Cora Lind-Kovacs

1999 Scholarship Program Recipient

Cora Lind-Kovacs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Research Proposal:
New Negative Thermal Expansion Materials Related to Cubic ZrW2O8


Professional Pursuits

As a current Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Toledo, Dr. Lind-Kovacs’ fields of interest include:

- Preparation and characterization of negative thermal expansion materials
- Inorganic/polymer composites
- Exploration of low temperature routes to metal sulfides
- X-ray methods, powder diffraction, variable temperature and pressure experiments, synchrotron and neutron experiments, Rietveld analysis

As solid-state chemists, the use of crystallographic methods to gain insights into materials’ structure is crucial to our research. This is why crystallography is the only non-negotiable course requirement for all of my graduate students. Due to our synthetic focus on low temperature synthetic routes, most of our experiments rely on powder methods, often combined with Rietveld analysis.

In addition to our use of crystallography in research, I am very passionate about crystallography education, and have enjoyed teaching it in many formats ranging from a full-semester formal crystallography class to ACA Summer Schools and specialized workshops as well as outreach to teachers and students.


PublicationS & Presentations

- Approximately 50 Peer-reviewed Journal Publications with over 1,000 citations
- 112 Conference Presentations


Honors & Recognitions

- Steering Committee Member, Materials Genome Initiative Workshop, 2012
- Chair, SNS/HIFR User Group Executive Committee, 2010-2011
- Secretary/Treasurer, U.S. National Committee for Crystallography, 2010-2012
- U.S. National Committee for Crystallography, 2007-2009
- American Crystallographic Association Etter Early Career Award, 2007
- ACS PROGRESS/Dreyfus Lecturer Award, 2007
- Materials Research Society Graduate Student Silver Award Spring, 2001
- ICDD Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship, 1999
- Participant in the inaugural “National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering”, 1999


Impact of the scholarship

"Receiving the Frevel Scholarship was a great honor, and marked the first time that I truly saw myself as a member of the crystallographic community, which I am actively involved in today. It certainly contributed to my decision to apply for a "faculty position in crystallography" at the University of Toledo in 2003, and may have helped me get my current job. Last but not least, I used some of the scholarship money to buy Volume A of the International Tables of Crystallography, which has become a well-loved and used book in my research group!"

"(And yes, the memory of this scholarship is solidly attached to that blue book, so I get reminded of it quite frequently! :))"


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