Steven R. Spurgeon, Ph.D.
Materials Scientist

Steven R. Spurgeon, Ph.D.

Homepage of Steven R. Spurgeon, Ph.D., a materials scientist focusing on the development of novel nanomaterials.



I'm a materials scientist focused on understanding the structure, properties, and behavior of nanoscale materials systems for energy storage and conversion, electronics, and quantum computing. I am currently a staff member in the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

My research interests span the synthesis and functionality of nanomaterials, with a particular focus on the development of novel transmission electron microscope techniques to characterize these systems. My work has resulted in dozens of journal publications, invited talks, and garnered awards from the National Science Foundation, the Materials Research Society, the Microscopy Society of America, and many others. Look around to learn more and feel free to contact me!

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex oxides, thin films, and nanoparticles

  • Scanning transmission electron microscopy

  • Electron energy loss spectroscopy

  • Data analytics and image processing

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Energy and Environment Directorate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle Boulevard
Richland, Washington, USA 99354


Phone: (509) 371-7709

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Research Interests

Materials Synthesis Pathways

Understanding and controlling synthesis pathways is crucial for the development of next-generation devices for electronics, clean energy, and quantum computing. Minor perturbations at small length and time scales are often difficult to predict, necessitating the use of new methods to characterize and model these pathways.

Advancing Multidimensional Analysis

Emerging device architectures require the development of multidimensional analysis tools to examine materials structure and chemistry with increasingly high precision. Improved imaging tools, coupled with complementary characterization and theory calculations, can provide deep insight into promising materials.

Harnessing Emergent Interface Properties

Interfaces control and give rise to a spectrum of important functionalities whose optimization depends on precise control of structure and chemistry. We must develop new ways to examine and refine structures to manipulate and exploit these properties for the technologies of tomorrow.