Short Biography

Eric Stach leads the Electron Microscopy Group in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory

He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has held positions as Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator at the National Center for Electron Microscopy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and as Associate then Full Professor at Purdue University, where he retains an Adjunct appointment. 

His research interests focus on the development and application of electron microscopy techniques to solve materials problems in nanostructure growth, catalysis, thin film growth and materials deformation. He is a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America, and has received several awards, among them the Microscopy Society of America's Eli F. Burton (Young Scientist) Award, and Purdue University's Faculty Scholar and Early Career Research Excellence Awards. He is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and has given over 150 invited presentations at conferences and university, corporate and national laboratories. 

He is also a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Hummingbird Scientific.

An updated link to his publication record can be found here:

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Professional Experience:

Scientist and Group Leader, Electron Microscopy Group, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2010 to present

Adjunct Professor, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2010 to present

Professor, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2010.

Associate Professor (with tenure), School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2007 to 2010.

Associate Professor (untenured), School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2005 to 2007.

Program Leader, Metals Program, Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2003 – 2004.

·       Directed the Division’s Metals Program, focusing on correlated experimental and theoretical studies of the fundamental mechanisms of mechanical deformation.

Principal Investigator, 2003 to 2004.

Materials Staff Scientist, 1998 to 2002.

National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • Directed the Center’s efforts in the development of in-situ transmission electron microscopy techniques.


Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1998

Dissertation:  In-situ transmission electron microscopy studies of dislocation / defect interactions in SiGe / Si heterostructures.

Dissertation Advisor: Robert Hull

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering - University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1994

Thesis: Mechanisms for thermal stress relaxation in a model metallic film / ceramic substrate system.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, 1992.

Selected Awards:

Fellow, Microscopy Society of America, Class of 2013

Microscopy Society of America’s Eli F. Burton (Young Scientist) Award, 2009

University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University, 2009-2010

Reinhardt Schumann, Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award, School of Materials Engineering, 2009

Purdue College of Engineering “Early Career Research Excellence Award”, 2007

IBM's Materials Research Community Best Paper Award , 2003

Outstanding Performance Award – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2001Winner 

Best Poster (Physical Sciences) – Microscopy and Microanalysis Meeting, 2000

Winner – Micrograph Competition – Microscopy and Microanalysis Meeting, 2000

IBM Cooperative Fellowship, 1997 – IBM Mentor: Rudolf M. Tromp

Graduate Student Award (Silver Medal) – Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, 1997

Latest news:

Huolin's work makes BNL's "Top-10 Discoveries of 2014"

Another very nice press release on battery research at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. 

Latest press release on the work of my student Sooyeon Hwang, former Purdue student Seung Min Kim, and colleagues Seong Min Bak and Qiao-Xing Yang from BNL.

Latest press release from Brookhaven, describing our work in understanding the mechanism of heat-driven failure of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.  Work  was led by Qiao-Xing Yang and I, with Sooyeon Hwang, Seong Min Bak and Seung Min Kim from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology.  More information can be found here.

Brookhaven put out a press release linking to the work that Dmitri Zakharov and I have been conducting with Anatoly Frenkel and Yuanyuan Li from Yeshiva University. It was catalyzed by a press release from Yeshiva about Anatoly's recent successes, and some of our latest developments on closed-cell microscopy for catalysis.  This was also picked up by "Innovation America", a magazine that reports on activities at the National Labs

Working with Judy Yang, Anatoly Frenkel, Duane Johnson and Ralph Nuzzo, we have described how Pt nanoparticles adopt both a crystalline and non-crystalline habit as size decreases, with this transition being strongly affected by both support and environment, as well as being a statistical, mesoscopic phenomenon.  Published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

See this write-up as an "Editor's Choice" in Science.

Size-selected nanocrystals allow determination of the "catalytically active site".  Our recent paper in collaboration with Christopher Murray's group at U Penn and Paolo Fornasiero's group at the University of Trieste was published in this week's Science Express.

Press releases from Brookhaven and Penn

Our recent paper in Applied Physics Letters investigates the "Indium clustering" question in InGaN Multiple Quantum Wells used in Solid State Lighting.  Work in collaboration with Silvija Gradecak at MIT.

Press releases from Brookhaven and MIT