Advanced Electron Microscopy for Material Science: From New Materials to Nanostructures

Instructor: Oleg Lebedev

Course Summary

The proposed course of lectures on " Advance electron microscopy for material science: from new materials to nanostructures" is intended to give an idea of ​​the possibilities and the role of TEM in modern materials science, to show modern trends and prospects of development of various techniques on the example of a wide range of inorganic materials: novel bulk materials, thin films, porous materials, composite materials, different types of nanostructures.

Course Format

Hours of lectureHours of discussionHours in laboratoryHours of independent studyTotal numbers of hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basics of transmission electron micrioscopy and electron microscope itself;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different TEM techniques and basic principles;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and possibility to apply correct TEM technique for solving particular material science problem for different kind of materials;
  • Demonstrate some practical skills to operate and electron microscope .

Course Content

Part I. Introduction to transmission electron microscopy (TEM) (2 hours)

  • The transmission electron microscopy:
  • Overview of the instruments, magnetic lenses and deflectors, electron guns, lens aberrations
  • Basic operation modes: Bright field and dark field imaging, diffraction modes

Part II. TEM of bulk inorganic materials (2 hours)

  • Solving crystal structure by TEM: Indexind of ED patterns, basic crystallographic concepts, HRTEM imaging, electron precession technique (2 h)
  • Advanced TEM technigues : EDX, HAADF-STEM, EELS, solving chemical and electronic structures of the materials

Part III. TEM of thin films (2 hours)

  • Fundamentals of nanostructured thin films: Epitaxial grown films, strain field and relaxation, dislocations.
  • Crystal structure of interface: atomic structure of interface, multilayered and heterostructures

Part IV. TEM of porous materials (2 hours)

  • Overview of porous materials and material science problems: mesoporous materials , metalorganic frameworks (MOF) materials, zeolites.
  • Porous loading materials; MOF and zeolite loading with metallic particles, Electron tomography technique

Part V. TEM of nanostructured materials (4 hours)

  • Overview of nanostrucres and TEM needs: nanotubes, nanowires, nanowickers, nanoparticles, nanodiamond (2hours)
  • Applying of advance microscopy techniques to nanostructures — HRTEM, HAADF, EDX mapping, EELS , electron tomography (2hours)

Reading List

Primary text books:

  • D.B.Williams and C.Barry Carter Transmissiom Electron Microscopy; A Textbook for Materials Science. Springer-Verlag, 2009
  • M.De Graf Introduction to Conventional Transmission Electron Microscopy (Cambridge Solid State Science Series), Cambridge, 2003
  • G.Van Tendeloo, D.Van Dyck, S.Pennycook Handbook of Nanoscopy, Willey, 2012


Class participation20%
Homework assignments30%
Final exam50%