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2016 Silver Medal Award




Dr. Keller is honored for inventing transmission electron backscatter diffraction. This microscopy technique provides a 10-fold improvement of the measurement of the atomic structure of crystalline materials compared to traditional means, and thus is a revolutionary new tool for the development of vital materials for advanced electronics, nanotechnologies and innovative structural alloys.   Because of its power, this technique has been eagerly adopted for distribution by instrument manufacturers worldwide and has already been deployed by semiconductor firms, government labs, and universities.


Robert Keller

Supervisory Materials Research Engineer
Material Measurement Laboratory