VPD Group

Aiming Yan


Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University
Room: 1141, Cook Hall
2220 Campus Drive
Evanston IL, 60208-3108

Phone: (847) 491-7798 (L)
Facsimile: (847) 467-6573

Email: aimingyan2008@u.northwestern.edu

Educational Background

2013 Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 
2007 B.S., Materials Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China

Research Objectives and Approach

  • Microscopy characterization of amorphous functional oxide materials aiming at applications in transparent conducting oxides used for flat-panel displays, photovoltaic devices and light-emitting diodes (LED) and the exploration of the correlation between the microstructure and the properties of the materials fabricated by various deposition methods including atomic layer deposition, pulsed laser deposition and etc.
  • Short-range order and medium-range order in various amorphous materials (e.g. carbon based materials applied in solar cells) by reduced density function analysis of electron diffraction and scanning transmission fluctuation electron microscopy..
  • Kinetics and thermodynamics in nucleation and grain growth of amorphous oxide materials under impact of strain/stress field by in-situ TEM.

Conference Presentations

  • Aiming Yan, Tao Sun, Vinayak P. Dravid, "In-Situ TEM Characterization of Nucleation and Growth of Nanopatterned Oxides", conference presentation in Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2009.
  • Aiming Yan, Tao Sun, Vinayak P. Dravid .”Microstructure Evolution of Sol-gel Derived Oxide Nanostructures with In-Situ TEM”, conference presentation in Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2010.
  • Aiming Yan, Tao Sun, Konstantin B. Borisenko, Angus I. Kirkland, D. Bruce Buchholz, Robert P. H. Chang, Vinayak P. Dravid. “Multi-scale order in amorphous transparent oxide thin films”, to be submitted, Februry, 2012.

Scholarship Workshops

  • Scholarship of National Graduate Student School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs (2008)
  • Scholarship of Winter School on High Resolution Electron Microscopy at Arizona State University (2009)
  • MRSEC Fellowships for Outstanding Students from 2011 to 2012

Aiming Yan, Professor Dravid, Stan Chou

Aiming with Professor Dravid and fellow graduate, Stan Chou, in June, 2013.