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Chongmin Wang

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

P.O. Box 999, K8-93
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 371-6268 Fax: (509) 371-6242 Updated: July 9, 2014

Current Activities and Projects

Dr. Wang's recent research efforts concentrate on nanostructured materials, with emphasis being placed on atomic level characterization/visualization of nanostructured materials. His research work in nanostructured materials provides insights for correlating properties and structure at nanometer scale. Those results have been highlighted both as cover and review in journals such as Science, Nano Letters, and Journal of Physical Chemistry B.

Research Interests

Dr.Wang was the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship from Germany in 1994 and worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Metal Research in Stuttgart of Germany from 1994 to 1996, where his research focused on using high-resolution and analytical electron microscopy to study interfaces and boundaries in ceramics. From 1996 to 1997, Dr. Wang worked as a research scientist at the National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials, under the auspices of Japanese Science and Technology Agency, where his research efforts primarily focused on establishing the relationships between microstructural parameters and superplastic deformation behavior of silicon nitride and silicon carbide ceramics. He was a research scientist in the Materials Research Center at Lehigh University from 1997 to 2001. At Lehigh, his research concentrated on developing super-creep resistant ceramics by the strategy of selective impurities doping.

Dr. Wang joined PNNL in June 2001. He manages EMSL's transmission electron microscopy (TEM) facilities and his current research interests include application of TEM imaging and spectrosopic methods, as well as focused ion and x-ray spectroscopy, to study materials microstructure and behavior in such areas as impurity/dopant segregation, grain-boundary or interface mediated mass transport, and defect clustering. Dr. Wang holds one Japanese patent and has authored/co-authored over 120 journal publications and 90 professional conference presentations including one invited review paper on defect analysis in silicon nitride related ceramics.

Past Experience

  • 2003-present: Senior Research Scientist II, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

  • 2001-2003: Senior Research Scientist I, PNNL.

  • 1997-2001: Research Scientist II, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

  • 1996-1997: Research Scientist, National Institute of Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan.

  • 1994-1996: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Metal Research, Stuttgart, Germany.


  • Ph.D, Materials Science and Engineering, Leeds University, United Kingdom, 1994.

  • M.Sc., Condensed Matter Physics, Lanzhou University, China, 1986.

  • B.Sc., Physics, Lanzhou University, China, 1983.

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

  • Exceptional Contribution Award, PNNL, 2003.

  • Outstanding Invention Awards, Japanese Science and Education Committee, 2001.

  • Rowland B. Snow Award, The American Ceramic Society, 1999.

  • Alexander von Humbldt Research Award, Germany, 1994.

  • Member, American Cemical Society.

  • Member, Materials Research Society.

  • Member, American Microscopy Society.

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