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Argonne postdoc receives UIC Graduate College’s Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Award

The award highlights Francisco Laguna’s work investigating the atomic structure of delicate materials.

Francisco Lagunas, a postdoctoral appointee in the Applied Materials division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently received the University of Illinois Chicago’s (UIC) Graduate College’s Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Award for his work on Utilizing Cryogenic STEM for the Study of Low Dimensional Functional Materials.”

During Ph.D. work in Physics at UIC, Langunas mastered operating state-of-the-art electron microscopes and utilized cryogenic electron microscopy to explore the atomic structure of delicate materials, shedding light on how their atomic arrangements influence their properties.

His research led to an image he acquired being featured on the journal cover of Issue: Matter (cell​.com) and he additionally co-authored an article featured on the cover of Science.

At Argonne, Lagunas’ focus is on advancing the study and development of the next generation of renewable energy materials, leveraging techniques he developed during his doctoral studies.