Introduction to Microscopy

Prof. John Cumings, University of Maryland



Welcome to our virtual tutorial on advanced imaging techniques. We are quite excited to give a broad introduction to the various techniques that provide advanced imaging capabilities to push science at the frontiers of energy research. In this short presentation I will give an introduction and overview of the concepts of vision and imaging, how magnification is achieved, and the conventional limits to resolution. I will then move on to an introduction of our presenters, and the various ways that they are all pushing forward the forefront of imaging capabilities. I will conclude with an outlook to the future and an invitation for all to participate by submitting questions to our presenters and pursuing new research directions.



John Cumings received his BS in 1997 from Boston University and his PhD in 2002 from UC Berkeley.  After holding a postdoctoral research position at Stanford University, he joined the faculty of the Department Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland in 2005, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. Cumings has received several awards for his work, including an IBM graduate research fellowship, an NSF CAREER award, and the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award.  His research is in the area of nanomaterials and in situ transmission electron microscopy, and he has published more than 60 research articles on the topic.


Pre-recorded talk


Submit your questions for a panel discussion