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Jacob Garcia (Fed)

Physical Scientist

Dr. Jacob M. Garcia is Physical Scientist in the Material Measurement Laboratory Division in Boulder, CO. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Regis University followed by his PhD in Chemistry from Arizona State University in 2021, where he worked on the time-resolved excited state dynamics of transition metal oxide clusters. Dr. Garcia was then awarded an NRC Fellowship, transitioning to the Extreme APT project at NIST in early 2022. At NIST, Dr. Garcia works to characterize the EUV atom probe system and apply the instrumentation for industrially relevant material analysis. In his free time, Dr. Garcia enjoys all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer, such as climbing, camping, and hiking with his dog, Bean. 


  • NIST Sigma Xi Early-Career Poster Presentation (ECPP) Most Outstanding Poster Award in category (2024)
  • Microscopy and Microanalysis (M&M) Postdoctoral Scholar Award (2023)
  • 2nd Place – 2021 Louis Stokes Center for Promotion of Academic Careers Conference graduate oral presentation (2021)
  • SACNAS Conference Registration Scholarship (2021)
  • CLAS Graduate Excellence Award (2021)
  • ­­2nd Place – 2021 15th Annual WAESO Student Research Conference for poster presentation (2021)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2021)
  • ACS Award (2021)
  • 3rd Place – 2021 AAASmtg ePoster Competition (2021)
  • Honorable Mention – 14th Annual WAESO Conference Poster Presentation Award (2020)
  • WAESO Conference Scholarship (2020)
  • GPSA Group Travel Grant (2020)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award (2020)
  • SACNAS Conference Registration Scholarship (2020)
  • 1st Place – Graduate Oral Presentation in category: Physical Chemistry at 2020 SACNAS Conference (2020)
  • 1st Place – Overall Graduate Poster Presentation, 2020 LSMRCE Annual Conference (2020)
  • 1st Place – Graduate Oral Presentation: Chemistry & Chemical Sciences, Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM (2019)
  • CLAS Graduate Excellence Award (2019)
  • Assembly Service Award – ASU GPSA Government Operations Committee (2019)
  • CLAS Graduate Excellence Award (2018)
  • 1st Place – Doctoral Research Poster Presentation, 13th Annual WAESO Conference (2018)
  • 3rd Place – Doctoral Research Poster Presentation, 12th Annual WAESO Conference (2017)
  • Certificate of Merit – ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry (2014)
  • Outstanding Research Student Award – Regis University Chemistry (2014)
  • American Institute of Chemists Award – Outstanding Senior (2014)
  • 3rd Place – Undergraduate Poster Presentation MGE@MSA/WAESO Conference (2013)
  • Honorable Mention – SPARC Regis University Student Poster Presentation (2012)

Selected Publications


Atom Probe Tomography Using an Extreme Ultraviolet Trigger Pulse

Benjamin Caplins, Ann Chiaramonti Debay, Jacob Garcia, Norman A. Sanford, Luis Miaja Avila
Atom probe tomography (APT) is a powerful materials characterization technique capable of measuring the isotopically resolved three-dimensional (3D) structure
Created February 15, 2022, Updated May 28, 2024