Marta D. Rossell

Marta studied geology specializing in crystallography in the University of Barcelona (Spain) and received her doctoral degree from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 2006. Thereafter she carried out postdoctoral studies at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the group of Dr. Ulrich Dahmen, and at the University of California at Berkeley in the group of Prof. Ramamoorthy Ramesh. In 2009, she moved to Switzerland where she worked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). Marta is since 2011 staff scientist of the Empa’s Electron Microscopy Center.


Marta’s research interests center on understanding the atomic-level structure-property relationship of innovative functional materials by employing various transmission electron microscopy techniques, such as ultra-high resolution, low-voltage electron microscopy, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and electron tomography. Her current research focusses in in-situ heating/biasing electron microscopy of ferroelectric/magnetoelectric oxides. She has published over 120 articles in many different types of materials ranging from perovskite-type materials, modulated structures, metal oxide/sulfide nanoparticles, aluminum alloys, semiconductors, carbon nanotubes and 2D materials.

Research Interests
  • Ultra-high resolution (scanning) transmission electron microscopy
  • High-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy
  • Functional (nano-)materials and interface phenomena
  • Microstructure/defect analysis and modeling
  • In-situ heating/electrical biasing transmission electron microscopy
Professional Career

Since 2011: Staff scientist, Electron Microscopy Center, Empa (Switzerland).

2009-2011: Senior scientist position, Department of Materials, ETH Zurich (Switzerland).

2008-2009: Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Berkeley (USA).

2007-2008: Postdoctoral researcher, National Center for Electron Microscopy, LBNL, California (USA).

2002-2006: PhD study, Dr. Sc., Electron Microscopy for Materials Science (EMAT), University of Antwerp (Belgium).

1996-2001: Studies in Geology, B. Sc. Geology, University of Barcelona (Spain).

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