Dr. Omid Zandi and Allan Sykes produced a pulsed electron probe in the Dynamic Environmental Transmission Electron Microscope in MRL at UIUC. This is an important step as our team nears completion of the development stage for our one of a kind instrument.
In the above .gif, the laser is blocked, showing the electron beam disappear.
Allan (top) and Omid (bottom) celebrate pulsed electrons.
Renske has won a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a five-year, $875,000 grant to pursue research in the most innovative and flexible way. The grant is awarded to only 18 early career faculty members a year and is intended to promote new frontiers in their research.
Josh Vura-Weis, Philippe Wernet and Renske organized the symposium entitled "Chemical Applications of Ultrafast X-ray/XUV Spectroscopy and Scattering" during the ACS Fall Meeting in Boston. Thanks to many excellent speakers, the symposium was a great success!
We are proud to be the leading lab in a team that receives funding from NSF to purchase an electron energy-loss spectrometer that will be integrated in our DETEM setup. The proposal entitled "MRI: Acquisition of an Electron Energy-Loss Spectrometer for In Situ Time-Resolved Chemical Mapping of Nanomaterials" was very well received by the reviewers and we are excited to install this piece of equipment at the MRL and perform first experiments! Other members of the team are Prashant Jain, Qian Chen, Pinshane Huang and Jim Zuo. Official announcement can be found here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1828671&HistoricalAwards=false
The goal of this workshop is to identify the fundamental limitations in current TEM instruments and to develop ideas, "thinking outside-the-box", to enhance TEM performance. Experts within the electron microscopy field from industry, academia and national laboratories are hand-picked to provide quantitative input for the ideal design of a new TEM instrument. See: https://www.telluridescience.org/meetings/workshop-details?wid=711
We are excited about receiving the news that our proposal "Ultrafast Carrier and Structural Dynamics in Plasmon-Enhanced Heterogeneous Photocatalysis" has been awarded funding in the amount of $110,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. These experiments involve ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy on plasmon-enhanced heterostructures at the Advanced Photon Source.