About Us

Our research group investigates how materials evolve on atomic- and nano-length scales as they change from one form to another. In particular, we use real-time x-ray techniques to examine structural evolution during phase transitions, thin film growth, and surface processes.

Many of our experiments utilize the high brightness of accelerator-based x-ray sources, such as the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago, and the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory near Stanford University.