaces


Alex Shard obtained his PhD in surface modification and analysis from Durham University in 1992 and has been active in surface chemical analysis since then, working at the University of Nottingham and Daresbury Laboratory, and then as a lecturer at the Robert Gordon University and senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield. He joined NPL in 2006 and is now a Principal Research Scientist and Knowledge Leader for the Analytical Sciences Division. Alex has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and he regularly presents at national and international conferences. Alex is chair of the British Vacuum Council, and is on the organising committee of the UK Surface Analysis Forum and co-chair of the 21st International SIMS conference, which will be held in Krakow in 2017. Alex is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Selected publications

  1. Versailles project on advanced materials and standards interlaboratory study on measuring the thickness and chemistry of nanoparticle coatings using XPS and LEIS
    Natalie A. Belsey, David J. H. Cant, Caterina Minelli, Alexander G. Shard et al
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120 (42), 24070–24079 (2016)
  2. Measuring Compositions in Organic Depth Profiling: Results from a VAMAS Interlaboratory Study
    Alexander G. Shard, Rasmus Havelund, Steve J. Spencer, Ian S. Gilmore
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119 (33), 10784–10797 (2015)
  3. Neutralized Chimeric Avidin Binding at a Reference Biosensor Surface
    Santanu Ray, Rory T. Steven, Felicia M. Green, Fredrik Höök, Barbara Taskinen, Vesa P. Hytönen and Alexander G. Shard
    Langmuir, 31 (6), 1921–1930 (2015)
  4. Detection limits in XPS for more than 6000 binary systems using Al and Mg Kα X‐rays
    Alexander G. Shard
    Surface and Interface Analysis, 46 (3), 175–185 (2014)
  5. A straightforward method for interpreting XPS data from core-shell nanoparticles
    Alexander G. Shard
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116 (31), 16806–16813 (2012)

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Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6193

Last Updated: 6 Dec 2016
Created: 4 Nov 2010


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