Our research employs primarily electron and optical microscopy techniques to address fundamental question concerning the dynamics of nucleation, growth, and assembly in complex nanoscale systems with applications at the interface of nanoscience and biology, energy, and optical materials. We are specifically interested in the behavior of colloids and nanoparticles in electric fields, complex assembly of hard and soft matter nanoscale systems, and nucleation and growth of nanocrystals. Many interesting dynamic phenomena arise in colloidal systems as a result of inherent heterogeneity present at the nanoscale and the prevalence of out of equilibrium conditions. Our research philosophy is to develop unique new microscopy techniques that will enable direct observations of never before seen dynamic nanoscale phenomena, which will inform the development of advanced reconfigurable materials, more efficient catalysts, and deeper understanding of dynamic nanoscale processes in living systems. 

Woehl Research group, 2019

Liquid phase TEM Gordon Research Conference, 2020

News

January 3, 2020 - New year, new science! Dr. Woehl will travel to the inaugural liquid phase TEM Gordon Research Conference in Italy in a few weeks to deliver an invited lecture. Thanks to the organizers for the invite! 

November 12, 2019 - Our perspective on translating in situ TEM data to new design rules for nanoparticle self-assembly is accepted to ACS Nano. Congrats! See the paper here.

November 8, 2019 - Prof. Woehl gives a seminar at the Irvine Materials Research Institute at UC-Irvine. Thanks to Joe Patterson for the invite!

October 24, 2019 - We have received funding from a Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator award to investigate formation mechanisms of bimetallic nanoparticle catalysts. Congrats! Press release with more info here.

September 16, 2019 - Our collaborative paper with the Kofinas lab on self-assembly of nanoparticle hydrogels was published in Nanoscale. Congrats! See the paper here.

September 1, 2019 - Shakiba's paper on protein aggregation has been published in Colloid Journal. Congrats! See the paper here

August 20, 2019 - Shakiba has received a GAANN fellowship from the Department of Education to support her Ph.D. work over the next year. Congrats!

August 3, 2019 - Mei's paper on heterogeneous nucleation has been accepted to the Journal of the American Chemical Society! Congrats! Check out the preprint here. Press release here.

August 3, 2019 - Dr. Woehl, Mei, and Umesha will travel to Portland, OR for the Microscopy & Microanalysis conference.

July 25, 2019 - See the press release for Nina and Nathan's Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences paper here.

July 23, 2019 - We have received funding from the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) program to develop chemical sensors for in situ electron microscopy. Thanks to TEDCO and the State of Maryland for the support!

May 3, 2019 - Nina and Nathan's paper on using interferometry to sense protein aggregates in biologics was just accepted to the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Congrats to all the authors! Link.

April 22, 2019 - Mei receives the best poster award from the Engineering Sustainability Day poster session. Congrats!

April 12, 2019 - Dr. Woehl will travel to MRS in Phoenix, AZ to give a talk in the "Design and In Situ TEM Characterization of Self-Assembling Colloidal Nanosystems" symposium on April 24.

February 18, 2019 - Nathan received an ASPIRE scholarship to support his research on interferometric scattering of protein aggregates this semester. Congrats!

January 17, 2019 - Mei receives a Sengers travel award to travel to the Microscopy & Microanalysis conference in Portland this summer. Congrats!

November 19, 2018 - Dr. Woehl gives a talk with collaborator Marc Taraban (UMD, Pharmaceutical Sciences) at the 11th annual UMCP-UMB Joint Innovation Seed Grant Symposium. See the article about the event here.

October 24, 2018 - Mei's paper on electron beam nanochemistry of silver nanocrystal formation is accepted to Chemistry of Materials. Congrats! See the article here and the press release here.

October 11, 2018 - Dr. Woehl travels to Saarbrucken, Germany to give a talk at the 4th International Conference on In-Situ and Correlative Electron Microscopy. Many thanks to Niels, Damien, and Kristian for the invitation to speak.

May 6, 2018 - Adam's paper on directly visualizing plasmonic nanoparticle assembly in electric fields was accepted to Langmuir. Congrats! See the paper here.

April 24, 2018 - Our book chapter with Dr. Patricia Abellan at SuperSTEM was just published in the 7th volume of In-situ Characterization Techniques for Nanomaterials. Congrats! Link

February 28, 2018 - Adam received the outstanding ASPIRE student research award for his research done last summer on plasmonic nanoparticle assembly in electric fields. Congrats! 

December 16, 2017 - Our lab received funding through the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS) to work with Pixelligent in Baltimore on a 2 yr project to characterize and improve colloidal stability of polymer-nanocrystal composite inks for LED lighting. Congrats! Check out the article on the ChBE website here.

October 8, 2017 - Nina, an undergraduate researcher in our lab, was recently profiled by the College of Engineering, check out her profile here.

September 21, 2017 - Check out the new UMD ChBE newsletter, Columns, which features a highlight of our labs exciting research on nanomaterials and biopharmaceuticals. 

August 20, 2017 - We received funding from the UMD-UMB seed grant to work on imaging protein aggregates with liquid cell electron microscopy. Congrats!

June 17, 2017 - We are facilitating an outreach activity for the UMD College of Engineering Stepping Stones summer camp for middle school students interested in engineering. See more information here.

June 17, 2017 - Microscopy & Microanalysis in St. Louis this year is coming up on August 2! Dr. Woehl will give an invited talk and organize a workshop on Understanding Radiation Beam-Damage.

June 26, 2017 - Our lab won a DOE User Proposal grant to work with our collaborator Ray Unocic at Oak National Lab to investigate nucleation mechanisms with liquid cell electron microscopy. Mei and Dr Woehl will be traveling to ORNL this coming academic year to do experiments. Congrats!

June 16, 2017 - Sushanth Gupta and Kingsley Ojibeka join our lab as high school students from Montgomery Blair High School and Eleanor Roosevelt High School to do summer research internships. Welcome!

May 30, 2017 - Our lab received funding for our electrocatalyst and in situ TEM research from the Ralph E. Powe faculty enhancement award. Congrats! See ORAU article here and UMD article here.

May 23, 2017 - Our lab received funding from the Minta Martin award for research on in situ TEM and bimetallic nanoparticle catalysts. Congrats!

May 5, 2017 - Kingsley Ojibeka will join our lab for the summer and upcoming year as a high school senior from Eleanor Roosevelt High School just down the road. He will be researching electric field induced colloidal assembly. Welcome!

March 17, 2017 - See the press release on Mei's Harry K Wells fellowship here.

February 22, 2017 - Mei received the Harry K. Wells Fellowship through the University of Maryland Energy Research Center for her work on in operando TEM characterization of electrocatalyst stability. Congrats Mei!

February 21,2017 - Our book chapter titled "Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy for the Study of Growth Dynamics of Nanomaterials and Structure of Soft Matter" co-written with collaborator Patricia Abellan at SuperSTEM has been accepted for publication in the upcoming volume of Springer In Situ Nanomaterials Characterization.

February 2, 2017 - Nina Uchida (B.S. candidate) and Shakiba Nikfarjam (M.E. candidate) have joined our lab to research aggregation and stability of biopharmaceuticals. Welcome!

January 24, 2017 - Mei Wang has joined the lab as a Ph.D. student. She will be working on an electrocatalysis project, synthesizing bimetallic nanoparticles in the transmission electron microscope to investigate effects of mesoscale properties on electrocatalytic activity and durability.

December 5, 2016, Our invited review article co-authored with collaborator Patricia Abellan at SuperSTEM, titled "Defining the radiation chemistry during liquid cell electron microscopy to enable visualization of nanomaterial growth and degradation dynamics," was published in the Journal of Microscopy today! Link.

December 1, 2016 - Prof. Woehl  received research support from the University of Maryland Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) program for research on stability of metallic electrocatalyst nanomaterials.