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Materials MicroÅnalysis Group

The Materials MicroÅnalysis (MMÅ) group’s mission is to "understand materials’ structure, chemistry, and function through the development and application of advanced analytical microscopy, atom probe tomography, and cryo-electron microscopy techniques."

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The MMÅ group at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) is dedicated to pioneering advanced, multi-scale materials characterization techniques that are aimed at uncovering vital structure-property-function correlations for materials research. 

Our group specializes in the development and application of aberration-corrected STEM imaging, spectroscopy (electron energy loss spectroscopy and energy dispersive), and electron diffraction methods for a wide range of materials (metals/alloys, ceramics, composites, biological and nanomaterials) used in energy storage, catalysis, quantum, structural, nuclear, biopreparedness, and theranostic applications. Our microscopes are uniquely equipped for in situ/operando microscopy experimentation with specialized holders and systems that allows us to image and analyze materials response under a range of sample of environments (liquid, gas, vacuum) and external stimuli such as temperature, pressure, laser irradiation, and electrical bias. We have a full suite of cryogenic preparation equipment and a dedicated, semi-automated cryo-electron microscopes that are used to study biological specimens, macromolecular structures, and beam-sensitive materials at near-atomic resolution. 

Our atom probe tomography facility (local electrode atom probe and dual beam SEM/FIB for specimen preparation) allows us to study the 3-D chemical composition with sub-nm resolution. Our team benefits from collaboration between DNA and NTI research groups to develop AI/ML-driven workflows to efficiently explore, analyze, and interpret data.



Group Leader, Materials MicroÅnalysis Group, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
Raymond R Unocic