Seminar Series on Electron Microscopy - Topic Three:
Advanced two and three dimensional electron microscopy techniques in materials science research
Speaker:Dr Zakaria Quadir
Materials Research Manager in Electron Microscope Unit
Lecturer in the School of Materials Science and Engineering in the University of New South Wales of Australia
Date & Time:10 Dec 2013 (Tuesday) 15:00 - 16:30
Organized by:Department of Electromechanical Engineering


In recent years, there has been dramatic expansion of electron microscopy (EM) uses in the fundamental research of bio-medical, physical and engineering sciences, as well as in industrial applications. It is well demonstrated that micro-, nano- and atomic-scale capabilities of cutting edge EM techniques enable many institutions to achieve world class research. This presentation will describe some highly versatile and sought-after EM capabilities, electron microscopy laboratory set up aspects and operational factors. This presentation will also probe into the strategies in EM resource allocations for achieving international leaderships in institutional target areas, as well as, boosting general capabilities accessible to wider academic community.

This presentation will highlight research findings of some UNSW projects concerning crystallographic textures, nano-crystalline structures, recrystallization and grain growth of metals and photovoltaic films. Some recent and stunning UNSW achievements in 3D microscopy by focus ion beam (FIB) serial sectioning and electron diffraction techniques will also be presented. Notably, certain deformation and recrystallization phenomenon that were established through conventional 2D characterization techniques do not sustain in recent 3D findings.


Dr M Z Quadir is a materials research manager in electron microscope unit (EMU) and lecturer in the school of materials science and engineering in the University of New South Wales (UNSW) of Australia. Quadir received a metallurgical engineering degree in 1997 and obtained a PhD degree in 2003 from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Then he continued postdoctoral research in HKU for three more years before joining UNSW in 2006. Quadir provides research and technical leadership in physical science projects within EMU in the areas of materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and photovoltaic research. He also leads research programs in the Australian Research Council funded Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metal Research. Quadir has published over sixty peer reviewed research articles in the field of electron microscopy, thermo-mechanical processing, electronic-packaging, alloy-design, textures, recrystallization and grain growth. As an indication of academic impact, his articles attracted over 170 citations in the last three years.