August 30th-September 1st, 2023: We are getting ready for autumn at a kick-off in Varberg together with the rest of the Nano and Biophysics division.
Division of Nano and Biophysics, Varberg, August 2023
August 24th, 2023: The Eva Olsson Group has been visited by PhD student Alejandra Guedeja-Marrón Gil from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and undergraduate student Alan Stoev from UC Santa Barbara over the summer. We look forward to more visits in the future!
July 4-7th, 2023: Gustav, Rebecka, Maria, and Jonatan from EOG visited the University of Tokyo to take part in the Advanced Electron Microscopy Workshop for Young Scientists. We are very happy for the invitation to share the research performed in the Eva Olsson Group and to learn more about the fascinating work done in the groups of Prof. Ikuhara and Prof. Shibata. The workshop was rounded off with a BBQ event and followed by three days of experiments using DPC and OBF techniques, with the help of Dr. Seki and Dr. Ooe.
Workshop participants from Chalmers and University of Tokyo, July 2023.
June 28-30th, 2023: Andy, Gustav, Eva, Rebecka, Maria, and Jonatan from EOG participated in IAMNano 2023 in Matsue, Japan. The workshop program was filled with interesting presentations, exciting social events and networking possibilities. We look forward to continuing the stimulating scientific discussions in Gothenburg next year.
May 9th, 2023: We want to thank all the invited speakers and participants in the ESTEEM3 workshop held at Chalmers University of Technology! It has been two exciting days with inspiring presentations and interesting discussions covering many aspects of advanced electron microscopy.
Group photo of workshop participants. European workshop on Advanced electron microscopy of ICT and quantum device material structures. Chalmers, May 8-9th, 2023.
May 8-9th, 2023: The Eva Olsson Group is organising a European workshop on Advanced electron microscopy of ICT and quantum device material structures. Go to our Workshops page for more information.
January 10-12th, 2023: This week Lunjie and Rebecka have undergone training on the new Stream In Situ Liquid and Biasing holder from DENS Solutions. We hope to see some interesting results from liquid TEM experiments within the Eva Olsson Group in the near future.
December 20th, 2022: We continue our annual tradition of getting into the holiday spirit by decorating a Christmas tree together.
November 22nd, 2022: We wish to congratulate Pierre Carmona on his excellent dissertation and successful thesis defense titled “Structure evolution of phase-separated EC/HPC films for controlled drug release”. You can find the thesis here.
November 15th, 2022: Congratulations to Jonatan Holmér for his licentiate thesis and seminar titled “In situ electron microscopy of strain-induced effects on electrical and photovoltaic properties of GaAs nanowires – site specific and quantitative studies”. You can read the thesis here.
October 20th, 2022: The SOFT Microscopy Network traveled to Lund for a visit to MAX IV and Tetra Pak. The day started with a general introduction to the synchrotron radiation facility followed by a presentation of the capabilities of the ForMAX beamline for soft materials. After a tour of around MAX IV the meeting continued at Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions with a presentation and tour around the facilities.
October 14th, 2022: The Eva Olsson Group together with visiting PhD student Mike Schmithorst gathered for lunch towards the end of Mike's stay with the group. Mike has been working on STEM imaging of Cu distributions in deNOx catalysts. We look forward to more collaborations in the future!
October 11th, 2022: Gustav Persson and Eva Olsson have published the paper “Visualisation of individual dopants in a conjugated polymer: sub-nanometre 3D spatial distribution and correlation with electrical properties” in Nanoscale. The paper demonstrates how the spatial distribution of dopants in a semiconducting polymer can be determined at the sub-nanometre scale using electron tomography. You can read the paper here.
August 29th-30th, 2022: The Eva Olsson Group is joined by PhD student Mike Schmithorst from University of California, Santa Barbara for two months. We are off to a great start with a nice kick-off at Stenungsbaden together with the rest of the Nano and Biophysics division.
August 23rd, 2022: Jonatan, Rebecka, Gustav, Alok, and Maria presented their research results at a poster session during the Excellence Initiative Nano Community Building at Varbergs Kusthotel.
May 2nd, 2022: We wish to congratulate Gustav Persson for his licentiate thesis and seminar "Correlating nanostructure and electronic properties of organic semiconductors by electron microscopy". You can find the thesis here.
April 27th, 2022: The SOFT Microscopy Centre is organising a workshop on May 17th at Chalmers University of Technology. The theme of the workshop is image processing and image analysis. For more information, see SOFT Microscopy Network website.
March 28th, 2022: Pierre Carmona, Eva Olsson and Niklas Lorén have published the paper “Structure formation and coarsening kinetics of phase-separated spin-coated ethylcellulose/hydroxypropylcellulose films” in Soft Matter. This paper describes the kinetics of film formation of a phase separated cellulose film for controlled drug delivery and brings more understanding on the mechanisms of phase separation responsible for the final film structure. You can find the paper here.
March 18th, 2022: The group is joined by visiting professor Wolfgang Jäger this week. Friday morning was spent at Chalmerska Huset with discussions, a tour and a nice lunch together in the historical building.
December 3rd, 2021: The Eva Olsson Group gathered to get into the Christmas spirit by decorating a Christmas tree. This year, the ceremony was held together with the entire division of Nano and Biophysics.
November 10th, 2021: We would like to welcome two new Post Docs to the group. Maria Brollo (starting on November 15th) with a project on cellulose, and Alok Ranjan (starting on November 24th) working on 2D materials. We are happy to have you join us!
November 1st, 2021: The SOFT Microscopy Centre is organizing a network hybrid meeting held at Chalmers and remote via Zoom on the 9th of November, 2021. For more information see SOFT Microscopy Network website.
October 28th, 2021: We would very much like to congratulate Shun Kondo on becoming Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo!
October 27th, 2021: Jonatan Holmér, Lunjie Zeng and Eva Olsson have published the paper “Enhancing the NIR photocurrent in single GaAs nanowires with radial p-i-n junctions by uniaxial strain” in Nano Letters. The paper reports findings on the relationship between the mechanical strain on the photocurrent and the electrical properties of the GaAs nanowires, along with important effects on their performance. You can read the paper here.
October 11th, 2021: We are very happy to have had Gabriel Sánchez Santolino visit the group for a few weeks. He has been working on in-situ topological tuning of InAs/GaAsSb quantum dots in TEM. We look forward to more visits in the future!
October 8th, 2021: In conjunction with the Nobel prize in Physics, Eva Olsson has been interviewed about this year’s laureates and why so few women get nominated. The interviews are covered by several media outlets including Radio Sweden, Svenska Dagbladet and Science. You can find the interviews here:
Årets pristagare skapar ordning i klimatkaoset (SvD)
One reason men often sweep the Nobels: few women nominees (Science)
September 24th, 2021: Congratulations to Fredrik Söderberg for successfully passing his Masters examination! Fredrik’s thesis was entitled “Microstructural study of a conducting polymer doped with carbon nanotubes”. In his work, Fredrik has analyzed the effects of different degrees of doping on the structure of the material, revealed by SEM, TEM and STEM. You can find the thesis report here.
September 18th, 2021: Cecilia Fager was promoted during this year’s Doctoral Degree Conferment Ceremony at Chalmers. See more pictures from the doctoral promotion ceremony here.
August 15th, 2021: We would like to welcome Melike Mercan Yildizhan to the group. She is a Post Doc working on in-situ liquid studies in a research project with Linköping University.
June 11th, 2021: Congratulations to Carl Andersson for successfully passing his Masters examination! Carl’s thesis was entitled “Studying the atomic structure of an electron beam sensitive catalyst”. In his work, Carl focused on developing methodologies in high resolution STEM for studying beam sensitive zeolites. You can find the thesis report here.
May 20th, 2021: We wish to congratulate Pierre Carmona for his licentiate thesis and seminar "Structure evolution of spin-coated phase separated EC/HPC films". You can find the thesis here.
May 10th, 2021: Lunjie Zeng and Eva Olsson have co-authored a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology. The paper is entitled “Epitaxial Pb on InAs nanowires for quantum devices” and is a result of collaboration between our group and Nils Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. You can find the paper here.
April 29th, 2021: Lunjie Zeng, Jonatan Holmér and Eva Olsson have published a paper in Nano Letters. The title of the paper is “Tuning hole mobility of individual p-doped GaAs nanowires by uniaxial tensile stress”. This work is a collaboration between our group and the National Center for Electron Microscopy at the Berkeley Lab in USA. You can find the paper here.
April 12th, 2021: Andrew Yankovich has co-authored a paper published in Microscopy and Microanalysis. The paper is titled “Optimizing experimental conditions for accurate quantitative energy-dispersive X-ray analysis of interfaces at the atomic scale”. This paper discusses the effect of electron beam channels on spectroscopic X-ray signals. You can read the paper here.
March 12th, 2021: Pierre Carmona, Eva Olsson and Niklas Lorén have published the paper “Structure evolution during phase separation in spin-coated ethylcellulose/hydroxypropylcellulose films” in Soft Matter. This paper describes the film formation by spin-coating of a phase separated cellulose film for controlled drug delivery. You can find the paper here.
December 11th, 2020: Gustav Persson and Eva Olsson have co-authored the paper “Toughening of a soft polar polythiophene through copolymerization with hard urethane segments” published in Advanced Science. This paper describes the synthesis and structure of a copolymer with properties suitable for use in organic electrochemical transistors. You can read the paper here.
December 10th, 2020: The Eva Olsson Group gathered to get into the Christmas spirit by decorating a Christmas tree together. We also want to wish Torben Nilsson Pingel all the best at his new position at RISE.
November 27th, 2020: We wish to congratulate Xin Wen on her excellent dissertation “Shape control synthesis and microstructure studies of metal nanoparticles” and thesis defense. You can find the thesis here.
November 23rd, 2020: Andrew Yankovich has co-authored the paper “Optimizing nonrigid registration for scanning transmission electron microscopy image series” published in Microscopy and Microanalysis. The paper describes the experimental requirements and NRR algorithm parameters necessary to achieve sub-picometer precision measurements of atomic column positions in high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy. You can find the paper here.
November 18th, 2020: Andrew Yankovich and Eva Olsson have co-authored the paper “Comparative electron and photon excitation of localized surface plasmon resonance in lithographic gold arrays for enhanced Raman scattering” published in the journal Nanoscale. The paper demonstrates that STEM-EELS can be used to reveal contributions of specific localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) modes to surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) enhancement factor. This can be implemented to fine-tune nanoparticle parameters in order to enhance the signal in biosensing applications. You can read the paper here.
November 9th, 2020: We would like to welcome our new PhD student in the group: Rebecka Rilemark. She will be using transmission electron microscopy to study and characterize in-vivo manufactured electronic neuro-pharmaceuticals. The work will be carried out at Chalmers in collaboration with research groups at Linköping and Lund University.
September 25th, 2020: Cecilia Fager, Eva Olsson and Niklas Lorén have published the paper "3D high spatial resolution visualisation and quantification of interconnectivity in polymer films" in International Journal of Pharmaceutics. This paper describes how to 3D visualise and quantify interconnectivity in porous materials. You can find the paper here.
September 14th, 2020: Andrew Yankovich and Eva Olsson have co-authored a paper published in Nature Communications. The paper is titled “Transition metal dichalcogenide metamaterials with atomic precision” and describes a method of scalable fabrication of TMD metamaterials with atomic precision by anisotropic wet etching. The resulting nanostructure of the TMDs is hexagonal with predefined order and complexity, and nearly atomically sharp edges. You can find the paper here.
June 28th, 2020: Cecilia Fager, Eva Olsson and Niklas Lorén have published the paper "Three‐dimensional reconstruction of porous polymer films from FIB‐SEM nanotomography data using random forests" in Journal of Microscopy. This paper describes how to segment FIB‐SEM tomography data using random forests. You can find the paper here.
June 11th, 2020: We wish to congratulate Ph.D. Cecilia Fager on her excellent dissertation entitled "Quantitative 3D Reconstruction of Porous Polymers using FIB-SEM Tomography - Correlating materials structures to properties of coatings for controlled drug release" and defence. You can view the thesis committes announce decision below.
June 11th, 13:15, 2020: Cecilia Fager defend her dissertation, "Quantitative 3D Reconstruction of Porous Polymers using FIB-SEM Tomography - Correlating materials structures to properties of coatings for controlled drug release", In this work the focus is on the understanding of the correlation between the microstructure and materials properties of phase-separated polymer coatings. We acquired high spatial 3D resolution data on microporous ethyl cellulose and hydroxypropyl cellulose coatings using FIB-SEM tomography. We optimised the FIB-SEM parameters and established a generic protocol for porous and poorly conducting materials in order to overcome challenges such as redeposition, curtaining, shadowing effects, charging and sub-surface information due to the pores. In addition, a new self-learning segmentation algorithm was introduced to enable an automatic separation between pores and matrix. The quantification of the porous network was carried out by determining the pore size distribution, tortuosity and interconnectivity. As a final step, diffusion simulations were performed on the FIB-SEM data and correlated with experimentally measured permeability. You can view the defence here.
May 22nd, 2020: Cecilia Fager, Eva Olsson and Niklas Lorén have published the paper "Optimization of FIB–SEM Tomography and Reconstruction for Soft, Porous, and Poorly Conducting Materials" in Microscopy and Microanalysis. This paper describes how to acquire 3D FIB-SEM data for soft, porous and poorly conducting materials. You can find the paper here.
May 15th, 2020: We are proud to announce that Doctor Andrew Yankovich, recently received the prestigious Albert Crewe Award for 2020 from the Microscopy Society of America (MSA). The award recognizes distinguished contributions to the fields of microscopy and microanalysis in the physical sciences of a single early career scientist. Albert Crewe (1927 - 2009), a physics professor at the University of Chicago and director of Argonne National Laboratory, developed the high-resolution electron microscope that was able to capture the first images of individual atoms in motion. His discoveries helped establish and expand the field of modern scanning transmission electron microscopy, as well as its use for atomic-scale research.
May 5th, 2020: Eva Olsson, Kasper Moth-Poulsen and Joanne Etheridge’ groups cooperate and work on the synthesis and optical properties of metal and metal-oxide nanoparticle heterodimers. These heterodimers are formed by an electrostatic colloidal assembly strategy, incorporating different sizes, shapes and metal or metal oxide compositions into heterodimers. Additionally, hybridized localized surface plasmon resonance of the heterodimers were investigated by using energy and angle-resolved cathodoluminescence (AR-CL) in a SEM. The paper “Constructing a Library of Metal and Metal-Oxide Nanoparticle Heterodimers through Colloidal Assembly” has been accepted by Nanoscale. You can read the article here.
April 24th, 2020: Gustav and Eva have co-authored a paper published in Solar RRL regarding kinetic Monte Carlo simulations for organic solar cell’s current-voltage curves. Experimental electron microscopy data concerning the microstructure was implemented in the modeling. The simulations were calibrated with experimental data from injection barriers, blend morphology and kinetics of the charge transfer data in order to provide relevant data for real operating devices. The study is a collaboration with Linköping University, Åbo Akademi University and Stanford University. You can read the article here.
April 8th, 2020: We are announcing a PhD position on using transmission electron microscopy to study and characterize in-vivo manufactured electronic neuro-pharmaceuticals. The research is a collaboration between Chalmers, Linköping and Lund university. Read more and apply here.
March 9th, 2020: Gustav, Andy and Eva have co-authored a paper published in Nature Materials regarding ground-state electron transfer in all-polymer donor-acceptor heterojunctions. The important findings in the study hold promise for use in, for example, thermoelectrics and wearable electronics. This is a collaboration with Simone Fabiano’s group in Linköping University. There are also contributions from University of Washington, University of Cologne, Chiba University, Yunnan University and the group of Christian Müller at Chalmers University of Technology. You can read the article here.
February 7th, 2020: Xin Wen, Kasper Moth-Poulsen and Eva Olsson have published a paper “Synthesis of Palladium Nanodendrites Using a Mixture of Cationic and Anionic Surfactants” in Langmuir. Transmission electron microscopy was used to study the effects of a binary surfactant mixture on the shape and yield of palladium nanoparticles in the synthesis process. You can find the paper here.
January 14th, 2020: Eva Olsson has been interviewed by Jeol. Eva talks about what inspires her, the research at the Eva Olsson Group and the exciting challenges up ahead. You can read the interview here.
January 14th, 2020: Lunjie Zeng and Shun Kondo has received project funding from Excellence Initiative Nano for instrument building. The aim of the project is to build a multifunctional TEM holder for studying strain, bias and light induced effects in functional materials at the atomic scale.
December 2nd, 2019: Andy and Eva have published a paper in Nano Letters about using STEM EELS to visualize on the nano-scale the strong light-matter interactions between light produced by plamonic nanopyramids and excitons in TMDC materials. This was in collaboration with Timur Shegai's group here at Chalmers and Mathieu Kociak's group in Orsay, France. You can find the paper here.
December 2nd, 2019: Andy, Torben and Eva have published a paper in Imaging and Microscopy about atomic site-specific strain mapping from high precision STEM images. This was in collaboration with Henrik Grönbeck's group here at Chalmers. You can find the paper here.
July 22nd, 2019: We would like to welcome two new Post Docs to the Eva Olsson Group: Dr. Gabriel Sánchez Santolino and Dr. Shun Kondo. We are very happy to have you join!!
June 11-14, 2019: The Eva Olsson Group presented various projects at the SCANDEM 2019 meeting (70th annual meeting of the Nordic Microscopy Society). Andy gave an invited lecture, Shun gave a contributed lecture for which he won the prize for best contributed lecture, Gabriel gave a contributed lecture, and Cecilia and Jonatan gave poster presentations.
May 15th, 2019: We inaugurated the new JEOL TEM microscope MonoNEROARM200, made possible by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and Chalmers University of Technology. The new TEM is an opportunity for new exciting research and collaborations. The inauguration was celebrated together with more than hundred people. The program included lectures by guests from international research centres including Ferdi Schüth, Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Koichi Fukuyama, Masashi Iwatsuki, Julia Fernandez-Rodriguez, Max Haider, Yuichi Ikuhara, Angus Kirkland, Joachim Mayer, Martha McCartney, Robert Sinclair, David Smith, Masaki Mukai and Liam Spillane. You can read more here, view the program here and view a recording of the inauguration here.
January 9th, 2019: Torben and Eva have contributed to a paper published in Applied Catalysis A, General on chemical poisoning of NOx storage catalysts. This was in collaboration with researchers from the Competence Centre for Catalysis at Chalmers and the Volvo Car Corporation. You can find the paper here.
November 7th, 2018: Jonatan, Lunjie, Ludvig and Eva, in collaboration with Thomas Kanne Nordqvist, Peter Krogstrup and Jesper Nygård of Niels Bohr Institute, have recently published a paper in Nano Energy. The article, which is about a characterization method for single nanowire solar cells, can be found here.
November 1st, 2018:We would like to welcome our new PhD student in the group: Pierre Carmona. He will be studying the dynamics of formation of cellulose films for coatings of drug delivery systems. He will perform the main part of his work in RISE with Niklas as supervisor and will use the FIB SEM in Eva group to characterize the structure of his systems.
October 30th, 2018: Lunjie, Wolfgang and Eva, in collaboration with Christoph Gammer of Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science, Burak Ozdol and Andrew Minor of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Thomas Nordvquist and Peter Krogstrup of Niels Bohr Institute, have recently published a research paper in Nano Letters. The article “Correlation between Electrical Transport and Nanoscale Strain in InAs/In0.6Ga0.4As Core–Shell Nanowires” can be found here.
October 26th, 2018: Andy and Eva have contributed to a paper published in Nano Letters on strong light-matter coupling in Au bipyramid - WSe2 hybrid systems. This was in collaboration with the Shegai Group in the Bionanophotonics Division of the Department of Physics here at Chalmers. You can find the paper here.
October 25th, 2018: The Eva Olsson Group is organizing an advanced TEM/STEM school from November 19-21, 2018, where you can learn about recent developments in advanced electron microscopy techniques from leading experts. You are welcome to join!! Please find additional information and registration details here.
October 25th, 2018: The SOFT Microscopy Centre is organising a network meeting at Chalmers on the 14th of November, 2018. The theme of the meeting is Imaging in 2D and 3D. Please find more information here.
October 24th, 2018: We are extremely happy to have David Smith and Martha McCartney from Arizona State University with us. They will be with our Division on Sabbatical until mid-December. Welcome!
August 22nd, 2018: Ludvig and Eva, in collaboration with Mikael Juhani Kuisma of Jyväskylä University, Alexandre Dmitriev of Gothenburg University and Joakim Löfgren, Kristof Lodewijks, Mattias Thuvander and Paul Erhart of Chalmers, have succeeded in the counterintuitive feat of melting gold at room temperature which has been published in Physical Review Materials. The article "Electric-field-controlled reversible order-disorder switching of a metal tip surface" can be found here.
August 21st, 2018: Congratulations to Ludvig for winning first prize at a poster competition at the excellence initiative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Marstrand, Sweden! More information can be found here.
July 13th, 2018: Torben, Andy and Eva, in collaboration with Henrik Grönbeck and Mikkel Jørgensen from the Division of Chemical Physics at Chalmers, have published their exciting new research entitled "Influence of atomic site-specific strain on catalytic activity of supported nanoparticles" in Nature Communications today. You can find the paper here. Congratulations!
May, 2018: Congratulations to Erik Olsén for successfully passing his Masters examination! Erik's thesis was entitled "Quantitative electron microscopy of self-assembled nanoparticle structures - Investigation of the plasmonic hybridisation in gold-palladium heterodimers using angle resolved cathodoluminescence".
May, 2018: Congratulations to Gustav Persson for successfully passing his Masters examination! Gustav's thesis was entitled "Electron microscopy study of a novel battery material - Changes in structure and chemical composition during cycling". For this thesis work, Gustav used electron microscopy to study the changes in microstructure and the formation of a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) for a novel battery material consisting of porous carbon nanofibers.
April11th & 17th, 2018: The new JEOL S/TEM instrument installation is moving along great! We are looking at Si  dumbbells at 40 keV!
March 14th, 2018: The Eva Olsson group celebrated the beginning of the assembly of the new low-keV JEOL TEM/STEM with the JEOL team with a night filled with bowling.
January 15th, 2018: We would like to welcome our new masters thesis students in the group: Gustav Persson and Erik Olsén. Gustav will be studying carbon-based nanofiber materials and their properties as anodes in lithium ion batteries, and Erik will be analyzing plasmonic properties in self-assembled nanoparticle systems made of gold and palladium which potentially could be used as various sensors.
October 15-20th, 2017: Andy presented our work on high precision STEM imaging and strain measurements of supported metallic nanocatalysts at the Banff International Research Station's workshop on Mathematical Advances in Electron Microscopy in Oaxaca, Mexico. You can find information about this workshop and the talk here.
October 11th, 2017: We are very happy to say congratulations to our masters students Ren, Marie and Jonatan who have all passed their master theses examinations. The titles of their masters theses are as follows: Ren Qiu: "Thermal in situ TEM experiment on nanoscale indium islands - Estimation of Electron Beam Heating Effect", Marie Chalardyaem: "Low temperature synthesis of ZnO nanorods towards the fabrication of X-ray tubes", Jonatan Holmér: "In Situ Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Studies of Photovoltaic Nanowires-Correlation between Functional Nanostructure and Properties". We wish you all the best with your future careers!
September 28th, 2017: Congratulations to Torben Nilsson Pingel for successfully completing his PhD thesis, titled "Quantitative Electron Microscopy Studies of Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts: Nanostructure, Support Interaction and Aging Effects". Very well done! You can find his thesis here.
June 6th, 2017: Andy contributed to a paper published in Advanced Materials titled "Metasurfaces and Colloidal Suspensions Composed of 3D Chiral Si Nanoresonators". You can find the paper here.
May 25th-26th, 2017: Ludvig is doing practicals on "In Situ Probing" at the microscopy school QEM 2017 in Balurac les Bains France. Check for updates here!
May 18th, 2017: Andy presents his EELS surface plasmon hybridization research at the EDGE conference in Okinawa Japan.
March 28th, 2017: Andy published the paper "Multidimensional Hybridization of Dark Surface Plasmons" in ACS Nano. You can find the paper here. Congratulations!