Robert F. Klie
Dr. Robert F. Klie is an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Director of the Nanoscale Physics Group. He began his undergraduate studies in physics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany, and received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois in 2002. He then joined the Materials Science Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) as a Goldhaber Fellow. In 2006, he joined the Physics Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he pursues the development and utilization of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy of nanoscale materials systems. One important aspect of his work is the education and training of graduate students in a variety of analytical techniques, including Z-contrast imaging and electron energy-loss spectroscopy, to study the effects of defects and interfaces in multifunctional oxide materials.
A new approach to reduce spherical and chromatic aberration in electron microscopy allows for low-energy imaging of single-layer boron nitride, a novel 2D nanostructure that is analogous to graphene.