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Steven Spurgeon

Steven Spurgeon

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Steven R. Spurgeon is a staff member in the Irradiated Materials group of the Energy and Environment Directorate. He joined PNNL in 2015 and became a staff member in 2017. His research is focused on the structure, properties, and behavior of nanoscale materials systems for energy, data storage, and next-generation electronics. Dr. Spurgeon is an expert in the characterization of functional materials using scanning transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and image simulations. His research employs complementary, multidimensional analysis techniques and theory calculations to generate deep insight into the behavior of complex materials systems.

Research Interests

  • Structure-property relationships in functional materials systems, including multiferroics, spintronics, oxides, alloys, and nanoparticles
  • Defect-mediated phenomena at interfaces and phase boundaries
  • Multiscale materials analysis combining correlative experiments with theory calculations
  • Development of advanced electron microscopy techniques to visualize nanoscale systems

Education and Credentials

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, PNNL - 2015-2017
  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University - 2009-2014
  • B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University - 2005-2009

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Physical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • Microscopy Society of America

Awards and Recognitions

  • Pathway to Excellence Award, PNNL 2017
  • Postdoctoral Research Award, Microscopy Society of America - 2016
  • Gold Graduate Student Research Award, Materials Research Society - 2013
  • Presidential Student Award, Microscopy Society of America - 2013
  • National Defense Science & Engineering (NDSEG) Fellowship, Department of Defense - 2011-2014

PNNL Publications


  • Jiang W, SR Spurgeon, J Liu, DK Schreiber, HJ Jung, A Devaraj, DJ Edwards, CH Henager, Jr, RJ Kurtz, and Y Wang. 2018. "Precipitates and voids in cubic silicon carbide implanted with 25Mg+ ions." Journal of Nuclear Materials 498:321-331.  doi:10.1016/j.jnucmat.2017.10.046


  • Spurgeon SR, P Sushko, SA Chambers, and RB Comes. 2017. "Dynamic Interface Rearrangement in LaFeO3 / n-SrTiO3 Heterojunctions." Physical Review Materials 1(6):063401.  doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.1.063401
  • Spurgeon SR, Y Du, and SA Chambers. 2017. "Measurement Error in Atomic-Scale Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy-Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (STEM-EDS) Mapping of a Model Oxide Interface." Microscopy and Microanalysis 23(3):513-517.  doi:10.1017/S1431927617000368
  • Chambers SA, Y Du, RB Comes, SR Spurgeon, and P Sushko. 2017. "The effects of core-level broadening in determining band alignment at the epitaxial SrTiO3(001)/p-Ge(001) heterojunction." Applied Physics Letters 110(8):082104.  doi:10.1063/1.4977422
  • Comes RB, SR Spurgeon, DM Kepaptsoglou, MH Engelhard, DE Perea, TC Kaspar, QM Ramasse, P Sushko, and SA Chambers. 2017. "Probing the Origin of Interfacial Carriers in SrTiO3-LaCrO3 Superlattices." Chemistry of Materials 29(3):1147-1155.  doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b04329
  • Comes RB, DE Perea, and SR Spurgeon. 2017. "Heterogeneous Two-phase Pillars in Epitaxial NiFe2O4-LaFeO3 Nanocomposites." Advanced Materials Interfaces 4(16):Article No. 1700396.  doi:10.1002/admi.201700396
  • Du Y, C Li, KHL Zhang, ME McBriarty, SR Spurgeon, HS Mehta, D Wu, and SA Chambers. 2017. "An all-perovskite p-n junction based on transparent conducting p-La1-xSrxCrO3 epitaxial layers." Applied Physics Letters 111(6):063501.  doi:10.1063/1.4997410
  • Kaspar TC, JG Gigax, L Shao, ME Bowden, T Varga, V Shutthanandan, SR Spurgeon, P Yan, C Wang, P Ramuhalli, and CH Henager, Jr. 2017. "Damage evolution of ion irradiated defected-fluorite La2Zr2O7 epitaxial thin films." Acta Materialia 130:111-120.  doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2017.01.012
  • Stoerzinger KA, RB Comes, SR Spurgeon, S Thevuthasan, K Ihm, EJ Crumlin, and SA Chambers. 2017. "Influence of LaFeO3 surface termination on water reactivity." The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 8(5):1038-1043.  doi:10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b00195


  • Spurgeon SR, Y Du, TC Droubay, A Devaraj, X Sang, P Longo, P Yan, PG Kotula, V Shutthanandan, ME Bowden, JM LeBeau, CM Wang, P Sushko, and SA Chambers. 2016. "Competing Pathways for Nucleation of the Double Perovskite Structure in the Epitaxial Synthesis of La2MnNiO6." Chemistry of Materials 28(11):3814-3822.  doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b00829
  • Comes RB, SR Spurgeon, SM Heald, DM Kepaptsoglou, L Jones, PV Ong, ME Bowden, QM Ramasse, P Sushko, and SA Chambers. 2016. "Interface-Induced Polarization in SrTiO3-LaCrO3 Superlattices ." Advanced Materials Interfaces 3(6):Art. No. 1500779.  doi:10.1002/admi.201500779
  • Jiang W, SR Spurgeon, J Liu, DJ Edwards, DK Schreiber, CH Henager, Jr, RJ Kurtz, and Y Wang. 2016. "CHARACTERIZATION OF PRECIPITATES IN CUBIC SILICON CARBIDE IMPLANTED WITH 25Mg+ IONS ." Chapter 3.2 in In Fusion Materials Semianual Report for the Period Ending 06/30/2016, vol. 60, ed. Daniel Clark, pp. 72-77. DOE/ER-0313/60.  Oak Ridge National Laboratory, OAK RIDGE, TN. 
  • Kaspar TC, DK Schreiber, SR Spurgeon, ME McBriarty, GM Carroll, DR Gamelin, and SA Chambers. 2016. "Built-in Potential in Fe2O3-Cr2O3 Superlattices for Improved Photoexcited Carrier Separation." Advanced Materials 28(8):1616-1622.  doi:10.1002/adma.201504545
  • Li X, CT Ma, J Lu, A Devaraj, SR Spurgeon, RB Comes, and JS Poon. 2016. "Exchange bias and bistable magneto-resistance states in amorphous TbFeCo thin films." Applied Physics Letters 108:012401.  doi:10.1063/1.4939240

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