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Benjamin Caplins

Research Chemist

I am an experimental physical chemist with experience in time-resolved electron spectroscopy, time-resolved laser spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy.  I am currently working on the extreme atom probe tomography project.  I am happy to discuss my published/ongoing works or talk about possible future collaborations.  Please don't hesitate to contact me via email.

Google Scholar:

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado 2019-present
    Research Chemist in the Nanoscale Reliability Group
    Working on the Extreme Atom Probe Tomography IMS project
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado 2017-2019
    National Research Council postdoctoral associate with Dr. Robert R. Keller
    Developing transmission electron imaging techniques and hardware for use in the scanning electron microscope
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2015 – 2016
    Postdoctoral researcher with Professor David A. Blank
    Using time-resolved spectroscopy to investigate energy transport in model organic photovoltaic materials
  • University of California, Berkeley, California 2009 - 2014
    Graduate student researcher with Professor Charles B. Harris
    Using two-photon photoemission to study the band structure and dynamics of metal/phthalocyanine interfaces & using time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy to study the photophysics of a [FeFe]-Hydrogenase mimic
  • European Space Agency, Greenbelt, Maryland Spring 2008
    Programmer for the JHelioviewer project under Dr. Daniel Mueller
    Worked closely with solar physics project team to develop a prototype of JHelioviewer, a scalable interactive image viewer for solar image data using JPEG2000 technology
  • Hood College, Frederick, Maryland 2006 - 2007
    Undergraduate student researcher with Professor Christopher J. Stromberg in collaboration with Dr. Edwin J. Heilweil at NIST (Gaithersburg, MD)
    Synthesis, characterization, DFT, and ultrafast time-resolved infrared spectroscopy of biomimetic models of the active site of the [FeFe]-Hydrogenase enzyme


  • Eric Samuel Scholarship, Microscopy & Microanalysis Meeting 2018
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate 2017-2019
  • Poster Prize (Physical Chemistry Division), National ACS Meeting 2014
  • Poster Prize, Ultrafast Surface Dynamics Conference 2013
  • UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award 2012
  • American Institute of Chemists Foundation Award 2008
  • Poster Prize, UMBC Research Symposium in Chemistry & Biological Sciences 2007


Atom Probe Tomography using Extreme-Ultraviolet Light

Luis Miaja Avila, Ann C. Chiaramonti Debay, Benjamin W. Caplins, David R. Diercks, Brian Gorman, Norman A. Sanford
We present a different approach to laser-assisted atom probe tomography, where instead of using a near-UV laser for inducing a thermal transient, we use an
Created June 18, 2019