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David Anthony Muller

  • David Anthony Muller
  • Dept: Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Title: Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering
  • Address: 274 Clark Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-4065
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David Muller is the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Engineering in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, and the co-director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science. His current research interests include the atomic-scale characterization and control of matter for applications in energy storage and conversion, exploring new phases of two-dimensional materials that cannot exist in the bulk, and developing a new generation of probability-current detectors and algorithms for measuring physical properties in an electron microscope.


David is a graduate of the University of Sydney and received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in the field of Physics. As a scientist at Bell Labs, he applied his research on imaging single atoms and atomic-scale spectroscopy to determine the physical limits on how small a transistor can be made. His work more generally has focused on the development of scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy as quantitative tools for atomic-resolution materials analysis, and its application to unraveling connections between electronic-structure changes on the atomic scale and the macroscopic behavior of materials. This includes systems as diverse as fuel cells, batteries, turbine blades, and two-dimensional superconductors.     


David is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Microscopy Society of America, and recipient of the MSA Burton Medal and MAS Duncumb Award. A full list of Dr. Muller's publications is available at this link

Selected Publications

  • Xin, H. L., J. A. Mundy, Z. Liu, R. Cabezas, R. Hovden, L. F. Kourkoutis, J. Zhang, N. P. Subramanian, R. Makharia, F. T. Wagner, David Anthony Muller. 2012. "Atomic-Resolution Spectroscopic Imaging of Ensembles of Nanocatalyst Particles Across the Life of a Fuel Cell." Nano letters 12 (1): 490-497.
  • Huang, P Y., C S. Ruiz-Vargas, A M. van der Zande, W S. Whitney, M P. Levendorf, J W. Kevek, S. Garg, J S. Alden, C J. Hustedt, Y. Zhu, J. Park, P L. McEuen, David Anthony Muller. 2011. "Grains and Grain Boundaries in Single-Layer Graphene Atomic Patchwork Quilts." Nature 469 (7330): 389-392.
  • Muller, David Anthony, L. F. Kourkoutis, M. Murfitt, J. H. Song, H. Y. Hwang, J. Silcox, N. Dellby, O. L. Krivanek. 2008. "Atomic-scale chemical imaging of composition and bonding by aberration-corrected microscopy." Science 319 (5866): 1073-1076.
  • Holtz, M E., Y. Yu, D. Gunceler, J. Gao, R. Sundararaman, K A. Schwarz, T A. Arias, H D. Abruña, D A Muller. 2014. "Nanoscale Imaging of Lithium Ion Distribution During In Situ Operation of Battery Electrode and Electrolyte." Nano letters 14: 1453-1459.
  • Huang, P Y., S. Kurasch, J S. Alden, A. Shekhawat, A A. Alemi, P L. McEuen, J P. Sethna, U. Kaiser, D A Muller. 2013. "Imaging atomic rearrangements in two-dimensional silica glass: watching silica's dance.." Science 342 (6155): 224-227.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America (Microscopy Society of America) 2013
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society 2011
  • Provost's Award for Distinguished Research 2010 (Office of the Provost, Cornell University) 2010
  • Burton Medal (Microscopy Society of America) 2006
  • Chau Award for Excellence in Teaching (Applied & Engineering Physics, Cornell University) 2006



  • BS (Physics), University of Sydney, 1991
  • MS (Physics), University of Sydney, 1993
  • Ph D (Physics), Cornell University, 1996