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Gianluigi Botton

Professor B. Eng. Physics, 1987, Ph.D. Materials Eng., Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, 1992ABB 429
Phone: (905) 525-9140, 24767 Website: CCEM Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy Website: Botton's Group
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Research Areas Include:
  • Microscopy of nanostructured materials
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Electron energy-loss spectroscopy
  • Structure-properties in nanoscale materials
A detailed description of the research interests can be found on the Community of Science website.
Botton’s Research Group
Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials Research Group Website.

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Associated Institutes

Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy
Brockhouse Institute of Materials Research
National Centre of High Resolution Electron Microscopy

Curriculum Vitae

  • B. Eng. Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, 1987
  • Ph.D. Materials Eng., Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, 1992
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Cambridge Univ., 1993-1995
  • Research associate and senior research associate, Cambridge University, 1995-1998
  • Darwin College Research Fellow, 1995-1998
  • Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada, 1998-2001
  • McMaster University, Associate Professor 2001-
  • Canada Research Chair in Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials
Selected Publications
A detailed list of publications can be found here

Publications 2015

  1. Prabhudev, S; Bugnet, M; Zhu, GZ; Bock, C; Botton, GA, 2015, Surface Segregation of Fe in Pt-Fe Alloy Nanoparticles: Its Precedence and Effect on the Ordered-Phase Evolution during Thermal Annealing, CHEMCATCHEM 7(22), 3655-3664.
  2. Majdi, G.Z. Zhu, J. Carvalho, V. Jarvis, K. Meinander, JF. Britten, G.A. Botton, J.S. Preston, Evidence for an equilibrium epitaxial complexion at the Au-MgAl2O4 interface, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 2015, Vol 107, Article 241601
  3. Zhao, SY. Woo, M. Bugnet, X. Liu, J Kang, G.A. Botton, Z. Mi, Three-Dimensional Quantum Confinement of Charge Carriers in Self-Organized AlGaN Nanowires: A Viable Route to Electrically Injected Deep Ultraviolet Lasers, Nano Letters, (2015), 15, 7801-7807
  4. Choudhry, KI; Mahboubi, S; Botton, GA; Kish, JR; Svishchev, IM, 2015, Corrosion of engineering materials in a supercritical water cooled reactor: Characterization of oxide scales on Alloy 800H and stainless steel 316, CORROSION SCIENCE, 100, 222-230.
  5. Bidabadi, AS; Korinek, A; Botton, GA; Varin, RA, 2015, High resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction studies of nanocrystalline manganese borohydride (Mn(BH4)(2)) after mechano-chemical synthesis and thermal dehydrogenation, ACTA MATERIALIA, 100, 392-400.
  6. Woo, SY; Bugnet, M; Nguyen, HPT; Mi, ZT; Botton, GA, 2015, Atomic Ordering in InGaN Alloys within Nanowire Heterostructures, NANO LETTERS, 15(10), 6413-6418.
  7. Farahi, N; Prabhudev, S; Botton, GA; Zhao, JB; Tse, JS; Liu, ZX; Salvador, JR; Kleinke, H, 2015, Local structure and thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si0.977-xGexBi0.023 (0.1 <= x <= 0.4), JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 644, 249-255.
  8. Mahboubi, S; Botton, GA; Kish, JR, 2015, Technical Note: Corrosion Resistance of Alloy 33 (Fe-33Cr-32Ni) in Supercritical Water, CORROSION, 71(9), 1064-1070.
  9. Woo, SY; Gauquelin, N; Nguyen, HPT; Mi, ZT; Botton, GA, 2015, Interplay of strain and indium incorporation in InGaN/GaN dot-in-a-wire nanostructures by scanning transmission electron microscopy, NANOTECHNOLOGY, 26(34), 344002.
  10. Mahboubi, S; Botton, GA; Kish, JR, 2015, On the Oxidation Resistance of Alloy 800HT Exposed in Supercritical Water (SCW), CORROSION, 71(8), 992-1002.
  11. Zhao, S; Liu, X; Woo, SY; Kang, J; Botton, GA; Mi, Z, 2015, An electrically injected AlGaN nanowire laser operating in the ultraviolet-C band, APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 107(4), 043101.
  12. Foster, JM; Gully, A; Liu, H; Krachkovskiy, S; Wu, Y; Schougaard, SB; Jiang, M; Goward, G; Botton, GA; Protas, B, 2015, Homogenization Study of the Effects of Cycling on the Electronic Conductivity of Commercial Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 119(22), 12199-12208.
  13. Jaksic, JM; Nan, FH; Papakonstantinou, GD; Botton, GA; Jaksic, MM, 2015, Theory, Substantiation, and Properties of Novel Reversible Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Electrode Reactions, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 119(21), 11267-11285.
  14. Danaie, M; Fritzsche, H; Kalisvaart, WP; Tan, XH; Mitlin, D; Botton, GA; Huot, J, 2015, Reactions in a multilayered Si (substrate)/Ta/Mg/Fe/Ta/Pd thin-film structure during annealing and deuterium absorption, ACTA MATERIALIA, 90, 259-271.
  15. Fan, SZ; AlOtaibi, B; Woo, SY; Wang, YJ; Botton, GA; Mi, ZT, 2015, High Efficiency Solar-to-Hydrogen Conversion on a Monolithically Integrated InGaN/GaN/Si Adaptive Tunnel Junction Photocathode, NANO LETTERS, 15(4), 2721-2726.
  16. Shen, HX; Zhu, GZ; Botton, GA; Kitai, A, 2015, Two-dimensional X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy study on the effect of magnetron sputtering atmosphere on GaN/SiC interface and gallium nitride thin film crystal structure, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 117(11), 115301.
  17. Tan, XH; Prabhudev, S; Kohandehghan, A; Karpuzov, D; Botton, GA; Mitlin, D, 2015, Pt-Au-Co Alloy Electrocatalysts Demonstrating Enhanced Activity and Durability toward the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, ACS CATALYSIS, 5(3), 1513-1524.
  18. Scullion, A; Thompson, DA; Botton, GA, 2015, Growth and kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of InAs quantum wires on vicinal substrates, JOURNAL OF CRYSTAL GROWTH, 412, 87-94.
  19. Cano, ZP; Danaie, M; Kish, JR; McDermid, JR; Botton, GA; Williams, G, 2015, Physical Characterization of Cathodically-Activated Corrosion Filaments on Magnesium Alloy AZ31B, CORROSION, 71(2), 146-159.
  20. Judge, CD; Gauquelin, N; Walters, L; Wright, M; Cole, JI; Madden, J; Botton, GA; Griffiths, M, 2015, Intergranular fracture in irradiated Inconel X-750 containing very high concentrations of helium and hydrogen, JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS, 457, 165-172.
  21. Nguyen, HPT; Djavid, M; Woo, SY; Liu, XH; Connie, AT; Sadaf, SM; Wang, Q; Botton, GA; Shih, I; Mi, ZT, 2015, Engineering the Carrier Dynamics of InGaN Nanowire White Light-Emitting Diodes by Distributed p-AlGaN Electron Blocking Layers, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 5, 7744.
  22. Espinosa, A; Bugnet, M; Radtke, G; Neveu, S; Botton, GA; Wilhelm, C; Abou-Hassan, A, Can magneto-plasmonic nanohybrids efficiently combine photothermia with magnetic hyperthermia?, NANOSCALE, 7(45), 18872-18877.
  23. Dauphin-Ducharme, P; Kuss, C; Rossouw, D; Payne, NA; Danis, L; Botton, GA; Mauzeroll, J, 2015, Corrosion Product Formation Monitored Using the Feedback Mode of Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy with Carbon Microelectrodes, JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, 162(12), C677-C683.
  24. Tefashe, UM; Dauphin-Ducharme, P; Danaie, M; Cano, ZP; Kish, JR; Botton, GA; Mauzeroll, J, 2015, Localized Corrosion Behavior of AZ31B Magnesium Alloy with an Electrodeposited Poly(3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene) Coating, JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, 162(10), C536-C544.
  25. Farahi, N; Prabhudev, S; Bugnet, M; Botton, GA; Zhao, JB; Tse, JS; Salvador, JR; Kleinke, H, 2015, Enhanced figure of merit in Mg2Si0.877Ge0.1Bi0.023/multi wall carbon nanotube nanocomposites, RSC ADVANCES, 5(80), 65328-65336.
  26. Wang, RY; Higgins, DC; Prabhudev, S; Lee, DU; Choi, JY; Hoque, MA; Botton, GA; Chen, ZW, 2015, Synthesis and structural evolution of Pt nanotubular skeletons: revealing the source of the instability of nanostructured electrocatalysts, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 3(24), 12663-12671.
  27. Nguyen, HPT; Djavid, M; Woo, SY; Liu, XH; Wang, Q; Botton, GA; Mi, ZT, 2015, High-Power Phosphor-Free InGaN/AlGaN Dot-in-a-Wire Core-Shell White-Light-Emitting Diodes, LIGHT-EMITTING DIODES: MATERIALS, DEVICES, AND APPLICATIONS FOR SOLID STATE LIGHTING XIX, Proceedings of SPIE, 9383, 938307.
  28. Botton, GA; Calderon, HA; Kisielowski, C, 2015, Special Section on Electron-Beam Irradiation Effects, Modifications and Control Preface, MICRON, 68, 140-140.
  29. Zhu, GZ; Botton, GA, 2015, Damage behavior and atomic migration in MgAl2O4 under an 80 keV scanning focused probe in a STEM¸MICRON, 68, 141-145.

Publications 2014

  1. S. Ata; Zhu, G. Z.; Botton, G. A.; Zhitomirsky, I., Electrophoretic deposition of manganese dioxide films using new dispersing agents, Advances in Applied Ceramics 113, 22-27. (2014);
  2. J. Barrow; Rossouw, D.; Funston, A. M.; Botton, G. A.; Mulvaney, P., Mapping Bright and Dark Modes in Gold Nanoparticle Chains using Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy, Nano Letters 14, 3799-3808. (2014)
  3. Bellido; Botton, G., Response to: On the First Application of the Richardson-Lucy Algorithm to Resolve Plasmonic Resonances in EELS Spectra Obtained with a Monochromated Electron Beam, Microscopy and Microanalysis 20, 995-995. (2014)
  4. P. Bellido; Rossouw, D.; Botton, G. A., Toward 10 meV Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy Resolution for Plasmonics, Microscopy and Microanalysis 20, 767-778. (2014)
  5. Bugnet; Kula, A.; Niewczas, M.; Botton, G. A., Segregation and clustering of solutes at grain boundaries in Mg-rare earth solid solutions, Acta Materialia 79, 66-73. (2014)
  6. Danaie; Asmussen, R. M.; Jakupi, P.; Shoesmith, D. W.; Botton, G. A., The cathodic behaviour of Al-Mn precipitates during atmospheric and saline aqueous corrosion of a sand-cast AM50 alloy, Corrosion Science 83, 299-309. (2014)
  7. Dauphin-Ducharme; Asmussen, R. M.; Tefashe, U. M.; Danaie, M.; Binns, W. J.; Jakupi, P.; Botton, G. A.; Shoesmith, D. W.; Mauzeroll, J., Local Hydrogen Fluxes Correlated to Microstructural Features of a Corroding Sand Cast AM50 Magnesium Alloy, Journal of the Electrochemical Society 161, C557-C564. (2014)
  8. L. David; Alix, K.; Pailloux, F.; Mauchamp, V.; Couillard, M.; Botton, G. A.; Pizzagalli, L., In situ controlled modification of the helium density in single helium-filled nanobubbles, Journal of Applied Physics 115, 123508. (2014)
  9. Farahi; VanZant, M.; Zhao, J. B.; Tse, J. S.; Prabhudev, S.; Botton, G. A.; Salvador, J. R.; Borondics, F.; Liu, Z. X.; Kleinke, H., Sb- and Bi-doped Mg2Si: location of the dopants, micro- and nanostructures, electronic structures and thermoelectric properties, Dalton Transactions 43, 14983-14991. (2014)
  10. Gauquelin; Benckiser, E.; Kinyanjui, M. K.; Wu, M.; Lu, Y.; Christiani, G.; Logvenov, G.; Habermeier, H. U.; Kaiser, U.; Keimer, B.; Botton, G. A., Atomically resolved EELS mapping of the interfacial structure of epitaxially strained LaNiO3/LaAlO3 superlattices, Physical Review B 90, 195140. (2014)
  11. Gauquelin; Hawthorn, D. G.; Sawatzky, G. A.; Liang, R. X.; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Botton, G. A., Atomic scale real-space mapping of holes in YBa2Cu3O6+delta, Nature Communications 5, 4275. (2014)
  12. Hassan; Chuang, C. H.; Kobayashi, Y.; Coombs, N.; Gorantla, S.; Botton, G. A.; Winnik, M. A.; Burda, C.; Scholes, G. D., Synthesis and Optical Properties of Linker-Free TiO2/CdSe Nanorods, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118, 3347-3358. (2014)
  13. M. Jaksic; Botton, G. A.; Papakonstantinou, G. D.; Nan, F. H.; Jaksic, J. M., Primary Oxide Latent Storage and Spillover Enabling Electrocatalysts with Reversible Oxygen Electrode Properties and the Alterpolar Revertible (PEMFC versus WE) Cell, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118, 8723-8746. (2014)
  14. K. Kinyanjui; Lu, Y.; Gauquelin, N.; Wu, M.; Frano, A.; Wochner, P.; Reehuis, M.; Christiani, G.; Logvenov, G.; Habermeier, H. U.; Botton, G. A.; Kaiser, U.; Keimer, B.; Benckiser, E., Lattice distortions and octahedral rotations in epitaxially strained LaNiO3/LaAlO3 superlattices, Applied Physics Letters 104, 221909. (2014)
  15. Liu; Ata, M. S.; Shi, K.; Zhu, G. Z.; Botton, G. A.; Zhitomirsky, I., Surface modification and cathodic electrophoretic deposition of ceramic materials and composites using celestine blue dye, Rsc Advances 4, 29652-29659. (2014)
  16. Macke; Radi, A.; Hamann-Borrero, J. E.; Verna, A.; Bluschke, M.; Bruck, S.; Goering, E.; Sutarto, R.; He, F. Z.; Cristiani, G.; Wu, M.; Benckiser, E.; Habermeier, H. U.; Logvenov, G.; Gauquelin, N.; Botton, G. A.; Kajdos, A. P.; Stemmer, S.; Sawatzky, G. A.; Haverkort, M. W.; Keimer, B.; Hinkov, V., Element Specific Monolayer Depth Profiling, Advanced Materials 26, 6554-6559. (2014)
  17. A. Marques; Aboy, M.; Dudeck, K. J.; Botton, G. A.; Knights, A. P.; Gwilliam, R. M., Modeling and experimental characterization of stepped and v-shaped {311} defects in silicon, Journal of Applied Physics 115, 143514. (2014)
  18. Mauchamp; Bugnet, M.; Bellido, E. P.; Botton, G. A.; Moreau, P.; Magne, D.; Naguib, M.; Cabioc’h, T.; Barsoum, M. W., Enhanced and tunable surface plasmons in two-dimensional Ti3C2 stacks: Electronic structure versus boundary effects, Physical Review B 89, 235428. (2014)
  19. Pailloux; Couillard, M.; Fusil, S.; Bruno, F.; Saidi, W.; Garcia, V.; Carretero, C.; Jacquet, E.; Bibes, M.; Barthelemy, A.; Botton, G. A.; Pacaud, J., Atomic structure and microstructures of supertetragonal multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films, Physical Review B 89, 104106. (2014)
  20. Y. Persaud; Carcea, A. G.; Huang, J.; Korinek, A.; Botton, G. A.; Newman, R. C., Analytical electron microscopy of a crack tip extracted from a stressed Alloy 800 sample exposed to an acid sulfate environment, Micron 61, 62-69. (2014)
  21. Y. Persaud; Korinek, A.; Huang, J.; Botton, G. A.; Newman, R. C., Internal oxidation of Alloy 600 exposed to hydrogenated steam and the beneficial effects of thermal treatment, Corrosion Science 86, 108-122. (2014)
  22. P. Schwarcz; McNally, E. A.; Botton, G. A., Dark-field transmission electron microscopy of cortical bone reveals details of extrafibrillar crystals, Journal of Structural Biology 188, 240-248. (2014)
  23. Stambula; Gauquelin, N.; Bugnet, M.; Gorantla, S.; Turner, S.; Sun, S. H.; Liu, J.; Zhang, G. X.; Sun, X. L.; Botton, G. A., Chemical Structure of Nitrogen-Doped Graphene with Single Platinum Atoms and Atomic Clusters as a Platform for the PEMFC Electrode, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118, 3890-3900. (2014)
  24. M. Tefashe; Snowden, M. E.; Ducharme, P. D.; Danaie, M.; Botton, G. A.; Mauzeroll, J., Local flux of hydrogen from magnesium alloy corrosion investigated by scanning electrochemical microscopy, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 720, 121-127. (2014)
  25. Z. Zhu; Botton, G. A., A “Thickness Series”: Weak Signal Extraction of ELNES in EELS Spectra From Surfaces, Microscopy and Microanalysis 20, 649-657. (2014)
  26. Z. Zhu; Majdi, T.; Shao, Y.; Bugnet, M.; Preston, J. S.; Botton, G. A., Atomic structure and bonding of the interfacial bilayer between Au nanoparticles and epitaxially regrown MgAl2O4 substrates, Applied Physics Letters 105, 231607. (2014)
  27. Z. Zhu; Prabhudev, S.; Yang, J.; Gabardo, C. M.; Botton, G. A.; Soleymani, L., In Situ Liquid Cell TEM Study of Morphological Evolution and Degradation of Pt-Fe Nanocatalysts During Potential Cycling, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118, 22111-22119. (2014)



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