Advanced electron microscopy

Our work leverages the state-of-the-art electron microscopy capabilities in the Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI). We utilize aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope imaging and spectroscopy techniques, as well as precession electron diffraction and in-situ specimen holders capable of applying electrical bias to materials at elevated temperatures.

Ceramic synthesis & processing

The Lab facilitates wet chemical and solid state syntheses, ceramic powder processing, and high temperature ceramic sintering under controlled gasses for in-house materials design.

Thin film synthesis by pulsed laser deposition (PLD)

Starting Winter 2019, The Bowman Lab will house a new PLD system for nanoscale oxide thin film fabrication. During deposition, a laser ablates a solid target and transfers the target material to a heated substrate where it crystallizes as a thin solid film.

Electrochemical characterization

We are set up make bulk and thin film electrochemical measurements at elevated temperatures and under controlled gas conditions.


For lab members

Link to equipment calendar/logbook


For access to the Calit2 building or IMRI facilities

Please fill out this Keycard Request Form, and email it to Calit2 Facilities Manager Ryan Smith. If you are requesting IMRI lab access, submit the form together with your certificate of Laboratory Safety Fundamentals training obtained from your UC Learning Center account to Dr. Zheng.