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Oct 12 2021

Microscopy in Motion: Understanding How Crystals Grow through Electron Microscopy Movies

MIE Department Seminar

October 12, 2021

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location Passcode: DE8XxYMn


Chicago, IL 60607

Microscopy in Motion: Understanding How Crystals Grow through Electron Microscopy Movies

Meeting ID: 868 4399 5349

Presenter: Francis M. Ross, PhD, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  

Abstract: We can watch crystals grow in an electron microscope by adding atoms one at a time onto a clean surface. The movies tell us a lot about kinetics and thermodynamics but can also be entertaining, frustrating, or both at the same time. I will attempt to share the joy of this type of “in situ” microscopy as we aim to understand how atoms assemble into nanoscale crystals and use the information to control the formation of more complicated nanostructures whose properties might make them useful for new types of electronic devices.

Speaker Biography: Frances M. Ross is at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. She received her B.A. in Physics and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cambridge University, UK, where she became captivated by electron microscopy. She continued this interest during her postdoc at AT&T Bell Laboratories, as a staff scientist at the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and as a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Her research is based around the development of in situ electron microscopy techniques to help understand crystal growth, epitaxy, self-assembly and electrochemical and other liquid phase processes.


Prof. Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

Date posted

Sep 23, 2021

Date updated

Sep 24, 2021