Principal Scientific Engineering Associate, Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures
1995-1996: Postdoctoral research studying Transmission Electron Microscopy of Magnetic Nanocrystalline Phases with Dr. Gareth Thomas, University of California at Berkeley and the National Center for Electron Microscopy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1992: Ph.D. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Thesis title: “Magnetic Properties and Microstructure of Rapidly Quenched Fe-6.4wt%Si Alloy” with Dr. Frank P. Missell, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
2001-2004: Scientist at Nanomix, Inc., Emeryville, CA
1999-2000: Materials Science Instructor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
1986-1998: Staff Engineer at Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Virginia offers support to Foundry users and staff on scanning and transmission electron microscopy imaging and spectroscopic techniques for the study of inorganic, organic, and biological nanostructures. Also, Virginia helps users with surface analysis by XPS.
Virginia is currently working on the development of new electron-microscopy-based techniques and capabilities for nanoscale tribology aimed to investigate the atomic level structure of novel, functionally-advanced scan-probes and understanding morphological changes as a function of systematic use under extreme experimental conditions and environments.