Dr. Petra Bele
Dr. Petra Bele studied physics at the Naturwissenschaftliche Technische Akademie in Isny, Germany, and later received her PhD from the University of Yamanashi, Japan. She started her scientific career at the Max-Planck-Institut for Medical Reserach in Heidelberg and is a permanent senior staff member at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) since 2005.
With a fundamental background in Electron Spin Resonance (EPR) and Magnetically Modulated Microwave Absorption (MMMA) on organic metals and superconductors she was amongst scientists, who developed the MMMAtechnique.
After switching her scientific interest to a new major research field, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) on nanomaterials and biological samples, her expertise includes, besides the imaging technique, image processing and 3D-reconstruction on biological (proteins, DNA) and solid state samples (nanoparticles). She developed and evaluated a novel electron detector system (Imaging Plate Scanner), which helped to push imaging and reconstruction resolution limits of biological cryo-samples (weak phase objects) to lower values. She subsequently established advanced TEM image processing methodology for characterization of catalyst systems for fuel cells.
Dr. Bele is a member of the Editorial Board (Associate Editor) for the scientific journal "Fuel Cells – From Fundamentals to Applied Systems" since 2007.
The title of her speech in ICCE-2018 will be: "How to "Pimp" Older Transmission Electron Microscopes for a Thorough Unbiased Fuel Cell Catalyst Characterization"