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We are seeking a PostDoctoral research fellow to join our electron microscopy group at University of Minnesota and exceptional candidates will be considered seriously. Applicants interested in this research position should send a cover letter and resume with a list of references to Prof. Mkhoyan by e-mail:

The Mkhoyan Lab is an analytical electron microscopy lab where research at the atomic scale is daily routine. When materials are so small that measuring their dimensions and observing their behavior require atomic-level precision, experimental tools with the same atomic-scale sensitivity are essential. The technological developments in creating nanomaterials and in electron microscopy with ultra-high-resolution capabilities have in recent years been converging on a common objective, promising to open a new field of intriguing possibilities.

TEM and dedicated analytical (S)TEM have recently reached a major milestone. With the advent of lens aberration correction, microscopes now achieve sub-Å resolution. In combination with quantitative spectroscopy these microscopes provide unprecedented experimental capabilities.

The study of these "very small" materials promises to pave the way to new discoveries about their properties and the physical processes occurring inside them. In our lab not only do we address puzzling questions about what happens to materials at this scale, but also we kindle the scientific imagination to anticipate new questions that have heretofore never occurred.

"What is essential is invisible to the eye…”
A. de Saint-Exupery

Our paper, Zeolitic imidazolate framework membranes made by ligand-induced permselectivation, was published in Science and highlighted in Nature research highlights and in Chemical & Engineering News!

Prashant Kumar successfully defended his PhD thesis "Structural Investigation of Electron-Beam Sensitive Zeolites and Metal-Organic-Frameworks Using Analytical Transmission Electron Microscopy" Congrats Prashant!

Our collaborative work, Room-temperature high spin–orbit torque due to quantum confinement in sputtered BixSe(1–x) films, was published in Nature Materials!

Ryan Wu successfully defended his PhD thesis "Applications of Transmission Electron Microscopy on Freestanding and Embedded 2D materials" Congrats Ryan!

Hwanhui was awarded an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award!

Jacob was awarded a 2018-19 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship! A full list of recipients can be found here.


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