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Eric Dooryhee

Photon Division Management, National Synchrotron Light Source II

Eric Dooryhee

Brookhaven National Laboratory

National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bldg. 741, Room 1L104
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-2409
(631) 578-4535

Eric serves as the Program Manager for the Hard X-ray Scattering and Spectroscopy (HXSS) program at the NSLS-II.  The HXSS program offers world-class capabilities for studying complex and heterogeneous materials under in situ and operando conditions. The program provides specialized spectroscopy, diffraction, and imaging x-ray tools, supported by computational resources for high-throughput analysis and modeling

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The core of Eric Dooryhee's expertise is diffraction (high resolution, in situ, microstructure, direct and reciprocal space mapping, time dependent), including methodological developments and instrumentation and research on a range of materials: complex oxide materials, microporous materials and metal-organic-framework compounds, alloys and hydrides, pharmaceutical polymorphs, energy storage materials, thin films. His research involves developing and applying advanced characterization tools for emerging problems in materials science, incl. electrochemical energy storage, materials discovery & manufacturing science.

Research Activities

Eric's background is Materials Science and Condensed Matter Physics, with a noticeable international exposure and a long career at Large Scale Facilities: he has been a user and/or an employee at particle accelerators (GANIL cyclotron and Van de Graaf), synchrotrons (SRS, LURE, ESRF, SLS, SOLEIL, NSLS) and neutron reactors (ILL). 

News story: From the Louvre to NSLS-II: Eric Dooryhee’s Research Bridges the Centuries

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  • 2009    Habilitation to supervise doctorate research (HDR) in Physics, University of Grenoble
  • 1987    PhD in Irradiation Physics, Centre de Spectrométrie Nucléaire et Spectrométrie de Masse (Université Paris 11, Orsay) “Study by Electron Spin Resonance of the defects formed in SiO2 by high energy ions
  • 1985    Master in Hard Condensed Matter Physics and Crystallography (DEA “Physico-Chimie des Matériaux”), University of Paris 5

Professional Appointments

  • 2018-now  ‘Hard X-ray Scattering and Spectroscopy’ Program Manager, NSLS-II
  • 15-18    ‘Diffraction & In Situ Scattering’ Program Manager, NSLS-II
  • 09-19    ‘X-ray Powder Diffraction’ (XPD) Lead Beamline Scientist, NSLS II 
  • 01-09    Scientist CNRS, Néel Institute, Grenoble, France
  • 96-00    Beamline Scientist, ESRF, France
  • 90-95    Associate Scientist CNRS, CIMAP (formerly CIRIL), Caen, France
  • 88-89    Research Associate, SRS Daresbury, UK

Selected Publications

  • Dooryhee E, Catlow CRA, Couves JW, Maddox PJ, Thomas JM, Greaves GN, Steel AT, Townsend RP (1991) A study of cation environment and movement during dehydration and reduction of nickel-exchanged zeolite Y by x-ray absorption and diffraction. The Journal of Physical Chemistry 95:4514–4521. doi: 10.1021/j100164a062
  • Meftah A, Brisard F, Costantini JM, Dooryhee E, Hage-Ali M, Hervieu M, Stoquert JP, Studer F, Toulemonde M (1994) Track formation inSiO2quartz and the thermal-spike mechanism. Physical Review B 49:12457–12463. doi: 10.1103/physrevb.49.12457
  • Hémon S, Chailley V, Dooryhée E, Dufour C, Gourbilleau F, Levesque F, Paumier E (1997) Phase transformation of polycrystalline Y2O3 under irradiation with swift heavy ions. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 122:563–565. doi: 10.1016/s0168-583x(96)00572-1
  • Hodeau J-L, Bordet P, Anne M, Prat A, Fitch AN, Dooryhee E, Vaughan G, Freund AK (1998) Nine-crystal multianalyzer stage for high-resolution powder diffraction between 6 keV and 40 keV. Crystal and Multilayer Optics. doi: 10.1117/12.332525
  • Walter P, Martinetto P, Tsoucaris G, Brniaux R, Lefebvre MA, Richard G, Talabot J, Dooryhee E (1999) Making make-up in Ancient Egypt. Nature 397:483–484. doi: 10.1038/17240
  • Conchon F, Boulle A, Guinebretière R, Girardot C, Pignard S, Kreisel J, Weiss F, Dooryhée E, Hodeau J-L (2007) Effect of tensile and compressive strains on the transport properties of SmNiO3 layers epitaxially grown on (001) SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 substrates. Applied Physics Letters 91:192110. doi: 10.1063/1.2800306
  • Gianoncelli A, Castaing J, Ortega L, Dooryhée E, Salomon J, Walter P, Hodeau J-L, Bordet P (2008) A portable instrument forin situdetermination of the chemical and phase compositions of cultural heritage objects. X-Ray Spectrometry 37:418–423. doi: 10.1002/xrs.1025
  • Bleuet P, Welcomme E, Dooryhée E, Susini J, Hodeau J-L, Walter P (2008) Probing the structure of heterogeneous diluted materials by diffraction tomography. Nature Materials 7:468–472. doi: 10.1038/nmat2168
  • Dejoie C, Martinetto P, Dooryhée E, Strobel P, Blanc S, Bordat P, Brown R, Porcher F, Sanchez del Rio M, Anne M (2010) Indigo@Silicalite: a New Organic−Inorganic Hybrid Pigment. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2:2308–2316. doi: 10.1021/am100349b
  • Zhou Y-N, Yue J-L, Hu E, Li H, Gu L, Nam K-W, Bak S-M, Yu X, Liu J, Bai J, Dooryhee E, Fu Z-W, Yang X-Q (2016) High-Rate Charging Induced Intermediate Phases and Structural Changes of Layer-Structured Cathode for Lithium-Ion Batteries. Advanced Energy Materials 6:1600597. doi: 10.1002/aenm.201600597

Research Highlights

1) Distribution of strain and chemical diffusion gradients in epitaxial thin films and superlattices of functional perovskite oxides. By integrating PbTiO3 into artificially modulated structures (e.g., LaSrMnO3/PbTiO3, PbMgNbO3/PbTiO3 and BaTiO3/PbTiO3),  lattice strains can be used to modify the tetragonal distortion c/a of the material and hence enhance its dielectric and ferroelectric behavior (strain engineering). Eric developped a code to fit the diffraction data in order to determine the layer thickness and interface quality (depending on the synthesis conditions). Chemical diffusion and interface roughness are shown to play upon the material properties (ferroelectric phase transition, polarizability and ferroelectric coupling across dielectric layers).

2) Synchrotron research program on ancient materials. In the late 90s, P. Walter (C2RMF Le Louvre) and E. Dooryhee pioneered the use of advanced synchrotron techniques for the purpose of in-depth analysis of works of art. Back then, the cultural heritage and the archaeology communities and the synchrotron world were strangers to one another. First experiments at the ESRF focused on the study of cosmetics in Ancient Egypt (provenance, composition, recipes, manufacturing). Subsequently, the work has included studies on an extensive range of artifacts: ancient ceramics and fresco paintings of the Greco-Roman world, gilded medieval Islamic glazed ceramics and easel paintings of the Renaissance through the iconic Central America Maya Blue pigment.

3) Swift Heavy Ion Physics and  high energy heavy particle bombardment. Under the oversight of E. Balanzat, Eric contributed to the commissioning and on-line implementation of an optical spectrometer (ISOC) at the GANIL facility to measure defect creation and excitonic processes in alkali-halides (NaCl, KBr, CaF2) under dense electronic excitations. Eric was also in charge of the design, construction, commissioning and operation of an on-line x-ray diffractometer (CHEXPIR) and directed V. Chailley's PhD work aimed at describing the structural damage that the GANIL particle beams produce in solid targets. The first phase transition ever under high-energy ion bombardment was demonstrated with CHEXPIR. Another original work showed the dissociation of SiO into Si nanoclusters (2 SiO —> Si + SiO2) in supported SiO thin films under irradiation in the electronic stopping power regime. E. Dooryhee also started the first-of-its-kind structural studies of irradiated nano-powders and showed the effect of the deposition and confinement of dense electronic excitations inside nanometric grains. Eric and collaborators demonstrated for the first time that the confinement of energy into nano-grains could force the material into a metastable structure.

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Eric Dooryhee

Brookhaven National Laboratory

National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bldg. 741, Room 1L104
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-2409
(631) 578-4535

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