New Physics Faculty - Christian Dwyer

Dr. Dwyer shares a little about himself and research areas. He is an electron microscopist with a background in scattering and condensed-matter physics.He obtained his  PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2004, and worked in academic/research institutes in England, Australia and Germany before coming to ASU in August. In his research he uses electron microscopes to understand how materials work at the nanometer and atomic lengths scales. He studies materials such as emerging 2D electronic materials, as well as more traditional materials like alloys and nanoparticles which are important for manufacturing and energy generation. A large part of his research focuses on developing new ways of using electron microscopes to reveal previously-inaccessible information, so that we can ultimately design better materials that are stronger, lighter, or more efficient. His  research is intrinsically multidisciplinary, involving methods from theoretical physics, experimental physics, materials science, and applied mathematics.

Here at ASU, my research is focused on pushing the boundaries of what we can learn about materials through state-of-the-art microscopy techniques. For example, ASU houses a scanning transmission electron microscope that has spatial and energy resolutions that are among the best in the world. This capability is opening a new era in materials analysis, whereby we can study the atomic vibrations in a material using a finely focused electron beam. In fact, it may even allow us to map the vibrational properties of materials with atomic spatial resolution, potentially transforming the way we study a range of technologically-relevant materials. This is one of the research avenues that he is  pursuing with vigor.
On the teaching side, the coming Spring semester you will see him begin teaching PHYS 252 Waves and Thermodynamics. He states, " I am really enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage with the students here at ASU. I firmly believe that teaching of the highest level is absolutely essential for perpetuating the beauty and wonder of physics, and I am looking forward to playing my part."