Arslan, Ilke – Argonne National Lab
Ilke Arslan is the Group Leader for Electron and X-Ray Microscopy Group. After receiving her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Davis, she went to the University of Cambridge as a National Science Foundation and Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow. She then returned to the U.S. as a Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories to work on 3D imaging of nanowires and porous nanoparticles for energy applications. Following this, Arslan became a faculty member in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department at the University of California, Davis, before moving to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a senior scientist while maintaining an adjunct professor position at University of California, Davis. Arslan has been honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the Kavli Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include understanding the atomic, electronic and 3D structure of a range of nanomaterials for energy, including materials for quantum computing and materials for catalysis. She is also interested in technique development in electron, x-ray and atom probe microscopies, including time resolved microscopy and in situ liquid/gas/heating/cooling/biasing environments in the microscope.
Batson, Philip – Rutgers University
Philip E. Batson is a Distinguished Research Professor at Rutgers University, with appointments in Physics, and Materials Science, after retirement from the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 2009. After receiving the Ph.D. in Applied Physics in 1976 at Cornell University, he did post-doctoral work at the Cavendish Laboratory, and moved to IBM in 1978. During the 1980’s he built high resolution EELS equipment there and used it to explore spatially resolved EELS in the STEM, with studies of surface plasmon scattering in metal nanoparticle systems. In 2002, he was the first to demonstrate sub-Angstrom imaging using aberration correction, for which he was recognized with a 2002-2003 Scientific American 50 Award for Leadership in Imaging Sciences. Currently, he is exploring phonon behavior in nanometer sized structures using EELS with a 10 meV energy resolution. The NSF project to improve EELS resolution was cited by the White House in 2010 as one of “100 Recovery Act Projects that are changing America.” He has authored about 210 publications and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Microscopy Society of America.
Bell, David – Harvard University
David C. Bell is Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and the Associate Director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems. This shared user facility houses the highest resolution aberration corrected TEM and STEM in the New England area and the only atom probe in the northeast. Professor Bell received his doctorate in physics from the University of Melbourne and did his postdoctoral study at MIT. His research group focuses on the “Emergent Phenomena” of new materials. Using the theory and application of aberration-corrected and high resolution analytical electron microscopy with application of aberration corrected low voltage electron microscopy to study the structure and properties advanced material designs. Current research areas are quantum materials, nanowires, bimetallic catalysis systems and characterization of nanomaterials for nano-toxicological research. Prof. Bell lectures on electron microscopy, cryo-EM, nanotechnology and microfluidics. He has authored numerous publications and books (most recently the RMS Wiley volume on Low Voltage Microscopy) and serves on editorial boards of several materials and microscopy journals; he is associate editor of Ultramicroscopy. Professor Bell is a fellow of the Microscopy Society of America and the Royal Microscopical Society UK.
Cheng, Holland – University of California, Davis
Dr. R Holland Cheng, Ph D is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of California. Dr. Cheng received a master degree in 1989 and a Ph D degree in 1992 from Purdue University. Dr. Cheng has served as a Panel Reviewer for NIH programmed project grant, NIH Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Research Committee , NIH National Center for Research Resources, Welcome Trust, UK and Earth & Life Sciences Council, Netherlands (2002). Dr. Cheng has actively served on the advisory board of the International Microscopy Congress plus regional microscopy societies, American Biographical Institute, and International Virus Assembly Symposium. He is also a regular member of the American Chemical Society,American Society for Microbiology and American Biophysical Society . Dr. Rhcrev has published nearly fifty papers in peer reviewed journals and his research mainly focuses on Proteome imaging of macromolecular systems.
Crozier, Peter – Arizona State University
Peter A. Crozier is a Professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at Arizona State University. He has extensive experience in developing and applying advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques to problems related to energy and the environment with special emphasis on electroceramics, catalytic materials and atmospheric aerosols. He has 20 years of experience in developing and applying the technique of advanced transmission electron microscopy to problems in catalytic materials and oxide electrolytes. He is also applying electron energy-loss spectroscopy to determine the optical and vibrational properties of materials. He is a member of the Microscopy Society of America, the Materials Research Society, the North American Catalysis Society and the American Ceramics Society. He serves on the editorial boards of Micron and Microscopy Today. He currently serves as treasurer of the Microscopy Society of America. He is a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America. He has organized numerous workshops, schools and symposia and is currently scientific co-chair of the EDGE meetings. He has published more than 150 archival journal and book articles as well as over 200 conference articles.
Damiano, John – Protochips, Inc.
Dr. John Damiano is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Protochips. Protochips makes the processes of scientific discovery smarter, faster, and easier with leading-edge solutions for in situ electron microscopy. In his role, John drives technology development for the company with a focus on their E-chip products. Prior to founding Protochips, he worked in the semiconductor industry as a device engineer developing CMOS and BiCMOS processes for logic and memory chips.
Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal – Institute for Microstructure Research
Rafal Dunin-Borkowski is Director of the Institute for Microstructure Research and the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons in Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany and Professor of Experimental Physics in RWTH Aachen University, Germany. His Ph.D. (1990-1994) was carried out in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy in the University of Cambridge. After working as a postdoctoral research scientist in the University of Cambridge, Arizona State University and Oxford University, between 2000 and 2006 he held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in the University of Cambridge. Between 2007 and 2010, he led the establishment of the Center for Electron Nanoscopy in the Technical University of Denmark. He specializes in the characterization of magnetic and electronic materials at the highest spatial resolution using advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques, including aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and off-axis electron holography. In 2009 he was awarded the Ernst Ruska Prize of the German Society for Electron Microscopy. In 2012 he was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council. In 2017 he was awarded a Proof of Concept Grant by the European Research Council. He has published more than 600 journal papers, conference papers and book chapters, has given more than 250 invited lectures and seminars, has been a member of 30 advisory boards and steering committees, has organized 35 conference symposia and workshops and has received 18 prizes for papers presented at conferences and 6 prizes for science as art.
Dwyer, Christian – Arizona State University
Associate Professor Dwyer is an electron microscopist with backgrounds in scattering and condensed-matter physics. He obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2004, and worked in academic/research institutes in England, Australia and Germany before coming to ASU in August 2015. In his research, Dr Dwyer uses electron microscopes to understand how materials work at the nanometer and atomic lengths scales. He studies materials such as emerging 2D electronic materials, as well as more traditional materials like alloys and nanoparticles which are important for manufacturing and energy generation. A large part of Dwyer’s research also focuses on developing new ways of using electron microscopes to reveal previously-inaccessible information. Dwyer’s research is intrinsically multidisciplinary, involving methods from theoretical physics, experimental physics, materials science, and applied mathematics.
Gao, Peng – Peking University
Dr. Peng Gao is an assistant professor in the International Center for Quantum Materials in School of Physics, Peking University. He is a deputy director of Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Peking University. He received his Bachelor of Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 2005 and Ph.D. of Physics in the Institute of Physics (IoP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2010. He was a postdoctor in Department of Materials Science & Engineering in University of Michigan from 2010 to 2013, and Research Associate in Sustainable Energy Technologies at Brookhaven National Laboratory in USA from 2013 to 2014, and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) foreign researcher fellow in The University of Tokyo in Japan from 2014 to 2015. Peng’s primary research interest is characterization of functional (nano)-materials and devices through transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. Currently he focuses on the probe-based in situ techniques, quantitative image analysis, and low-loss EELS.
Gonen, Shane – University of California, San Francisco
Shane Gonen has been working in the field of electron microscopy for close to 10 years. Working with HHMI investigator Sue Biggins at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, he was able to capture the first detailed images of whole kinetochore complexes both bound and unbound to microtubules using electron microscopy. Shane then completed his doctoral studies, mixing both protein design and electron microscopy, in David Baker’s laboratory in Seattle, Washington. During his Ph. D., he designed and structurally characterized self-assembling protein nanomaterials. Recently, he used cryo-electron microscopy to determine the structure of a small protein by using designed materials as scaffolds. Currently, Dr. Gonen is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Yifan Cheng at UCSF, working on high-resolution single-particle cryo-electron microscopy.
Gonen, Tamir – University of California, Los Angeles
Dr Gonen is an expert in electron crystallography and cryo EM. He determined the 1.9Å resolution structure of the water channel aquaporin-0 by electron crystallography, the highest resolution for any protein determined by cryo EM techniques at the time. Dr Gonen established his own laboratory at the University of Washington in 2005 together with the very first cryo EM laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, a resource that continues to benefit many researchers at the UW School of Medicine and beyond. He has authored many publications from his laboratory concerning membrane protein structure and function. More recently Dr Gonen was honored with a Career Development award from the American Diabetes Association as well as being chosen one of only 50 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientists around the country. In 2011 Dr Gonen accepted a position as a Group Leader at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus where he began developing MicroED as a new method for structural biology. With this method Dr Gonen has pushed the boundaries of cryoEM and determined a number of previously unknown structures at resolutions close to 1Å. In 2017 Dr Gonen transitioned his laboratory to the UCLA David Geffen Medical School and an HHMI investigator where he continues to study membrane protein structure and function and further develops MicroED. Over the years Dr Gonen co-authored more than 80 publications and mentored a number of trainees who are now tenure track professors around the USA.
Idrobo, Juan – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Juan Carlos Idrobo is a R&D Staff Scientist at Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences in Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research consists in applying aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy techniques combined with first-principles calculations to study the structure, electronic, and optical properties of materials. Idrobo holds Physics degrees from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia (B.Sc., 2000), University of Illinois at Chicago (master, 2003) and University of California (Ph.D., 2004).
Jensen, Grant – California Institute of Technology
Dr. Jensen was born in 1970 and grew up in the science-focused town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. After studying physics and math at Brigham Young University Grant entered an M.D./Ph.D. program at Stanford. He earned his doctorate in Biophysics working on electron microscopy of RNA polymerase and other protein complexes with Dr. Roger Kornberg (who later won the Nobel prize for structural studies of transcription). Opting not to finish his medical training, instead Grant continued his work in protein electron microscopy as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Kenneth Downing at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Here his interests expanded to include electron tomography of whole cells. Grant launched his own lab at Caltech starting in 2002. At Caltech his research has focused on three main areas: the ultrastructure of small cells, the structural biology of HIV, and the further development of cryo-EM technology. Together with his colleagues he has now published over 100 papers in these areas (see http://www.jensenlab.caltech.edu/publications.html). His lab has developed a searchable tomography database and populated it with ~40 thousand cryotomograms of over 100 different viral and microbial samples. Meanwhile his teaching has centered on biophysical methods, including most recently the creation of a 14-hour online course “Getting started in Cryo-EM.” Among his awards and honors are that he was chosen as a Searle Scholar in 2004, as Chair of the American Society of Microbiology’s Division of Cell and Structural Biology in 2007, and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2008. He was given tenure in 2008 and promoted to full Professor in 2010. He and his wife Angela live with their six children in Arcadia, California.
Jinschek, Joerg – Ohio State University
Dr. Joerg R. Jinschek received his Master of Science in Physics (’97) and his doctorate in Solid State Physics (’01), respectively, from the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany. He was awarded with a Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, and performed his post-doctoral research at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at Berkeley, CA. From 2005 to 2007 he established a TEM lab as a Research Assistant Professor at Virgina Tech. In 2008, he joined FEI Company as a Senior Research Scientist. From 2012 to 2016, he was the responsible Sr. Product Marketing Manager for in situ S/TEM research and the Chemistry segment in FEI’s Materials Science BU. In January 2017, Dr. Jinschek joined The Ohio State University as an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and in the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme.
Klie, Robert – University of Illinois, Chicago
Robert F. Klie is a Full Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago focusing on the experimental study of interfaces in complex oxide material using atomic scale Z-contrast imaging, electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and in-situ characterization of energy materials. Dr. Klie has developed in-situ characterization of structural and electronic phase transitions in complex oxide materials using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers with more than 4,000 citations, given more than 80 invited talks at international conferences, and has an h-index of 30.
Lovejoy, Tracy – Nion
Tracy Lovejoy received dual PhDs in Physics and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington 2010. His studies focused on using lab-based- and synchrotron- spectroscopies to study unconventional materials for semiconductor applications. He is now Chief Operating Officer at Nion Company, and specializes in the design, operation, and latest applications of the Nion monochromator and EELS.
Ma, Xiuliang – University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Professor Ma is the head of Solids Atomic Imaging Division, Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has 30 years of experience in transmission electron microscopy of advanced functional materials and structural materials, aiming at setting up relationships between atomic scale information and a material’s properties. The materials that he has been working on range from metallic compounds, engineering alloys, to advanced functional materials, in which atomic mapping and high-resolution spectroscopy are of the major concern. His current research focuses on design, epitaxial fabrication, and atomic mapping of heteroepitaxial oxides, particularly interface-induced novel phenomena in ferroelectric thin films. Dr. Ma also serves as the vice-president of Chinese Electron Microscopy Society.
Mecartney, Martha – University of California, Irvine
Martha Mecartney, Ph.D., a chemical engineering and materials science professor, has been appointed the Faculty Assistant to the Dean/ADVANCE Equity Advisor and director of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s Program for Diversity in Engineering Education. Mecartney, who joined UC Irvine in 1990, conducts research in sol-gel processing of oxide ceramics, including thin films, grain boundaries in ceramics, interfacial engineering of superplastic ceramics, and analytical transmission electron microscopy.
Miao, Jianwei – University of California, Los Angeles
Miao is the Deputy Director of the NSF STROBE Science and Technology Center. He performed the seminal experiment on extending X-ray crystallography to allow structural determination of non-crystalline specimens in 1999, which is known as coherent diffractive imaging (CDI), lensless or computational microscopy. CDI methods such as plane-wave CDI, Bragg CDI and ptychographic CDI have been broadly implemented using synchrotron radiation, XFELs, high harmonic generation, optical lasers, and electrons. In 2012, he pioneered atomic electron tomography (AET) for determining 3D atomic arrangements in materials without assumption of crystallinity. He then applied AET to image the 3D core structure of edge and screw dislocations at atomic resolution. More recently, he determined the 3D coordinates of more than 23,000 atoms in an FePt nanoparticle with 22 pm precision and correlated chemical order/disorder and crystal defects with material properties at the single-atom level.
Minor, Andrew – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Andrew Minor received a B.A. in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and his MS and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a Professor at U.C. Berkeley in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and also holds a joint appointment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he is the Facility Director of the National Center for Electron Microscopy in the Molecular Foundry. He has co-authored over 170 publications and presented over 100 invited talks on topics such as nanomechanics, lightweight alloy development, characterization of soft materials and in situ TEM technique development. His honors include the LBL Materials Science Division Outstanding Performance Award (2006 & 2010), the AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award from TMS (2012) and the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America (2015).
Pan, Xiaoqing – University of California, Irvine
Xiaoqing Pan is the Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, and Professor of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He is also the inaugural Director of the Irvine Materials Research Institute at UCI. Before joining UCI, he was the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Physics at the University of Saarland, Germany. He was elected to be a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Physical Society, the Microscopy Society of America, and Materials Research Society. He is recognized internationally for his work on high resolution and in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for understanding the atomic-scale structure-property relationships of advanced materials, including functional oxides, ferroelectrics, multiferroics, and catalysts. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed scientific papers in scholarly high impact factor journals. His work has been cited over 16000 times and his h-factor is 68. He has given more than 250 invited talks or keynote presentations at conferences, and more than 150 invited seminars.
Pennycook, Stephen – National University of Singapore
Stephen J. Pennycook is a Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Dept., National University of Singapore, an Adjunct Professor in the University of Tennessee and Adjoint Professor in Vanderbilt University, USA. Previously, he was Corporate Fellow in the Materials Science and Technology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and leader of the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Group. He completed his PhD in physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 1978. Since then he has been actively pursuing the development and materials applications of atomic resolution Z-contrast microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. Pennycook is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Microscopy Society of America, the Institute of Physics and the Materials Research Society. He has received the Microbeam Analysis Society Heinrich Award, the Materials Research Society Medal, the Institute of Physics Thomas J. Young Medal and Award and the Materials Research Society Innovation in Characterization Award. He has 38 books and book chapters, over 500 publications in refereed journals and has given over 250 invited presentations. His latest book is “Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy.”
Rodriguez, Jose – University of California, Los Angeles
Jose Rodriguez was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico and migrated to the Los Angeles at a young age. He obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA as a Biophysics major in 2007, staying at UCLA for graduate studies in Molecular Biology in the Department of Surgical Oncology. Jose received his Ph.D. in 2012 and conducted postdoctoral work with David Eisenberg before taking a position at UCLA in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2016.
His lab determines structures of disease associated macromolecular assemblies. They obtain these structures by frontier methods using sophisticated x-ray and electron sources. The atomic details of these structures teach us about their function and are a starting point to the design and production of drugs that can prevent or reduce the burden of disease.
Sawada, Hidetaka – JEOL
Hidetaka Sawada completed his PhD in the department of materials at the University of Tokyo in 2002. Hidetaka Sawada had worked in the technical and development division of electron microscope of JEOL Ltd. from 2002 to 2015. Hidetaka Sawada is a manager of European EM product support in JEOL UK Ltd., and an academic visitor of University of Oxford (Martials) from 2015 to 2017. Hidetaka Sawada is an assistant general manager of EM research and development department in JEOL. Ltd. from 2017 to present. Main researches: High-end instrument, Electron optics, Aberration corrector design, Aberration measurement system, High-resolution imaging.
Scheu, Christina – Max Planck Institut fur Eisenforschung
Prof. Christina Scheu has a diploma degree in physics and did her doctorate 1996 at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart (Germany) in the field of material science. 2008 she was appointed as a full professor at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University (Munich, Germany). Since April 2014 she holds a joint position as an independent group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE) in Düsseldorf and as a full professor at the RWTH Aachen, Germany. She has more than 170 publication in journals and conference proceedings.
Schoenung, Julie – University of California, Irvine
Julie M. Schoenung is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in ceramic engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Schoenung was recently chosen to receive the 2018 ASM Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship Award. She was also the inaugural recipient of the 2017 Materials Science & Engineering-A Innovation in Research Award and the 2016 Acta Materialia Holloman Award for Materials & Society. Prof. Schoenung is an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy and has served for many years as a Key Reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. She is a Fellow of Alpha Sigma Mu, ASM International and the American Ceramic Society. Prof. Schoenung’s research activities seek to provide fundamental insight into structure-processing-property mechanistic relationships in material systems for a variety of applications. Innovative synthesis and consolidation processes are combined to fabricate material systems that exhibit unique behavior, thereby providing new knowledge into the mechanisms that govern the observed behavior. Of particular interest has been mechanical behavior, including novel work on the nanoindentation and nanoscratch behavior in ceramics and nanocomposites. Additive manufacturing has also been a focal point in recent years. Microstructural characterization, including in-situ techniques, and modeling efforts are critical components of these fundamental investigations.
Shibata, Naoya – University of Tokyo
Naoya Shibata is a Professor in the Institute of Engineering Innovation, The University of Tokyo. He received a PhD in Materials Science in 2003 at the University of Tokyo. He was a JSPS Research Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2003-2004) in USA. Then, He joined the Institute of Engineering Innovation at the University of Tokyo from 2004 and he became a Professor there from 2017. His research focuses on the development of new imaging techniques in scanning transmission electron microscopy and their application to grain boundaries and interfaces in materials and devices. He has authored or co-authored more than 190 publications in refereed journals. His honors include the 5th Nagase Award (2015), the 60th Seto Prize, The Japan Microscopy Society (2015), the 15th Sir Martin Wood Award (2013), the 6th Kazato Prize (2013).
Sinclair, Bob – Stanford University
Professor Robert (Bob) Sinclair has been a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering since 1977. He obtained his degrees in materials science at Cambridge University, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley for four years. His research has focused on the development and application of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques, especially in situ high resolution microscopy, to basic materials studies related to semiconductor devices, magnetic recording, nanotechnology in cancer research and energy systems. At Stanford, he has been Department Chair (2004-2014), Director of the Stanford Nanocharacterzation Laboratory (2002-2013), Director of the Big Overseas Studies Program (2010-2012) and Director of the Wallenberg Research Link (present). He was Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on “Midsize Facilities: the Infrastructure for Materials Research” (2003-2006), and he received the Distinguished Scientist Award (Physical Sciences) from the Microscopy Society of America (2009), the David M. Turnbull Lectureship of the Materials Research Society (2012) and the John M. Cowley Distinguished Lectureship, Arizona State University (2015).
Stach, Eric – University of Pennsylvania
Eric Stach is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, having joined in the Fall of 2017. Prior to his appointment at Penn, he has held a number of different positions, including Electron Microscopy Group Leader at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Associate and then appointed Full Professor at Purdue University, and Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator at the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research interests focus on the development and application of electron microscopy techniques to solve a wide range of materials problems, with most recent emphasis on catalysis, energy storage materials, solar photovoltaics and nanostructure growth. He is a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America and the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Materials Research Society. He has received several awards, including the Microscopy Society of America’s Eli F. Burton (Young Scientist) Award, Purdue University’s Faculty Scholar, Early Career Research Excellence and the Reinhardt Schumann, Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Awards. He is the author of over 250 peer-reviewed publications, and has given over 200 invited lectures at conferences and university, government and corporate laboratories. He is also a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Hummingbird Scientific, a nanotechnology company that enables advanced experimentation for electron and ion microscopies.
Stemmer, Susanne – University of California, Santa Barbara
Susanne Stemmer is Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She did her doctoral work at the Max-Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart (Germany) and received her degree from the University of Stuttgart in 1995. Following postdoctoral positions, she moved to Rice University, where she was Assistant Professor from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, she joined the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests are in the development of scanning transmission electron microscopy techniques, molecular beam epitaxy, functional and strongly correlated oxide heterostructures, and topological materials. She has authored or co-authored more than 240 publications. Honors include election to Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Materials Research Society, Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America, and a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship of the Department of Defense.
Taheri, Mitra – Drexel University
Mitra Taheri is the Hoeganaes Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Drexel University. At Drexel, she runs the “Dynamic Characterization Group,” which focuses primarily on the development and use of cutting edge in situ microscopy tools to characterize and understand a wide range of materials systems, ranging from complex oxides to biological tissue. While at Drexel, she has received both the NSF and DOE Early Career awards, an ONR Summer Faculty Fellowship, and has been a visiting scholar at the Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy. Taheri received her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) from Carnegie Mellon University. As a PhD student, she received a US Steel Graduate Scholarship, a Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, a full member to Sigma Xi, and was a visiting scholar at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, the National Center for Electron Microscopy (LBL), and the Northwestern University’s Center for Atom Probe Tomography. Following her doctoral studies, Taheri was an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where she and her group at LLNL won an R&D 100 award, a Nano-50, and the Microscopy Society of America’s Microscopy Innovation Award.
Twesten, Ray – Gatan
Ray Twesten has been working in the field of electron microscopy for the past 25 years. He started his career as a PhD. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying surface physics using a specially designed UHV TEM. From there, he moved to Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, NM working to understand morphological instabilities in III-V and group-IV semiconductors. He rejoined the University of Illinois in 1997 as a staff scientist and laboratory manager for the TEM operations of the Center for Microanalysis of Materials. Since 2005, Dr. Twesten has been with Gatan in Pleasanton, CA, first with the EELS R&D group and later as the manager of the EELS product development group. He is currently the product manager for Gatan’s STEM, EELS and GIF products.
Villa, Elizabeth – University of California, San Diego
Elizabeth Villa completed her PhD in Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Fulbright Fellow. She was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich. She joined the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department faculty at UC San Diego in July 2014. In 2016, she was awarded an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. She joined the Division of Biological Sciences faculty at UC San Diego in March 2017 and was named Pew Scholar.
Wang, Peng – Nanjing University
Professor Peng Wang received his Ph.D from University of Liverpool, UK in 2006. He was a research associate at SuperSTEM Laboratory in UK from 2007 to 2008. From 2008 to 2012 he worked as a research fellow in electron microscopy group at Oxford University. He joined Nanjing University (NJU), China as a professor in 2012 and setup Nanjing Sub-atomic Resolution EM Laboratory in NJU. Prof. Wang’s research interests have been in the applications of aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) imaging and electron energy loss spectroscopy to characterize functional materials at nano and atomic scales from two to three dimensions. He had developed a 3D imaging technique, called (energy filtered) scanning confocal electron microscopy (SCEM) performed on a double aberration-corrected TEM. Currently his work is focused on developing an advanced coherent diffractive imaging technique, so called electron ptychography. He has published 100 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. Professor Wang is a member of Institute of Physics (MInstP), Youth Committee of Chinese Materials Research Society (CMRS), Committee of Chinese Electron Microscopy Society and Committee of Chinese Crystallography Society. His research had been supported by “the Thousand Talents Plan” Program for Distinguished Young Scholars from 2012-2015 in China.
Ward, Andrew – Scripps Institute
Andrew Ward obtained a B.S. in Biology from Duke University in 2001. Upon graduation he moved to The Scripps Research Institute where he obtained his Ph.D. with Ronald Milligan, Ph.D. in cryoEM (2008) and conducted his postdoctoral work in structural biology and biophysics with Geoffrey Chang, Ph.D. (2010). He has been a member of the faculty since 2010 and leads a lab that is primarily focused on immunotherapeutic and vaccine development to combat viral pathogens such as Ebola, HIV, influenza, SARS, MERS, and hepatitis C viruses. The Ward lab uses electron microscopy as its primary research tool to image viral glycoproteins in complex with neutralizing antibodies. These pictures are then used to improve antibody-based therapies and rationally design vaccines. The Ward lab has published extensively on cryoEM studies of HIV envelope glycoprotein, including the first high-resolution structure of the soluble SOSIP trimer. This previously elusive target has galvanized HIV subunit vaccine efforts, one of which is being developed for human clinical trials in 2018-2019 as part of a large international effort. In 2013 Dr. Ward was awarded the Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Fellowship, in 2014 he was recognized with the Palmenberg Junior Investigator Award by the American Society for Virology, and was the 2017 recipient of the Viruses Young Investigator in Virology Award. The Ward lab receives funding from the National Institutes of Health and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as biotech and biopharmaceutical industrial collaborations. The Ward lab is a member of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Immunotherapeutic Consortium, the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Neutralizing Antibody Center, and the Scripps Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine and Immunology and Immunogen Discovery.
Xin, Huolin – Brookhaven National Laboratory
Huolin Xin graduated from the Physics Department of Cornell University in 2011 and joined Brookhaven National Laboratory as a staff member in 2013. He is currently an associate scientist in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His primary field of expertise lies in developing novel 3-D, atomic-resolution, and in situ spectroscopic and imaging tools to probe the structural, chemical, and bonding changes of energy materials during chemical reactions or under external stimuli.
Xu, Qiang – DENS Solutions, Netherlands
2013-now, Application Director of DENSsolutions, Netherlands
2010-2013, Research Scientist, , Kavlit institute of Nanoscience, National centrum of HREM, Delft University of Technolog,y Netherlands
2009-2010, Post Doc., EMAT, Univ.of Antwerp, Belgium
2007-2009,Post Doc., ESTEEM, Kavli institute of Nanoscience, TU Delft, Netherlands
2003-2007, Doctor of Philosophy, FOM, National Center of HREM, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
1994-2002, Master, Material Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China
Zheng, Haimei – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Haimei Zheng is a staff scientist in Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and she is also an adjunct professor in Materials Science Department at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Zheng earned her Ph.D with Prof. Ramamoorthy Ramesh and Prof. Lourdes Salamanca-Riba at University of Maryland, College Park. She completed her Ph.D research with Prof. Ramesh at UC Berkeley. Thereafter, she became a postdoc with Prof. Paul Alivisatos in Chemistry at UC Berkeley and jointly at National Center for Electron Microscopy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Dr. Zheng researches physical and chemical processes of materials with a focus on materials transformations and dynamic phenomena at solid-liquid (including solid/liquid-gas) interfaces. Her primary approach is developing and applying in situ liquid (gas) environmental electron microscopy. Dr. Zheng has about 90 publications with the total citations more than 15,000 times and an H index of 44. She received DOE Office of Science Early Career Award in 2011, LBNL Director’s award for exceptional scientific achievements in 2013. In 2018, she was promoted to a senior scientist in LBNL. More information is available at http://haimei.zheng.lbl.gov
Zhou, Wu – University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Wu Zhou is a Professor in School of Physical Sciences and leads the electron microscopy laboratory at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in Beijing, China. Prior to joining UCAS, he was a Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA. He received his B.S. degree in 2006 from Tsinghua University (China) and his Ph.D. in 2010 from Lehigh University (USA). His research is focused on understanding the behavior of functional materials at the atomic scale using cutting edge electron microscopy techniques and theoretical modeling, with focuses on 2D materials, battery materials, and catalysts.
Zhu, Yimei – Brookhaven National Laboratory
Yimei Zhu is a Senior Scientist at the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). He also is an adjunct professor at the Department of Applied Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy as well as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at State University of New York at Stony Brook. Zhu is the Group Leader and Principal Investigator of the DOE Basic Energy Science’s core-research program “Nanostructure and Structural Defects of Advanced Materials” and the Electron Microscopy Facility Leader of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at BNL. Dr. Zhu received his PhD from Nagoya University, Japan (studying with T. Imura) and was a Research Associate at the University of Virginia (with D. Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf). He joined Brookhaven as Assistant Scientist in 1988, and was promoted through the rank, awarded tenure in 1997, and appointed as Senior Scientist in 2002. His current research focuses on studies of nanoscale phenomena that control materials’ functionality, such as superconductivity and magnetism. Dr. Zhu co-authored one book, edited and co-edited six books. He has written more than a dozen book chapters and review articles, and published over 200 articles in refereed journals and 100 in conference proceedings. He also delivered over 70 invited talks at major international conferences, excluding seminars and lectures at universities and research institutions. During his career, he has served on various academic committees, and received many honors including those from US and foreign governments and scientific societies, as well as from Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Zhu’s wide research interests cover solid-state physics; nanoscale materials science and engineering; electronic structure and superconductivity; magnetic structure and magnetism; electron-beam scattering and its interaction with matter; synchrotron x-ray and neutron scattering; structural defects and interfaces in perovskites and transition-metal oxides; and, structural modeling and density functional theory calculations. Experimental research experience includes film growth; nanopatterning and lithography; quantitative analysis of intensity and phase of electron diffraction; atomic imaging; electron energy-loss spectroscopy; electron holography; in-situ magnetization and Lorentz microscopy; x-ray and neutron diffraction; and x-ray spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS).