For his graduate work, Chris developed the electron beam precession technique (PED) with Dr. Laurence Marks. This novel diffraction method significantly improves the quality of diffraction data obtained from conventional transmission electron microscopes (TEMs), allowing precise solution of unknown atomic structures from small volumes rapidly and inexpensively. This work provided the basis for several commercial PED machines. Before this, Chris studied the adhesion of thin polymer films to animal tissue with Dr. Ken Shull and conducted materials research with the electron microscope.
He has authored over two dozen research papers, one book chapter, and multiple patents.
Chris enjoys family life with his wife, a middle-school science teacher, and his son and daughter. In his free time he enjoys road bicycle racing, hi-fi audio, playing the violin, Argentine Tango, and photography. He also enjoys visiting his wife's classroom as a guest lecturer and science coach.