Conference Sessions
Physical Sciences: Applications (PSA)

PSA.1: 1D and 2D Materials

From rapid optical microscopic identification of atomically thin materials through to the extreme temporal and spatial resolutions of the latest in-situ transmission electron microscopes, microscopy has been fundamental to the discovery and investigation of these low dimensional structures. In this session we will learn about the latest innovative applications of the imaging and spectroscopic techniques that drive progress in the field, including: white light imaging, Raman spectroscopy, scanning probe and probe tip-coupled optical techniques, and scanning and transmission electron microscopies. We also hope to learn about the latest advances in bridging microscopy and fabrication, including electron beam lithographies, direct write techniques, scanned probe lithography, and other areas, both visualising and controlling the structure of matter at the finest scales.

Related Conference Theme/s: Imaging Quantum Phenomena

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Tim Booth (Technical University of Denmark, DK)


    • Per Persson (University of Linköping, SE)

      Dr. Per O.Å. Persson is a Professor of Thin Film Physics at the Department of Physics Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University (LiU), where he received his PhD in 2001. His research focus on the atomic level understanding of structure and chemistry in low-dimensional materials using advanced electron microscopy and spectroscopy methods. Dr. Persson has been appointed as Special Researcher as well as Infrastructure Fellow by the Swedish Research Council (Basic Science) and the Swedish foundation for Strategic Research, respectively, in electron microscopy atomic level structural and chemical characterization. 

    • Sarah Haigh (University of Manchester, UK)


  • Invited Speakers
    • Valeria Nicolosi (Trinity College, Dublin, IE)


      Talk Title: Self-Assembly of Atomically Thin Heterostructures Templated by 2D nanosheets

      Professor Valeria Nicolosi is the Chair of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy at the School of Chemistry in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and a Principal Investigator in the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres AMBER & I-Form. She received a BSc (Hons) in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Catania (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2006. She moved to the University of Oxford in February 2008 as a Marie Curie Fellow, to work in the field of advanced electron microscopy.  In April 2008 she was awarded with a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Fellowship. In 2012 she returned to Trinity College Dublin as Research Professor.  In 2016 she was promoted to Chair of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy. She is the first woman to have reached the position of Chair in the School of Chemistry since the foundation of Trinity College Dublin in 1592. Prof. Nicolosi the only 6 times ERC awardee in Europe (€1.5m Starting Grant in 2011, followed by 3 Proof-of-Concept top-up grants to bring results of frontier research closer to the market, a €2.5m Consolidator Grant in 2016, followed by a further PoC grant in 2019). She has published more than 250 high-impact-papers, including Science, Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials amongst the others, and delivered more than 150 invited and plenary presentations at major conferences/institutions/public events. She has won numerous awards: the RDS/Intel Prize for Nanoscience 2012, the World Economic Forum Young Scientist 2013, EU Woman in Technology Award 2013, SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award 2014, SFI Irish Early Stage Researcher 2016, TCD ERC Awardee 2017, Women Business Forum Women of the Decade in Science & Innovation 2018.

    • Juan Carlos Idrobo (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US)

      Talk Title: STEM in Flatland: An Adventure of Many Dimensions

      Juan Carlos Idrobo is a Senior Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University.  His research consists in applying analytical techniques in electron spectroscopy within aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy to study the structure, electronic, magnetic, thermal, optical and topological properties of materials.  He has published over 130 papers in peer review journals with over 11000 citations.  In 2018 Idrobo was recognized by Clarivate Analytics to be among the top 1% of researchers being cited in Cross-Field in Web of Science, between 2006 and 2016.  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 Davis (Ph.D., 2004).

PSA.2: Metals and Alloys

The properties of metals and alloys are determined by their chemical, microstructural and crystallographic parameters, which can be precisely characterized by electron microscopy techniques. Recent advances in electron microscopy techniques have enabled the characterization of metals and alloys at higher spatial and chemical resolution, in three-dimensions (in terms of both imaging and orientation mapping), and under multiple stimuli (temperature, stress, electrical current etc.). Correlative electron microscopy and atom probe tomography is another new advance in the characterization of metals and alloys. All these advanced characterizations have led to breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of structure-property relationships and in the development of advanced metallic materials with unprecedented properties. This symposium encompasses progresses in the development of the state of art techniques and their applications into the investigations of metals and alloys.

Related Conference Theme/s: Live and Fast Super-resolution - Frontiers in Imaging Of Ultrafast Processes. Cutting Edge Advanced Sample Preparation

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Xiaoxu Huang (Technical University of Denmark, DK)

      Xiaoxu Huang received his Ph.D. degree from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, in 1995, and then joined the Risø National Laboratory of Denmark, and became Senior Scientist in 1998. He continued his position at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) when Risø National Laboratory merged with DTU in 2007. His research spans two interrelated fields, materials science and electron microscopy. The former focuses on the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms that govern plastic deformation, phase transformation, and strengthening of conventional and nanostructured metals and alloys. The latter focuses on the development of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques that are applicable for two-dimensional and three-dimensional characterization of crystalline materials. He is the recipient of Shun Lee Research Award from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences of China in 2004, and “Microscopy Today” 2012 Innovation Award as a co-developer for the development of “Three-dimensional orientation mapping in the transmission electron microscope (3D OMiTEM)”, USA, in 2012.


    • Oleg Mishin (Technical University of Denmark, DK)

      Oleg Mishin is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. Oleg gained his PhD in Physical Metallurgy from the Institute for Metals Superplasticity at the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1993. In 1995 he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship to study the microstructure and thermal stability of metals processed by severe plastic deformation at the Institute for Physical Metallurgy and Materials Physics, RWTH Aachen, Germany. He continued his work on plastic deformation of metals at Risø National Laboratory in Denmark and then at Sapa Technology in Sweden, where he investigated links between microstructural parameters and mechanical properties of commercial aluminium alloys. Oleg joined the Technical University of Denmark in 2007. His main research interests are TEM and SEM/EBSD characterisation of microstructural evolution during deformation and annealing of metallic materials. In his current position, Oleg is also involved in teaching electron microscopy.

  • Invited Speakers
    • Pat Trimby (Oxford Instruments, UK)

      Talk Title: Pushing the limits of analysis speed and resolution: an overview of recent developments in EBSD and TKD

      Pat studied geology at Oxford University and completed his PhD in 1998 at the University of Liverpool, focusing on the application of the emerging technique of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) to the study of deformed rocks. Following a postdoctoral position in the Netherlands, he worked for 5 years at HKL Technology, a small Danish EBSD company that was subsequently acquired by Oxford Instruments. After a time working for Oxford Instruments in Sweden, Pat was the manager of the central SEM facility at the University of Sydney in Australia for 7 years, during which time he played a prominent role in the development of Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction. Since 2017, Pat has been the EBSD Product Manager at Oxford Instruments Nanoanalysis in the UK. Pat has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and presented at over 50 international conferences and he retains a strong interest in the development and application of the EBSD technique.


    • Daniel Caillard (CERMES – CNRS, FR)

      Talk Title: TBC



PSA.3: Semiconductors and Devices

Microscopy techniques are currently heavily used in semiconductor research for applications in microelectronics, optoelectronics, memristors, photovoltaics, bioelectronics, quantum computing and others. In particular electron microscopy is an indispensable technique for nanotechnology with major advances in aberration corrected electron microscopy becoming indispensable in understanding the properties of semiconductor nanostructures and their potential applications. This symposium invites contributions about microscopy methods as applied to the investigation of conventional and new semiconductor materials. This session will include in situ characterization of the growth and structure of nanoscale materials, such as nanowires, nanotubes, 2D semiconductor based materials, typically under environmentally relevant conditions, or probing their properties by in-situ characterization of the response of nanomaterials to external stimuli such has heat, light, mechanical stress.

Related Conference Theme/s: Phase Sensitive Methods with Photons and Electrons. Cutting Edge Advanced Sample Preparation

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
  • Invited Speakers
    • Kerstin Volz (Philipps-Universität Marburg, DE)

      Talk Title: Quantitative STEM for Semiconductor Interfaces

      Prof. Kerstin Volz is full Professor for Experimental Physics and Co-Leader at the STRL (Structure and Technology Research Lab) of Philipps-University Marburg since 2009. She received her diploma in physics from Augsburg University in 1996. In 1999 she obtained her PhD from the same university. After several research visits at Osaka National Research Institute and Nagasaki Institute of Technology in Japan, as well as a postdoctoral stay at Stanford University, she joined Philipps-University Marburg as a Junior Group Leader (in the framework of a Topical Research Group of the DFG). After a professorship at the Humboldt-Universität of Berlin, she was appointed as a Heisenberg professor in Marburg. She presently serves there as speaker of the Research Training Group “Functionalization of Semiconductors”. She is also the vice-coordinator of the collaborative research center “Structure and Dynamics of Internal Interfaces”. Both projects are financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). She currently also is the dean of the Department of Physics at Philipps-University Marburg as well as the director of the Materials Sciences Center there. She has received the following awards: Graduate Student Award of EMRS (1996); Feodor-Lynen scholarship of Alexander von Humboldt foundation (2001); guest professorship of Humboldt Universität of Berlin (2008); Heisenberg professorship of DFG (2008); and the Patricia Pahamy Prize for best teaching (2009). Her research interests include the synthesis (MOVPE) and quantitative (scanning) transmission electron microscopy of novel functional materials.

    • Martien den Hertog (CNRS, FR)

      Talk Title: Measuring electric fields in semiconducting Nanowires

      Dr. Martien den Hertog, CNRS researcher, obtained her MSc degree in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Utrecht (NL) in 2005 and PhD in 2009 from University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble on transmission electron microscopy of nanostructures. Since 2010 she is working as a junior researcher at the Institut Neel to develop methods to study electrically contacted semiconducting nanowires by correlation of electrical and structural properties and electrical in-situ TEM experiments. She has been coordinator of a French young researcher project (ANR project COSMOS) and coordinates an ERC starting grant e-See since 2018.


PSA.4: Batteries and Materials for Energy Conversion

This session focusses on multimodal microscopy (In-situ/operando and 3D) with emphasis on dynamics in energy materials (for example electrodes, photovoltaics, electromechanical materials and thermoelectrics), functional materials and heterostructures. Weight is put on quantitative microstructure analyses as well as on simulations linking structural dynamics with material properties. The session covers experiments with electrons, photons and neutrons. To improve our understanding of the complex processes in batteries, all available microscopy and spectroscopy methods are used and the drive is to observe processes in real-time and realistic conditions. In this session, we will gather the many different methods to get the full faceted microscopic view of how to best possibly observe real and model battery systems. The methods primarily involve electron, X-ray and optical methods correlated with electrochemical or other in operando quantitative measurements.

Related Conference Theme/s: The Lab in the Microscope - In Situ, In Vivo, In Operando and Multimodal Microscopy

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Søren B. Simonsen (Technical University of Denmark, DK)

      Søren Bredmose Simonsen is Associate Professor at DTU Energy. He is working with energy related materials such as fuels cells, electrolysis cells, batteries, solar cells by using x-ray CT and TEM with an emphasis on in situ methods. In his ERC starting grant project, HEIST he focus on the development of a new in situ method combining Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with high-temperature electrochemical investigations of model solid oxide electrolysis cells. More generally, he is working on transforming x-ray CT scanners and electron microscopes into electrochemical labs where model fuel and electrolysis cells are operated during structural and compositional analysis. His background regarding in situ TEM started with MSc and PhD projects in the company Haldor Topsøe A/S. Both projects focused on applying ETEM to solve fundamental issues related to catalytic cleaning of diesel exhaust gasses. After the PhD he broadened his competences within the area of catalysis synthesis and testing as postdoc in collaboration with the company Amminex A/S and after this at DTU Energy within materials for energy conversion and storage and by starting to work with lab-scale x-ray CT methods.


    • Beata Layla Mehdi (University of Liverpool, UK)

      B. Layla Mehdi is currently an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Albert Crewe Center at the University of Liverpool (ACC), UK. She received her Master’s in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Warsaw, Poland and her Ph. D. in Chemistry from Miami University, USA working in the area of electrochemical detectors coupled with gas chromatography for cancer therapy. Following her Ph.D., in 2013 she joined the Physical Sciences Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a postdoctoral research associate and in 2016 as a permanent Staff Scientist. Her work at PNNL involved the development of an in-situ stage to study dynamic processes in next generation batteries with applications to Li-ion and beyond Li chemistries being supported as part of the Joint Centre for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) funded by the US Department of Energy.  She has received numerous international awards for this work, including the 2019 Albert Crewe earlier Career Award in Physical Sciences, 2015 Material Research Society postdoctoral award, the 2015 Microscopy Society of America postdoctoral award and the 2014 Microscopy & Microanalysis Presidential award. In 2016 she also received JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship to perform Research at Nagoya University, Japan in collaboration with TOYOTA Japan. She has over 25 publications in the development and application of low-dose methods to the operando and high-resolution study of beam sensitive materials and processes. She has organized many international in-situ liquid TEM workshops, an international in-situ TEM symposium, has given over 30 invited talks at international meetings and institutions, and is the Associate Editor covering in-situ TEM for the SpringerNature Journal, Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging. Currently, her research group focuses on developing advanced new microscopy methods to generate an in depth understanding of reaction kinetics at solid/liquid and solid/gas interfaces in batteries, electrocatalysts and pharmaceuticals.  

    • Poul Norby (Technical University of Denmark, DK)


    • Christian Kübel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE)

      Christian Kübel studied chemistry at the University of Mainz and received his Ph.D. in 1998 working with Prof. Klaus Müllen at the MPI for Polymer Research. In 1999-2000 he joined the University of Michigan as a Feodor-Lynen Postdoc working on high-resolution imaging of defects in polymers. In 2000-2004 he worked as a Senior Application Specialist for TEM at Philips/FEI Company, Eindhoven and contributed significantly to the development of TrueImage Focal Series Reconstruction and Explore3D Tomography. From 2005 to 2008 he was group leader at Fraunhofer IFAM, Bremen. Since 2009 he is group leader of the Electron Microscopy & Spectroscopy group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and since 2011 also principle investigator at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) for electrochemical energy storage. Since 2013 he is further deputy director of the Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF) and since 2019 he holds a professorship for in-situ electron microscopy at the Technical University Darmstadt. His research interests include development of methods for electron microscopy such as electron tomography, STEM diffraction imaging (4D-STEM), and in-situ mechanical/electrical testing for applications in materials science such as batteries, catalysis, nano composites, polymers, nanocrystalline graphene, bulk nanocrystalline metals and metallic glasses. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed papers and holds one patent.

  • Invited Speakers
    • Jacob R. Bowen (Technical University of Denmark, DK)

      Talk Title: Tracking high temperature solid oxide electrochemical cell component microstructure evolution with synchroton X-rays

      Jacob R. Bowen received his bachelor degree in physical metallurgy from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1996. At the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK in 2000, he completed his PhD thesis on the topic of microstructure-property relationships in sub-micron grain sized and highly deformed metals, characterised by high-spatial resolution electron backscatter diffraction. In 2001, he continued post-doctoral research on high-strain deformation and annealing phenomena at the Materials Research Department at the Risø National Laboratory in Denmark. In 2006, he moved to the Department of Fuel Cells and Solid State Chemistry at the Risø National Laboratory as a Senior Scientist, shifting research interests to solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and energy conversion materials with focus on 3D microstructure-property relationships of porous composite electrodes. Starting with focused ion beam nano-tomography, he worked on developing 3D image analysis methods to derive microstructural parameters relevant for charge, mass and heat transfer processes controlling SOFC performance, and microstructure evolution driven degradation processes. These methods developed for post-mortem investigations, were then expanded to non-destructive time resolved investigations. Here he has worked on developing high-temperature electrochemical sample environments for synchrotron X-ray nano-tomography and diffraction methods to track electrode micro- and nanostructure evolution of electrodes under realistic operando conditions. His interests also include piezo-electric and 3D printed materials and their microstructures. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, after the Risø National Laboratory merged with the Technical University of Denmark.


    • Nigel Browning (University of Liverpool, UK)

      Talk Title: Optimized Sampling Schemes for (S)TEM Observations of Operando Processes

      Nigel Browning is currently the Chair of Electron Microscopy in the School of Engineering and the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Liverpool and the Director of the Albert Crewe Centre for Electron Microscopy.  He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Reading, U. K. (1988) and his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, U. K (1991). He has held positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1992-1995), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2003-2006), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2006-2011) and most recently was a Laboratory Fellow and Initiative Lead for the Chemical Imaging Initiative at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2011-2017). He was also Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1996-2002) and Professor of Materials Science (2003-2011) and Professor of Molecular Biology (2009-2011) at the University of California-Davis. He has over 30 years of experience in the development of new methods in electron microscopy for high spatial, temporal and spectroscopic resolution analysis of engineering and biological structures.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).  He received the Burton Award from the Microscopy Society of America in 2002 and the Coble Award from the American Ceramic Society in 2003 for the development of atomic resolution methods in scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM).  With his collaborators at LLNL he also received R&D 100 and Nano 50 Awards in 2008, and a Microscopy Today Innovation Award in 2010 for the development of the dynamic transmission electron microscope (DTEM).  He has over 380 publications (h-index=79) and has given over 300 invited presentations on the development and application of advanced TEM methods. 

PSA.5: Nanoparticles and Catalysts

With emphasis on nanoparticles and catalyst materials, this symposium will cover developments and applications of dynamic environmental, in situ and fast time resolved microscopies (including electron, probe and optical and 3D) in the chemical sciences. It will focus on the pivotal role of imaging and spectroscopy of dynamic processes to access previously invisible aspects of real world processes and complementing and extending examinations of static structures. Advances in high-speed recording and novel sample holder designs are advancing catalyst nanostructure analyses in gases and liquids; often combined with other controlled conditions of temperature, electrical and beam parameters in catalytic chemical reactions. The real time studies of catalysts in change inducing, or sometimes stabilising, environments lead to a new understanding as the basis for development of properties on the nanometre and atomic scale. They contribute to the full range of chemical sciences and technologies including for energy, in diverse applications of vital importance to industry, society, and the environment, but often inaccessible with conventional microscopies.

Related Conference Theme/s: The Lab in the Microscope - In Situ, In Vivo, In Operando and Multimodal Microscopy

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Pratibha Gai (University of York, UK)

      Pratibha Gai is a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering.  She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. She studied at the Cavendish Laboratory and Girton College, University of Cambridge, graduating with PhD in physics. She established an independent research group on in-situ electron microscopy and catalysis at the University of Oxford and held senior positions as DuPont research fellow and concurrently as adjunct Professor of materials science at the University of Delaware, USA. She joined University of York as full Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy in Departments of Chemistry and Physics, and founding Co-Director of the York Nanocentre at the University. With E D Boyes she co-invented the atomic resolution-environmental transmission electron microscope (atomic resolution-ETEM) to image dynamic gas-solid reactions at the atomic level, which is used worldwide by researchers, electron microscope manufacturers and chemical companies.  She has currently developed single atom resolution-E(Scanning)TEM (E(S)TEM) with E D Boyes. Her other key research contributions include in-situ EM of catalysts, cleaner economical processes for energy, food, healthcare, pigment coatings, stabilised ceramics and sub-nanoscale liquid phase (wet)-ETEM. Her awards include, the Institute of Physics Gabor Prize and the L’Oréal-UNESCO International Women in Science Award as the 2013 Laureate for Europe. In 2018 in the UK national honours she has been appointed a Dame (DBE) for services to the chemical sciences and technology.


    • Jakob B. Wagner (Technical University of Denmark, DK)


    • Marc Willinger (ETH Zurich, CH)

      Dr. Willinger studied physics at the Technical University in Vienna and obtained his PhD from the Technical University in Berlin for the investigation of the electronic structure of vanadium phosphorous oxides using a combination of electron energy loss spectroscopy and DFT based simulations. After a 1.5 years post-doc at the Fritz-Haber-Institute, he moved to the University of Aveiro in Portugal, where he worked as an independent researcher for 4 years. In 2011 he went back to the Fritz-Haber-Institute as leader of the electron microscopy group at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, where he used in-situ microscopy to study catalysts in their active state. Since 01.02.2018, he is leading the TEM group at the “Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule” (ETH) in Zürich. 

    • Juan José Calvino (University of Cádiz, ES)

      Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Cádiz since 2010. Former President of the Spanish Society of Microscopy (period 2009-2013). Since 2004 he has been leading the Electron Microscopy Facilities at the University of Cádiz. His research career, which started in 1988, has developed at the frontiers of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Electron Microscopy. It has been specially focused on the development of Advanced Electron Microscopy methodologies for the 2D and 3D analysis of nanomaterials down to the atomic scale. He has applied these methodologies to the study of a wide spectrum of lanthanide containing systems of interest in Environmental Catalysis. Thus, exploiting the highly varied possibilities of electron microscopes to understand in detail the chemical aspects of the synthesis, function and deactivation of catalysts is the topic underlying most of his scientific production; over 180 publications (papers, book chapters) with an H index of 39 (ISI WoS). He has also co-authored 9 patents. He has been the Coordinator of the University of Cadiz team within the two pan-European FP6 and FP7 “ESTEEM” Projects (Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy). He counts with a large experience in TEM teaching, having organized the yearly summer school “TEM-UCA: Transmission Electron Microscopy of Nanomaterials” since 2001. This school, which currently constitutes a reference in basic training in STEM, have already attracted hundreds of international students from all over Europe.

  • Invited Speakers
    • Rolf Erni (EMPA, CH)

      Talk Title: Atomic mechanisms in crystal nucleation and growth in liquids

      Rolf received his doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) at the (formerly) Institute of Applied Physics. Thereafter he carried out postdoctoral studies at the University of California at Davis and at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM), Law-rence Berkeley National Laboratory. He then joined FEI Company as an application specialist and was later in the role of a system engineer. Before returning to NCEM as a staff scientist working for the TEAM project, he spent a period of time as a faculty member at the EMAT institute (Electron Mi-croscopy for Materials Science) of the University of Antwerp. Since 2009, Rolf is head of Empa's Elec-tron Microscopy Center. Rolf's research interests cover various topics in electron microscopy, such as aberration-corrected atomic resolution and low-voltage electron microscopy, in-situ electron microscopy, (valence)  electron energy-loss spectroscopy and new STEM acquisition modalities. Funded by an ERC consolidator grant, he has implemented in-situ techniques, particularly for atomic-scale studies of nucleation phenomena and particle growth mechanisms.

    • Karine Masenelli-Varlot (INSA, Lyon, FR)

      Talk Title: Analysis of latex-containing aqueous suspensions using liquid-phase electron microscopies

      Karine Masenelli-Varlot received her doctoral degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 1998 for her studies on polymers at the nanoscale using EELS. After two postdoctoral positions and a first permanent position as assistant professor, she joined the MATEIS laboratory in Lyon in 2002 and started working on the characterization of polymer-based materials, mainly by Transmission Electron Microscopy and controlled pressure Scanning Electron Microscopy, in order to understand the relationships between the elaboration conditions, the microstructure and the macroscopic properties of such materials. In 2007, she obtained a professor position in the MATEIS laboratory. She enlarged her research activities to oxides, with a strong interest in multiscale operando microscopies, combining environmental microscopies with in situ testing. Since 2016, she is head of the Consortium Lyon Saint-Etienne de Microscopie (CLYM) and member of the managing board of the Institute of Multiscale Science and Technology (iMUST).

PSA.6: Geological Materials and Bio-mineral systems

Using microscopy (including electron, probe and optical) in a Geological context can provide answers to topics ranging from the origin of life here on Earth, how to recover more oil from existing reservoirs, to decipher the processes for mineral nucleation and growth or to quantify how organic molecules interact with minerals. Recent improvements in several techniques including focused ion beam milling, electron backscatter diffraction, SEM, TEM and X-ray microanalysis and microscopy have opened up new possibilities for the characterisation of natural materials at a significantly higher level of detail. Furthermore, the recent years has seen an advance in biologic applications of the AFM and self assembly of organic compounds on different substrates or how bacteria interact with different surfaces are increasing being addressed. There has also been an increase in number of AFM derived techniques enabling a more comprehensive characterization of physical and chemical properties of surfaces. We welcome contributions on all aspects of microscopy (surface, bulk, and 3D) including imaging techniques, physical and chemical characterization and quantification of bond parameters. The common ground for the session is the use of a mineral substrate in some form and both purely inorganic systems and bio-mineral systems are of interest.

Related Conference Theme/s: The Lab in the Microscope - In Situ, In Vivo, In Operando and Multimodal Microscopy. Cutting Edge Advanced Sample Preparation

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Tue Hassenkam (University of Copenhagen, DK)

      More than 20 Years of experience with several types of Atomic force microscopy (AFM). This includes several modes useful for understanding the interaction between organic molecules/compounds and mineral surfaces. My interest covers the surface forces and the general chemistry and physics at surfaces when submerged in salty water. Relevant for this understanding is the composition of the surfaces at nanometer scale and how it relates to the properties. Aside from AFM techniques I have also worked with other microscope techniques, like nano-tomography, tof-sims, SEM and IR and Raman microscopy. I have been working with several private companies (BP, Mærsk oil, Haldor Topsøe, Novo) characterising their samples and tried to help them understand details relevant for their business. While more recently I have begun addressing the origin of life question which most likely started at mineral surfaces on the nanometer scale.

    • Trevor Almeida (University of Glasgow, UK)

      Trevor is a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. His primary research interests are directed towards combining a range of Lorentz microscopy techniques with in-situ TEM experiments to investigate complex nanomagnetic processes. During his previous position in the Natural Magnetism Group at Imperial College London, Trevor spent a significant time at world-renowned electron microscopy institutes including DTU Nanolab (Denmark) and Ernst Ruska-Centre (Germany) to investigate the effects of chemical alteration and temperature on magnetic minerals using off-axis electron holography. He has since expanded his research to study magnetism of complex nanostructures for technological applications, using the world leading TEM for magnetic imaging at the University of Glasgow.

    • Carsten Gundlach (Technical University of Denmark, DK)


    • Henning Osholm Sørensen (Technical University of Denmark, DK)

      Henning Osholm Sørensen is currently Senior Researcher at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark. He obtained his Ph.D.  in high resolution X-ray crystallography from the University of Copenhagen in 2005 and continued thereafter as Postdoc and Researcher in the Materials Research Division at Risø National Laboratory, Denmark, where he worked on developing methods for structure determination of polycrystalline samples using X-ray diffraction. Since 2010 he has exploited his expertise in development and use of X-ray characterisation techniques to study natural porous materials, first in the Section of NanoGeoScience, University of Copenhagen and lately at the Neutron and X-ray for Materials Physics section at DTU. In the studies of natural porous material focus has been on understanding the properties of the carbonate rock, chalk, which has a very complex pore network at a very small scale. For these studies he has combined imaging techniques at various scales (micrometer to nanometer scale) and modalities (neutron, X-ray, electron based techniques).  


  • Invited Speakers
    • Karina Sand (University of Copenhagen, DK)

      Talk Title: Do minerals have a central role in the evolution of life? - Quantification of DNA-mineral interactions

      I am an experimentalist with a geology and geochemistry background. In my group we apply in-situ molecular- to macro scale techniques to study bio-mineral-microbial interactions as a function of different environmental conditions. We are mainly using atomic force microscopy in imaging and force modes. I have studied interactions between organic molecules and mineral surfaces for more than 10 years, and have been addressing topics from biomineralization aspects to environmental element cycles. I have used dynamic force spectroscopy to address RNA polymerization for the origin of life and for polymeric control for iron oxide nucleation in natural systems. Recently I have found evidence to support that interactions between DNA and minerals could have a significant contribution to the evolution of life and propagation of antibiotic resistance genes through mineral facilitated horizontal gene transfer. Currently my group are focusing our work on understanding how minerals can stabilize DNA and are testing the longevity of DNA-mineral associations in a range of environmental solutions.

PSA.7: Soft and Organic Materials in Liquid Phase

With the advent of sophisticated equipment to make possible in situ and in operando experiments in an electron microscope, this symposium will be dedicated to experiments encompassing soft and organic materials. The symposium will highlight the recent studies and challenges in using aqueous and non-aqueous solvents and the interactions of soft materials with the electron beam and how to mitigate or exploit these interactions. Upcoming applications towards energy research, biology, pharmaceuticals, mineralogy and electron beam dose related influences will be the main focus.

Related Conference Theme/s: The Lab in the Microscope - In Situ, In Vivo, In Operando and Multimodal Microscopy. Phase Sensitive Methods with Photons and Electrons

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Rik Drummond-Brydson (University of Leeds, UK)

      Prof. Rik Drummond-Brydson is Director of Research and Innovation and also Chair in Nanomaterials Characterisation in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds. He has over 30 years research experience in advanced analytical electron microscopy of engineering materials particularly focused around nanoparticles, nanostructured materials and their dispersions and, increasingly the application of such techniques to analysis of soft materials systems. He is author of over 400 publications with an h-index of 44. He leads the SuperSTEM aberration corrected microscopy consortium at Daresbury (the EPSRC National Facility for Advanced Electron Microscopy), is Honorary secretary Physical Sciences and Council member for the Royal Microscopical Society and a previous member of the Executive Board of the European Microscopy Society (2004-2016).

    • Joe Patterson (University of California, Irvine, US)

      Joe was born in Nottingham, England. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of York, UK, and conducted his masters research project with Cytec Engineered Materials at the Wilton Centre. He completed his PhD in radical polymer chemistry and self-assembly at the University of Warwick, UK, in 2013, working under the supervision of Professor Rachel O’Reilly. He went on to work for Professor Nathan C. Gianneschi and Professor Kimberly Prather at the University of California San Diego, USA, and the Centre for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and Environment (CAICE) as a postdoctoral scholar. In 2016 he joined the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, working in the Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry led by Professor Nico Sommerdijk. In July 2018 Joe joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. His interests involve the development of new materials through a deep understanding of their structure and dynamics. For his work in this area he has been awarded several prizes including the Domino/MacroGroupUK Young Polymer Scientist of the Year in 2011, the 2013 Jon Weaver PhD prize and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowship in 2017.

    • Helen Freeman (University of Leeds, UK)

      Dr Helen Freeman is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.  After studying physics at the University of Manchester she completed a Masters in sustainable engineering before moving to Leeds to do her PhD in radiation damage of nuclear graphite. In 2016 Helen moved to Berlin to work at the German research centre for geosciences (GFZ), returning to the UK in 2018 to join the University of Leeds Crystallisation in the Real World project.  For the past 8 years, she has used transmission electron microscopes (TEMs) to analyse a range of samples, from radioactive material in nuclear reactors to environmental remediating minerals and hydrated clays. She has a particular interest in analysing dynamic material processes using in-situ (S)TEM, with her main focus at the University of Leeds being in liquid-cell and cryo TEM. 

    • Jennifer Cookman (University of Limerick, IE)


  • Invited Speakers
    • Patricia Abellan (SUPERSTEM, UK)

      Talk Title: A calibration method for liquid phase electron microscopy

      Dr. Patricia Abellan holds a Junior Talent research chair at the Jean Rouxel Institute of Materials (IMN) in Nantes, France (since September 2019). She received her BSc in Physics from the Aalborg University (Denmark) and her Ph.D. in Materials Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Spain, in 2011. She has held postdoctoral positions at the University of California – Davis and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, before taking a staff research scientist position at the SuperSTEM Laboratory (Daresbury, UK) in 2015. Her current research focuses on the study of biomolecules and soft matter at interfaces and their structure-property relationships and has been supported by ANR, Région Pays de la Loire et Nantes Métropole. She is a member of the Spanish and European microscopy societies, the Microscopy society of America and the Royal Chemical Society. She serves on the editorial board of Micron and has organized workshops and symposia in electron microcopy and material sciences conferences (M&M, E-MRS). In 2013 she received the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the SME and in 2019 she was the laureate of the NExT Junior Talent program. She has published over 40 journal articles and book chapters, is the co-inventor in a patent application and has given 24 invited presentations at international conferences and academic institutions on the development and the application of electron microscopy and low dose methods.

PSA.8: Microscopy in Industrial Applications

Industrial, institute and academic electron microscopy experts would be encouraged to present applications and developments of direct industrial relevance and highlight innovations based on understanding mechanisms down to the smallest scale. Areas would include energy, transport and electronics. The objective would be to encourage increased industrial use, particularly of advanced techniques, such as in-situ studies, and publicity mechanisms such as Transnational Access in the EU ESTEEM 3 project, in which the organizers are active, which can offer access to companies and SMEs to consortium facilities.

Related Conference Theme/s: Cutting Edge Advanced Sample Preparation

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • John Walmsley (University of Cambridge, UK)


    • Randi Holmestad (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO)

      Randi Holmestad (born in 1967) has been a professor at Dept. of Physics, NTNU since 1999. She completed her PhD in materials physics (on quantitative convergent beam electron diffraction) from the same university in 1994.  Holmestad's present research interests are focused on materials physics; transmission electron diffraction and microscopy (TEM), materials microstructure and the relations to macroscopic properties. She has several ongoing projects on microstructure in aluminium alloys - using advanced TEM techniques to study precipitates in age hardenable aluminium alloys.  She has initiated and been project leader for several externally funded projects over the past fifteen years, funded mainly by the Norwegian Research Council and aluminium industry. Holmestad has had several sabbaticals abroad, latest at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, in 2005 and 2012, and will stay at Monash University, Australia for some time in fall 2019. She is the leader of the TEM Gemini Centre and the NORTEM project and a program head in CASA, and a board member in EMS.  The TEM group in Trondheim is a member of ESTEEM3.


    • Lisa Lautrup (Scandvik Group, SE)

      Lisa Lautrup obtained a M Sc in Physical Chemistry from Lund University and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at Lund Institute of Technology focusing on characterization of III-V semiconductor nanowires using TEM. During her Post Doc at Oxford Materials, Oxford University she assisted visiting researchers with TEM characterization within the ESTEEM and EPSRC access schemes. She joined Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT) as a Research Engineer in 2011 and is now appointed as R&D Specialist in TEM with the aim to use advanced materials characterization in order to develop SMTs products for the future. 

    • Dogan Ozkaya (Johnson Matthey, UK)

      Doğan Özkaya is in charge of electron microscopy team both in Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Sonning Common and JM staff in Diamond Light Source , U.K . He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge. He carried out postdoctoral research in electron microscopy of various materials in several university departments, including the Cavendish Laboratory and Department of Materials and Metallurgy of University of Cambridge as well as the Materials Department, University of Oxford, before joining Johnson Matthey in 2003. He has build up a very capable industrial electron microscopy laboratory in Johnson Matthey, capable of 3D analysis at all length scales as well as being in-situ gas capable. He co-supervises PhD students and has collaborations with universities. His current research interests lie in catalyst imaging at various length scales, quantitative atomic resolution STEM HAADF, EDX and EELS of catalyst nanoparticles, EELS oxidation state analysis and modelling.

  • Invited Speakers

PSA.9: Magnetic and Spintronic Materials

Magnetic, superconducting, ferroelectric and multiferroic functional materials for information technologies and smart structure applications are set to remain in the limelight, as judged by the ever-increasing number of research publications. The “non-structural disorder” in these materials manifests itself as highly mobile domains and domain walls. These are due to a local arrangement of magnetic, electric and/or local electronic properties. In this regard, recent technological innovations in electron microscopy, especially new aberration-correctors, high-speed cameras, pixelated detectors, high-energy resolution EELS and developments in imaging processing along with in-situ technologies, allow a quantum leap in fundamental understanding of the structure and properties of such materials. The symposium will also promote crosstalk at the intersections of frontiers in chemistry, physics, materials science and nanotechnology.

Related Conference Theme/s: Imaging Quantum Phenomena. Phase Sensitive Methods with Photons and Electrons

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Maria Varela (Complutense University of Madrid, ES)

      Maria Varela obtained her BS (1997) and PhD (2001) in Physics at the Complutense University, Madrid, Spain. She joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Wigner Fellow in 2002 and became a Distinguished Research Staff Member in the Materials Science and Technology Division. She became a Full Professor in Condensed Matter Physics at Complutense University of Madrid in 2017 after being the recipient of an European Research Council Starting Investigator Award. Her research experience includes thin film growth, transport properties and structural characterization by electron microscopy, specializing in aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and atomic resolution energy-loss spectroscopy.  Her main research interests include a variety of topics related to magnetism and complex oxide nanosystems, thin films and superlattices, including high Tc superconductors, colossal magnetoresistance materials, multiferroics, dilute magnetic semiconductors and other materials. She has been the recipient of awards such as the Burton Medal of the Microscopy Society of America, and she is a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2016.


    • Paulo Ferreira (The University of Texas at Austin, US)

      Paulo Ferreira is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IST, University of Lisbon and the Head of Department of Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal. He is also an Adjunct Professor, Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Before joining INL and IST in Portugal, he was Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty in Engineering and Full Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA and the Director of Electron Microscopy at the Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, USA and has done his Post-doctoral work at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. He concentrates his scientific research in the areas of Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Electron Microscopy applied to Alternative Energy Technologies. At the educational level, he teaches graduate courses in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, Structure and Electron Microscopy. In parallel, he has been involved in initiatives with various American and Portuguese institutions in the areas of Education and Higher Education, Systems of Innovation, and Science and Technology. He is co-author of three books, namely “Materials 2000”, IST Press, 2003, “Investing in the Future: University-Industry Collaborations in USA and Portugal”; and “Nanotechnology for Architects, Designers and Engineers” with co-authors D. Schodek (Harvard University) and Michael Ashby (University of Cambridge, UK). He is also the author of 185 scientific articles published in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Prof. Ferreira has also acted as a special advisor to the Minister of Economics and Innovation, Portugal, on Government Strategy for Science & Technology, and he is part of the Selection Nomination Committee of the Japan Prize. 

    • Stephen Pennycook (National University of Singapore, SG)

      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, the Materials Research Society Innovation in Characterization Award and the Microscopy Society (Singapore) Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Award. He has 38 books and book chapters, over 600 publications in refereed journals and has given over 290 invited presentations. His latest book is “Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy.”

  • Invited Speakers
    • Leopoldo Molina-Luna (TU Darmstadt, DE)

      Talk Title: TBC


    • Magnus Nord (University of Antwerp, BE)

      Talk Title: Studying magnetic materials using fast pixelated electron detectors

      Magnus is a Marie Curie Fellow working at University of Antwerp in Belgium, in the Electron microscopy for materials science (EMAT) group. Previously he worked as a Research Associate in the School of Physics and Astronomy at University of Glasgow. He obtained his PhD in Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, focusing on scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) analysis of perovskite oxide thin film systems. His current research is focused on the development of novel STEM techniques utilizing fast pixelated electron detectors such as the Medipix3, with a focus on magnetic materials. In addition to the experimental work, he is also a developer in the open source software project HyperSpy, and main developer in several other open source projects such as Atomap and pixStem for analysing TEM data.


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