An introduction is provided to the important engineering properties of materials, to the scientific understanding of those properties and to the methods of controlling them. This is provided in the context of the processing of materials to produce products.
A lecture and laboratory course that introduces basic concepts in the design and operation of transmission electron microscopes and scanning electron microscopes as well as the fundamental aspects of image interpretation and diffraction analysis. Topics include: electron sources, electron optics, kinematic and dynamic theory of electron diffraction, and spectroscopic analysis.
A typical textbook is Goodhew and Humphreys, Electron Microscopy and Analysis.
MT 650:Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering
Selected topics in surface modification and coatings technology, such as chem-ical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, ion implantation or other. Description of the processing techniques, characterization and performance evaluation of the surfaces.
Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Materials Science / Nanotechnology
Research & Education
Polymeric biomaterials and hydrogels
Electron energy-loss spectroscopy
Sc.D. (1987) MIT, Cambridge, MA, Materials Science, Advisors: John Vander Sande and Morris Cohen
1989- present, Professor Stevens Institute of Technology
1992- present, Executive Director, Laboratory for Multiscale Imaging
1996-97, Visiting Scientist, Robert L. Mitchell Technical Center, Hoescht-Celanese Corporation, Summit, NJ
1988-89; Visiting Scientist; IBM Research Division; Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA
1987-1988 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Member of the Stevens Board of Trustees, 2011 - 2013
Achievements & Professional Societies
Honors & Awards
Morton Professorship for Excellence in Teaching 2010-2011
Master of Engineering, Honorus Causa, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2003
Jess N. Davis Award for Exemplary Research, 1998
Alexander Humphreys Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1997
Materials Research Society Student Award, December 1986
Microscopy Society of America, Presidential Scholar, 1986
Patents & Inventions
U.S. Patent 8,093,009 Surface Differentially Adhesive to Bacteria and Eukaryotic Cells
The American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
The Society for Biomaterials
The Materials Research Society (MRS)
The Microscopy Society of America (MSA)
Q. Wang, X. Yu, and M. Libera. "Peptide-loaded self-assembled microgels reduce bacterial colonization in 3-D nanofiber cell scaffolds", Advanced Healthcare Materials, in press (2012).
Y. Wang, G. Subbiahdoss, J. de Vries, M. Libera, H.C. van der Mei, and H.J. Busscher. "Effect of adsorbed fibronectin on the differential adhesion of osteoblast-like cells and Staphylococcus aureus with and without fibronectin-binding proteins", Biofouling, 2012. 28(9): p. 1011-1021.
R.F. Egerton, S. Lazar, and M. Libera. "Delocalized radiation damage in polymers", Micron, 43 (1): (2012) 2-7.
X. Dai, W. Yang, E. Firlar, S. Marras, and M. Libera. "Surface-patterned microgel-tethered molecular beacons", Soft Matter, 8 ( ): (2012) 3067-3076.
Q. Wang, E. Uzunoglu, Y. Wu, and M. Libera. "Self-assembled poly(ethylene glycol) -co- acrylic acid microgels to inhibit bacterial colonization of synthetic surfaces", Applied Materials and Interfaces, 4 (5): (2012) 2498-2506.
Y. Wang, G. Subbiahdoss, J. Swartjes, H.C. van der Mei, H.J. Busscher, and M. Libera. "Length-Scale Mediated Differential Adhesion of Mammalian Cells and Microbes", Advanced Functional Materials, 21 (20): (2011) 3916-3923.
Y. Wu, X. Yu, J. Zitelli, K. TenHuisen, and M. Libera. (2010). "Differential response of staphylococci and osteoblasts to varying titanium surface roughness", Biomaterials, 32 (4): (2011) 951-960.
M. Libera and R. Egerton. (2010). "Advances in the Transmission Electron Microscopy of Polymers", Polymer Reviews, 50 (3), 321-339.
S. Yakovlev, M. Misra, S. Shi, E. Firlar, and M. Libera. (2010). "Nanoscale water mapping in hydrated biological materials by low-loss electron energy-loss spectroscopy", Ultramicroscopy. 50 866-876.
P. Krsko, J. Kaplan, and M. Libera. (2009). "Spatially controlled bacterial adhesion using surface-patterned poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels.", Acta Biomaterialia. 5 589-596.
P. Krsko, T. McCann, T.-T. Thach, T. Laabs, H. Geller, and M. Libera. (2009). "Length-Scale Mediated Adhesion and Directed Growth of Neural Cells by Surface-Patterned Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels", Biomaterials. 30 721-729.
S. Yakovlev, M. Misra, S. Shi, and M. Libera. (2009). "Specimen thickness dependence of hydrogen evolution during cryo-transmission electron microscopy of hydrated soft materials", Journal of Microscopy. 236 (3), 174-179.
M. Sengonul, A. Sousa, and M. Libera. (2009). "Selective adsorption of surface-modified ferritin on a phase-separated polymer blend", Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 73 (1), 152-155.
G. Kim, A. Sousa, D. Myers, and M. Libera. (2008). "Nanoscale composition of biphasic polymer nanocolloids in solution measured by spatially resolved EELS in the cryo-STEM", Microscopy and Microanalysis. 14 (5), 459-468.