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Libor Kovarik, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Interface Spectroscopy/Diffraction

P.O. Box 999, K8-93
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 375-4377 Fax: () Updated: March 24, 2011

Current Activities and Projects

Dr. Libor Kovarik’s current research focuses on applying Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) techniques to study heterogeneous catalysts in order to develop an understating about the structural nature of catalytic nanoparticles and the way they are anchored to a support oxide. He is also involved in number of other research projects studying a variety of oxides, metals and alloys in the area of crystallography, solid-solid state phase transformations, and defect structures such as dislocations and interfaces. He also supports the user activities at Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL).

Research Interests

• Transmission electron microscopy, both in terms of instrumentation and application of advanced characterization methods.
• Computer simulation of TEM imaging, diffraction and spectroscopy phenomena
• Phase transformations, defect structures such as dislocations and interfaces
• Low dimensional and aperidic crystals

Past Experience

2010 – pres. Senior Research Scientist, Microscopy group, EMSL, PNNL
2006 – 2010 Research Engineer II, Mat. Sci. and Eng., The Ohio State University
2000 – 2006 Graduate Research Associate, Mat. Sci. and Eng., The Ohio State University


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2006
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 2000
B.S./M.S., Materials Science and Engineering., Technical University Ostrava, Czech Republic, 1997

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

CAMM Research Fellow (2001-2004)

Member, Materials Research Society.
Member, American Microscopy Society