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Group photo by Beebe Lake, with lake and fall colors in the background
Group Photo at Beebe Lake, just behind the department. From L-R: Schuyler, Desheng, Yu-Tsun, Zhaslan, Ariana, Aldo, Dasol, Shake, Naomi, Hari, Salva, Xiyue, David

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Principal Investigator

Headshot of David Muller (opens larger version)

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

David A. 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-bandwidth 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, the Ernst Ruska Prize of the German Society for Electron Microscopy in 2021, and the John Cowley Medal from the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy in 2023. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Microscopy Society of America.

Current Members

Postdoctoral Researchers

Salva Salmani Rezaie

PhD UC Santa Barbara 2021
Office: PSB G02
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Salva Salmani Rezaie

Graduate Students

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Zhaslan Baraissov

BSc in Physics: Nanyang Technological University
Office: PSB G06
Phone: 607-262-ninefiveninezero
Email: Zhaslan Yessembekovich Baraissov

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Ariana Ray

BA Columbia University
Office: PSB G06
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Ariana Ray

Xiyue Zhang (opens larger version)

Xiyue S. Zhang

BS Harbin Institute of Technology
Office: PSB G03
Phone: 607-279-4321
Email: Xiyue

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Dasol Yoon

BA Physics, Wellesley College
Office: PSB G06
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Dasol

Harikrishnan K.P.

B.Tech Engineering Physics, IIT Bombay
Office: PSB G06
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Hari

Schuyler Shi

BS Sun Yat-Sen University
Office: PSB G03
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Schuyler

Naomi Pieczulewski

BS Northwestern University
Office: PSB G06
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Naomi Pieczulewski

Aldo Chavez

Post-bac Research Assistant

BS Cornell University
Office: PSB G02
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Aldo Chavez

Shake Karapetyan

BS NYU Abu Dhabi
Office: PSB G06
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Shake Karapetyan


Group Alumni

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Dr. Chenyu Zheng

Senior Software Engineer, ASML
Postdoc, Cornell University, 2020-2022
PhD, UW Madison

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Prof. Yu-Tsun Shao

Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Postdoc, Cornell University, 2018-2022
PhD MatSE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
BS Physics, National Taiwan University 2012

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Prof. Zhen Chen

Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University, 2022-
Postdoc, Cornell University, 2016-2021
Postdoc, Monash University, 2014-2016

PhD, Institute of Physics, CAS, China

Email: Zhen Chen

Dr Paul Cueva

PhD, BS Cornell University
Office: PSB G06
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Paul Cueva

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Dr. Yao Yang

Joint PhD in Chemistry with Abruña Group (2015-2021)
Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley (2021-2024)
Office: PSB 202
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Yao Yang

Dr. Celesta Chang

Ph.D., Cornell University 2020
BS Physics, Yonsei University 2014
Postdoc, MIT
Email: Celesta Chang

Dr. Michael Cao

PhD, Cornell University 2020
BS Cornell University
Postdoc, Rice University
Email: Michael Cao

Gabriela Calinao Correa (Ela)

MS, Cornell University 2020
BS Applied Mathematics, UMass Amherst​
BS Electrical Engineering, UMass Amherst​
Software Engineer,
Email: Ela Correa

Dr. Elliot Padgett

PhD Cornell University, 2019
BA Swarthmore College
ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy, 2019-2020
Postdoc, NREL, 2021-
Email: Elliot Padgett

Dr. Kayla Nguyen

Ph.D., Cornell University 2018
B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara
Postdoc, UIUC
Email: Kayla Nguyen

Prof. Yimo Han

Ph.D., Cornell University 2018
BS Tsinghua University
Postdoctoral Scholar, Princeton University
Asst. Prof, Rice University, 2020
Email: Yimo Han

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Dr Barnaby Levin

Materials Applications Scientist
Direct Electron LP
Ph.D. Cornell University, 2017.
MPhys (Undergraduate), University of Oxford.
Email: Barnaby Levin

Dr. Megan Holtz

Ph.D., Cornell University 2017
BS Trinity University
NRC Fellow, NIST
Colorado School of Mines, 2021-
Email: Megan Holtz

Prof. Robert Hovden

Asst. Prof, University of Michigan,
Materials Science and Engineering
Ph.D., Cornell University 2014
Postdoc, Cornell University
BS Georgia Institute of Technology
Email: Robert Hovden

Prof. Julia Mundy

Ph.D., Cornell University 2014
Postdoc, UC Berkeley
Asst. Prof, Physics
Harvard University
Email: Julia Mundy

Prof. Pinshane Huang

Ph.D., Cornell University 2014
BA Carleton College
Postdoc, Columbia
Assoc. Prof, Materials Science
Email: Pinshane Huang

Dr Yingchao (Alex) Yu

Ph.D., Cornell University 2014
CEO, Lionano
Founder, Factorial Energy
Office: PSB G06
Phone: 607-255-0654
Email: Yingchao Yu

Prof. Aycan Yurtserver

Ph.D., Cornell University 2008
Postdoc, CalTech 2008 -2014
Assistant Professor,
Canada Research Chair in
Ultrafast Dynamics of Nanoscale Systems
Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
Email: Aycan Yurtsever

Dr Peter Ercius

Ph.D., Cornell University 2009
Postdoc, NCEM, LBL, 2009 – 2011
Staff, NCEM, LBL, 2011-
Email: Peter Ercius

Dr Martin Couillard

Postdoc, Cornell 2006-2008
Ph.D., University of Birmingham
Semiconductor Insight,
Research Officer at National Research Council Canada
Email: Martin Couillard

Prof. Judy J. Cha

Ph.D., Cornell University 2009
Postdoc, Stanford 2009-2013
Asst/Assoc. Prof. of Mechanical Eng.
Yale University 2013-2022
Assoc. Prof., Materials Science
Cornell University, 2022-
Email: Judy Cha

Prof Huolin Xin

Associate Professor of Physics, UC Irvine
B.S., Peking University 2005
Ph.D., Cornell University 2011
Postdoc, UC Berkeley 2011-2013
Scientist, Brookhaven National Lab 2013-2018
Email: Huolin Xin

Prof. Ye Zhu

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Postdoc, Cornell University 2010-2012
Research Fellow, Monash University 2012-2016
Asst. Prof, Department of Applied Physics,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Email: Ye Zhu

Prof. Huiqiong Wang

BSc., Department of Physics, Xiamen
Ph.D., Department of Applied Physics, Yale
Postdoc, Cornell University 2008-2009
Assoc.Prof. Physics, Xiamen University, 2009-2014
2014- Professor, Physics, Xiamen
Email: Huiqiong Wang

Dr James Loudon

Postdoc, Cornell 2006-2007
Ph.D. Cambridge University, 2004
Royal Society University Research Fellow
Senior Research Associate
Cambridge University
Email: James Loudon

Prof. Matthew Weyland

PhD, University of Cambridge
Postdoc, Cornell 2003-2006
Assoc. Prof, Monash University
Email: Matthew Weyland

Prof. Paul Voyles

Postdoctoral Researcher, Bell Labs, 2000-2002
Ph.D., UIUC, 2001
Prof. of Materials Science, UW Madison
Email: Paul Voyles

Prof. Lena Kourkoutis

Ph.D., Cornell, 2009
Assoc. Prof. of Applied Physics
Cornell University
Office: 235 Clark Hall
Email: Lena Kourkoutis

Muller Group Team by the footbridge at Beebe Lake (opens larger version)