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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Steven Spurgeon

NPSI Project Manager, Scientist
Steven Spurgeon
(509) 371-7709

Dr. Steven R. Spurgeon is the principal investigator of the NPSI project, Damage Mechanisms and Defect Formation in Irradiated Model Systems. He joined PNNL in 2015 and became a staff member in 2017. His research is focused on the structure, properties, and behavior of nanoscale materials systems for energy, data storage, and next-generation electronics. Dr. Spurgeon is an expert in the characterization of functional materials using scanning transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and image simulations. His research employs complementary, multidimensional analysis techniques and theory calculations to generate deep insight into the behavior of complex materials systems.

Research Interests

  • Structure-property relationships in functional materials systems, including multiferroics, spintronics, oxides, alloys, and nanoparticles
  • Defect-mediated phenomena at interfaces and phase boundaries
  • Multiscale materials analysis combining correlative experiments with theory calculations
  • Development of advanced electron microscopy techniques to visualize nanoscale systems

    Education and Credentials

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, PNNL - 2015-2017
  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University - 2009-2014
  • B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University - 2005-2009

    Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Physical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • Microscopy Society of America

    Awards and Recognitions

  • Pathway to Excellence Award, PNNL - 2017
  • Postdoctoral Research Award, Microscopy Society of America - 2016
  • Gold Graduate Student Research Award, Materials Research Society - 2013
  • Presidential Student Award, Microscopy Society of America - 2013
  • National Defense Science & Engineering (NDSEG) Fellowship, Department of Defense - 2011-2014
Full Time Staff
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