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Igor Levin (Fed)

Leader, Materials Structure and Data Group

Research Interests

  • Determination of local structure in inorganic materials using combined input from x-ray/neutron diffraction, electron microscopy imaging, and spectroscopic techniques;
  • Determination of crystal structures, phase transitions, and structure-property relations in bulk and thin film electronic ceramics;
  • Characterization of nanoscale structural and compositional heterogeneities in inorganic materials using high-resolution transmission electron mcroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy

Postdoctoral Research opportunities

Emerging electronic oxides (e.g. dielectrics, ferroelectrics, ionic conductors) frequently exhibit local atomic arrangements that are significantly different from those described by the average atomic positions as inferred from traditional crystallographic methods. The research includes experimental measurements on industrially-pertinent materials using a range of advanced techniques (transmission electron microscopy, x-ray and neutron diffraction, x-ray absorption fine structure, and Raman spectroscopy) and development of data analysis approaches and computer software for simultaneous structural refinements using multiple types of data.

Accurate knowledge of atomic arrangements and internal substructure in nanomaterials is a key to understanding their properties. The project seeks to address this measurement problem by integrating theoretical analyses and several critical experimental techniques including total x ray and neutron scattering for extracting atomic pair distribution functions, small-angle scattering, and extended absorption fine structure measurements. NIST's Materials Measurement Science Division has access to state-of-the-art synchrotron and neutron radiation facilities for these measurements.


Bronze Medal, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2013
The Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award, American Ceramic Society, 2006
Minerva Fellowship, Max-Planck Institute, 1995


Created August 20, 2019, Updated April 24, 2023