Themis Inauguration

Register today for the December 11th Themis Inauguration!

MRL Themis Inauguration Schedule
8:30am-9:00am Refreshments, basement Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) west hall
9:00am-9:30am Opening Remarks & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, outside room B66 MRL
Materials Research Laboratory Director, Professor Paul Braun
Provost Andreas Cangellaris
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor Susan Martinis
College of Engineering Dean, Professor Rashid Bashir
Materials Science and Engineering Department Head, Professor David Cahill
9:30am-9:35am Relocate to Auditorium for all talks, 190 ESB
9:35am-10:15am Dr. Jan Ringnalda, Thermo Fisher Scientific
“Introducing the new Themis Z. Next level research with electron microscopy”
10:15am-10:30am Professor Pinshane Huang, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Atom-by-atom imaging of two-dimensional materials”
10:30am-10:45am Break, 2008 Supercon
10:45am-11:25am Professor Laurence Marks, Northwestern University
“The critical importance of simultaneously determining structure and composition: nonequilibrium solute capture in oxidation, corrosion and beyond”
11:25am-11:40am Professor Jian-Min Zuo, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Themis Z: a synchrotron in an electron column”
11:40am-12:00pm Rick Passey, Thermo Fisher Scientific
“Scios 2 DualBeam Overview”
12:00pm-12:20pm Rick Passey, Thermo Fisher Scientific
“Introduction to Cryo-EM Workflow”
12:20pm-12:30pm Closing Remarks
Dr. Mauro Sardela, MRL Director of Research Facilities
12:30pm Lunch, 2008 Supercon
1:30pm-5pm instrument demos, by appointment. Complete survey by December 7th for consideration to participate.

Speaker Abstracts and Bios

Jan Ringnalda, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Bio: Dr. Jan Ringnalda is a high-end TEM specialist since 1995, employed with Philips Electron Optics, FEI, Thermo Fisher Scientific. Jan received Bachelor of Science 1987 Liverpool University, PhD High Temperature Superconductivity Liverpool University 1993, and Post-Doc at Ohio-State University 1993-1995

Title: “Introducing the new Themis Z.  Next level research with electron microscopy.”

Abstract: This talk will cover the current materials science requirements and the instrumentation that needs to be used to research it.  Some of the new innovative automation will be outlined, as well as the capabilities needed to successfully identify the key problems facing the materials science community.


Pinshane Huang, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Bio: Pinshane Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds appointments in the Materials Research Laboratory and Beckman Institute at UIUC. Pinshane holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University, as well as a B.A, in Physics from Carleton College. Her research has been featured in Nova, National Geographic, BusinessWeek, CBS News, Discover Magazine, and the Guinness Book of World Records.

Title: “Atom-by-atom imaging of two-dimensional materials”

Abstract: The intrinsic atomic dimensions of two-dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene, electron microscopy and spectroscopy enable studies of structure and bonding with single atom precision. Yet 2D materials are not limited to the realm of fundamental science: methods now exist to synthesize individual atomic layers and pattern atomically-thin circuitry on up to meter length scales, enabling scalable technologies based on 2D materials and their heterostructures. To realize the potential of 2D materials in nanoelectronics, atomic-scale control is critical; defects, dopants, and interfaces have dramatic effects on the properties of materials that are a single unit cell thick. In this talk, I will discuss my group’s recent work on developing techniques to characterize 2D materials rapidly, scalably, and with single-atom precision in order to connect atomic structures to properties on the device scale.


Laurence Marks, Northwestern University

Bio: Laurence Marks is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. While over the years he has published extensively in electron microscopy, he has also worked in many other areas including nanoparticles, oxide surface science, heterogeneous catalysis, nanotribology, density functional theory algorithms and more recently flexoelectric phenomena and corrosion/oxidation. He always tells his students to follow the science, not the electron.

Title: “The critical importance of simultaneously determining structure and composition: nonequilibrium solute capture in oxidation, corrosion and beyond”

Abstract. Many solid structures are now well established, so it is common to assign materials based upon these known phases, for instance identify from the spacings present in diffraction experiments, chemical composition or signatures such as core level shifts in XPS, XANES or EELS. This implicitly makes a fundamental assumption – local equilibrium holds. Rigorous crystallography requires simultaneous determination of both local structure and chemistry, otherwise mistakes can occur. This talk will focus of recent work in oxidation and corrosion where simultaneous determination of both structure and chemistry reveals completely unexpected materials, which occur because local equilibrium is an invalid assumption in most cases.


Jian-Min Zuo, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Bio: Jian-Min Zuo is the Ivan Racheff Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. He is a specialist in electron diffraction and characterization of materials. His research portfolio at University of Illinois include the study of structure and property relationships in metals, semiconductors, and nanostructures and the development of electron microscopy techniques. He is the fellow of American Physical Society and the Microscopy Society of America.

Title: “Themis Z: a synchrotron in an electron column”

Abstract: The electron beam formed inside the Themis Z electron microscope has the scattering power that can be compared with a synchrotron, with the advantage of a probe aberration corrector. Using the high scattering power and high resolution, we have performed exploratory research on the identification of dopant atoms in semiconductor nanowires, the surface of large band-gap material Ga2O3, nanoparticles for battery research and high entropy alloys. This talk will use these examples to illustrate the power and potential of Themis Z microscope for materials research.


Rick Passey, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Bio: Rick Passey is an SEM/DualBeam applications expert who has been with Thermo Fisher Scientific (formerly FEI) for 10 years. His experience covers a wide range of microscopes and techniques, from environmental SEMs to the plasma FIB, 3D EDS/EBSD characterization to advanced TEM sample preparation. Prior to working with FEI, Rick spent 13 years as a Process Engineer with Hewlett Packard, leading an SEM/FIB laboratory, supporting materials characterization and failure analysis of inkjet and related technologies.

Title 1: “Scios 2 DualBeam Overview”

Abstract 1: This talk will provide overview of Scios 2 detection capabilities, cross-sectioning, and TEM sample preparation capabilities. 

Title 2: “Introduction to Cryo-EM Workflow”

Abstract 2: The need for Cryo-EM and workflow for modern bio-research into the resolving of structures at higher resolutions. This talk will cover the status of the cryo-EM research, and the modern methods of automating the process of data acquisition.