October 29, 2018

The van der Veen group has added two new graduate students this semester: Rachel Wallick from University of Maryland and Frank Alcorn from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Welcome!

October 24, 2018

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.

October 16, 2018

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.

September 24, 2018

The van der Veen group and friends successfully escaped from the Artificial Intelligence themed lab escape in downtown Urbana.

August 28, 2018

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!

August 14, 2018

Renske enjoyed her stay at Bryant University (Rhode Island) attending the GRC on Conductivity and Magnetism in Molecular Materials.


August 8, 2018

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

June 18, 2018

 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

June 16, 2018

The van der Veen group and friends did battle at Saltfork Paintball. Team blue was victorious.

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