EMAG 2021

Organised by the Institute of Physics's Electron Microscopy and Analysis Group (EMAG), the 2021 EMAG Conference will be part of mmc2021.

EMAG 2021 Sessions

2D Materials

Session Organisers: Sarah Haigh and Andy Brown

Spectroscopy & Advanced SEM

Session Organisers: Miryam Arredondo and Cornelia Rodenburg

Energy and Energy Storage Materials

Session Organisers: Joanne Sharp and Donald Maclaren

Automated Control, Advanced Data Processing

Session Organisers: Sarah Harper and Jun Yuan 

Soft and Hybrid Materials

Session Organisers: Laura Clark and Andy Brown

Electron Crystallography and Diffraction

Session Organisers: Richard Beanland and Joanne Sharp

Functional Materials

Session Organisers: Ana Sanchez and Miryam Arredondo

Instrumentation Development (incl Detector Technology)

Session Organisers: John Rodenburg and Laura Clark


Session Organisers: Donald Maclaren and Ana Sanchez

This session is kindly sponsored by Quantum Design UK and Ireland

in-situ microscopy

Session Organisers: Cornelia Rodenburg and Jun Yuan


For more information on our Invited Speakers please click on their name.

EMAG Invited Speakers
  • Professor Sarah Haigh (University of Manchester, UK)
    • Talk title: Developing 2D material heterostructures supported by advanced transmission electron microscopy

      Professor Sarah Haigh Sarah Haigh is a Professor of Materials Characterisation at the University of Manchester, UK. She is the Director of bp-ICAM, an academic-industrial partnership founded in 2012 by a $100M investment from bp that is now focussing on developing low carbon technologies. She is Director of the Department of Materials  Electron Microscopy Centre, which has 25 instruments and over 500 users. She leads an active research group centred around improving understanding of 2D and nanomaterials properties using advanced transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging and analysis techniques. She is particularly interested in the development and application of new methods for high resolution in situ liquid or gas cell scanning TEM imaging and holds an ERC Starter Grant in this area. She has published over 200 papers and 4 book chapters, with over 10000 citations since 2015 and an H-index of 46.

  • Professor Ido Kaminer (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
    • Talk title: Extreme Light-Matter Interactions in the Ultrafast Transmission Electron Microscope

      Professor Ido Kaminer

      Ido Kaminer joined the Technion as an assistant professor and an Azrieli Faculty Fellow in March 2018, after a postdoc at MIT as a Rothschild Fellow, MIT-Technion Fellow, and a Marie Curie Fellow. In his PhD, Ido discovered new classes of accelerating beams in nonlinear optics and electromagnetism, for which he received the 2012 Israel Physical Society Prize, and the 2014 APS (American Physical Society) Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science. Ido was the first Israeli to ever win an APS award for his PhD thesis. He holds the Technion Jacques Lewiner Career Advancement Chair – Leaders in Science and Technology. Ido was chosen to the list of 40 promising leaders under 40 by TheMarker and won multiple awards and grants recently including the ERC Starting Grant.

      Ido’s research employs quantum electrodynamics (QED) to address fundamental problems in Photonics, Plasmonics, and Electron Microscopy. Ido uses the tools of QED to predict new phenomena, which arise from engineering the wavefunctions of electrons and of photons in specific ways that yield physical situations not encountered in natural settings. His group employs femtosecond lasers in transmission electron microscopes for new kinds of experiments – they developed a unique microscope that combines record resolution in space&time. Ido’s work is leading to new analytical capabilities in electron microscopy, with applications for novel light sources (e.g., x-ray sources for spectroscopy) and ultrafast detectors (e.g., scintillators for medical imaging).

  • Dr Demie Kepaptsoglou (SuperSTEM Laboratory in Daresbury, UK)
    • Talk title: Monochromated EELS: putting a synchrotron in an electron microscope

      Dr Demie Kepaptsoglou Demie Kepaptsoglou is a Staff Scientist of the SuperSTEM Laboratory in Daresbury UK and holds a joint  Lecturers position at the University of York. She received her PhD on Metallurgy and Materials Science from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the university of Oslo in Norway, before joining SuperSTEM in 2011 and the University of York in 2017.  Her work focuses on the implementation of analytical electron microscopy and spectroscopy in functional materials focusing on the effects of the presence of defects  in their electronic structure and transport properties. 

  • Dr Emanuela Liberti (The Rosalind Franklin Institute, UK)
    • Talk title: Quantification of light elements in STEM and 4-D STEM electron ptychography

      Dr Emanuela Liberti Dr Emanuela Liberti is an Electron Microscopy Development Scientist of the Correlative Imaging group at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, and an academic visitor of the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford.

      Before joining the Rosalind Franklin Institute in September 2020, Dr Liberti obtained her PhD in Materials Science from Imperial College London, with a thesis on structural characterisation of oxide nanoparticles using high-resolution STEM and EELS. In 2013, she joined the Oxford Electron Image Analysis Group as a Postdoctoral research assistant, in the Materials Department at the University of Oxford, and from 2016 jointly became a Staff Scientist of the electron Physical Science Imaging Centre at Diamond Light Source. Dr Liberti spent several years on the development of STEM quantitative imaging techniques, focusing on phase retrieval methods, including 4-D STEM electron ptychography and HRTEM exit wavefunction restoration. She applied these techniques to the structural and functional characterisation of a wide variety of materials, including nanoparticles catalysts, batteries and other energy storage materials.

      Her current research focuses on designing quantitative STEM and cryo-EM imaging methods for the study of biological and radiation-sensitive materials. In specific, she continues to develop 4-D STEM electron ptychography and TEM Fourier ptychography to improve imaging capabilities at high spatial and temporal resolution, and low dose. Her research interests also include computational imaging processing for quantitative electron microscopy.

  • Dr Donald MacLaren (University of Glasgow, UK)
    • Talk title: Improved thermoelectric design through multi-lengthscale structural analysis

      Dr Donald MacLaren Donald MacLaren is a Senior Lecturer in Materials Physics at the University of Glasgow. He enjoys deploying analytical electron microscopy to discern and improve the functionality of technological materials. Originally trained as a surface physicist with interests in thin film characterisation and the development of helium atom optics, he completed his doctorate (2002) and subsequent postdoc position at the University of Cambridge. He returned to Glasgow as a Research Fellow in 2006 and has since developed research themes spanning energy materials, metamaterials and thin film devices.

  • Dr Eliška Materna Mikmeková (Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
    • Talk title: Study of 2D materials by advanced SEMs techniques

      Dr Eliska Mikmekova Eliška Materna Mikmeková is the head of Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Surfaces group at the department of Electron Microscopy in the Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She received Ph.D. in Physics in 2014 at the Masaryk University in Brno. After that, she went on to work as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow (SIMDALEE2) at the Thermo Fisher Scientific in Eindhoven, Netherlands. In 2017 she became a group leader in the Electron Microscopy department at Institute of Scientific Instruments. She has published over 40 research papers focused on the application of scanning electron microscopy in material science with more than 900 citations. In 2018 she finished her MBA studies at Cambridge Business School – Management and Leaderships. 

  • Dr Lukáš Palatinus (FZU, Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
    • Talk title: Democratization of dynamical 3D ED: structure analysis using dynamical diffraction applied to all types of 3D ED data

      Dr Lukas Palatinus Lukas Palatinus studied mineralogy and geochemistry at the Charles University in Prague. During his PhD. At the University Bayreuth, Germany he focused on the crystallographic analysis of modulated structures. Later, during the post-doc stay at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, he developed the program Superflip for the solution of the crystallographic phase problem for periodic and aperiodic crystals, using the iterative dual space algorithms.

      Since 2009, Dr. Palatinus is the head of the group of electron crystallography at the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. He and his co-workers are developing methods for crystal structure analysis from electron diffraction data, with the main focus is on the structure refinement from 3D electron diffraction using the dynamical diffraction theory.

  • Professor John Rodenburg (University of Sheffield, UK)
    • Talk title: Multimodal Ptychography

      Professor John Rodenburg John Rodenburg, FRS, is Professor of Computational Microscopy in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering in the University of Sheffield. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he also later held a Royal Society Research Fellowship. During this he developed and demonstrated experimentally the first ‘direct’ (closed form) solutions to the ptychographical phase problem. For four years he was Professor of Materials Analysis at Sheffield Hallam University, before moving to the University of Sheffield in 2003. In 2004 he developed the first iterative solution to the ptychographical inversion problem and demonstrated it experimentally with X-rays in 2007: this led to widespread interest and adoption of the technique. He works on various aspects of ptychography at electron, visible light and X-ray wavelengths.

  • Dr Lorena Ruiz-Perez (University College London, UK)
    • Talk title: Assessing structure and dynamics of Soft Matter and Biological systems via Liquid phase electron microscopy

      Dr Lorena Ruiz-Perez Dr Lorena Ruiz-Perez is the Facility Manager of The EPSRC/JEOL Centre of Liquid Phase Electron Microscopy at University College London. She holds a master’s degree in Physics from the University of Seville, Spain and a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from the University of Sheffield. She worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, and Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield.  In 2016 Lorena joined the UCL Department of Chemistry as senior research fellow where she helped to set up and start the EPSRC/JEOL Centre of Liquid Phase Electron Microscopy that she currently manages. She focusses on developing and establishing novel techniques for in-situ transmission electron microscopy imaging of soft organic and biological systems in liquid phase. In 2019 Lorena was elected fellow of the Royal Microscopy Society.

  • Dr Steven R Spurgeon (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
    • Talk title: Designing Novel Functional Materials Through Data-Infused Microscopy

      Dr Steven Spurgeon Dr. Steven R. Spurgeon is a research scientist in the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, United States. His work focuses on the development of data-driven microscopy techniques to understand the synthesis, structure, and properties of nanostructured materials systems for next-generation electronics, quantum computing, and energy technologies. He is the recipient of awards from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Materials Research Society, the Microscopy Society of America, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to joining PNNL, he received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Drexel University and his B.S. in Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Dr Andy Stewart (Department of Physics and Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland)
    • Talk title: Three dimensional electron crystallography (3DED) and the particle-crystal transition, implications for structure solution

      Dr Andy Stewart Andy Stewart is a Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick in Ireland. He obtained a PhD from the University of Glasgow in Electron Crystallography, before postdocs at Cornell and Stony Brook in coherent X-ray scattering techniques, before switching back to Electrons with research fellowships in Oxford, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz Germany and Limerick before taking up his current position. He conducts research in electron diffraction techniques both theory and experiment. He also applies Machine Learning and  Artificial Intelligence to electron microscopy, with a view to enabling TEM to become a more of a Metrological science, with high reproducibility and quantitative data for measurements of the atomic and electronic structure of materials.
      Twitter: @AndystewartU

  • Dr Toma Susi (Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria)
    • Talk title: Atom impurities in graphene: imaging, spectroscopy, and manipulation

      Dr Toma Susi Born in Helsinki, Finland, Toma Susi received his award-winning doctorate in nanomaterials from Aalto University in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Esko Kauppinen. After moving to Austria for a two-year Austrian Science Fund (FWF) fellowship in 2013, he stayed to lead a three-year project and made Vienna his home. Toma has worked on materials synthesis, spectroscopy, electron microscopy and modeling, authoring over 50 peer-reviewed articles and reviews mostly on heteroatom-doped carbon nanotubes and graphene. In recent years, his main focus has been on single-atom studies of impurity atoms in graphene using aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy, and especially their dynamics under electron irradiation. In 2017, Toma received an ERC Starting Grant that allows him to establish a research group at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna, where he now holds a Tenure Track position, to create a new way to manipulate materials at the atomic level. 
      Homepage: www.mostlyphysics.net 
      Twitter: @MostlyPhysics



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