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April 2018

Prof. Peter Crozier was awarded the Ford Faculty Fellowship for his contributions to SEMTE. Congratulations!

 April 2018

The Crozier group attended the MRS 2018 Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. In total, our group presented 16 papers. Here are some snapshots of our group taken throughout the week:

Barnaby giving a talk titled “Transmission Electron Microscope Analysis of Strontium Segregation at the Solid-Gas Interface of Strontium Doped Perovskites”.

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Tara giving a talk titled: “On the use of Electron Energy-loss Spectroscopy to Differentiate Oxygen Grain Boundaries in Doped CeO2”. Tara also presented a poster.

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Josh in front of his poster. He also gave a talk titled “In Situ Observations of Active Sites During CO Oxidation Over Nanostructured Pt/CeO2 Catalysts”.

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Diane at the beginning of her talk titled: “Revealing Nanoscale Fluctuations in Amine and Cyano Defects in Layered Carbon Nitrides using Aloof-beam Vibrational EELS”. She also gave two additional talks throughout the week.

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Diane in front of her poster focused on applying monocrhomated STEM-EELS to characterize the light abosrbing properties of mixed metal oxide interfaces. Tu-Uyen Phan and Kartik Venkatraman are also involved in the work.

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The Crozier group (missing undergraduates) took advantage of the free professional photo booth at MRS to take a professional group picture. Prof. Jimmy Liu managed to hop in for our silly picture.

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March 2018

Tara, Josh, Ethan, and Diane attended TMS 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. Tara and Josh presented posters while Ethan and Diane gave talks in the ‘Energy and Environment’ symposium. Below are pictures of Diane and Ethan before their talks.

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November 2017

Tu-Uyen presented her work on synthesis and characterization of mixed metal oxide nanoparticles at the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) symposium (update: and won an ‘Outstanding FURI Poster Award’!). Here, Tu-Uyen (right) is pictured alongside her poster and mentor, Diane (left).

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August 2017

The Crozier group contributed several papers to the Microscopy & Microanalysis conference held in St. Louis, MO during August 4-10. Diane and Ethan gave contributed talks in the “Imaging and Spectroscopy of Beam Sensitive Materials” and “Advanced Characterization of Energy-Related Materials” symposia, respectfully. Tara, Kartik, Josh, and Diane all presented posters highlighting their recent research representing a wide range of symposia. Both Kartik and Josh received best poster awards in Physical Sciences for their awesome work (they won awards on different days)! Peter gave invited talks and distributed awards during the Plenary session. Ethan was also involved with organizing the inaugural M&M Pre-Meeting Congress for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career professionals. *(Thank you Ian MacLaren for several of these photos!)












June 2017

Ethan and Diane presented posters at the North American Catalysis Society meeting (NAM 25) in Denver, CO.



April 2017

The Crozier group attended the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting here in Phoenix, AZ. Below is a photo of Diane presenting her recent research during one of the poster sessions. Ethan and Qianlang gave talks/posters as well.

IMG_4264 (2)Shortly after the meeting, the group went out for dinner at a local pub. Qianlang and Ethan enjoying cocktails/beer.

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Congrats to Kartik and Diane! They were each granted M&M Student Scholar Awards for the upcoming Microcopy & Microanalysis conference, which provides substantial financial support and meeting registration.

Congratulations Ethan! He recently won his third poster prize at the Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society Conference and was also granted the prestigious Kokes Award from the North American Catalysis Society.

October 2016

The Crozier group and friends went to the Superstition Mountains to hike Peralta Trail. The rock formation behind us is Weavers Needle.

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Will successfully defended his dissertation research titled: Correlating nanoscale grain boundary composition with electrical conductivity in ceria. Congratulations, Dr. Bowman! He now holds a postdoctoral research position at MIT.

September 2016

Group photos for the new school year! The first few attempts were in the sun but we finally managed to take some in the shade.

From left: Tara, Ethan, Qianlang, Jayse, Joslin, Kartik, Will, Josh, Diane, Adam, Steven, Peter.


From left: Peter, Qianlang, Will, Diane, Kartik, Adam, Joslin, Ethan, Josh, Steven, Tara, Jayse.



An article about the group was published in Full Circle, an ASU news source for engineering alumni and friends. You can access the article here.

July 2016

Qianlang, Will, Ethan, Kartik, Diane and Peter attended Microscopy & Microanalysis in Columbus, Ohio. All presented papers in the form of talks and/or posters and Ethan won best poster for the second year in a row! Peter presented awards during the Monday morning plenary session.

Will, Kartik, Ethan, Qianlang and Diane after arriving in Columbus and eating lunch at Barley’s Brewing Company.


Obligatory selfie-mode picture after exploring the great city of Columbus.

Ethan and his poster. He presented in the Electron Microscopy of Materials for Electrochemical Power Systems session and won best poster award for the day!


Diane in front of her poster before presenting in the New Frontiers in Monochromated EELS session.


Kartik and his poster. He also presented in the New Frontiers in Monochromated EELS session.


Qianlang and Will giving talks in the New Frontiers in Monochromated EELS symposium on the final day of the conference.



Steven attended and presented a poster at Carbon 2016 in State College, Pennsylvania. He presented his research on ultracapcitor degradation in collaboration with Maxwell Technologies.


May 2016

Diane attended ScienceOutside the Lab: The Future of Nanotechnology, a week-long workshop in Washington DC exploring the intersection of science and policy with an emphasis on nanotech.

Diane and the SOtL cohort outside of the National Science Foundation office building in Arlington, VA.NanoSoTL_2016_Grp-2a

Another shot of the group with Rachel Levinson, Director of National Research Initiatives for ASU.NanoSoTL_2016_Grp-5Unfortunately, nobody made it into the White House — all they got was this silly picture!NanoSoTL_2016_Grp-6

April 2016

The Materials Research Society (MRS) annual spring meeting was held in Phoenix, AZ this year for the first time. Peter, Ben, and Qianlang gave talks about their research. Ethan and Qianlang also presented posters.

Ethan, Qianlang, Peter, Diane, and Kartik in front of Ethan’s and Qianlang’s posters.IMG_7331

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Qianlang in front of her poster.IMG_7326


March 2016

Congratulations to the new Dr. Ben Miller!!  He just completed his Ph.D. so Peter hosted a BBQ at his house. Ben will now work for Gatan, Inc. as an in situ product specialist and will continue to work closely with ASU.



February 2016

Congratulations to the new Dr. Liuxian Zhang! He completed his Ph.D. so he treated the group to a celebratory dinner!









Will gave a seminar entitled “Correlative Electron Microscopy across Length Scales to Elucidate Grain Boundary Transport in Non-Stoichiometric Oxides” at the Interdisciplinary Center for Electron Microscopy (CIME) at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Winter Break 2015

With finals over, the group went to the Phoenix Rock Gym for an adrenaline rush.


Peter gets strapped in while Diane and Kartik get climbing instructions.IMG_5674IMG_5694








Peter and Kartik look on while Qianlang climbs up the back wall.IMG_5698
















Peter climbs a wall while Ben climbs up a rope!IMG_5704IMG_5718









Peter ACTUALLY made it to the top! Wow!IMG_5712
















Adam is an absolute pro at rock climbing! IMG_5725


December 2015

Diane thought it was time for the group to have a fancy new kettle for boiling water for our daily coffee and tea times! Christmas came early this year!










November 2015

Many of the group members went to the First Friday event in downtown Phoenix and toured the Phoenix Art Museum.





August 2015

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Qianlang, Ethan, Ben, Nolan, Steven, Will and Peter attended the Microscopy and Microanalysis Meeting in Portland, Oregon in August.  They all presented papers, and Ethan won a poster award. Peter presented the awards section of the Monday morning plenary session.

Peter, Qianlang and Ben enjoyed an excellent view of Pittsburgh atop the Duquesne Incline.

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A nice morning view of Mount Hood from hotel room at Microscopy and Microanalysis 2015

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Ethan and Ben gave poster presentations in the M&M 2015 pre-meeting congress for in-situ electron microscopy.

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Enjoying a break for lunch.

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Peter presented awards at the meeting’s plenary session.




IMG_4531Ethan was awarded a poster prize.




This is proof that Will is a contributing member of society.


Enjoying Portland’s rose garden.


Peter and Will enjoyed an evening with friends and colleagues in Seattle following the Nion open house.

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Will and Peter followed the M&M meeting by attending the Nion Co. Open House in Seattle, WA. Will also attended the week-long Nion Swift scripting workshop.

Will has been awarded the NSF GRFP Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide travel award to study for eight months at  ETH Zurich. He will work in the Department of Materials’ Electrochemical Materials Group under Prof. Jennifer Rupp.

June 2015

Ben, Qianlang and Peter presented papers at the North American Catalysis Society in Pittsburgh, PA. Qianlang won the Graduate College Scholarship to attend the meeting.  Congratulations to Qianlang.

Will attended the Solid State Ionics meeting in Keystone, Colorado to present several papers on grain boundary electrical properties and conductivity.

May 2015


Congratulations to Chelsey (BSE), Cruz (BSE), Kimberly (BSE), Marion (BSE) and Dexuan (MS) for graduating from ASU Materials Science and Engineering!

April 2015

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Qianlang, Will and Peter traveled to San Francisco, California for the Spring Meeting of the Materials Research Society where they each gave talks and presented a poster.

The group went hiking in Sedona, AZ and had a picnic at Oak Creek Canyon.

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September 2014


Ben, Qianlang, Will and Peter traveled to Prague, Czech Republic to participate in the quadrennial International Microscopy Congress. Each presented a talk and poster throughout the action-packed week. Plenty of hard work and fun made this an intellectually rewarding meeting, and a truly memorable experience. Congratulations to Ben, Qianlang and Will for winning dual travel awards from the Microscopy Society of America and the International Microscopy Congress!

Ben, Qianlang, Will and Peter visited Prague, Czech Republic for the 2014 International Microscopy Congress.

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Ben, Qianlang and Peter in sight-seeing formation in Prague
Ben, Qianlang and Peter in sight-seeing formation in Prague
Peter, Qianlang and Ben in sight-seeing formation at the Sedlec Train Station outside of Prague
Peter, Qianlang and Ben in sight-seeing formation at the Sedlec Train Station outside of Prague
Will, Peter and Qianlang at the Congress Party
Will, Peter and Qianlang at the Congress Party

August 2014


Ben, Liuxian, Qianlang, Will and Peter traveled to the annual Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting in Hartford, CT. The group presented numerous posters and presentations. Congratulations to Ben for winning the poster prize for Best Physical Science Poster, and to Will for winning the Presidential Scholar Student Award! See you next year for M&M 2015 in Portland, OR!

July 2014


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Will traveled to South Hadley, Mass. to participate in the Solid State Studies in Cermics Gordon Research Conference at Mount Holyoke College.  Will presented a poster and interacted with many ceramic researchers from around the world.

April 2014

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Arizona State University Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative

We are delighted to announce that Kimberly and Will have both received awards.  Kimberly has been selected to participate in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) to perform research with us this summer and fall.  Will is a winner of a Presidential Student Award from the Microscopy Society of America for one of the papers he has submitted for the conference in August.

Members of the group made the most of a day of great weather by visiting the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden’s Chihuly in the Garden exhibit. The garden was in bloom and the food was great! 2014-04-05 10.28.55 2014-04-05 10.29.54 2014-04-05 10.31.17 2014-04-05 10.31.42 2014-04-05 10.48.38 2014-04-05 10.52.11 2014-04-05 10.54.42 2014-04-05 10.57.37 2014-04-05 12.06.51 2014-04-05 12.11.50 2014-04-05 12.12.05 2014-04-05 12.15.28 2014-04-05 12.15.35 2014-04-05 12.21.51 2014-04-05 12.22.16

January 2014


Will’s participation in a recent outreach event with the ASU chapter of the Electrochemical Society was highlighted in Interface, the society’s periodical. The ECS chapter recently visited the Phoenix Ironmen Network to conduct an interactive workshop focused on renewable and electrochemical energy. The full story is available hereASU ECS Officers (from left to right) pictured are William Bowman, Community Outreach Coordinator; Iolanda Klein, Secretary; Tylan Watkins, Recruitment Coordinator; and Telpriore “Greg” Tucker, President.

December 2013

Arizona State University Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative

Cruz has been selected to participate in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) for the Spring of 2014. he will work with Will on fabrication and characterization of oxygen ion-conducting ceramics.

October 2013

Headshot_Cruz Hernandez_Oct2013The group is pleased to announce the addition of materials science and engineering undergraduate research assistant Cruz Hernandez. Cruz will work with Will on the characterization of ceria-based oxygen ion conductors.

August 2013

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Zahra is awarded the Fall 2013 ASU/NASA Space Grant Internship to continue her work on simulations of electron energy loss spectra of oxides for solid oxide fuel cells and photocatalysts.

Peter, Ben, Liuxian, Qianlang, Jiangtao and Will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to present papers at the Microscopy Society of America’s 2013 Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting.

July 2013

Arizona State University Graduate College

Qianlang and Liuxian win the ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association travel grant for travel to the Microscopy Society of America’s 2013 Microscopy & Microanalysis Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

May 2013


Peter chaired the 2013 International Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy Meeting on Enhanced Data Generated by Electrons (EDGE) in Sainte- Maxime, France. His duties also included presenting papers on the ongoing works of Jiangtao and Ben.

April 2013

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Ben and Liuxian have won the North American Catalysis Society Kokes Award. They will both travel to Louisville, KT to present papers and receive their awards.

Arizona State University Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative

Trevor has been selected to participate in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) for the Summer of 2013 to work on operando TEM of catalysts.

March 2013

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Qianlang wins Best Student Poster Award at the 2013 meeting of the Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society in Tuscon, AZ.

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 The ASU Physics Department awards Zahra the Molecular Imaging Corporation scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Spring in Phoenix means perfect weather. The Group took full advantage by having a picnic and hiking at Fish Creek Canyon, in the Superstition Mountains just east of the city.