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[2021-03-22] Towards Atom Precise Synthesis and Engineering with Electron Microscopes

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Title: Towards Atom Precise Synthesis and Engineering with Electron Microscopes

Speaker: Prof. Mark H. Rümmeli, Soochow University

Date: 2021-03-22 15:00

Location: Room 202, Lujiaxi Building


In this presentation I will highlight the different areas of research I am involved with. The areas I will introduce are the synthesis of nano-materials, nano-bio studies, nano-materials in ion insertion batteries and finally electron beam materials science. A common aspect of much of the work is to explore ways to correlate structure – property relationships, for example, the chiral dependence of single wall carbon nanotubes with respect to their electrical properties or biological cell response with respect to nanomaterial type, size and morphology.

A key feature of my research is to develop a transmission electron microscope (TEM) into an atomic-scale laboratory to fabricate, modify and characterize samples so that crucial structure property studies and synthesis studies can be conducted in high spatial resolution and high temporal resolution. Thus, the core of this presentation will look at a variety of electron beam driven chemical reactions and electron beam engineering techniques in which we can fabricate and manipulate nano-materials at the atomic level.


Following the completion of his PhD at London Metropolitan University, Professor Mark H Rümmeli spent several years working in the United States and the West Indies developing e-learning platforms for Healthcare education. Subsequent to this he joined the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) a joint research collaboration between the German Space Agency (DLR) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA). He then joined the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Science, in Germany, where he was responsible for founding the Molecular Nanostructures Group which he still oversees at present as a guest professor. He then worked in the Republic of South Korea as a professor in the Department of Energy Science at Sungkyunkwan University. While in the aforementioned role, he was concurrently appointed as the founder of the Structural Analysis Group within the Korean Institute of Basic Science.  He currently works as a professor at the College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy & at the Soochow Institute for Energy & Materials InnovationS (SIEMIS), at Soochow University, in China. At SIEMIS he is in the process of establishing a research group which will utilize state of the art transmission electron microscopy for the investigation of novel nano-materials and their structures. He also is the current chair of the scientific committee at SIEMIS. He is appointed as a guest-professor at Wuhan University. As a visiting professor, Mark H Rümmeli as well heads a nano-sensor laboratory at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He collaborates globally with many outstanding research universities and institutes such as: Peking University, the University of Oxford, NASA Ames Research Laboratories, Wuhan University, Cornell University, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) among others. To date, Professor Mark H. Rümmeli has published over 300 scientific papers with many appearing in leading journals such as Science and Nature Nanotechnology.