MPG Stuttgart - Germany

The Max Planck Society (MPG) is the largest research organisation in Germany, with presently 82 research units covering all fields of research. The Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy (StEM) is hosted at the campus of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (MPI-FKF). Both institutes cover a wide range of scientific activities aimed at manufacturing, understanding, modeling, and manipulating matter at length scales from the micrometer range down to the atomic level. Physicists, chemists, material scientists, and mathematicians invent and manufacture materials, nanomaterials, and molecules with specific and desired properties. The StEM, led by Peter A. van Aken, focuses on the characterization of nanomaterials, including their structural, magnetic, electronic, and optical properties at the atomic scale, making use of their expertise in advanced TEM techniques and developing new methods. The StEM developed from the long tradition of pioneering electron microscopy research in Stuttgart. Among 29 staff members there are 16 researchers being TEM experts. Their expertise covers the fields of interfaces, mechanical properties, strained semi-conductors, oxides, semiconducting and metallic nanostructured thin films, nanoparticles, and hetero-structures. These scientists have developed expertise in advanced TEM methods like: electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), (dark-field) inline holography, in-situ TEM methods, strain mapping, evaluation of optical properties, such as band-gap and surface-plasmon detection and mapping, quantitative HRTEM analysis, quantitative convergent-beam and large-angle rocking-beam electron diffraction, image processing and simulation, and energy-filtered electron tomography.

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