Introduction to Electron Microscopy for Materials Science

Prof. Andrew Minor, University of California, Berkeley 



This talk will introduce the basics of Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) imaging, spectroscopy and diffraction techniques to a general audience and show recent highlights of new techniques for materials characterization. Modern TEMs combine atomic-level imaging and spectroscopy with quantitative diffraction analysis, providing a powerful toolkit for probing the structure and chemistry of materials. Recent technological advances in instrumentation such as stages and direct electron detectors have enabled new capabilities and modes of imaging. This talk will also highlight selected in situ observations of the dynamic physical behavior of materials in response to external stimuli such as temperature, environment, stress, and applied fields.



Andrew Minor is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and also holds a joint appointment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he is the Facility Director of the National Center for Electron Microscopy in the Molecular Foundry. He received a B.A. in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and his MS and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from U.C. Berkeley. He has co-authored over 225 publications and presented over 135 invited talks on topics such as nanomechanics, lightweight alloy development, characterization of soft materials and in situ TEM technique development. His honors include the LBL Materials Science Division Outstanding Performance Award (2006 & 2010), the AIME Robert Lansing Hardy Award from TMS (2012) and the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America (2015).


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