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    Arizona State University

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    Uwe Weierstall
    Department of Physics
    Tempe, AZ 85287-1504

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    Dr. Weierstall received his Ph.D., in Physics from the University of Tübingen, Germany in 1994 and then joined Arizona State University (ASU), as a postdoctoral fellow. He was employed as a Research Scientist at ASU from 1998 to 2008, where he designed a wide variety of new instrumentation, such as the Scanning Tunneling Atom Probe, which integrates a time-of-flight spectrometer with a Scanning Tunneling Microscope for chemical analysis; an electron diffraction camera for quantitative surface analysis in convergent beam mode; a helium cooled STM and a field emission point projection microscope for low energy electron holography. He was part of a large collaboration that developed single particle X-ray diffractive imaging methods at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley, CA. During that time, the first experiments with liquid injection nozzles started in Dr. Weierstall’s lab and led to the first X-ray powder patterns from protein nanocrystals in a liquid stream. Dr. Weierstall has been Research Professor in the Physics Department at ASU since 2008. He has authored and co-authored over 57 articles published in scientific journals and books.

    As part of the BioXFEL Center, Dr. Weierstall is developing new methods and designing instrumentation for the delivery of biological molecules and nanocrystals into the X-ray beam of an XFEL. He was part of the development team that built the main liquid sample delivery device for LCLS, which is now available to all users. His lab will continue to improve this device and will work on single particle delivery devices and alternative liquid injection devices. They will fabricate injection nozzles required by all BioXFEL Center collaborators and will provide training and expertise for STC members concerning nozzle fabrication and sample delivery issues.

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