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Eric Stach

Group Leader | Electron Microscopy


  • Transmission electron microscopy, with a focus on in-situ methods
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Focused ion beam microscopy
  • Fundamentals of nanostructure growth
  • In-situ methods in catalysis

CFN Research Activities

Dr. Stach’s research focuses on the development and application of electron microscopy techniques to solve materials problems in nanostructure growth, catalysis, thin film growth and materials deformation. 


  • B.S.E.: Duke University, 1992
  • M.S.M.S.E.: University of Washington, 1994
  • PhD: University of Virginia, 1998
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Dissertation Title: In-situ transmission electron microscopy studies of dislocation / defect interactions in SiGe / Si heterostructures

Professional Appointments

  • Associate, then Full Professor, 2005 – 2010
    • School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University
  • Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator, 1998-2004
    • National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

Control of Metal Nanocrystal Size Reveals Metal-Support Interface Role for Ceria Catalysts; M. Cargnello, V. Doan-Nguyen, T.R. Gordon, R.E. Diaz, E.A. Stach, R.J. Gorte, P. Fornasiero and C.B. Murray, Science, 341, 771-773, 2013. 

Y. Zhu, S. Murali, M.D. Stoller, K.J. Ganesh, W. Cai, P.J. Ferreira, A. Pirkle, R.M. Wallace, K.A. Cychosz, M. Thommes, D. Su, E.A. Stach, R.S. Ruoff, Carbon-based Supercapacitors Produced by Activation of Graphene; Science, 332, 1537, 2011.

Q.Guo, G.M. Ford, W.C. Yang, B.C. Walker, E.A. Stach, H.W. Hillhouse and R. Agarwal, Fabrication of 7.2% Efficient CZTSSe Solar Cells Using CZTS Nanocrystals J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132, 17384, 2010.

C.-Y. Wen, M. C. Reuter, J. Bruley, J. Tersoff, S. Kodambaka, E. A. Stach and F. M. Ross, Formation of compositionally abrupt axial heterojunctions in Si/Ge nanowires, Science, 326, 1247, 2009.

A.R. Harutyunyan, G.Chen, E.M. Pigos, O.A. Kuznetsov, T. Paronyan, K. Hewaparakrama, S.M. Kim, D. Zakharov, E.A. Stach and G. Sumanasekera, Preferential growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes with metallic conductivity, Science, 326, 116, 2009.

B. J. Kim, J. Tersoff, S. Kodambaka, M. C. Reuter, E. A. Stach and F. M. Ross, Kinetics of individual nucleation events observed in nanoscale vapor-liquid-solid growth, Science, 322, 1070-73, 2008.

Development of CuInSe2 nanocrystal and nanoring inks for low-cost solar cells; Qijie Guo, Suk Jun Kim, Mahaprasad Kar, William Shafarman, Robert Birkmire, Eric A. Stach, Rakesh Agrawal and Hugh W. Hillhouse, Nano Letters, 8(9); 2982-2987, 2008.

Quantifying the onset of plasticity at the nanoscale; A.M. Minor, S.A. Syed Asif, Z.W. Shan, E.A. Stach, E. Cyrankowski, T. Wyrobek and O. Warren, Nature Materials, 5(9) 697-702, 2006.

Graphene-based composite materials; S. Stankovich, D.A. Dikin, G. Dommett, K. M. Kohlhaas, E. Zimney, E.A. Stach, R.D. Piner, S.B.T. Nguyen, and R.S. Ruoff, Nature, 442, 282-286, 2006.

Grain boundary mediated plasticity in nanocrystalline nickel; Z.W. Shan, E.A. Stach, J.M.K Wiezorek, J.A. Knapp, D.M. Follstaedt and S.X. Mao, Science, 305, 654-7, 2004.

An off-normal fiber-like texture in thin films on single crystalline substrates; C. Detavernier, A.S. Özcan, J. Jordan-Sweet, E.A. Stach, J. Tersoff, F.M. Ross, C. Lavoie, Nature, 426, 641-5, 2003.

E.A. Stach, P. Pauzauskie, T. Kuykendall, J. Goldberger and P. Yang, Watching GaN nanowires grow, Nano Letters, 3, 867-9, May 2003.

Group leader Eric Stach discusses the electron microscopy instrumentation and techniques that his group uses to study the structure and chemistry of materials at the atomic scale.