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Paul Midgley

Paul Midgley

Professor Paul Midgley FRS


Elected: 2014


Paul Midgley is a materials scientist who has developed impressive transmission electron microscopy techniques for studying the structure and function of materials at high spatial resolution, in two or three dimensions. His innovations have allowed electron microscopy to remain at the forefront of materials research at the nanoscale.

Paul is pioneering the use of electron tomography — an extension of traditional transmission electron microscopy — beyond the nanometre scale. By combining specialised types of tomography with spectroscopy or electron holography, Paul has vastly improved the three-dimensional characterisation of diverse categories of materials, including heterogeneous catalysts and semiconductors.

He has also extended the application of precession electron diffraction, a technique used for determining the structure of inorganic crystals, to materials with particularly valuable properties. These include manganite — a mineral that exhibits colossal magnetoresistance, enabling it to dramatically change its electrical resistance in the presence of a magnetic field.

Professional positions

Professor of Materials Science, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
Professorial Fellow, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Materials science (incl materials engineering), Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and physics
    • Crystallography
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, materials


Electron microscopy, Scanning transmission electron microscopy, Nanomaterials, Nanoparticles, Plasmons, Crystallographic techniques, Electron diffraction techniques, Electron beam tomography, Image processing

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