ICDD Grant-in-Aid Workshop Information

Workshops in People's Republic of China, Russia, Brazil (in reverse chronological order)


ICDD held a Grant-in-Aid Workshop organized by the Western Scientific Center of the National Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

The workshop took place in the main building of the Ivan Franko National University of the Lviv. The members of the local organizing committee consisted of Dr. Ihor Zavaliy, Physico-Mechanical Institute, Professor Roman Gladyshevskii, Lviv National University and Professor Leonid Vasylechko, Lviv Politechnical University. The Workshop was a satellite meeting to the XIII International Conference on Crystal Chemistry of Intermetallic Compounds.

There were approximately sixty attendees to the meeting.  Plenary lectures and discussions included presentations from Matteo Leoni, ICDD’s Chairman, detailing the Grant-in-Aid Program at ICDD and the benefits of becoming a grantee. The other topic he presented was “75 Years of ICDD Activity”.

Professor Roman Gladyshevskii, Dr. Ihor Zavaliy, Professor Leonid Vasylechko, Dr. Vyacheslav Baumer, and Dr. Anna Puzan, provided information and discussions about their involvement as Ukrainian grantees and their activity for ICDD.

Dr. Peter Zavalij, a current grantee with ICDD, provided a presentation entitled “Using ICDD PDF for phase identification and quantitative analysis”, and the “Importance of quality and completeness of submitted data”.  A presentations from Dr. Pavlo Lyutyy “Using of DataQuacker Software for ICDD-database”, provided more detailed information about submitting data to ICDD thru a specialized software program.

Dr. Tom Blanton, Principal Scientist from ICDD headquarters in Newtown Square, PA., USA engaged participants with a video presentation “Materials characterization using the ICDD PDF-4+ database”.  This provided an open forum for questions that potential grantees might have.

This workshop was held to promote and expand the Grant-in-Aid Program.

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Grant-in-Aid Workshop
Kazan, Russian Federation

A one-day ICDD workshop was held in conjunction with the National Crystallographic Conference in Kazan, Russian Federation, Nov. 30 to Dec. 5, 2009. There were about 150 participants. The main topics were: ICDD programs, products focusing on PDF-4 and capabilities of databases for analysis of nano-and pharmaceutical materials. Dr. R. Shpanchenko was the workshop organizer. The main speakers were Dr. R. Shpanchenko, Prof. E. Antipov and Dr. T. Blanton. Dr. T. Blanton attended as the ICDD representative. Dr. R. Shpanchenko and colleagues exhibited the ICDD booth at the whole conference. The ICDD presented three awards to young scientists for the best poster presentations.

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Grant-in-Aid Scientific Seminar
Chernogolovka, Russia Federation

There was an ICDD Databases/Grant-in-Aid Program Scientific Seminar held during the conference, “Diffraction Methods in Study of a Matter: From Molecules to Crystals and Nanomaterials”, June 30 – July 4, 2008, in Chernogolovka, Russian Federation. The local organizers were Prof. Evgeny Antipov and Dr. Roman Shpanchenko of Moscow State University. The Scientific Secretary of the Conference was Dr. Elena S. Khromova.

More than 150 researchers from Russia took part in the conference. Scientists from all Russian regions (Far East, Ural, The Central Region, Caucasus, Moscow, and St. Petersburg) attended the conference. Thirty-one lectures on actual tasks of diffraction methods for substance investigation were presented and about 120 researchers made their presentations during three poster sessions.

R. Shpanchenko, D. Sklovsky and A. Mironov answered questions concerning ICDD activities and databases. Due to the sponsorship of the ICDD, the organizing committee supported the accommodation of 10 students at the conference.

Scientific Conference in Chernogolovka, Russian Federation, July 2008
Dmitry Sklovsky, Elena Khromova, and Roman Shpanchenko


ICDD Grant-in-Aid Workshop
Ulan-Ude, Russian Federation
June 25-29, 2007

This Russian Scientific Meeting, devoted to the 75 anniversary of M.V. Mokhosoev, was held on June 25-29, 2007 near Ulan-Ude on Baikal Lake. Corresponding Member of the Soviet Union Academy of Science, Marks Vasilyevich Mokhosoev, founder of the scientific school, was a well-known specialist in inorganic chemistry and material science.

The program included 173 reports (8 plenary lectures, 72 oral reports and 93 posters), which represented scientific results from different organizations and countries: Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and USA.

The plenary lecture, by the ICDD Executive Director, Timothy Fawcett, “The growth of the powder diffraction file into advanced materials analyses,” was devoted to the new opportunities of the PDF-4 database in different branches of science. Within the framework of the meeting, the seminar on powder diffraction was organized – “The ICDD – Ulan-Ude Workshop: New opportunities in powder diffraction”. A total of 78 scientists participated in the ICDD seminar. Among them were researchers from 13 institutes of Ural, Siberian and Far East branches of the Russian Academy of Sciences and 7 educational institutes, with a lot of them being Grant-in-Aid recipients for many years. Representatives from Mongolia and Far East institutes (Khabarovsk and Vladivistok) participated in the seminar for the first time.

The seminar program included several lectures. T. Fawcett reported on the development of the PDF. The lecture by Prof. Antipov was devoted to the ICDD activity in Russia. R. Shpanchenko dedicated his talk to the powder data technique and data processing for PDF entries. S. Kirik (Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Novosibirsk) reported on powder diffraction studies of amorphous mesostructured samples. Phase transitions in molecular crystals of biomimetics and drugs were investigated by powder diffraction by T. Drebuschak (Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry, Novosibirsk), and structural transitions in catalytic systems – by L. Plyasova (Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk). Optimization of the Bragg-Brentano diffractometer was described in the report of V. Lisoivan (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Novosibirsk). Structure solutions from high quality powder data were reported in the lectures of T. Kardash (Novosibirsk University), A. Vasilyev (Institute of Physics, Krasnoyarsk), and B. Morozov and R. Shpanchenko (both – Moscow State University). Two latter reports showed the opportunities of powder diffraction in the structural studies of incommensurate modulated compounds.

At the end of the seminar, a presentation by Bruker was held by V. Pribora.


Tim Fawcett



Grant-in-Aid Workshop held in Novosibirsk, Russia (2005)

The Workshop was held in 18 – 20 October 2005 at the Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science) and at the Novosibirsk State University . Sixty-six participants attended the workshop. Among them, 20 (including Evgeny Antipov , John Faber and Roman Shpanchenko ) came from different regions of Siberia and 46 participants from Novosibirsk academic institutes and State University . The non-Novosibirsk participants came from Krasnoyarsk (2 participants), Ulan-Ude (2), Omsk (2), Barnaul (1), Irkutsk (1), Tomsk (5), Tyumen (1), Kemerovo (2), Novokuznetsk (1). Six current and past ICDD grantees participated in the workshop: Drs. Kirik, Vasiliev, Khaikina, Shmakov, Gromilov, Lisoivan, Prosenko and about 10 people who participated in different Grant-in-Aids funded by the ICDD.

The first three lectures were delivered by John Faber, Evgeny Antipov and Elena Boldyreva at the Novosibirsk State University. These lectures were attended by students of this university and the workshop participants (more than 100 participants). The rest of the program took place at the Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry. The program was very well organized by the local organizing committee headed by Prof. Elena Boldyreva and Prof. Vladimir Boldyrev.

On 17 October 2005, a two-hour meeting was organized with the ICDD grantees and scientists involved in the ICDD Grant-in-Aid Program at Moscow State University. This meeting was attended by 14 people.

It appeared that great success was achieved by combining Grant-in-Aid with substantial scientific programs.


Fig. 1 Workshop participants at the entrance of the Institute of Solid State Chemistry and Mechanochemistry (Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science)

ICDD Grant-in-Aid Workshop, Nanning, People's Republic of China (2003)

An ICDD Grant-in Aid Workshop was held at the Xiyung Hotel, Nanning, Guangxi, People's Republic of China on 31 October 2003, in conjunction with the 8th National Chinese Symposium on X-ray Diffraction (29 October 2003 to 1 November 2003). Approximately 150 people attended the workshop.

The workshop instructors included Dr. Fangling Needham, Prof. Lingming Zeng, Prof. Shao-Fan Lin, and Mr. Yuan Yuan Qiao. The workshop and the symposium organizing committee include the Committee on X-ray Diffraction of Chinese Physical Society, the Committee on Powder Diffraction of Chinese Crystallographic Society, and the Guangxi University.

The morning session introduced the ICDD's mission, activities, products, and Grant-in-Aid (GiA) Program from materials prepared and edited by past/present ICDD Executive Directors along with several additional ICDD staff members. These materials were carefully translated into Chinese by Fangling Needham and further edited by Professor Shao-Fan Lin (ICDD Chinese Regional Co-chair). A demonstration of ICDD products and examples of current/past good GiA projects were presented in the afternoon. All topics were presented in Chinese.

Paper copies of the Chinese presentation were distributed as hand-outs to the symposium attendees. A GiA package, ICDD product brochures, and the "Selected Resources for X-ray Diffraction" CD-ROM were distributed at the beginning of the workshop. In addition, the GiA presentation materials were made available on the ICDD FTP site the morning of the workshop.


There were eight Chinese ICDD members that attended this symposium, who along with Dr. Ting Huang and Fangling Needham held a meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on 31 October 2003. Topics concerning the affordability of ICDD products in China, ICDD GiA funding, and the Chinese current operational expanses were discussed.


ICDD Russia Grant-in-Aid Workshops 2003

Ekaterinburg, Russia was the location for an ICDD sponsored Grant-in-Aid workshop held September 29 - October 2, 2003 at the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The instructors for this workshop were Tom Blanton (Eastman Kodak Company), Evgeny Antipov (Moscow State University), and Andrei Mironov (Moscow State University). Local organizers were Vladimir Zubkov and Alexander Tyutyunnik, both from the Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences.

The workshop covered a review about ICDD, the Powder Diffraction File, fundamentals of XRD, PDF-4/PDF-2 products, and the ICDD Grant-in-Aid program. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about submitting proposals to the ICDD Grant-in-Aid program, and requirements for the program regarding data quality and report submission.

An afternoon poster session provided the occasion for everyone to meet in a relaxed atmosphere and have the opportunity to make new friends and meet old acquaintances. A dinner reception on the final evening was the perfect ending to a successful workshop.

Attendees at the ICDD Grant-in-Aid Workshop, Ekaterinburg, Russia

A one-day workshop was held on 3 October 2003 at the Moscow State University, for current Grant-in-Aid recipients in the Moscow area. This workshop was organized by Evgeny Antipov, and the instructor was Tom Blanton. Grantees were presented with a summary of current activities at ICDD, and participated in discussions related to the Grant-in-Aid program.


Attendees at the ICDD Grant-in-Aid Workshop, Moscow, Russia

The Russian Grant-in-Aid workshops provided the opportunity to meet with current and potential grantees. These scientists are engaged in research in materials that are of interest to the international scientific community and their work will be a welcome addition to the Powder Diffraction File and to ICDD.


SARX 2002 Conference Grant-in-Aid Workshop -  24-29 November 2002 (VIII Seminario Latino-Amercano de Analisespor Technicas de Raios X) in Nova Friburgo, State of Rio de Janeriro, Brazil. 

Dr. Tom Blanton was the ICDD representative and Dr. Miguel Degado was the local representative and organizer. There were 81 participants at the conference. 35 conference attendees were at the GiA Workshop.

Three ICDD Workshops were held in the afternoons: Monday - All about the ICDD, The PDF, Fundamentals of XRD, Industrial Applications of XRD; Tuesday - The ICDD Grant-in-Aid Program; Thursday - PDF4/PDF3 Databases. T. Blanton demonstrated both databases, allowing time for participants to explore the products at their own pace.

There were parallel technical sessions each afternoon, primarily covering XRF.

Learn more about ICDD's Grant-in-Aid Program