Taylor Lecturer to discuss atomic scale imaging April 23

April 19, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Thomas Kelly, Division Vice President for Innovation and New Technologies at CAMECA Instrument Inc., has been selected the 2015 Taylor Lecturer. He will deliver the keynote talk “Atomic-Scale Tomography: An Achievable Vision” as part of the 2015 Nelson W. Taylor Lecture in Materials. His talk will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23, in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Freeman Auditorium.

The Nelson W. Taylor Lecture in Materials, sponsored by Penn State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, also includes three additional talks by Penn State faculty. All talks are free and open to the public.

At 8:40 a.m., Nasim Alem, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, will present “Defects in Two Dimensional Crystals: An Ultra-High Resolution Aberration-Corrected Electron Microscopy Study.”

At 9:25 a.m., Bernd Kabius, senior scientist, Materials Research Institute, will present “Properties of Oxide Interfaces: Benefits of Aberration Corrected TEM/STEM for Interface Analysis.”

At 10:10 a.m., Eric Hudson, associate professor of physics, will present “Understanding Material Properties One Atom at a Time: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of High Temperature Superconductors.”

Atom probe tomography (APT) is a three-dimensional atomic imaging technique and is the only material analysis technique offering extensive capabilities for both 3-D imaging and chemical composition measurements at the atomic scale. Yet it fails to reach the ultimate in microscopy, which is seeing every atom with high precision in large volumes. Kelly’s talk will review the state of the art in APT and explore what it would take to reach the next level, which is defined to be atomic-scale tomography (AST). The potential impact of AST on science and technology will be considered.

While serving as a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kelly founded Imago Scientific Instruments in 1999 to commercialize atom probe microscopy. Imago was acquired in April 2010 by Ametek Inc. and is now part of CAMECA.

Kelly has been active in the fields of analytical electron microscopy, atom probe microscopy, rapidly solidified materials, and electronic and superconducting materials for more than 35 years and has brought innovations to the instrumentation and practice.

The Nelson W. Taylor Lecture Series in Materials Science and Engineering honors the memory of Nelson W. Taylor (1869-1965) who was head of Penn State's Department of Ceramics from 1933-1943. During his tenure as department head, Taylor refined the ceramics undergraduate curriculum, strengthened the graduate program, expanded ties with industry and was able to attract important scientists to the faculty. He is recognized as the individual most responsible for establishing the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences as a major center for ceramics research. The Nelson W. Taylor Lecture Series was established in 1969 and has consistently attracted scientists of international prominence.

  • Thomas Kelly

    Thomas Kelly, the Taylor Lecturer will deliver the keynote talk “Atomic-Scale Tomography: An Achievable Vision” as part of the 2015 Nelson W. Taylor Lecture in Materials. 

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Last Updated June 23, 2015