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Sergei Rouvimov

Sergei Rouvimov

Research Associate Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Research Associate Professor
College of Engineering

Email: Sergei.Rouvimov.1@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-0226

Office: 233 Stinson Remick Hall


MS,St-Petersburg State University (Russia)

PhD. A.F. Ioffe Physical Technical Institute, 1987


Professional Experience

Expert in Electron Microscopy, Physics and Materials Sciences with hands-on experience in operation of advanced microscopes, data analysis, training, teaching, advising, communication with external customers and vendors, organizing demo sessions, meetings and workshops. Efficient individual contributor, good team player, educator and innovative thinker. H-index: 40; citation index: 9305.

2013 - now       Research Associate Professor & TEM Program Director, University of Notre Dame

2012 - now      TEM Program Director, NDIIF, University of Notre Dame

2008 - 2012      Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Portland State University

1999 - 2007      Area Lead Engineer/“key technical expert”, Technology Center, SUMCO USA, Salem, OR

1996 - 1999      Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

1995 - 1996      Senior Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

1995                Visiting Scientist, Max-Planck Institute for Micro-structure Physics, Halle, Germany

1994                 Staff Scientist II, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

1993 - 1994      Visiting Scientist, Max-Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics, Halle/Saale, Germany

1980 - 1993      Staff Scientist, A.F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, St-Petersburg, Russia



Max-Planck fellowship (1993-1994).

Included in the list of worldwide top 25 authors on Quantum Dots (1992-2002).

MSA Technical Award (2009).

Awards for Outstanding SPS Chapter in American Student Physics Society for Physics Club at PSU (2009, 2010, 2011).

Nomination for Outstanding  Adviser SPS Chapter(2012).

Summary of Activities/Interests

Research Interests

During the last 20 years his research was focused on nano-science, nano-technology and nano-characterization including novel nano-structured materials (III-V, II-VI, III-Nitrides, etc). He coauthored in over 180 publications with overall 9000 citations (H index 40). TEM research on quantum dots, being highly recognized (over 1500 citations, http//www.esi-topics.com/quantumdots/authors/b1a.html) brought his name among the world-wide top 25 authors in this area (1992-2002). He collaborated with over 100 outstanding scientists including Zh. I. Alferov, 2000 Nobel Prize Laureate, and H. Amano,  I. Akasaki and S. Nakamura, 2014 Nobel Prize Laureates.

Currently research activities of Dr. Rouvimov are related to electron microscopy material science and nano-technology in collaboration with many research groups inside and outside of Notre Dame. 


Nowadays electron microscopy is a key research technique for many bio, materials science and device applications.

TEM program at University of Notre Dame

To promote the advances in electron microscopy and its unique capabilities, Dr. Rouvimov developed a novel TEM program at University of Notre Dame. TEM program involves

- supervising TEM facility at NDIIF (https://imaging.nd.edu/our-services/electron-microscopy). Note: Both FEI Titan 80-300 and Jeol JEM2011 TEMs are in excellent conditions. For example, Field Emission Gun of  FEI Titan 80-300 has been changed only in 2017 after 8 years of operation.

- training of new TEM users including faculty, post-docs and graduate students,

- providing support in TEM studies for the researchers inside and outside ND. Note: Over 90 journal papers have been published during last 6 years as a part of this collaboration.

- teaching graduate TEM Course every Fall,

- leading Notre Dame Imaging and Microanalysis Society which is currently affiliated with Microscopy Society of America (https://www.microscopy.org/communities/local.cfm),

- advising Notre Dame Electron Microscopy Student Clubs: NDEM Club (2012-now) and Women in Microscopy Club (2017-now)

- organizing Annual Midwest Imaging and Microanalysis Workshops at the end of Spring Semester

Synergic Activities

Symposium Organizer (Spring Meeting of the Materials Research Society (2009), Microscopy and Microanalysis Conferences (2011, 2013, 2015). In 2019 will organize Electron Crystallography symposium and Sunday Workshop on Electron Crystallography at MM2019. Both will include lectures on biological structures.

Session chair at Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference (2011, 2012, 2013), IEEE Nano Conference (Portland, OR, 2011), SIMX-98 International Conference (Berkeley, CA, 1998).

Founder and President of Focus Interest Group on Electron Crystallography at MSA (2012-2014).


2016-present – Member – Engineering College Council, University of Notre Dame

2017-present – Member – Faculty Senate, University of Notre Dame


Electron Microscopy Unlocks a Door to a New Era of Discovery

December 14, 2017

The phrase “larger than life” many times throughout history has been applied to describe the impact of scientific discoveries and revolutionary technologies. At the University of Notre Dame, precision instruments and state-of-the-art facilities, such as the electron microscopy core within the Integrated Imaging Facility, are beginning to fill in gaps and reveal details that are propelling science beyond what is known.