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Huolin Xin

Staff Scientist | Electron Microscopy


Huolin Xin graduated from the Physics Department of Cornell University in 2011 and joined Brookhaven National Laboratory as a staff member in 2013. He is currently an associate scientist in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is also an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Stony Brook University. His primary field of expertise lies in developing novel 3-D, atomic-resolution, and in situ spectroscopic and imaging tools to probe the structural, chemical, and bonding changes of energy materials during chemical reactions or under external stimuli. His research spans the areas from tomographic and atomic-resolution chemical imaging of fuel cell nanoparticles to in situ environmental study of heterogeneous catalysts, all maintaining a strong focus on nanocharacterization of energy materials. In 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012, he received Distinguished Scholar Award, Castaing Award, and Presidential Scholar Award from professional EM societies. His work on battery materials has been selected as the 2014's Top-10 Scientific Achievements by Brookhaven Lab. His research has resulted in more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and 1 patent, more than ten of which have been reported and highlighted by national media agencies. In his three-year career at BNL, he has coauthored 12 publications in Science/Nat sister journals (corresponding author on 4). He  has recently been appointed the Program Chair of the Microscopy and Microanalysis 2020 meeting, the annual society meeting of Microscopy Society of America and Microanalysis Society. To date, he has graduated three master students. Two of his group members/alumni have won the “Presidential Student Award” at the annual M&M conference based on their research in the group.



  • 05/2011 Ph.D., Cornell University, Dept.of Physics, Ithaca, NY
  • 07/2005 B.S., Peking University, Dept. of Physics, Beijing, China
  • 06/2004 Exchange student, HKUST, Dept. of Physics, Hong Kong


  • 04/2012 Presidential Post-Doctoral Award from Microscopy Society of America
  • 08/2011 Castaing Award from Microbeam Analysis Society
  • 07/2010 Castaing Award from Microbeam Analysis Society
  • 08/2008 Distinguished Scholar Award from Microbeam Analysis Society
  • 10/2011 First-author paper highlighted by Nat. Nanotech. and DOE press release
  • 06/2010 First-author paper reported by Materials360 and
  • 12/2009 First-author publication featured by the "Perspective" article in Science; also reported by C&E news, and Nature Chemistry
  • 08/2005 Cornell Walter Schonlenk Fellowship


Selected Publications & Research Highlights

Publications: (of 90+, H-index: 32, 17 Sci/Nat Papers, Corresponding Author on 6 Sci/Nat Papers)

1.       Interrogation of bimetallic particle oxidation in three dimensions at the nanoscale, Lili Han, Qingping Meng, Deli Wang, Yimei Zhu, Jie Wang, Xiewen Du, Eric Stach, Huolin L. Xin*, Nature Communications, 7, 13335 (2016)

2.       Phase evolution for conversion reaction electrodes in lithium-ion batteries, Feng Lin, Dennis Nordlund, Tsu-Chien Weng, Ye Zhu, Chunmei Ban, Ryan Richards, and H. L. Xin*, Nature Communications, 5, 3356 (2014)

3.       Metal segregation in hierarchically structured cathode materials for high-energy lithium batteries, Feng Lin, Dennis Nordlund, Yuyi Li, Mathhew K. Quan, Lei Cheng, Tsu-Chie Weng, Yijin Liu, H. L. Xin*, M. M. Doeff*, Nature Energy, 1, 15004 (2016)

4.       Spontaneous incorporation of gold in palladium-based ternary nanoparticles makes durable electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction, D. Wang, S. Liu, J. Wang, R. Lin, M. Kawasaki, E. Rus, K. Silberstein, M. Lowe, F. Lin, D. Nordlund, H. Liu, D. A. Muller, H. L. Xin*, and H. D. Abruna, Nature Communications, 7, 11941 (2016)

5.       Diamond Family of Nanoparticle Superlattices, Wenyan Liu, Miho Tagawa, H. L. Xin, Tong Wang, Hamed Emamy, Huilin Li, Kevin G. Yager, Francis W. Starr, Alexei V. Tkachenko, Oleg Gang, Science, 351, 582 (2016)

6.       Lattice Engineering via Nanoparticle-DNA Frameworks, Ye Tian, Yugang Zhang, Tong Wang, Huolin Xin, Huilin Li, and Oleg Gang, Nature Materials, accepted (2016)

7.       Visualizing the 3-D internal structure of calcite single crystals grown in agarose hydrogels, H. Li(1), H. L. Xin(1), D. A. Muller, L. Estroff, Science 326, 1244 (2009)

8.       Prescribed nanoparticle cluster architectures and low-dimensional arrays built using octahedral DNA origami frames, Y. Tian, Tong Wang, Wenyan Liu, Huolin Xin, Huilin Li, Yonggang Ke, William M. Shih, Oleg Gang, Nature Nanotechnology, 10, 637–644 (2015)

9.       Superlattices assembled through shape-induced directional binding, Nature Communications, F. Lu, Kevin G. Yager, Yugang Zhang, Huolin Xin, Oleg Gang, 6, 6912 (2015)

10.   Three-dimensional hollow-structured binary oxide particles as an advanced anode material for high-rate and long cycle life lithium-ion batteries, Deli Wang, Huan He, Lili Han, Ruoqian Lin, Jie Wang, Zexing Wu, Hongfang Liu, Huolin L Xin*, Nano Energy, 20, 212-220 (2016)