General Lab Information

Electron Microscopy and Nanostructure Group

Yimei Zhu

Senior Scientist, Group Leader


  • Advanced electron microscopy methodology, instrumentation and applications
  • Electrons and matter interactions in extreme space and time domains
  • Aberration corrected and time-resolved electron imaging, diffraction and spectroscopy
  • Electron crystallography, charge, orbital, spin and lattice correlations
  • Electronic structure, inhomogeneity, defects and interfaces in transition-metal oxides
  • Direct visualization of electron orbitals and spin arrangement
  • Superconductivity, ferroelectricity and magnetism
  • Energy materials, e.g. Li-ion batteries, catalysts, fuel cells, photovoltaics, and thermoelectric materials
  • Structural modeling and Density Functional Theories
  • Integrated studies using electron, x-ray and neutron probes


  • BA with honor - Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • MS and PhD - Nagoya University, Japan (with Toru Imura)
  • Research Associate - University of Virginia (with Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf)

Professional Experiences

  • Assistant Scientist (1988), Associate Scientist (1990), Scientist with Tenure (1997), Senior Scientist (2002), Group Leader (1997-present), BNL
  • Principal Investigator - DOE Basic Energy Science’s Core-Research Program “Nanostructure and Structural Defects of Advanced Materials”, BNL
  • One of the three Principal Investigators of the BNL’s proposal - Center for Functional Nanomaterials (2001), Facility Leader and Leader of the Electron Microscopy Group, CFN (2003-2010)
  • Founder – Institute for Advanced Electron Microscopy (2007), BNL
  • Adjunct professor, the Department of Applied Physics and Mathematics, Columbia University; and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Chemistry at State University of New York at Stony Brook

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (2016)
  • Distinguished Asian American Awards (issued by Suffolk County Executive S. Bellone, and by New York Governor A. Cuomo) (2015)
  • R & D 100 Award, "Multimodal Optical Nanoprobe" R & D Magazine (2011)
  • Innovation Award, MicroscopyToday, for the development of an innovative method on in-situ optoelectronic microscopy, Microscopy Society of America (2011)
  • Innovation Award, MicroscopyToday, for the development of an innovative method of ultra-high-resolution atomic imaging of surfaces and bulk materials, Microscopy Society of America (2010);
  • Inaugural Fellow of Microscopy Society of America (2009)
  • Fellow of American Physical Society (2006)
  • Distinguished Science and Technology Award, BNL (2003)
  • Basic Energy Sciences Chunky Bullet Competition Award, Department of Energy (2001)
  • Program Development Award, Energy, Environment and National Security, BNL (2001)

Professional Activities

  • Delivered over 300 invited talks at international conferences, ~60 seminars and colloquiums at academic institutions; authored and co-authored over 500 peer reviewed journal articles, published more than 250 conference proceeding articles and extended abstracts, 14 chapters in books and encyclopedias, and edited and co-edited 7 journals/proceedings, and received 5 patents on electron microscope instrumentation; 
  • Book authored “Microstructures and Defects in High-temperature Superconductors”, with Z.X. Cai, World Scientific, New Jersey, 1998, 450 pages (ISBN: 981-02-3285-3);
  • Book edited “Modern techniques for characterizing magnetic materials”, Springer, New York, 2005, 600 pages (ISBN 14020-8007-7);
  • Book edited “Magnetic imaging and its applications to materials”, with Marc De Graef, Academic Press, 2001, 295 pages (ISBN: 1079-4042/01);
  • Regional Executive Editor (North America), J. of Electron Microscopy, Oxford Univ. Press, (2006 - );
  • Editorial Board of  MICRON, the International Res. & Rev. J. for Microscopy (1995 - present);
  • Member of Award Committee and Executive Program Committee, Microscopy Society of America (MSA), symposia organizers and tutorial course instructors at the MSA annual meetings;
  • Chair of the Advisory Board, NSF Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems, UCLA, CA (2013 - present);
  • NSF review panel on Superconductors and Superconductivity, Washington DC, April 24-15, 2014;
  • Chair of NSF Review Panel on Science and Technology Center competition: Real-Time Functional Imaging, University of Colorado at Boulder, Dec. 6-8, 2015;
  • CAS Review Panel, Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Science, Dec 22-23, 2014;
  • Co-organizer of DOE-CAS (Chinese Academy of Sciences) Collaboration Workshop on Superconductors and Related Quantum Materials, Stony Brook, Sept 26-27, 2015; Shanghai, May 6-8, 2016;
  • DOE/BES review panel on Ultrafast diffraction, imaging & X-ray optics, Germantown, May 13, 2015;
  • DOE Review Panel, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 10-11, 2015;
  • DOE review panels on Nanoscale Science Research Centers, The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, June 21-23, 2016; Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Lab, June 28-30, 2016
  • Co-organizer of DOE/BES workshop on “Future of Electron Scattering and Diffraction”, Washington DC, Feb 28-19, 2014;
  • Organizer of DOE Principal investigators’ Meeting on Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopy, Washington DC , Oct. 20-22, 2014;
  • Co-organizer of DOE workshop on Basic Research Needs for Innovation and Discovery of Transformative Experimental Tools, Gaithersburg, MD, June 1-3, 2016.