Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Prof. Eric A. Stach

Professor, 2017 to present.


Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, 2004 to present.

  • Hummingbird Scientific “Nanotechnology firm which develops and sells advanced scientific instrumentation for nanoscale manipulation and characterization”.


Prior to his appointment at Penn, he has held a number of different positions, including Electron Microscopy Group Leader at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Associate and then appointed Full Professor at Purdue University, and Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator at the National Center for Electron Microscopy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

His research interests focus on the development and application of electron microscopy techniques to solve a wide range of materials problems, with most recent emphasis on catalysis, energy storage materials, solar photovoltaics and nanostructure growth. He is a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America, the American Physical Society and is presently the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Materials Research Society.

Eric is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Microscopy Society of America. Among his awards are the Microscopy Society of America’s Eli F. Burton (Young Scientist) Award, Purdue University’s Faculty Scholar, Early Career Research Excellence and the Reinhardt Schumann, Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Awards. He served on the Materials Research Society’s Board of Directors from 2013-15 and as Board Secretary from 2017-2019. He is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications, and has given over 200 invited lectures at conferences and university, government and corporate laboratories.