Staff Scientist, NCEM
Jim Ciston obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in 2009 for his work on the structural determination of hydrogen atom positions and bonding charge density at crystal surfaces through the use of advanced electron diffraction and high resolution imaging techniques. From 2009-2011, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory where he also served as the first facility manager for the FEI Titan aberration-corrected Environmental TEM at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. During this time, Dr. Ciston utilized in-situ environmental microscopy to study the structure-chemistry relationships of catalytic oxide materials for photolysis of water and methane reforming reactions. He has received several awards for his research from the International Centre for Diffraction Data, International Federation of Societies for Microscopy, US National Committee for Crystallography, & Pittsburgh Diffraction Society, and has presented his research at seminars and conferences on four continents.
Dr. Ciston’s research interests focus on the determination of structure-performance relationships at surfaces and interfaces of semiconducting and oxide-supported catalytic materials for energy efficient fuel generation. He is also interested in the surface properties of nuclear energy materials in specific relationship to corrosion and environmental fate of their constituents. This work will utilize the state-of-the-art capabilities of the TEAM suite of instruments at NCEM with a particular emphasis on high resolution imaging and diffraction. He is also engaged in developing and applying new experimental techniques with the goal of direct, real space, plan-view imaging of surface atoms in insulating materials and nanostructures. Research interests include: