4th ELECMI International Workshop

ELECMI is the Spanish Infrastructure for Electron Microscopy of Materials, a Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (ICTS) within the current Map of National Facilities in Spain.

After the previous editions in the nodes of Zaragoza (2017, 2018) and Madrid (2019), this 4th ELECMI International Workshop is to be held in the node of Barcelona at the Scientific and Technological Centers of the Universitat de Barcelona (CCiTUB).

The workshop will be an in-person meeting for all researchers interested in electron and scanning probe microscopy techniques. Reputed international speakers and researchers from ELECMI, working at the forefront of technical and methodological developments in the field, will present their latest results aiming to illustrate the potential of these microscopy techniques as an essential tool for both materials and soft matter characterisation at ultimate spatial, energy or time resolutions.

Attendance to this workshop is free of charge, but registration is mandatory to help organizers with the logistics.

Topic 1

Transmission Electron Microscopy



Topic 2

Scanning Probe Microscopies



Topic 3

Scanning Electron Microscopy / Dual Beam




Ana M. Sánchez

Department of Physics
University of Warwick

Odile Stephan

Solid-state Physics Laboratory
Université Paris-Saclay

José María Valpuesta

Centro Nacional de Biotecnología
President of the
European Microscopy Society

Lluís López

Centres Científics i Tecnològics Universitat de Barcelona


Mariano Barrado

Laboratory of Advanced Microscopies
University of Zaragoza

Jordi Benet

Institute of Chemical Research

Sònia Estradé Albiol

Universitat de Barcelona

Guillaume Brunetti



Zhuoya Dong

Laboratory of Advanced Microscopies
University of Zaragoza

Panagiotis Koutsogiannis

Laboratory of Advanced Microscopies
University of Zaragoza

Mathias O. Mosig


Bernat Mundet

Department of Quantum Matter Physics
University of Geneva


Stavros Nicolopoulos

NanoMegas SRPL

Hugo Perez

Dens Solutions

Sergi Plana

Scientific & Technical Resources
Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Eva Prats

Centres Científics i Tecnològics
Universitat de Barcelona


Sílvia Pujals

Institut Advanced Chemistry Catalonia

Isabel Rivas

Laboratory of Advanced Microscopies
University of Zaragoza

Lorena Ruíz-Pérez

Molecular Bionics Group

Gabriel Sánchez-Santolino

National Center of
Electron Microscopy
Universidad Complutense Madrid


Gala Simón

Laboratory of Advanced Microscopies
University of Zaragoza

Susana Trasobares

Department of Materials Sciences and Metallurgical Engineering and Inorganic Chemistry
University of Cadiz

Ray D. Twesten

Gatan Inc

Lluis Yedra Cardona

Universitat de Barcelona


Reza Zamani

Thermo Fisher

Francesca Peiró

Laboratory of Electron Nanoscopy
Universitat de Barcelona

Juan Fran Sangüesa

Centres Científics i Tecnològics de la Universitat de Barcelona



10:00 - 10:30 Reception

10:30 - 11:15 Welcome
Jordi García (Vice-Rector for Research, UB) - Eugeni Graugés i Pous (dean of Physics Faculty, UB) - Pilar Cea (ICTS ELECMI president) - Juan Fran Sangüesa (CCiTUB director, UB)

11:15 - 12:00 Plenary Talk 1
Odile Stephan ☛ Recent advances in spatially-resolved spectroscopy combining photon and monochromated electron beams in a STEM
chairperson: Francesca Peiró Martínez

12:00 - 12:30 Invited Talk 1.1
Panagiotis Koutsogiannis ☛ Engineering polar states in multiferroic Sr1-xBaxMnO3 thin films
chairperson: Francesca Peiró Martínez

12:30 - 13:00 Invited Talk 1.2
Hugo Pérez ☛ MEMS-based In-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy: Exploring Untapped Opportunities in Battery Research, Catalysis and Electrochemistry (DENSsolutions)
chairperson: Francesca Peiró Martínez

13:00 - 13:30 Invited Talk 1.3
Stavros Nicolopoulos ☛ High Angle Liquid Cell TEM Tomography for In Situ Observation and 3D Reconstruction in Liquid
chairperson: Francesca Peiró Martínez

13:30 - 14:00 Invited Talk 1.4
Ray D. Twesten ☛ Combining High-Speed and High-Sensitivity: The application of Counting Detectors for EELS, EFTEM and 4D-STEM
chairperson: Francesca Peiró Martínez

14:00 - 15:00 Lunch

15:00 - 15:45 Plenary Talk 2
Jose Maria Valpuesta ☛ Cryoelectron microscopy: a revolution in structural biology
chairperson: Silvia Pujals Riató

15:45 - 16:15 Invited Talk 2.1
Lorena Ruíz-Pérez ☛ Structural Biology in the Liquid State: Amyloid-β40 aggregation visualised by Liquid-Phase TEM
chairperson: Silvia Pujals Riató

16:15 - 16:45 Invited Talk 2.2
Eva Prats ☛ Cryo-CLEM with FIB-SEM for life science
chairperson: Silvia Pujals Riató

16:45 - 17:15 Coffee Break

17:15 - 17:45 Invited Talk 2.3
Sílvia Pujals Riatós ☛ Correlative super resolution and electron microscopy methods for nanomedicine
chairperson: Lorena Ruíz Pérez

17:45 - 18:15 Invited Talk 2.4
Sònia Estradé Albiol ☛ Advanced computational methods for EELS spectroscopy data analysis
chairperson: Lorena Ruíz Pérez

18:15 - 18:45 Invited Talk 2.5
Gala Simón ☛ What do historical bricks from Auschwitz, clothes with caffeine encapsulated and surgical masks against COVID-19 have in common?
chairperson: Lorena Ruíz Pérez

18:45 - 19:15 Invited Talk 2.6
Mariano Barrado ☛ Cryo-Dual Beam Applications
chairperson: Lorena Ruíz Pérez



9:00 - 9:45 Plenary Talk 3
Ana M. Sánchez ☛ Electron microscopy of ferroelectric incommensurate spin crystals
chairperson: Lluís López Conesa

9:45 - 10:15 Invited Talk 3.1
Bernat Mundet ☛ Structural and Electronic Couplings in Rare-earth Nickelate Superlattices
chairperson: Lluís López Conesa

10:15 - 10:45 Invited Talk 3.2
Jordi Benet ☛ A new giants step in Crystallography: Structure Determination based on Electron Diffraction
chairperson: Lluís López Conesa

10:45 - 11:15 Invited Talk 3.3
Sergi Plana Ruíz ☛ 3D Electron Diffraction: The TEM as an Electron Diffractometer for the Structural Characterization of Nanocrystals
chairperson: Lluís López Conesa

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:15 Invited Talk 3.4
Mathias O. Mosig ☛ AXON: An In-situ TEM Software Platform Streamlines Image Acquisition, Metadata Synchronization and Data Analysis, Enabling Deeper Understanding, and Improved Reproducibility of In-situ Experimental Results
chairperson: Lluís Yedra Cardona

12:15 - 12:45 Invited Talk 3.5
Lluís López-Conesa ☛ New TEM instrumentation and upgrades: present and future prospects at the Barcelona ELECMI node
chairperson: Lluís Yedra Cardona

12:45 - 13:15 Invited Talk 3.6
Zhuoya Dong ☛ Atomic-level handedness determination of chiral crystals using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy
chairperson: Lluís Yedra Cardona

13:15 - 13:45 Invited Talk 3.7
Guillaume Brunetti ☛ New JEOL developments on cutting edge time resolved microscopy field
chairperson: Lluís Yedra Cardona

13:45 - 15:00 Lunch

15:00 - 15:30 Invited Talk 4.1
Susana Trasobares ☛ Advanced Electron microscopy; a perfect tool to elucidate the key role of atomically thin CeO2 surface layers on nanoparticles with applications in Energy and the encapsulation of bioactive natural products used as Green Agrochemicals
chairperson: Catalina Coll Benejam

15:30 - 16:00 Invited Talk 4.2
Reza Zamani ☛ Electron Beam Damage Mitigation Strategies
chairperson: Catalina Coll Benejam

16:00 - 16:30 Invited Talk 4.3
Isabel Rivas ☛ Magnetic deposits by FEBID
chairperson: Catalina Coll Benejam

16:30 - 17:00 Invited Talk 4.4
Gabriel Sánchez Santolino ☛ Four-dimensional scanning transmission electron microscopy techniques for materials characterization
chairperson: Catalina Coll Benejam

17:00 - 17:30 Invited Talk 4.5
Lluís Yedra Cardona ☛ TEM insight into defects in ionic conductor thin layers and their effect in fast transport
chairperson: Catalina Coll Benejam

17:30 - 17:45 Concluding remarks

Registration closed

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