Miaofang Chi

Research Staff

Miaofang Chi is a research staff member at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2008. Prior to joining the Microscopy Group at ORNL in 2008, she was a visiting scholar at the National Center for Electron Microscopy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2004-2006) and was a research fellow at Lawrence Livermore National laboratory (2006-2008). She was awarded the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology and ORNL’s Early Career Research Award in 2015; and the Burton Metal by the Microscopy Society of America in 2016. She received the Lawrence Graduate Research Fellowship in 2006 and the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Microanalysis Society in 2007, and significant event awards at ORNL in 2014 and 2016. She has extensive research experience in the development and application of novel electron microscopy techniques for energy materials, such as lithium ion battery materials and fuel cell catalysts. Her current research focuses on understanding mass and electron transport behavior at the atomic-scale, as well as coupling materials physics with local lattice strain, bonding, and chemistry.


• Burton Medal Award, Microscopy Society of America (2016).
• ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology (2015)
• ORNL’s Early Career Research Award (2015)
• Significant Event Award, ORNL (2015).
• The Most Publications Award in Division, MSTD, ORNL (2010).
• Lawrence Graduate Student Research Fellowship, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2006-2008
• Distinguished Scholar Award, Microanalysis Society Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2007


Center for Nanophase Materials Science, Spallation Neutron Source


X. Qiu, M. Parans Paranthaman, M. Chi, I.N. Ivanov, Z. Zhang. (US Patent 20,130,045,383, 2013).

Specialized Equipment

Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopes