Staff Scientist, NCEM
- 2009 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering
- 2004 Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
- BS: Aerospace Engineering (High Honors),
- BS: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (High Honors)
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. Jim was also a 2016 recipient of an Early Career Research Program award granted by the DOE Office of Science.
The core of my active research within the Foundry has been the use of advanced electron microscopy techniques to elucidate the role of structure and bonding at surfaces and interfaces of materials at atomic resolution. I have also been developing a new experimental capability to simultaneously generate 2D maps of the strain, polarization, local distortion and electric fields of materials at unit cell resolution (<1 nm) from gigapixel datasets through Multimodal Acquisition of Properties and Structure in Transmission Electron Reciprocal-space (MAPSTER) Microscopy. This will allow direct structure-property relationships to be unraveled in complex oxides, strain- engineered heterostructures, and quantum-confined materials.