Group News


  • Congrats to Aditya Sood who will start as an assistant professor at Princeton in January 2023
  • Congratulations to Duan Luo who has moved on to a new professorship at the Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences!
  • Anudeep Mangu wins the Joe Wong Poster award at the 2022 LCLS/SSRL Users meeting
  • Anudeep Mangu wins the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) award from the Stanford School of Engineering!
  • Congratulations to Aditya Sood, winner of the 2022 MRS Postdoctoral Award, for "pioneering correlated dynamic structure and transport studies, and the discovery of a new electrically-triggered metastable phase in an operating device.”
  • Anudeep Mangu wins student presentation award at the 33rd Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics Conference for his talk "Dynamics of an optically-induced phase transformation in ferroelectric superlattices probed by x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy." Link.


  • Annual group hike, this time to Post Summit in Big Sur. Photo1, Photo2, Photo3, Photo4.
  • Aditya Sood wins the 2021 LCLS Young Investigator Award for his work on uncovering electrically driven phase transitions using ultrafast operando diffraction. Link
  • Some truly exciting experiments at the SLAC UED facility probing structural dynamics in Li-intercalated WTe2. Photo. (see diffraction images in background!)
  • Welcome to new post-doc Jiaojian Shi!
  • Welcome to new post-doc Tom Hopper, who joins our group as a winner of the TomKat Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • First group party in a long time! (June 16, 2021) Photo
  • Wishing Jun Xiao best of luck as he starts an assistant professorship at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Philipp Muscher's paper reporting on the discovery of a new lithium-intercalated phase of WTe2 with applications to dynamic electrochemical actuators to appear in Advanced Materials.
  • Congrats to Aditya Sood for his paper on field-driven transient phases in VO2 to appear soon in Science!
  • Congrats to Marc Zajac after successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis - best of luck in new position at Argonne National Lab!
  • Burak Guzelturk's paper probing ultrafast surface distortions in core-shell quantum dots appears in Nature Communications.
  • Burak Guzelturk's paper on dynamic polaronic distortions in the hybrid perovskites published in Nature Materials.


  • Congratulations to Clara Nyby and Aditya Sood on their cover article in Advanced Functional Materials showing a new way of probing phonon transport across interfaces in 2D materials.
  • Congratulations to Jun Xiao on his Nature Physics paper on a new type of Berry curvature mediated memory!
  • Philipp Muscher named M&M (Microscopy and Microanalysis) 2020 Student Award receipient.


  • Aditya Sood named Joe Wong Outstanding Poster Award winner at the SSRL User's Meeting for his poster "Time-resolved dynamics of the electrically-triggered phase transition in VO2 probed using MeV-UED"


  • Congrats to Burak Guzelturk for winning the Chem Symposium Poster Award for his work on the hybrid perovskites at the MRS Fall Meeting
  • Group celebration (Photo)
  • Welcome to new post-doctoral scholars Jun Xiao and Aditya Sood
  • Congrats to Edbert, Clara, and Suji on their new paper in Nature!


  • Annual group death hike to Castle Peak in the Sierra. Photo
  • Welcome to new post-doctoral scholar Edbert Sie.


  • Congrats to Ehren Mannebach who successfully defended his thesis probing ultrafast processes in transition metal dichalcogenides.
  • Congrats to Burak Guzelturk who wins the JCI Turkey Chapter Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) 2016 Award for Scientific and Technological Development.
  • Welcome to new post-doctoral fellow Burak Guzelturk!
  • Congratulations to Te Hu who successfully defends his thesis studying ultrafast structural dynamics in the hybrid perovskites.
  • Congratulations to Michael Shu who successfully defends his thesis studying electric-field-driven switching processes in phase-change materials. First paper on this now accepted at Physical Review Letters!
  • Congratulations to former post-doc Haidan Wen who wins the DOE Career Award!
  • Frank Chen successfully defends his thesis on ultrafast terahertz-driven processes in ferroelectrics


  • Ehren Mannebach's paper on the ultrafast structural response of monolayer MoS2 accepted in Nano Letters. This represents the first direct studies of these processes using ultrafast electron scattering probes.
  • Congratulations to Renee Sher who will start as a new Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University in the fall of 2016.
  • Congratulations to Frank Chen who's paper on ultrafast electric-field-driven effects in ferroelectrics is accepted to Advanced Materials.
  • Welcome to new post-doc Xiaoxi Wu!
  • 4th group death hike to Eastern Sierra - 20 miles in one day up to Thousand Island Lake near Banner Peak
  • Yi-Hong Kuo successfully defends his thesis entitled "Ultrafast response of a single ferroelectric nanowire".
  • Congratulations to post-doc Dr. Peter Zalden who has moved on to a new research position at the Center for Ultrafast Imaging and the European XFEL in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Erzsi Szilagyi who's paper probing nanocrystal structural dynamics and melting was published in Nature Communications.


  • Congratulations to former group member Tim Miller who has won the ICFOnest+ Postdoctoral Fellowship at ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) in Spain.
  • Congratulations to Ehren Mannebach for his first paper on the ultrafast structural and electronic response of 2D MoS2 monolayers, published in ACS Nano.
  • Third group death hike to Graveyard Peak in the central Sierra. Forced to turn back near the summit when a thunderstorm approaches. Photo
  • Erzsi Szilagyi successfully defends her thesis entitled "Ultrafast x-ray tomography of breathing mode excitations in semiconductor nanocrystals
  • Sanghee Nah and YiHong Kuo's paper probing the ultrafast dynamics of a single optically-trapped ferroelectric nanowire accepted in Nano Letters.
  • Michael Shu's paper representing the first study of femtosecond electric-field-driven processes in phase-change materials accepted in Applied Physics Letters.
  • New paper by Mike Kozina and Te Hu published, representing the first time-resolved work coming out of SSRL using the new low-alpha short pulse mode.
  • Congratulations to Ehren Mannebach for winning a best poster award at the MRS Spring meeting for his work probing the ultrafast structural response of 2D materials.
  • New paper by Josh Wittenberg et al. on nanocrystal phase transformations published in Nano Letters.


  • Second group death hike to Eastern Sierra. All return alive. Photo1. Photo2.
  • Welcome to new post-docs Peter Zalden and Renee Sher
  • Congrats to Michael Shu who's first paper on the ultrafast response of phase-change materials is accepted in Applied Physics Letters.


  • Tim Miller wins silver medal, MRS Fall 2012 Meeting
  • Tim Miller's paper on nanoscale superionicity accepted in Nature Communications
  • Tim Miller successfully defends his thesis entitled "Real-time studies of the mechanisms of nanocrystal structural phase changes"
  • Welcome to two new graduate students, Michael Shu and Te Hu and two new post-docs, Ioannis Chatzakis and Sanghee Nah
  • Tim Miller named recipient of Melvin P. Klein Scientific Development Award
  • Dan Daranciang successfully defends his thesis entitled "Ultrafast photovoltaic response in ferroelectric thin films"- the first in the group!
  • Dan Daranciang's paper on ultrafast processes in ferroelectrics published in Phys. Rev. Lett.


  • Lindenberg group death hike to Mt. Agassiz in Eastern Sierra. Photo
  • Frank Chen wins an NSF Graduate Student Fellowship
  • Dan Daranciang's paper on intense single-cycle THz light pulses published in Appl. Phys. Lett - new record field strengths!
  • John Goodfellow wins a DOE SCGF Graduate Student Fellowship