Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
Nigel Browning received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Reading, U. K., and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, U. K. After completing his Ph.D. in 1992, he joined the Solid State Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as a postdoctoral research associate before taking a faculty position in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 1995. In 2002, he moved to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California-Davis (UCD) and also held a joint appointment in the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In 2005 he moved the joint appointment from LBNL to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to become project leader for the Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (DTEM). In 2009, he also joined the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC-Davis to focus on the development of the DTEM to study live biological structures. Dr. Browning held the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and was the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Electron Microscopy (ICEM) at UC-Davis. His research focused on the development of new methods in electron microscopy for high spatial, temporal and spectroscopic resolution analysis of engineering and biological structures.
- The structure-property relationships at atomic scale defects and internal interfaces.
- Atomic resolution and sensitivity imaging and analytical techniques in (scanning) transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM).
- Dynamic and Ultrafast methods for TEM, diffraction and spectroscopy.
Education and Credentials
- B.Sc. (Hons.), University of Reading, U. K. (1988). First Class Honors in Physics and Subsidiary Mathematics
- Ph.D., University of Cambridge, U. K. (1992). "A Study of Oxide Superconductors by EELS in STEM." Advisor: Professor L. M. Brown, FRS.
Affiliations and Professional Service
- Materials Research Society
- American Physical Society
- American Ceramic Society
- Microscopy Society of America
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
Awards and Recognitions
- 2013 Microscopy Society of America Fellow
- 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
- 2012 Wiley Research Fellow
- 2010 Microscopy Today Innovation Award for the development of DTEM
- 2008 R&D 100 Award for development of the DTEM
- 2008 Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 Award for development of the DTEM
- 2003 American Ceramic Society Robert L. Coble Award
- 2002 Microscopy Society of America Burton Award
- 1997 University of Illinois Scholar Award for Distinction as a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois
- 1997 NSF CAREER Award