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Johannes McKay

I joined the Millimetre Wave & EPR group at St Andrews in the year 2011 to undertake a PhD in EPR research under the supervision of Dr Graham Smith. Prior to this I graduated from the University of St Andrews completing a BSc(Hons) in Physics. My research focuses on the following aims

  • Developing the application of Pulsed EPR and site directed spin labelling in determining macromolecular structural information
  • Using a high field high power EPR spectrometer to determine relative spin label orientations efficiently and accurately

About my research (coming soon!)

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Introduction to EPR & Links

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About me

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Publications

McKay, JE , Robertson, DA , Cruickshank, PAS , Bolton, DR , Hunter, RI , Wylde, R & Smith, GM 2013, ' Compact wideband corrugated feedhorns with ultra-low side lobes for very high performance antennas and quasi-optical systems ' IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation , no. 99.

Oral presentations

"Accurate orientation PELDOR measurements and analysis" Paper O8
Johannes McKay, Hassane El-Mkami, David Norman, Michael Stevens, Graham Smith ,The 46th Annual International Meeting of the ESR Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom (April 2013)

Patents pending

McKay, JE & Smith, GM, ' Compact corrugated feedhorn ' European Patent Application EP13158944.2-1811 Filed March 13, 2013

Poster presentations

"Accurate orientation PELDOR measurements and analysis"
Johannes McKay, Hassane El-Mkami, David Norman, Graham Smith , Pulse Dipolar ESR Spectroscopy (PDS) and Biomacromolecular Structure and Function: Instrumentation, Methods and Applications, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York USA (June 2013)

"Accurate orientation PELDOR measurements and analysis using rigid spin labels at high fields"
Johannes McKay, Hassane El-Mkami, David Norman, Graham Smith , International Symposium on Integrating Advanced Spectroscopic Tools for Structure and Dynamics of Biological Macromolecular Complexes in vitro and in vivo., Schloss Ringberg, Germany (December 2012)

"Determining relative orientations of nitroxide spin labels at high field EPR"
Johannes E. McKay, Hassane El Mkami, Graham M. Smith , Second Annual Meeting of the St. Andrews Centre of Magnetic Resonance , University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, United Kingdom (June 2012)

Prizes & Awards

Runner up in 2013 JEOL talk prize - Royal Society of Chemistry ESR Spectroscopy Group
Paper titled "Accurate orientation PELDOR measurements and analysis using rigid spin labels at high fields" was accepted for entry into the prize as one of the earliest stage researchers and received the runner up prize out of a record number of entries.

Workshops & Schools

2013 ACERT WORKSHOP Pulse Dipolar ESR Spectroscopy (PDS) (June 2013)

6th advanced EPR school of EFEPR (Jan 2013)

iMR CDT Advanced II Training Workshop

iMR CDT Advanced I Training Workshop

iMR CDT Kick-off Training Workshop