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Snyder Awards

Honoring Robert (Bob) L. Snyder  (1941-2011)

An outstanding educator and researcher, Bob was Professor Emeritus of Ceramic Science at Alfred University, Chairman of Material Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University and co-chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was chairman of both the ICDD and the Denver X-ray Conference, traveled extensively and interacted with scientists from around the world. His research focused on the characterization of advanced materials by X-ray diffraction, especially advanced ceramics and nanomaterials. Bob presented over 1,000 talks, authored numerous publications and textbooks, and was known as an international ambassador of material science and characterization. He was known for his passion for science and life. Bob served as ICDD Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2000.


To honor the life and work of Robert L. Snyder, the International Centre for Diffraction Data has established the ROBERT L. SNYDER Student Travel Awards. To continue Bob’s mission of cultivating future X-ray analysts, the awards offer limited travel support to enable graduate and undergraduate students to attend the Annual Conference on Applications of X-ray Analysis, commonly known as the Denver X-ray Conference. Students are required to participate in the technical program of the conference by submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Grants are awarded in the amount of $500 for undergraduate or graduate students living within the USA and Canada, and $1,000 for those living outside of the USA and Canada. Recipients also receive free registration to attend the DXC.

Award Presentation

Recipients are notified prior to the conference; the grants are distributed at the Conference.

Submit Application To:

Robert L. Snyder Student Travel Award
International Centre for Diffraction Data
12 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3273
E-mail: sjennings@icdd.com
Fax: (610) 325-9823

Please note that the Denver X-ray Conference also offers a reduced student housing.

Submission Process
To apply for a student travel award, submit a:

The deadline for applications is 3 June of each year.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to receive a 2018 grant:
  • Kweku Konadu Amponsah-Efah, University of Minnesota, USA, In Situ Monitoring Of the Crystallization of Amorphous Solid Dispersions in Aqueous Solution, Using Synchrotron Radiation
  • Adriana Perez Casanova, Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México, A Straightforward Program Written in Octave and Julia for X-ray Diffraction Line Profile Analysis: A Study in Gold Thin Films
  • Rishvi Jayathilake, University of Maryland, USA, Oxygen Storage Properties and Structural Evolution of AFe2O4 (A= Lu, Y, Yb, In) Under Chemical Looping Conditions
  • Navpreet Kaur, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA, The Role of Lattice Disorder in Water Mediated Dissociation of Cocrystals
  • Bárbara Araceli Ramírez Almaguer, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, BM: A Python Code for Modelling Physically Based Background for XRD
  • Jayesh Sonje, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, USA, Effect of Process Variables on Physical State of Mannitol in Tert-Butyl Alcohol – Water Systems
  • KA Thasneema, Calicut University, India, Implementation of Genetic Algorithms for Crystal Structure Prediction
  • Shivcharan Verma, Panjab University, India, Variation in the Precipitation of Metal Ions in Standard Water with Different Analytical Conditions

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to receive a 2017 grant:
  • Janeth Sarmiento Arellano, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Phase Transformation and Enhancement of Structural Properties on CdSe Films with Annealing in Air Atmosphere.
  • Gangadhar Das, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Depth Resolved Chemical Speciation of a Superlattice.
  • Brianna Ganly, University of New South Wales, Particle Size Effects in X-ray Fluorescence Analysis of Iron and Copper Minerals.
  • Jessica Hamilton, Monash University, Mg-carbonate Cements Trap Potentially Toxic Trace Metals and CO2 at Woodsreef Mine, New South Wales.
  • Howie Joress, Cornell University, A Polycapillary Based Method of Monochromatic Time-Resolved X-ray Reflectivity.
  • Gabriella Mankovskii, Ryerson University, Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence Based Method Development for Quantification of Gold Nanoparticles in Breast Cancer Cells.
  • Lauren O’Neil, University of Washington, Extracting Further Information from an X-ray Fluorescence Spectrum through Modeling of X-ray Scattering.
  • Josef Prost, Vienna University of Technology, Trace Element Analysis of Airborne Particulate Matter with TXRF and SR-TXRF-XANES.
  • Shigehiro Takajo, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Spatially Resolved Texture and Microstructure Evolution of Gas Gun Deformed SUS304 Steel using Neutron Diffraction.
  • Connor Turvey, Monash University, two presentations: Hydrotalcites as a Carbon Sink in Serpentinites and First Impressions Count: Applications of Field Portable X-ray Diffraction to Environmental Monitoring of Mine Sites.
  • Cassidy VanderSchee, McGill University, Detection of Localized Tungsten Deposition and Speciation in Bone using μXRF and μXANES.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to receive a 2016 grant:
  • Valentina Aguilar, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
    ADIS: A New X-Ray Diffraction & X-Ray Fluorescence System for In Situ Material Characterization for Cultural Heritage
  • Quan Kuang, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
    Structural Design and Characterization of Vanadium-Based Phosphates as Cathode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries
  • Yifeng Ling, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
    Microstructural Characterization of Fly Ash-based Geopolymer
  • Lara Maldanis, University of São Paulo, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
    Micro-XRF Spectroscopy in Fossil Samples Providing Information about Preservation, Paleoecology and Evolution of Specimens
  • Scott McCormack, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaign, Illinois, USA
    In Situ Crystallographic Thermal Expansion Measurements of Compounds in the HfO2-Ta2O5-TiO2 Ternary System Using CTEAS
  • Adelita MendozaNorthwestern UniversityChicago, Illinois, USA
    Zinc Dynamics Regulate Germline Development in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Sixberth Mlowe, University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
    High Temperature Phase Transformation of Iron Sulfide
  • Jing Zhang, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
    2 Crystal Structures and Properties of New Compounds in Mgo-In2O3-P2O5 Ternary Systems
  • He Zhang, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    XAFS Observation of Nucleation Mechanism in Deposition of WS2

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to receive a 2015 grant:
  • Pere Barriobero Vila, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
    Role of Element Partitioning on the α – ß Phase Transformation Kinetics of a bi-modal Ti-6Al-6V-2Sn Alloy During Continuous Heating
  • Tsuyoshi Matsuno, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan
    Improvement of Spatial Resolution of Confocal Micro-XRF Images Using Principal Component Analysis and TXRF of Metal Particles in used Machine Oils and Feasibility Research for Application of Principal Component Analysis
  • Brian May, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
    X-ray Nanodiffraction Study of the Delithiation Mechanism of LiFePO4 Single Particles
  • Sean Mills, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA
    In-Situ Annealing of Uranium-10 Weight Percent Molybdenum Foils
  • Yuki Takimoto, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan
    WD-XRF Imaging with Polycapillary Optics Under Glancing Incidence Geometry
  • Vanessa Isabel Tardillo Suárez, Brazilian Synchrotron Light Lab & Universidade Federal De Vicosa, São Paulo, Brazil Modeling Depth Resolved XRF Data to Study Semiconductor-Oxide Thin Films Doped with Transition Metals Ions

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to receive a 2014 grant:
  • Florian Bachmann, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, SA, DE, Germany
    Automated Generation of E_Cient Scanning Schemes for XRD Pole Figure Measurements with Area Detectors High Resolution Texture Measurements with X-ray Area Detectors and ODF Estimation
  • Joe Boesso, DePaul University, Glen Ellyn, IL, USA
    The Atomic Structure of Partially Amorphous Indium Oxide Semiconductors
  • Yujia Ding, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA
    XAFS of Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics BZT-BCT
  • Sofia Marah Frias, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
    Application of X-ray Diffraction to Hydrothermal Alteration Mineral Characterization Using Laboratory-based XRD and Portable XRD/XRF
  • Samuel Liu, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Chemical Doping in Sillen-Aurivillius Phases: Perovskites in Low Dimensional Multi-layer Structure Types
  • Nathan Nagle, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Tracing Legacy Sediment and Contaminants from Historical Gold Mining using XRF, XRD and pOSL
  • Kenta Ohtaki, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA
    XRD analysis of Doped Monoclinic LaPO4 (Monazite)
  • William Paxton, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ, USA
    In-situ Synchrotron Energy-Dispersive X-ray Diffraction as a Powerful Tool for Lithium-ion Battery Characterization
  • Marek Rouillon, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Stand Back! What is a Safe Distance for Handheld XRF Measurements?
    Engaging with Urban Communities: Using Handheld XRFs to Provide Information on Domestic Garden Soils  
  • Henry Spratt, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    Crystal Structures of Hydronium Jarosite and Ammoniojarosite: Location of Hydrogen Atoms and Orientational Disorder from Powder Diffraction
  • Frederik Vanmeert, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium 
    Macroscopic XRF/XRPD Scanning System for Non-Destructive Examination of Oil Paintings and Other Cultural Heritage Artefacts

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to receive a 2013 grant:
  • Waleed Abuhani, Institute of Physics and Mathematics, Universidad Michoacána of San Nicholás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
    Characterizing Fundamental Parameters Based Analysis for Soil-Ceramic Matrices in Polarized Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry  (pEDXRF)
  • Magnus Menzel, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
    Absorption of the Primary Beam in Sr-TXRF Analysis: Experimental Visualization Using a Color X-ray Camera  
  • Nadine Rademacher, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    High Pressure Investigations of Liquid and Polymerized CO up to 20 GPa Using Pair Distribution Function Analysis
  • Sofiane Louidi, Université of 20 Août 1955, Skikda, Algeria
    Structural Study of Nanostructured Cr-Co Based Alloys by X-ray Diffraction Line Profile Analysis
  • Sudheer Bandla, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, USA
    Orientation, Crystallinity, and Mechanical Properties of Biaxially Stretched Polyethylene Terephthalate Films using X-ray Diffraction 
  • Jiawanjun Shi, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA
    Crystal Structure and Photocatalytic Studies of 2, 3, 4, and 5-Layer Aurivillius Oxides

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to receive a 2012 grant:
  • Magnus Menzel, University of Hamburg, Germany
    Confocal XRF Xanes Analysis of the Cathode Electrolyte Interface of Lithium-ion Batteries
  • Takashi Nakazawa, Osaka City University, Japan
    Characterization of Layered Materials Related to Forensic Investigation by Confocal Micro-XRF and ATR-FT-IR Imaging Techniques
  • Hande Ozturk, Columbia University, New York, USA
    A Theoretical Study of X-ray Diffraction from Nanomaterials
  • Ana Luisa Silva, Aveiro University, Portugal
    Elemental Distribution in Biological and Art Heritage Samples by Using an Imaging Gaseous Detector Based System
  • Samantha Stout, University of California, San Diego, California, USA
    X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Assisted, Multispectral Imaging of Historic Drawings
  • Mikhail Treger, Columbia University, New York, USA
    Quantitative Analysis of Room Temperature Grain Growth Kinetics in Copper Thin Films through High Resolution X-ray Diffraction
  • Marco Witte, RWTH Aachen, Institut Fuer Metallkade and Metallphysik, Germany
    Efficient and Accurate Measurement of Very Sharp Crystallography Textures: A New Measurement Strategy