Kenneth Beyerlein

2010 Scholarship Program Recipient

"It was a real honor to be chosen to receive the Frevel Scholarship as it gave me confidence that my ideas to develop diffraction data analysis were valid and impactful. At the time, I was in the middle of my Ph.D., and beginning to formulate its direction, under the guidance of my advisors Professor Bob Snyder and Professor Paolo Scardi. It was a great feeling to have these ideas supported by the diffraction community.

The Frevel Scholarship provided me inspiration to continue to pursue my unique interests in powder diffraction and nanocrystallography. It pushed me to continue to be innovative, and stay in tune with the forefront of diffraction research."

Current Academic / Professional Pursuits

I received my Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering dually from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I studied under Professor Bob Snyder and Professor Mo Li, and from the University of Trento, Italy, where I studied under Professor Paolo Scardi. Shortly after this, in 2011 I started my post-doctoral position at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in the group of Professor Henry Chapman, which is located at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Germany. Here I am involved in developing the use of X-ray Free-Electron Lasers, like the hard X-ray source at LCLS in the US and the soft X-ray sources FLASH and FERMI in Germany and Italy, to do crystallography and imaging of materials and biomolecules with femtosecond X-ray pulses. I am especially interested and excited about the insight these kind measurements can have when extended in the time domain -- atomically mapping out fundamental biochemical processes and dynamics. The extreme brilliance of this kind of light source also allows for the study of some of the smallest crystallites, and I am sure will lead to more understanding of the structure of matter at this scale. It is really fulfilling to participate in the rapid development of this exciting field.

Awards

Young Crystallographer Award, European Powder Diffraction Conference, 2012.
Best Ph.D. thesis, University of Trento, Materials Science and Industrial Engineering, 2011.

Recent Publication

A Review of Debye Function Analysis
Kenneth R. Beyerlein, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg, Germany

Powder Diffraction / Volume 28 / Supplement S2 / September 2013, pp S2-S10
Copyright © International Centre for Diffraction Data 2013 
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0885715613001218

 

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