David C. Bell

Ph.D., F.R.M.S.

11 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA  02138
Ph: 617-686-9971,


Associate Director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems

Professor at the Harvard University Extension School

Field of Research

Atom-Resolution Aberration-Corrected Electron Microscopy
Physics of Nanostructures, Quantum Materials and Catalysts



Post. Doc.            Materials Science & Physics, NSF Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1997-1999
Ph.D.                     Physics, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1997
B.Sc. (Hons).      Honors in Physics, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1991
B.Sc.                      (Physics, Genetics, Mathematics), University of Melbourne, Australia, 1990


Professional Experience

2011 – current             Gordon McKay Professor of  Applied Physics, Professor of the Practice in Electron Microscopy, Harvard University
2009 – current             Professor, Harvard University Extension School, Harvard University
2007 – current             Manager, Imaging and Analysis, Center for Nanoscale Systems, Harvard University
2003 – 2011                  Lecturer in Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University
2003 – 2007                  Principal Scientist, CIMS, Harvard University
2000 – 2002                  Research Faculty, Principal Investigator, University of Minnesota
1999 – 2000                  Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


2013                           Honorary Professor, EE Dept, University of Melbourne, Australia.
2012-                         Board of Review, DOE Basic Energy Sciences
2011                           JL Waters Award “For contributions to applied technology”
2009                           Institute of Physics Nanotechweb.org: best of 2009
2008-                         Advisory Board, ZS Genetics
2008-                         Board of Advisors, Government of South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF)
2007                   Visiting Scientist, Department of Materials, Oxford University, UK
2005                           Elected Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, U.K. (F.R.M.S.)
1996                           National Science Foundation, Postdoctoral Associate (NSFPA)
1996-                         Member, Microscopy Society of America (MSA)
1996-                         Member of the Materials Research Society (MRS).
1995                           Australian Postgraduate Research Award (APRA)


Project dates: 8/1/2014-7/31/2018
Funding Agency: Department of Energy Office of Science
Award Number: DE-SC0012573

Center for Integrated Quantum Materials an NSF Science and Technology Center
Proposed Award Dates: 11/1/2013-6/30/2017
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Award Number: DMR 1231319

 Materials World Network: Pan-American Network for Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposed Award Dates 07/01/2010-07/01/2014 (extended)
Award Number NSF 1108382

Acquisition of a 3D Tomographic Atom-Probe Microscope
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Award Number NSF MRI 1040243
Proposed Award Dates 10/01/10-10/01/13



  1. F. Von Cube, J. Niegemann, S. Irsen, D. C. Bell, and S. Linden, “Angular-resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy on a split-ring resonator”, Phys. Rev. B 89, 115434 (2014).
  2. David C. Bell, Max Mankin, Robert W. Day, Natasha Erdman, “Successful application of Low Voltage Electron Microscopy to practical materials problems”, Ultramicroscopy, March (2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.ultramic.2014.03.005.
  3. Branko Zugic, David C. Bell, Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Activation of carbon-supported platinum catalysts by sodium for the low-temperature water-gas shift reaction, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Volume 144, January (2014), Pages 243-251
  4. Low Voltage Electron Microscopy: Principals and Application, David C. Bell and Natasha Erdman, John Wiley   (2013)
  5. David C. Bell, Chris J. Russo and Dmitry Kolmykov, 40 keV Atomic Resolution   TEM,Ultramicroscopy. 114, pp 31-37 (2012)
  6. 4. Yanping Zhai , Danny Pierre, Howard Saltsburg, Rui Si, Weiling Deng, Peter Ferrin, Anand U. Nilekar, Guowen Peng, Jeffrey A. Herron, Manos Mavrikakis, David C. Bell, Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, “Alkali-stabilized, active Pt-OHx species for the water-gas shift reaction”, Science, 329, (2010) pp. 1633-1636
  7.  R. Asmatulu, A. Karthikeyan, D.C. Bell, S. Ramanathan, and M.J. Aziz “Synthesis and Variable Temperature Electrical Conductivity Studies of Highly Ordered TiO2 Nanotubes”, J. Mat. Sci. 44 (17), (2009) pp. 4613-4616
  8. 8.       Thomas J. Kempa, James F. Cahoon, Sun-Kyung Kim, Robert W. Day, David C. Bell, Hong-Gyu Park, and Charles M. Lieber, “Coaxial multishell nanowires with high-quality electronic interfaces and tunable optical cavities for ultrathin photovoltaics”, PNAS, 109 (5), (2012) 1407-1412



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