A research team led by Nitash Balsara, a senior faculty scientist in the Materials Sciences Division (MSD) at Berkeley Lab and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Berkeley, has adapted a powerful electron-based imaging technique to obtain an image of atomic-scale structure in a synthetic polymer.
The team of researchers from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley included the late Ken Downing of the Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Division. Downing, along with Xi Jiang, project scientist in MSD, were credited with capturing the high-quality images that were central to the study and developing the algorithms necessary to achieve atomic resolution in the polymer imaging. The research could ultimately inform polymer fabrication methods and lead to new designs for materials and devices that incorporate polymers. Read more in the Berkeley Lab press release.