Symposium CH07-Cryogenic Electron Microscopy and Correlative Characterization Techniques for Quantum and Energy Materials Research

Cryogenic electron microscopy (EM) has revolutionized our understanding of biological materials at the atomic scale. Despite the research breakthroughs in biology, utilizing cryogenic conditions for EM research of heterogeneous materials is still in its infancy. This symposium is intended to facilitate the exchange of information on the latest developments, challenges, and outlooks in cryogenic EM to probe phenomena in quantum and energy materials. Utilizing cryogenic conditions has allowed researchers to start exploring beam sensitive and liquid phase interfaces found in energy materials and devices such as batteries at the atomic-scale. More recently temperature controlled cryogenic EM hardware is enabling researchers to explore in situ low temperature quantum phases. Additionally, recent developments in cryogenic sample preparation, including focused ion and laser beam microscopy, have provided a new platform to probe phenomena in quantum and energy materials that have not been accessible before.

This symposium will also be an opportunity to discuss and identify synergies between complementary cryogenic characterization methods such as in situ/operando EM, atom probe tomography and synchrotron beam line techniques. A major challenge in both quantum and energy materials research is linking macro- and micro-scale properties with atomic-scale characterization techniques. Too often, different cryogenic characterization approaches are carried out in isolation, with no straightforward way to combine data from different experimental techniques. We welcome contributions in theoretical and data analysis techniques including AI/ML approaches that are essential to overcome the low signal/noise and instrumentation stability constraints common to cryogenic characterization techniques.

Topics will include:

  • Cryogenic sample preparation techniques including vitrification and cryogenic focused ion beam
  • Correlative cryogenic advanced characterisation techniques e.g. atom probe tomography
  • Combination with advanced TEM techniques (phase related, spectroscopy, 4D-STEM)
  • Advanced TEM techniques to explore interplay of quantum phenomena such as charge, spin, orbital, lattice correlations
  • Applications of cryogenic electron spectroscopy for energy and quantum materials
  • Synergies with theoretical methods and data science
  • Advanced data acquisition and analysis methods (including AI/ML for EM) for cryogenic microscopy and correlative characterization techniques
  • Correlative in situ EM and other in situ microscopy techniques e.g. liquid cell and gas
  • Correlative cryogenic and in situ x-ray and neutron beam line techniques
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Patricia Abellan (Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel, France, France)
  • Eva Bladt (DensSolutions Inc., Netherlands)
  • Karen Bustillo (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Julie Cairney (The University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Miaofang Chi (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Arun Devaraj (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Rafal Dunin-Borkowski (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)
  • Berit Goodge (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Germany)
  • Juan Carlos Idrobo (University of Washington, USA)
  • Katherine Jungjohann (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Judy Kim (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • James LeBeau (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Yuzhang Li (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Marc Maier (Ferrovac, Switzerland)
  • Y. Shirley Meng (The University of Chicago, USA)
  • Ana Pakzad (Ametek, USA)
  • Lee Penn (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Amanda Petford-Long (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Noah Schnitzer (Cornell University, USA)
  • Naoya Shibata (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Denys Sutter (CondenZero GmbH, Switzerland)
  • Luizi Tizei (Université Paris-Saclay, France)
  • Min Wu (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Netherlands)
  • Michael Zachman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Yimei Zhu (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Michele Conroy
Imperial College London
United Kingdom

Ismail El Baggari
Harvard University
Rowland Institute
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Leopoldo Molina Luna
Technische Universität Darmstadt
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Mary Scott
University of California, Berkeley
Materials Science
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