David A. Muller, research group leader

Office: 227 Clark Hall
Phone: 607-255-4065
Email: David Muller

David Muller is the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering in  Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, and the co-director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science A major focus of David's research has been developing quantitative electron microscopy methods for measuring and predicting materials properties. His work has demonstrated how electronic-structure changes on the atomic scale can control the macroscopic behavior of systems as diverse as turbine blades, fuel cells or transistors. His current research interests include the physics of renewable energy materials, the atomic-scale control of materials to create electronic phases that cannot exist in the bulk, and developing the hardware and algorithms for "big data" acquisition and processing from high-bandwith pixelated electron microscope detectors. He joined the Applied and Engineering Physics faculty at Cornell University in 2003, is a graduate of the University of Sydney and completed his Ph.D. in physics at Cornell in 1996. David was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1997 to 2003, where he applied his research on imaging single atoms and atomic-scale spectroscopy to determine the physical limits on how small a transistor can be made. For this work, he was named one of the top 100 young innovators in 2003 by Tech Review Magazine, and recipient of the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America in 2006. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and Microscopy Society of America. He has 5 patents and has published over 250 papers. His work has received over 30,000 citations with an h-index of 84.

Recent Honors and Awards:

  • Highly Cited Researcher (top 1% by citations in Physics), Clarivate Analytics, 2018
  • Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award, 2018
  • Peter Duncumb Award for outstanding achievement in the field of microanalysis, Microbeam Analysis Society, 2016.
  • Elected Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America (2013)
  • Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (2011)
  • Provost's Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2010 from Cornell University
  • Chau Award for Excellence in Teaching (2006)
  • Burton Medal, Microscopy Society of America (2006)
  • Editors Pick for the Top Ten Papers of 2005/2006 in Nature Materials
  • (#2)of 'Top 5 Hot Talks' presented at the MRS 2005 Fall Meeting
  • Best Materials Paper of 2004, Microscopy and Microanalysis, V10 p291
  • Best Materials Paper of 2003, Microscopy and Microanalysis, V9 p493
  • TR100 - named one of the top 100 young innovators in 2003 by Tech Review

John Grazul, TEM facility manager

Office: SB56 Bard Hall /
CCMR, rm 150 Duffiled Hall
Phone: 607-592-8989
Email: John Grazul

John L. Grazul received his B.S. from Delaware Valley College in 1984. From 1984 until 1999 he was technical supervisor of the Bureau of Biological Research Electron Imaging Facility at Rutgers University. There he was involved with biological and materials research projects involving TEM, SEM, various cryo techniques and sample preparation. He also was in charge of maintaining all of the equipment and teaching. From 1999 until 2003 he was an MTS at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies working with Dr. Muller on his various research projects involving high resolution STEM and TEM room design. While at Bell Labs, John taught a class in Biological Electron Microscopy at New Jersey City University. Currently, John is manager of the TEM laboratory for the Cornell Center for Materials Research.