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Curt Preissner

Mechanical Engineer
Beamline Instrumentation
X-ray Science Division

Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave
Building 401-B3189

(630) 252-3020 • email


Curt Preissner has been a mechanical engineer at the APS since 2001, where he started as a PhD student. He earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. Curt’s educational background is in vibrations and dynamics and he has worked on a variety of high-precision instrumentation projects at the APS. Along with the Synchrotron X-ray Enhanced STM, these include the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe, monochromators, and beamline automation. His main area of interest is developing new X-ray nanopositioning systems and controls. He is the PI on DOE STTR Phase II grant in collaboration with Royston Engineering Research titled A New Paradigm for X-ray Optics Nanopositioning.

Selected Publications

Preissner, C., Royston, T. J., & Shu, D. (2012). A High-Fidelity Harmonic Drive Model. Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 134(1), 011002-011013. doi: 10.1115/1.4005041

Cummings, M. L., T. Y. Chien, C. Preissner, V. Madhavan, D. Diesing, M. Bode, J. W. Freeland, V. Rose. Accepted for Publication. Combining Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Synchrotron Radiation for High-Resolution Imaging and Spectroscopy with Chemical, Electronic, and Magnetic Contrast. Ultramicroscopy.

Lee, P.L., D. Shu, M. Ramanathan, C. Preissner, J. Wang, M.A. Beno, R.B. Von Dreele, L. Ribaud, C. Kurtz, S.M. Antao, X. Jiao, and B.H. Toby. 2008. A twelve-analyzer detector system for high-resolution powder diffraction. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 15 (5).

Shu, D.M., J. Wang, and C. Preissner. 2007. Thin, x-ray-transparent windows for imaging applications with a pneumatically pressurized enclosure. Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation, Pts 1 and 2 879:1049-1052.

Shu, D., J. Maser, M. Holt, R. Winarski, C. Preissner, A. Smolyanitskiy, B. Lai, S. Vogt, and G.B. Stephenson. 2007. Optomechanical design of a hard X-ray nanoprobe instrument with nanometer-scale active vibration control. Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation, Pts 1 and 2 879:1321-1324.

Narayanan, S., A.R. Sandy, M. Sprung, J. Sullivan, C. Preissner, and D. Shu. 2007. Initial characterization and design of an UHV-compatible artificial channel-cut monochromator. Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation, Pts 1 and 2 879:911-914.

Awards and Honors

United States Patent 7,331,714, Optomechanical structure for a multifunctional hard x-ray nanoprobe instrument, Co-inventor

United States Patent 7,162,888, Robot-based automation system for cryogenic crystal -sample mounting, Co-inventor