|Nina Balke||E-mail Nina Balke|
Nina is a newly appointed staff member with the CNMS
I am working in the Imaging Nanoscale Functionality Group in the theme Origins of Functionality at the Nanoscale. Before I came to ORNL, I was a Feodor-Lynen Fellow (Alexander von Humboldt foundation) which allowed me to work with Prof. Ramesh at the University of California in Berkeley where I started to work with Scanning Probe Techniques. After I spent some time at CNMS through the user program, I decided to move to Tennessee to continue my fellowship.
Since I am a fresh CNMS employee, my duties here at CNMS concentrate on research, the development of my own research direction, and to support users in our group. My favorite aspect of working at CNMS (besides the incredible instrumentation) are the ‘short ways’ between people working here. This means people working with different techniques collaborate very closely together which allows you to conduct research very efficiently.
My research area can be summarized as probing local functionality in various material systems using Scanning Probe Microscopy with the main focus on multiferroic and energy storage related materials. My favorite recent research result is that we were able to develop a method to investigate the dynamics of Li-ions in active battery materials with a resolution down to 10nm, which allows us to correlate the microstructure or single defects and battery functionality which was not possible before. This knowledge can be used to engineer better battery materials.