Charlie Kong majored in Semiconductor Materials for his BE degree in Shanghai University. He switched to Intermetallic materials for his PhD in UNSW later. He has built up his academic career as an electron microscopist in materials science. He has been a Senior Research Officer on advanced FIB applications since 2006. He is also a flagship FIB application engineer in Microscopy Australia, managing the usage of two Ga-based FIB-SEM and a Xe-based plasma FIB-SEM. His multidisciplinary research interests in FIB applications are across from nanofabrication to characterization, including prototyping of micro-devices, photovoltaic engineering, thin films, severe deformation of materials, additive manufacturing, early life on earth and biomaterials etc. He has published more than 100 co-authored papers on FIB related applications.