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Eli Sutter

Staff Scientist | Electron Microscopy


  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • In-situ Variable Temperature Microscopy
  • Nanoscale Phase Diagrams, Solubility & Phase Transformations
  • Self-Assembly & Self-Organization of Nanostructures
  • 2-D materials: graphene, h-BN, etc.

CFN Research Activities

  • In-situ, variable temperature Electron Microscopy studies of properties of nanoscale objects – alloy phase diagrams, solute solubility, phase transformations: melting and crystallization, oxidation, solid state reactions such as silicidation.
  • Mechanisms of epitaxial growth and nanostructure formation. Self-assembly, self-organization of nanowires, core-shell semiconductor-graphene and metal-graphene nanoparticles and nanowires, nanostructured materials.
  • 2-D materials: graphene, h-BN, heterostructures: epitaxy on transition metals, growth mechanism, band structure, transport properties.
  • Transmission electron microscopy in liquid environments: organization of nanoparticles in colloids and solutions, growth processes, electro-deposition.


  • B.S.: Sofia University
  • Major: Physics; Minor: Solid State Physics
  • PhD: Sofia University
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Dissertation Title: Heterophase PbTe and PbSe Films - Mechanisms of Growth and Energy Profiles 

Professional Appointments

  • Postdoctoral Research: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland & UW Madison.
  • Assistant Professor (tenure track): Colorado School of Mines

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

P. Sutter and E. Sutter, Dispensing and Surface-Induced Crystallization of Zeptoliter Liquid Metal Alloy Drops, Nature Materials 6, 363, 2007.

E. Sutter, and P. Sutter, Phase Diagram of Nanoscale Alloy Particles Used for Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth of Semiconductor Nanowires, Nano Letters 8, 411, 2008.

J. Zhang, K. Sasaki, E. Sutter, and R. R. Adzic, Stabilization of Platinum Oxygen reduction Electrocatalysts Using Gold Clusters-Metal Supported Interaction, Science, 315, 220, 2007.

E. Sutter and P. Sutter, Enhanced Oxidation of Nanoscale In Particles at the Interface with a Si Nanowire, Applied Physics Letters 100, 231602, 2012.

E. Sutter, P. Sutter, E. Ucceli, and A. Fontcuberta i Morral,Supercooling of nanoscale Ga drops with controlled impurity levels, Physical Review B 84, 193303, 2011.

P. Sutter, R. Cortes, J. Lahiri, and E. Sutter, Monolayer Graphene-Boron Nitride Heterostructures, Nano Letters 12, 4869, 2012.