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March 2014

NCEM Leadership Change

After more than 20 years as Director of the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM), Ulrich Dahmen has stepped into a new role as NCEM Senior Advisor, effective March 15. As Senior Advisor, Dahmen will be focusing on multidisciplinary materials research and helping to set the agenda for electron microscopy research at the Molecular Foundry and NCEM, which are merging into a single User Facility later this year.

Under Dahmen's leadership, NCEM has become DOE's flagship facility for high-resolution and in situ electron microscopy, consistently achieving record-breaking resolution in atomic-scale imaging. In particular, Dahmen’s leadership of the TEAM project, which brought the world’s highest resolution electron microscope to NCEM, established LBNL as an international leader in electron microscopy. Today, NCEM's extraordinary instrumentation and expertise attract scientific users from across the US and around the world, enabling scientific breakthroughs from structural materials to nanoscience.

As it transitions into one of seven scientific facilities in the Molecular Foundry, NCEM will maintain its role as the premier center of its kind in the US. Moreover, NCEM's vibrant user program will make a significant addition to the mission of the Foundry to cover an even broader range of scientific disciplines.

The Molecular Foundry and NCEM communities thank Uli for his extraordinary service over the past two decades, and wish him well in his new strategic role. Andrew Minor will serve as Acting Director while a search for a permanent NCEM Director commences.