John Mansfield

Associate Research Scientist Emeritus

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B.Sc.(Chemical Physics), Univ. of Bristol, (1979).
M.Sc. (Physics), H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory, (1980).
Ph.D. (Physics), H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory, (1983).


Dr. Mansfield's research focused on the application of advanced microscopy techniques to the chemical, morphological, and crystallographic characterization ofa wide variety ofmaterials. He served as the laboratory manager of the University of Michigan Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL) from 1987-2005, then as the laboratory manager and associate laboratory director from 2005-15. In 2015, when EMAL was renamed as the Michigan Center for Materials Characterization ((MC)2), Dr. Mansfield was promoted to director ofeducation and engagement, a position that he held until his retirement.
In his position in the EMAL/(MC)2, Dr. Mansfield taught, mentored, and collaborated with over 6,110 undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers in the field of nanoscale materials characterization. He taught the introductory electron microscopy course MSE562, over a dozen different techniques seminars for new users to EMALI/(MC)2, modules of the College of Engineering's Responsible Conduct for Research and Scholarship, and numerous guest lectures in electron microscopy techniques across campus. His efforts were always focused on student success and have ensured that graduate practitioners in advanced materials characterization are among the most proficient in the field, both nationally and internationally.
In addition, his numerous contributions to the university have included ensuring that external funding was secured to maintain the EMAL/(MC)2 as a world-class facility for materials science research.