Konrad Rykaczewski, Ph.D.
MIT & NIST
Electron Microscopy for Imaging Nano-to-Microscale Fluidic Processes
Historically, quantum leaps in microscopy have been followed by commensurate advances in related fields of basic and applied research—“seeing” is often the missing link in understanding the underlying phenomena. I believe that careful application of recent advances in electron microscopy instrumentation offers tremendous opportunities for understanding nanoscale fundamentals of fluidic process. I am particularily interested in imaging of phase change phenomena (condensation, boiling, and freezing), nanoscale flows, nanoparticle motion and self-assembly, droplet ejection, and water jets. My current work focuses on development of novel static and dynamic imaging methods, as well as improvement of the spatial and temporal resolution of existing in-situ techniques. Recently I co-organized the first symposium entirely dedicated to in situ electron microscopy in liquid and gases at the 2012 Microscopy and Microanalysis conference (symposium A-15). My current projects in this area are summarized below.