Mapping Techniques for Electron Tomography

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Materials Science & Metallurgy


Electron tomography has established itself firmly as a key technique in materials science for the study of structures in 3D at nanometre resolution. Focus has now shifted to developing 3D Mapping Techniques such as 3D strain mapping and spectroscopic mapping. These methods take multidimensional data from the sample, including both position, topography, and crystallographic information. However, due to limitations on the number of rotational axes available in a transmission electron microscope (TEM), full 3D data cannot be extracted without the application of known parameters or properties. This project aims to develop these techniques through a combination of sample analysis and computational methods. We will explore how this new form of microscopy will allow key microstructural information to be elucidated not just from crystalline materials but also from glassy materials and materials that are defective at the nanoscale with a view to better understanding the nature of crystal disorder at a fundamental level.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R513180/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2023
2116319 Studentship EP/R513180/1 01/10/2018 31/03/2022 Joonatan Eemi Laulainen
Description NanoDTC Cambridge Associateship
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 10/2021
Description Outreach for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The goal is to create methods to teach scientific concepts to the blind and visually impaired. This was done through the creation of outreach kits, which will be used in the Sedgwick and Fitzwilliam museums in Cambridge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020