Jim Buckman

Dr Jim Buckman (Research Fellow)

Roles and responsibilities

I am responsible for the general running of the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) facility, which is housed within the department. The facility was opened in 1998, and is available to all academic staff within Heriot-Watt University and throughout the UK (and is also available to commercial companies).

The ESEM is able to image and elementally analyse a wide range of sample types without any form of preparation. It is therefore possible to examine wet, oily or outgassing samples. It is also possible to perform dynamic experiments such as wetting within the ESEM chamber, which is not otherwise possible with other conventional SEM's.

CESEM website


ORCiD profile

  • 1992-1994: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, Division of Geology, Staffordshire Univ.
  • 1994-1996: Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Paisley Univ.
  • 1996-1998: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Geology, Glasgow Univ.
Further information

Interested in All aspects related to Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM), in particular wettability studies, Charge Contrast Imaging (CCI), automated analysis techniques, as well as dynamic experimentation.

Other areas of research interest include the study of trace fossils (ichnology), including taxonomy, distribution and environmental significance, the mode of formation of the calcareous tubes of modern marine and fossil annelids, as well as the diagenesis of sandstones, shale and carbonates.