Conference Sessions
Physical Sciences: Tools and Techniques (PST)

PST.1: Phase Microscopy

Recent technological developments in the re-shaping of imaging waves (whether using apertures in real space or phase plates in reciprocal space) are enabling the latest generations of detectors to be used in powerful new ways. This session will cover new developments in phase-related imaging techniques across electron microscopy, x-ray imaging and allied techniques. Submissions relating to either the introduction of phase shifts in the imaging process (such as in holography and interferometry, or with vortex beams and new probe shapes) or the retrieval of phases from collected data (including ptychography, TIE, Lorentz microscopy and differential phase contrast etc.) are welcome.

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

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Laura Clark (University of Glasgow, UK)

      Dr. Laura Clark is a researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. She received her PhD in Physics from the EMAT laboratory of the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2016 and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Monash University, Australia before returning to the UK in early 2019. Her research focuses on developing novel imaging techniques in the (scanning) transmission electron microscope, with a particular interest in phase-contrast imaging to detect and measure electromagnetic fields within specimens. This work includes both experiment and theory to optimize achievable spatial resolution and field sensitivity given realistic dose and stability limitations.

    • Ben McMorran (University of Oregon, US)

      Prof. Ben McMorran joined the Physics Department faculty at University of Oregon in Fall 2011. He is a member of the UO Materials Science Institute (MSI) and the Oregon Center for Optical, Molecular, and Quantum Sciences (OMQ). Working under the guidance of Prof. Alex Cronin, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2009, with the thesis entitle "Electron Diffraction and Interferometry Using Nanostructures". Shortly thereafter, he joined the Electron Physics Group in the Center for Nanoscale Science And Technology (CNST) at NIST in Gaithersburg, where he worked with John Unguris and Jabez McClelland on magnetic electron microscopy. The McMorran group researches electron physics and magnetism. In particular, the lab uses electron microscopes as platforms for experiments in electron matter wave interferometry, and develops diffractive electron optics to coherently “sculpt” free electron wavefunctions, such as vortex states that carry quantized angular momentum. The lab uses these tools to explore the relationships between topology, angular momentum, and magnetic fields, and also applies them to develop improved forms of electron microscopy. He is a 2013 Department of Energy Early Career Award recipient.

    • Darius Pohl (Dresden University of Technology, DE)

      Dr. Darius Pohl is a Senior Scientist at the Dresden Center for Nanoanalysis (DCN), Technical University Dresden since 2018. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Technical University in Dresden working on surface near lattice relaxation in binary nanoparticles using aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy. Before joining the DCN, he worked at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) as a deputy head of department, Metastable and nanostructured materials. His research focuses on structure-property relation of nanoparticles as well as novel magnetic characterization techniques like EMCD and electron vortex microscopy.

  • Invited Speakers
    • Vincenzo Grillo (University of Modena, IT)

      Talk Title: Electron Orbital Angular Momentum Sorter: a new concept of “spectroscopy” and its prospective in microscopy

      Dr. Grillo graduated in Physics from the University of Genova (110/110 cum laude) in 1997. He received his PhD in electron microscopy at the University of Parma, while performing collaborative work with Erlangen University (Germany). In 2001 he served as a visiting scientist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, working on cathodoluminescence in TEM. Since 2003 he has been working in the INFM (now absorbed by CNR), currently as a Senior Fellow Researcher in electron microscopy. He has developed innovative TEM-STEM methodology and published the first quantitative use of STEM with a HAADF detector for chemical analyses. He is now working on Vortex beams and holographic beam generation. He and his group are now among the world’s leading groups in this sector for their work on phase holograms, large vortex beams and the theory of spin-orbit coupling with vortex. In 2015 he was a visiting researcher at the University of Oregon. In 2016 he received the Humboldt Foundation’s BESSEL research award for his work on Beam shaping. Since 2017 he has been the Scientific Coordinator of the project Q-SORT, funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 766970 (H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017) .Dr. Grillo is co-author of at least 100 articles and 5 book chapters. The H-factor of his publications is 32.

    • Benedikt Haas (Humboldt University of Berlin, DE)

      Talk Title: Comparison of off-axis electron holography, differential phase contrast, 4D STEM and ptychography for the measurement of atomic or mesoscopic electric fields

      After joining the field of transmission electron microscopy (investigating organic semiconductors) at Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany), Benedikt Haas moved to the CEA Grenoble (France) in 2013 for his PhD. There, he worked on developing diffraction and imaging based quantitative methods for STEM under the supervision of Jean-Luc Rouvière, which also led to two patent applications in the field of 4D STEM. After defending his thesis in 2017, he relocated to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), where he is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Christoph T. Koch. His current focus is extending momentum-resolved electron microscopy from sub-Angstrom to millimeter scale by combining experiments on the group’s Nion HERMES microscope with those on a modified transmission SEM, applying these techniques to 2D materials, organic crystals, and semiconductors.

PST.2: Microscopy for the Study of Quantum Effects and Nano-optics

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in material systems where quantum effects manifest themselves over a wide range of length scales (superconductors, topological insulators, nickelates...). Developments in material growth, spectroscopy and imaging have stimulated a new field of research that requires appropriate tools, techniques and models to be fully understood. This session aims to bring together experimentalists and theoreticians from a broad range of techniques not only using Electron Microscopy and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy but also ARPES and X-ray spectroscopy. Particular emphasis will be given on momentum resolved spectroscopy, tools and techniques for measuring the local polarization, and nano-optics.

Related Conference Theme/s: Imaging Quantum Phenomena

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Alan Maigne (The University of British Columbia, CA)

      Alan Maigné graduated in Mathematics before studying Solid State Physics and Electron Microscopy both at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and at Université Paris-Sud. His doctoral study was focused on Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) and STEM imaging of functionalized single wall carbon nanotubes under the supervision of Professor Colliex (CNRS, France) and Professor Iijima (Meijo University, Japan). Alan spent 6 years at NEC Fundamental Research Laboratory studying the functionalization of nanotubes for biotechnology and drug delivery system; during this period, he received the award of excellence from the French Minister of Foreign Affair as well as a JSPS fellowship. He, then joined Gatan Inc. where he supported the Asia Pacific Area as a EM scientific consultant for various universities and industrials. Alan joined the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in 2015 to study in-situ charging effect and to develop direct detector for EELS. Since 2017, Alan is in charge of the Quantum Matter Electron Microscopy Center with George Sawatzky at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research focuses on quantum material such as superconductors, topological insulators using momentum resolved EELS as well as heat transport in 1D nanomaterial.

    • Doug Bonn (The University of British Columbia, CA)

      Doug Bonn is an experimental physicist working in the field of quantum materials at the University of British Columbia. His main research in unconventional superconductivity, has involved infrared spectroscopy, magnetic measurements, high-field transport measurements, microwave spectroscopy, and scanning tunnelling microscopy/spectroscopy. This began with PhD work (McMaster University, 1989) that used infrared spectroscopy to study the superconducting gap of the newly-discovered high temperature superconductors. Later at UBC with Walter Hardy he developed superconducting microwave resonators that led to three distinct discoveries of long-term importance to the study of these and other unconventional superconductors. The most prominent was precision measurements of the London penetration depth in YBa2Cu3O7-x which revealed a linear temperature dependence of the superfluid density. This was a controversial and pivotal measurement that shifted the field to identifying these materials as d-wave superconductors. The techniques also yielded the discovery of long-lived quasiparticles in the superconducting state and revealed the importance of critical fluctuations. This work included a team effort with Walter Hardy and Ruixing Liang on crystal growth of high-purity, high temperature superconductors that fueled much collaborative research in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In recent years, his work has moved into developing and employing scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) techniques, and coincided with the emergence of the iron pnictides, a new family of high temperature superconductors. Work on these materials, especially LiFeAs, has identified an S+ pairing state using quasiparticle interference, and has highlighted the importance of inelastic tunneling processes when using STM to study these materials.

  • Invited Speakers
    • Luiz Tizei (Université Paris-Sud, FR)

      Talk Title: Novel nanoscale IR-UV spectroscopies in an advanced electron microscope

      Luiz Tizei has a Bachelor in Physics (2005) from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil). In 2011, he obtained his PhD in physics from the IFGW at UNICAMP under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Ugarte and Prof. Mônica Cotta (co-advisor), with a thesis concentrated on the chemical and physical properties of III-V semiconductor nanowires. He then joined the STEM group at the LPS (Orsay, France) for a post-doc between 2011 and 2013, during which he built a light intensity interferometer to detect single photon sources excited by fast electrons (cathodoluminescence) in an electron microscope. The first demonstration of this effect in NV0 centers in diamonds was achieved in late 2012. In late 2013 he left the STEM group and joined Kazu Suenaga at the AIST (Tsukuba, Japan) for a post-doc, during which he studied the physical and chemical properties of low dimensionality structures (single atoms, single molecules, carbon nanotubes, atomic chains, 2D monolayers) using electron microscopy techniques. In December 2014 he was hired by the CNRS to work at the LPS. His research is focused on the development of electron spectroscopy techniques and their application to materials at the nanoscale. Particularly, he is active in the study of the optical response (absorption and emission) of nanostructures in the middle infrared to ultraviolet range.

    • Vidya Madhaven (University of Illinois, US)

      Talk Title: Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy as a probe of quantum phenomena

      Dr. Madhavan received her bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering in 1991 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a master of technology degree in solid state materials in 1993, from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Upon completion of  her phD in 2000 from Boston University, she moved to Berkeley, California for postdoctoral appointment at the University of California, Berkeley from 1999 to 2002.  She joined the physics faculty at Boston College as an assistant professor in 2002, and moved to the University of Illinois , Urbana-Champaign as a full professor in 2014. Her lab specialized in scanning tunneling microscopy and MBE growth of quantum materials. 

PST.3: New Instrumentation

Recent technological breakthroughs for both imaging and spectroscopy using electrons, ions, photons and X-rays, have provided a fertile new ground for correlative analysis of materials’ structural, chemical and physical properties together with their functionalities at unprecedented spatial and spectral resolution. For this, state-of-the-art approaches to sample preparation, fabrication, and analytics that go beyond conventional methods need to be developed. This session will provide a forum to review and discuss recent scientific achievements at the forefront of new instrumentation development and the impact of these new instruments, where topical areas include: high-brightness sources, high-energy resolution monochromators, structured illumination, adaptive optics, novel aberration correctors, spectrometers, fast and collection-efficient detectors, as well as innovative focused ion-beam tools.

Related Conference Theme/s: Imaging Quantum Phenomena. The Lab in the Microscope - In Situ, In Vivo, In Operando and Multimodal Microscopy. Phase Sensitive Methods with Photons and Electrons. Cutting Edge Advanced Sample Preparation

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Peter van Aken (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, DE)

      Prof. Dr. Peter A. van Aken leads the Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy (StEM), adding exceptional strength to the analytical capabilities of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. StEM possesses outstanding expertise in scanning and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), focused ion-beam applications, and methodology development. Prof. van Aken’s research focuses on the atomic-scale characterization of interfaces, functional complex oxide hetero-structures, strained semiconductors, of optical properties of nanostructured thin films and plasmonic-active nanostructures, nanoparticles and nanomaterials, as well as of molecules on 2D materials. He uses and further develops the advanced TEM techniques electron energy-loss spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, in-line electron holography, in-situ TEM methods, strain mapping, quantitative high-resolution TEM analysis, different quantitative electron diffraction techniques, image processing and simulation, and electron ptychography and tomography. Prof. van Aken’s research mission is the advancement of the in-depth microscopic understanding of materials with respect to their functionalities and structure–property relationships.

    • Quentin Ramasse (University of Leeds, UK)

      Quentin Ramasse is the Director of the SuperSTEM Laboratory, the EPSRC UK National Research Facility for Advanced Electron Microscopy, and holds a joint Chair in Electron Microscopy at the School of Physics and School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds, U.K. After a MEng in France and a MMaths at the University of Cambridge, he obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge working on optical aberration measurements methodologies for aberration-corrected STEM. Before taking up his post at SuperSTEM he held a Staff Scientist position at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) in Berkeley, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded user facility where he took part in the TEAM project. Quentin Ramasse has published extensively in the field of STEM-EELS, with a dual focus on STEM technique development and applications to a wide range of materials, from 2-dimensional materials such as graphene and MoS2 nano-catalysts to complex oxides.

  • Invited Speakers
    • Naoya Shibata (University of Tokyo, JP)

      Talk Title: Magnetic field free atomic resolution STEM for magnetic materials

      Naoya Shibata is a Director and Professor in the Institute of Engineering Innovation, The University of Tokyo. He received a PhD in Materials Science in 2003 at 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 and a Director from 2019. His research focuses on the development of new imaging techniques in scanning transmission electron microscopy and their application to interface studies in materials and devices. He has authored or co-authored more than 220 publications in refereed journals. His honors include JSPS medal (2019), Richard M. Fulrath Award, the American Ceramic Society (2018), 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). 

    • Max Haider (Corrected Electron Optical Systems GmbH, DE)

      Talk Title: Advancements of Instrumentation for High-Resolution Electron Microscopy

      Max. Haider received his PhD in Physics from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, in 1987. He specialized in electron optics and instrumentation. Already during his diploma work in Darmstadt he was involved in the development of correctors which attracted his attention over his whole career. He became a group leader at the EMBL, Heidelberg in 1990 where he started two projects of aberration correctors: a Cc/Cs-corrector for a low voltage SEM and together with H. Rose and K Urban the Cs-corrector project for TEM in 1991. Both projects could be finished successfully with an improvement of the attainable resolution in 1995 and 1997, respectively. In 1996 he founded together with J. Zach the company CEOS which concentrates on the development of correctors and other advanced electron optical components. Until the end of 2018 about 800 correctors have been installed worldwide with the corrector technology of CEOS. He received several awards like the Beckurts Award in 2006, the Honda Prize in 2007, the Wolf Prize in 2011 and the BBVA Award in 2014. Since 2008, he is appointed as Honorary Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In 2015 he received the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Microscopy Society and the NIMS Award have been awarded to him. In 2019 he was nominated for the European Inventor Award for his life-time achievements, he has been selected as member of the Class 2019 Fellows of the Microscopy Society of America and he became Honorary Member of the German Society of Electron Microscopy.

    • Florent Houdellier (CNRS, FR)

      Talk Title: Improving electron microscope capabilities through the design of new cold field emission electron source

      Dr. Florent Houdellier is a research engineer at CNRS. This engineer in Physics from INSA obtained his PhD thesis in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in 2006 at the laboratory CEMES-CNRS in Toulouse. After a post-doc he integrated the CEMES as head of the electron microscopy service. Since 2016, he is the head of the laboratory's characterization platform. His research activity focuses on the methodological developments of advanced TEM techniques in particular in electron diffraction and electron holography, and also on instrumental developments such as new coherent electrons sources or more recently new types of electromagnetic lenses. He is also director of a joint laboratory created between Hitachi and CNRS named HC-IUMI (Hitachi CNRS infrastructure for ultrafast microscopy). He received the Pierre Favard award of the French microscopy society and the Ernst Ruska prize of the German microscopy society.

PST.4: Spectroscopies in Electron, X-ray and Ion Microscopy

Hyperspectral imaging has become ubiquitous in a wide range of techniques to couple spatial and spectral information at the micro- down to atomic scale. This session aims at exploring the latest advances in spectroscopies, including hyperspectral data acquisition, processing, and analysis on hard and soft matter, by electron, ion, and x-ray microscopy. It covers the recent developments of data acquisition schemes, such as low dose, random scan, multi-signal, etc., using spectroscopies like EELS, EDX/WDX, IR, Raman, He-Ne, XAS (soft and hard x-rays). Studies with focus on hyperspectral data analysis and modelling, using e.g. inelastic channeling, atomistic calculations, machine learning algorithms, etc. are strongly encouraged, in addition to contributions involving the development of novel hyperspectroscopy methods.

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

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Nestor Zaluzec (Argonne National Laboratory, US)


    • Demie Kepaptsoglou (University of York, UK)

      Demie Kepaptsoglou is a Staff Scientist of the SuperSTEM Laboratory in Daresbury UK and holds a joint Senior Research Fellow – Lecturers position at the University of York in the U.K.. She received her PhD on Metallurgy and Materials Science from the National Techical University of Athens, Greece and subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the university of Oslo in Norway, before joining SuperSTEM in 2011. Her work focuses on the implementation of analytical electron microscopy and spectroscopy in functional materials focusing on the effects defects presence in the electronic structure and transport properties. 

    • Matthieu Bugnet (French National Centre for Scientific Research, FR)

      Matthieu Bugnet obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Poitiers, France in 2011. From 2012 till 2016, he was a postdoctoral fellow then research associate in the group of Gianluigi Botton at McMaster University, Canada. Since 2016, he holds a tenured research scientist CNRS position at the University of Lyon, France. His research activities revolve around the use of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) in the aberration-corrected STEM, more specifically to understand chemical bonding in nanoscale inorganic materials via the interpretation of near-edge fine structures at sub-nm spatial resolution. Recently, he started investigating high-temperature and gas-induced phenomena in the environmental TEM, using EELS and high resolution TEM.

  • Invited Speakers
    • Ryosuke Senga (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, JP)

      Talk Title: Nanoscale optical and vibrational spectroscopy of low-dimensional materials by using a monochromatic electron source

      Ryosuke Senga obtained his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Osaka in 2013. He held a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship for Young Scientists there (2012-2013). Then he joined the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) as a researcher (2013-2017) and now is a senior researcher. His research explores the characterization of nanomaterials by means of electron microscopy and spectroscopy. He currently focuses on the localized optical and vibrational spectroscopy of 1D/2D materials by using a monochromatic electron source mounted in a scanning transmission electron microscope. A recipient of The Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) Fellow (2012) and 8th International Workshop on Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy and Related Techniques Best poster award (2017).

    • Gerald Kohleitner (University of Graz, AT)

      Talk Title: TBC



PST.5: Diffraction Techniques and Structural Analysis

Structural analysis and nanoscale crystallography using electron diffraction and related methods has undergone a renaissance in recent years. There have been a series of major developments in recent years that have transformed the field, including: the advent of remarkably sensitive, almost noise-free, cameras and detectors; the introduction of automated data collection and big data processing (e.g. machine learning); and the availability of dedicated software that enables robust and reliable structure determination from electron data. This has led to an explosion of interest across a wide range of materials and life sciences in using these techniques to (i) solve crystal structures not amenable to more conventional x-ray diffraction and (ii) to use the high spatial resolution of the microscopes to reveal hitherto unseen micro- and nano-structure using 4D scanning methods, acquiring diffraction patterns at every real space probe position. This session highlights the progress made in this area using both scanning electron microscopy (with techniques such as EBSD (2D and 3D), ECCI, TKD and (scanning) transmission electron microscopy such as 4D-STEM, SED, SPED, PED, CBED, SCBED, HRTEM, time-resolved diffraction and ptychography. We would also encourage submission of papers from complementary fields such as atom probe tomography and scanning transmission x-ray microscopy.

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

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • 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.


    • Xiaodong Zou (University of Stockholm, SE)

      Xiaodong Zou is a full professor and deputy head of the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University. She received her B.Sc. in Physics at Peking University in 1984, and Ph.D. in structural chemistry at Stockholm University in 1995. She joined the faculty at Stockholm University in 1996 and became professor 2005. Her research interests have been developments of electron crystallographic methods and design of novel porous materials. Her group has developed several image and diffraction-based methods and software for accurate atomic structure determination of unknown crystals, and solved many complex structures including zeolites, metal-organic frameworks, organic compounds and proteins. She has received several prestigious awards given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Fellow of the Royal Chemical Society (FRCS) and council member of the International Zeolite Association. She has published over 300 papers and has an h-index of 57.

    • Paul Midgley (University of Cambridge, UK)

      Professor Paul Midgley FRS is Head of Department and Professor of Materials Science in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy in the University of Cambridge. Until his appointment as HoD he was Director of the Wolfson Electron Microscope Suite. His research interests lie primarily in transmission electron microscopy and in recent years has focussed on the development of electron tomography, precession electron diffraction and energy loss spectroscopy and their application to nanoscale materials. He sits on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals and was for many years Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ultramicroscopy. He has received a number of awards and prizes including in 2007 the Ernst-Ruska Prize of the German Microscopy Society. From 2008-2012, he was President of the European Microscopy Society and, from 2012-2016, the Past-President. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and, in 2016, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. He has published over 300 papers and has an h-index of 50.

  • Invited Speakers
    • Tatiana Gorelik (Ulm University, DE)

      Talk Title: Electron diffraction: crystals and beyond

      Tatiana Gorelik currently works as a senior researcher at the University of Ulm on electron diffraction techniques applied to a broad spectrum of materials. Her educational background includes a Master of Science in Chemistry (1996) at Novosibirsk State University, Russia, and a PhD (2002) from Jena University. Both related to transmission electron microscopy of diverse materials systems. Tatiana can also draw on a rich professional experience. In 2003 she worked at the University of Mainz as a guest scientist. In 2004 she received a postdoctoral fellowship at National Cancer Institute, NIH USA, where she was working with cryo-TEM and single particle analysis. In 2005 she returned to Mainz where she accepted a research position at the Centre for High-Resolution Electron Microscopy Mainz (EMZM). Since 2017 she works at the University of Ulm, Germany. Tatiana’s research focus on electron crystallography has remained stable during her career. During her time in Mainz she developed the Automated Diffraction Tomography (ADT) method, which was the first 3D ED technique. She was working on the data acquisition module as well as developed the procedures for the data processing (implemented in ADT3D package), which are currently used by most dedicated programs. She was a pioneer in ab-initio structure analysis of organic materials using 3D ED data. Later she began to work with electron Pair Distribution Function (ePDF), bringing the ePDF analysis to the new quantitative level. Tatiana has organized several international schools and workshops on electron crystallography and particularly on ePDF technique. She has a strong publication record including high ranking journals and with various co-authors.


    • Duncan Johnstone (University of Cambridge, UK)

      Talk Title: Multidimensional electron diffraction of soft materials

      Duncan is a Research Associate in the Electron Microscopy Group of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy in the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD (2018) in the same group following an MEng in Materials Science at the University of Oxford (2014). Duncan's research develops electron diffraction techniques and associated software for the study of structurally complex materials. He is particularly interested in the application of four-dimensional scanning electron diffraction (4D-SED) and three-dimensional electron diffraction. (3D-ED) to soft materials with industrial significance, such as polymers and pharmaceutical organic solids. He is also the lead developer of an open-source python package for the analysis of multidimensional electron diffraction data called pyxem.

PST.6: In Situ and In Operando Microscopy

In order to understand dynamic processes in functional materials they have to be studied under relevant environmental conditions and driving forces. Significant developments in instrumentation has brought various stimuli (e.g. temperature, electric/magnetic fields, light, mechanic probes) and environments (e.g., liquids, gases) most successfully in TEM with high precision and controllability. On the other hand, SEMs with their large space available, stronger interaction at lowered electron energies and steady improvements in resolution promise high potential for dynamic studies as well. When coupled to efficient detection with novel experimental designs or new detectors, unprecedented details of dynamic processes in materials can be studied using imaging, diffraction and spectroscopy techniques. When tackling problems in beam sensitive materials, smart dose budgets, or correlative, complementary techniques using other probes have to be applied. In this symposium, we aim to highlight novel approaches to in situ and in operando microscopy, illustrated with applications in materials science. We welcome contributions on instrumental developments or novel use of existing equipment that can provide new insights into the dynamics of materials, including (but not limited to) nucleation and growth, phase transformations, surface and catalytic processes, functional properties, dynamics of defects, and degradation processes.

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
  • Invited Speakers
    • Raymond Unocic (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US)

      Talk Title: Atomic Engineering of 2D Materials: In situ STEM experiments, theory and functional properties

      Raymond Unocic is a Senior R&D Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences Division. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2008. He started his career at ORNL under the Alvin M. Weinberg early career distinguished fellowship program from 2009-2011 then transitioned to R&D Staff Scientist. His research focuses on the development and application of novel in situ and operando electron microscopy techniques to probe the functionality of nanomaterials used in energy storage, catalysis and electronic applications. He holds an adjunct professor position in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and is a joint faculty member in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and ORNL. He is active in professional societies such as the Microscopy Society of America (MSA), Materials Research Society (MRS), the Electrochemical Society (ECS) and was the past leader for the focused interest group on in situ electron microscopy in liquids and gases for MSA. He has co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications and 3 book chapters. He was awarded 4 U.S. Patents and received several notable awards such as 2 R&D 100 Awards, the Microanalysis Society Birks Award and the National Collegiate Inventors Competition Award.


    • Kunal Mukherjee (University of California, Santa Barbara, US)

      Talk Title: TBC


    • Alan Maigne (The University of British Columbia, CA)

      Alan Maigné graduated in Mathematics before studying Solid State Physics and Electron Microscopy both at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and at Université Paris-Sud. His doctoral study was focused on Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) and STEM imaging of functionalized single wall carbon nanotubes under the supervision of Professor Colliex (CNRS, France) and Professor Iijima (Meijo University, Japan). Alan spent 6 years at NEC Fundamental Research Laboratory studying the functionalization of nanotubes for biotechnology and drug delivery system; during this period, he received the award of excellence from the French Minister of Foreign Affair as well as a JSPS fellowship. He, then joined Gatan Inc. where he supported the Asia Pacific Area as a EM scientific consultant for various universities and industrials. Alan joined the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in 2015 to study in-situ charging effect and to develop direct detector for EELS. Since 2017, Alan is in charge of the Quantum Matter Electron Microscopy Center with George Sawatzky at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research focuses on quantum material such as superconductors, topological insulators using momentum resolved EELS as well as heat transport in 1D nanomaterial.

    • Marc Willinger (University of Zürich, CH)

      Talk Title: TBC

      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. 

PST.7: Fast and Ultrafast Dynamics using Transmission Electron Microscopy

This session will focus on advances in the study of fast and ultrafast chemical and materials dynamics (structural, electronic, magnetic) with transmission electron microscopy instrumentation and methods. Abstracts are encouraged in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Techniques and instrumentation for high frame rate imaging and the science they enable.
  • Method and instrument development for increasing spatial, temporal, and energy resolutions in ultrafast transmission electron microscopes (UTEMs), both in stroboscopic and single-shot modes.
  • Pulse compression methods and schemes, including those for generating attosecond electron packets in the stroboscopic mode and sub-nanosecond packets in the single shot mode.
  • Laser technology/architecture and other means for generating discrete electron packets (e.g., RF cavities) that expand UTEM capabilities and the application space.
  • UTEM-compatible cathode developments; including those based on swept beams, field emission, Schottky-type, and thermionic electron guns.
  • Discoveries, new physical insights, and paradigm tests that have occurred because of, and have been enabled by, UTEM developments and advancements.

In addition to communicating technology developments and the new scientific advances resulting from UTEM experiments, a goal of this symposium is to stimulate discussions on future directions of fast and ultrafast TEM and to foster the formation of new collaborations and new ideas within the community.

Related Conference Theme/s: Live & Fast Super-resolution - Frontiers in Imaging of Ultrafast Processes. Imaging Quantum Phenomena

Session Chairs and Invited Speakers
  • Session Chairs
    • Ilke Arslan (Argonne National Laboratory, US)


    • David Flannigan (University of Minnesota, US)

      David Flannigan is the L.E. Scriven Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and he is currently a McKnight Presidential Fellow and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively.  At Illinois, he studied the physical conditions and chemical processes of sonoluminescence under the guidance of Prof. Ken Suslick.  Following this, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked on the development and application of ultrafast electron microscopy with Prof. Ahmed Zewail.  He joined the faculty at Minnesota in 2012, where his research focuses on the study of nonequilibrium materials dynamics with ultrafast electron imaging, diffraction, and spectroscopy.  His group’s work has been recognized with a Beckman Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a DOE Early Career Award, and a Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award.

    • Fabrizio Carbone (EPFL, CH)


  • Invited Speakers
    • Oh-Hoon Kwon (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, KR)

      Talk Title: Imaging light-induced transient structures of 2D matter using ultrafast electron microscopy

      Dr. Kwon received his B.S. degree from Seoul National University, Korea in 1998 and finished his Ph.D. study on picosecond-resolved spectroscopy in 2004 at the same school. Following postdoctoral training under the supervision of Dr. Ahmed H. Zewail, Nobel Laureate of Chemistry in 1999, at California Institute of Technology until 2010, he served as Senior Scientist in the same institute. Dr. Kwon has co-authored with Dr. Zewail twenty research papers, and one patent on the development of 4D electron tomography. Prof. Kwon developed the second-generation ultrafast electron microscope as a member of a collaborative team. In May 2013, he returned to Korea, accepting a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). Now one of his interests in Ulsan is the development of a robust, correlative ultrafast electron/optical microscope and the expansion of its scope for the studies of nonequilibrium phenomena of hard and soft matter.

    • Yimei Zhu (Brookhaven National Laboratory, US)

      Talk Title: Probing electron-phonon interplay and photoinduced transient state in strongly correlated systems using ultrafast electron microscopy

      Prof. Yimei Zhu is Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Stony Brook University. He received his BS from Shanghai Jiaotong University and PhD from Nagoya University.  He joined BNL as Assistant Scientist in 1988, rising through the rank to become Tenured Senior Physicist in 2002. He is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Electron Microscopy at BNL. His research interests include condensed matter physics of correlated electron systems and advanced electron microscopy. He is an Inaugural Fellow of Microscopy Society of America (MSA), a Fellow of American Physical Society, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of Materials Research Society.  Zhu has published more than 600 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered more than 300 invited talks at international conferences. He is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award from MSA, and the 2019 R&D100 Award and Innovation Award for his contribution to the development of ultrafast electron microscopy instrumentation.

    • Pietro Musumeci (University of California, Los Angeles, US)

      Talk Title: Single-shot time-resolved electron microscopy using MeV electrons

      Pietro Musumeci's primary research interests lie in combining modern laser technology with advanced accelerator concepts. He graduated from UCLA in 2004, then moved to Italy to lead the developmnet of the first italian radiofrequency electron gun and joined the UCLA faculty in 2007. Since then, he has been interested in taking advantage of accelerator and beam physics to improve ultrafast electron scattering techniques such as time-resolved diffraction and microscopy. He has been elected APS fellow in 2016 for pioneering work in the physics of high brightness beams, including ultrafast relativistic electron diffraction, and high gradient inverse free electron laser acceleration. Since 2018 is a member of the Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee.

    • Daniel Masiel (Integrated Dynamic Electron Solutions, US)

      Talk Title: The Utility of Electrostatic Subframing – Applications of Kilohertz Framerate Imaging

      Daniel Masiel founded Integrated Dynamic Electron Solutions (IDES) in 2009 with the goal of enabling researchers to observe the behavior of nanomaterials at the fastest timescales possible. He has over 10 years of experience in the development and commercialization of electron beam instrumentation, photonics, and software. Daniel was inspired to start IDES while developing techniques for imaging catalyst dynamics as part of his Ph.D. research with the Dynamic TEM group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Under Daniel's leadership IDES has launched three lines of products; expanded its reach globally, with customers in seven countries; and has become the market leader in the field of time resolved electron microscopy.

PST.8: Scanning Probe Microscopy: Imaging and Beyond

This session will focus on the last cutting-edge developments of scanning probe microscopies for the characterisation of materials, from soft biological and polymeric materials to hard inorganic materials. Beyond surface imaging, the session will highlight the abilities of SPM to characterise the surface properties of materials with a particular focus on the nanomechanical property characterisation with various AFM-based techniques and on the functional properties such as electronic, magnetic, piezoelectric properties with techniques such as EFM, KPFM, MFM, PFM, ...

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
    • Philippe Leclere (University of Mons, BE)

      Philippe Leclère received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Liège (Belgium) in 1994. He joined the group of Jean-Luc Brédas at the University of Mons in 1995 as a research fellow. From 2000 to 2004, he worked as research associate and served as research coordinator at the Materia Nova Research Center. During this period, he spent 4 months in the group of Jean-Pierre Aimé at the University of Bordeaux (France) and one year in the group of E.W. (Bert) Meijer at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. Since 2003, he is still visiting scientist at the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems at TU/e. In 2004, he became Research Associate of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS – FNRS) at the University of Mons. In 2014, he became Senior Research Associate of the FRS – FNRS.

    • Bernard Nysten (Université Catholique de Louvain, BE)

      Bernard Nysten holds a Master degree in Engineering Sciences (Solid State Physics), a PhD degree in Applied Sciences (Materials Science) and a Higher Education Faculty Qualification from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium). After a post-doctoral stay at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS) in Bordeaux (France), he joined the Polymer Science laboratory of the UCLouvain. In 1996, he became Research Associate of the FRS-FNRS and, in 2007, he was promoted Senior Research Associate of the FRS-FNRS. Since 2012, he is Full Professor at the UCLouvain where he conducts his research in the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (IMCN) and teaches at the Louvain School of Engineering (EPL).ntly, he chairs the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (IMCN), he is chairman of the Wallonia Network for Nanotechnology (NanoWal) and he is treasurer of the Royal Belgian Society for Microscopy (RBSM). His research activities are mainly focused on nanosciences and nanotechnologies, particularly the development and the application of scanning probe microscopies (scanning tunnelling microscopy, STM, and atomic force microscopy, AFM) for the study of material surfaces, especially polymers, and to nanomaterials. It includes the measurement and mapping of the surface mechanical properties of organic surfaces and of the mechanical properties of nanomaterials (nanomechanics), the mapping of surface physico-chemical properties, surface chemical functionalization (nanochemistry), the measurement and mapping of electrical, electronic, ferroelectric and magnetic properties of (hybrid) nanostructures (nanophysics).

  • Invited Speakers


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