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Dr Leonardo Lari
Research Officer (Research Fellow)



  • MSc (Firenze, 2005), PhD (Liverpool, 2008)


  • 2005-2008 Marie Curie RTN Research Fellow, University of Liverpool
  • 2008-2010 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield
  • 2011-2016 Experimental Officer at The York-JEOL Nanocentre, University of York
  • 2016- Research Officer at The York-JEOL Nanocentre, University of York  

Summary of Expertise

  • (S)TEM Electron Microscopy characterization, development and management
  • EDX, EELS Spectroscopy
  • In-situ heating, Gas environment and electrical biasing characterization
  • Crystallography, defect structure analysis
  • Nanomaterials and nano-interfaces



My research is focussed on the understanding of the microstructure of nanomaterials and thin films down to the atomic scale. By using state-of-the-art conventional and aberration corrected electron microscopy techniques we aim to correlate the structural properties of materials, as such as crystallography, chemistry, defect density and epitaxy, with their macroscopic properties. In addition, we are interested in phase transformations at the nanoscale of materials as a function of temperature and gas pressure in reducing and oxidising gas environments. 

Research group(s)

Condensed Matter Physics Institute

Available PhD research projects

  • Toward next generation of solar cells: the correlation between efficiency and interface atomic structures in perovskite solar cells (funded) 
  • EBIC environmental STEM microscopy for energy materials and gas sensors (self-funded)
  • Iron Oxidation at the atomic scale: an In-situ environmental TEM/STEM study (self-funded)

Leonardo Lari

Department of Physics
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel: +44 (0)1904 328484
Fax: +44 (0)1904 322214
Room HXH/001a (Nanocentre)