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Jonathan D. Almer

Physicist, Group Leader


Jonathan Almer conducts research in the fields of materials science, chemistry and biology using high-energy X-ray scattering and imaging.

As a beamline scientist at the Advanced Photon Source, he develops novel techniques and acts as a scientific liaison to a host of academic and industrial partners.

Ongoing collaborations include micromechanics of bone and teeth with Northwestern University, battery and fuel-cell investigations with Argonne chemistry staff, thermo-mechanical studies of turbine blades and advanced steels with various Argonne and external groups, and archaeo-metallurgy studies with the Art Institute of Chicago.

Prior to coming to Argonne, Almer was a post-doc in Linkoping, Sweden where he designed and evaluated metal-nitride films for improved tribological applications.

Almer conducted his doctoral work at Northwestern University with Jerome Cohen where he studied residual stresses and their effect on fatigue properties in steel.


  • Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1998
  • Physics, B.S, North Park University, 1991