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March 2018

Snapshots of the Atomic Interface Shuffle Featured in MRS Bulletin

Steven Spurgeon
Steven Spurgeon was quoted in March 2018 MRS Bulletin.

Dr. Steven R. Spurgeon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was recently quoted in an article titled "Snapshots of an oxide heterojunction reveal an interfacial atomic shuffle" about his work to understand the unusual rearrangement of atoms at the boundary between two oxides used for solar water splitting.

As described in a March 2018 issue of the MRS Bulletin and originally reported in Physical Review Materials, a team led by Spurgeon and Dr. Scott A. Chambers visualized the exchange of atomic layers before and after crystal growth using advanced scanning transmission electron microscopy methods. Their discovery could unlock new ways to synthesize never-before-seen materials by precisely controlling the arrival of atoms to a material's surface.


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