Prof. Ursel Bangert
Ursel Bangert is Bernal Chair in Microscopy and Imaging at the University of Limerick (UL), following positions of Lecturer and Reader at the Universities of Surrey and Manchester, and a career of ~30 years in the area of electron microscopy. She has pioneered low loss EELS for highly spatially resolved electronic structure studies as well as single atom EELS, and, having worked on electron microscopy of graphene since its discovery with the Manchester Graphene Group, was first to conduct atomic resolution HAADF and low loss EELS (plasmon) studies on graphene. Her research achievements are documented in >200 peer-reviewed papers, as well as book chapters, prolific conference contributions and outreach events. Her current research focuses on tailoring the functionality of 2-D materials beyond graphene, including conducting, agile domain walls in ferroelectrics, for application in nano-, quantum- and (novel) dynamic electronic devices.
Apart from previous responsibilities of overseeing the Manchester electron optical facilities, she has been heavily involved as Co-I with various facilities, e.g., the UK EPSRC Daresbury SuperSTEM, and has participated in creating >€24 Mio of research funding. Following the acquisition of Ireland’s first double corrected, monochromated (S)TEM at UL with full, modern spectroscopic and in-situ facilities from funding she secured, her current activity involves establishing high-end and novel electron microscopy techniques at UL. She is visiting professor at the Ernst Ruska Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electron at the Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany.