Technical Committee Agenda and Minutes

Thursday, 23 March 2006
International Centre Headquarters
Conference Room A
Ray Goehner, Chairman

1. Call to Order and Opening Remarks

Ray Goehner called the meeting to order.

2. Roll Call and Attendance

Attendance sheet is on file at Headquarters.

3. Additions and/or Deletions to the Agenda

No additions or deletions.

4. Approval of Minutes

Minutes from March 2005 were approved.

5. Introduction of Guests – first time guests were introduced by J. Kaduk. They were: Christina Hoffmann, Zhi Yang, Peter Moeck, Eduard Sonneveld, Wanyan Wang

6. Reports/Presentations of Technical Regional Co-Chairs and International Guests

South America – M. Delgado

Miguel's presentation listed recently held workshops and meetings as well as upcoming events scheduled in the South American region. A few are listed below:

  • SARX-2006 – Latin American Seminary of Analysis by X-ray Techniques – November 2006
  • XVIII International Conference on the Chemistry of the Organic Solid State – July 2007, Merida , Venezuela

China – X. Chen

Xialong reported on subject related national and local activities that took place in China in 2005 and scheduled 2006 activities.

  • 9 th National Conference on X-ray Diffraction and ICDD Workshop PANaltical Day – China 2005
  • First Yangtze Triangle Regional Conference
  • First North-Eastern Regional Conference on X-ray Diffraction

United Kingdom – D. Rendle

David presented a report on activities in the United Kingdom and Ireland .

  • BCA 2005 at Loughborough University
  • BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting
  • ICDD products mini-survey ( UK & Ireland ) contacted 64 users
    • Which ICDD products do you have?
    • Are you happy with them?
    • What improvements would you like to see?
      • Would like to see a hardcopy help guide for SIeve and DDView
  • BCA Spring Meeting at Lancaster University in April 2006

Newly Independent States – E. Antipov

The activities of the Newly Independent States were presented by Evgeny.

  • Mariupol , Ukraine – October 2005
  • St. Petersburg , Russia – February 2006
  • 3rd XRD Clinic at Moscow State University – July 2005
  • ICDD Grant-in-Aid Workshop in Novosibirsk – October 2005

Sin Theta is a new distributor for the ICDD in Russia . They provide software in Russian.

Plans for 2006 include a meeting in Chernogolovka in June.

Eastern Pacific Rim – N. Ishizawa

Nobuo briefly discussed activities in the Eastern Pacific Rim .

Central Part of Europe – H. Goebel

Herb gave a report on related meetings, workshops, etc.

EPDIC X will take place in Geneva in September 2006.

Europe – P. Scardi

Paolo commented on EPDIC activities through 2010.

7. Subcommittee Reports and Motions


A. Materials

Ceramics – P. Zavalij

Motion 1 - passed

The Ceramics Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that a sum of up to $3,000 be allocated for a Ceramic task group (Wong-Ng and Nalbandyan) meeting to be held during the Spring annual meeting in 2007.
Note: The board requests a report of accomplishments from the task group of their meeting this year. (March 2006)
P. Zavali moved J. Kaduk seconded
25 For 0 Opposed 0 Abstained
Motion passed

Motion 2 – motion not necessary, the Editorial Department will take care of.

The Ceramic Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee to approve patterns of the following battery materials for including in the database:

-AgCuO 2 ( J.Solid State Chem., 162, 220, 2001);
-Ag 2 Cu 2 O 3 (Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 38, 524, 1999);
-Ag 2 V 4 O 11 (recommend for GiA study)

Motion 3 - passed

The Ceramic Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that ICDD initiate and create (when populated) new subfile “Thermoelectric Materials” which will be supervised by Winnie Wong-Ng.

Thermoelectric materials (TE): Commercially used thermoelectric materials (mostly semiconductors) are materials that have high Figure of Merit (ZT; materials with high Seebeck coefficient, high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity). The TE code in the PDF will be used to represent thermoelectric materials that fall in a number of categories (Half-Heulsers, skutterudite, clathrates, pentatellurides, Di-chalcogenides, and layered-oxides, etc.). These materials have some or all of the associated properties (Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity or resistivity, thermal conductivity and figure of merit (ZT) available.

P. Zavalij moved T. Fawcett seconded
31 For 0 Opposed 0 Abstain
Motion passed

Metals and Alloys – P. Wallace

No motions

Minerals – C. Hoffmann

Motion 1 - passed

The Minerals Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that a sum of up to $1,500 be allocated for a Zeolite Task Group meeting in June 2006 to cover travel expenses. The meeting will be coincident with XRD-I clinic.

C. Hoffmann moved P. Wallace seconded
31 For 0 Opposed 2 Abstain (C. Crowder, M. Bennett)
Motion passed

Motion 2 - passed

The Minerals Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that a sum of up to $3,000 be allocated to finance travel for Peter Bayliss to attend the March meeting in 2007.

Note: As suggested in prior correspondence, the Minerals Task Group expects to receive a list of proposed changes to the Experimental Mineral Database by January 1 st , 2007 . This is to ensure that the Minerals Task Group has adequate time to review the suggested changes.

C. Hoffmann moved P. Wallace seconded
26 For 1 Opposed 3 Abstain
Motion passed

Motion 3 - passed

The Minerals Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that useful books are added to the ICDD library. The books include data to be considered in the database.

•  Dana's New Mineralogy: The system of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana ($325)
•  Handbook of Mineralogy; full set of 6 books (silicates have 2 volumes) By Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols ($600)
•  Strunz Mineralogical Tables (9 th Edition) By Strunz and Nickel ($158)
•  An Introduction to the Rock-Forming Minerals (2 nd Edition) By W.A. Deer, R.A. Howie, J. Zussman ($90, paperback; $170, hard cover)

C. Hoffmann moved J. Dann seconded
32 For 0 Opposed 0 Abstained
Motion passed

Organic and Pharmaceutical – F. Wireko

Motion 1 - passed

The Organic and Pharmaceutical Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that ICDD participate at the International Conference on the Chemistry of the Organic Solid State (ICCOSS), to be held in Venezuela in 2007.

F. Wireko moved T. Fawcett seconded
30 For 0 Opposed 3 Abstained
Motion passed

Polymers – T. Blanton

Action Item

The Polymer Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that an ICDD Polymer Subcommittee meeting will be held at the 2007 Denver X-ray Conference in conjunction with Randy Barton's Polymer Session which normally attracts 40-60 attendees. The ICDD should plan to participate in and/or organize a workshop. Samples of polymer patterns should be available and may required headquarters' involvement.

B. Characterization Methods and Tools

Electron Diffraction – R. Goehner

No motions

Non-Ambient Diffraction – A. Payzant

No motions

X-ray Diffraction Methods – D. Balzar

Action Item
The X-ray Diffraction Methods Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that the Raw Data File Format Task Group, chaired by Peter Zavalij, should specify the minimum information that a pdCIF file should contain concerning conditions of raw data collection. This should then be recommended to the X-ray diffraction equipments vendors.

X-ray Fluorescence – G. Havrilla

No motions

Synchrotron Diffraction Method – P. Lee

Motion 1 - passed

The Synchrotron Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that a totally web-based data submission system be developed that incorporates the attachment of data in the CIF format.

P. Lee moved C. Hubbard seconded
27 For 1 Opposed 1 Abstained
Motion passed

Motion 2 - passed

The Synchrotron Diffraction Subcommittee strongly recommends that a web-access PDF product be put into operation as quickly as possible via a server located at the ICDD. We also recommend that one or more beta test sites outside of the ICDD be used to fully test and debug the web-based software.

Note: The subcommittee concluded that the web-access product would not interfere significantly with the sales of traditional products because they serve different functions. Traditional computer–based products will continue to serve the community associated with venders because they are advantages to the proprietary search/match software that the vendors supply. The web-access product has only limited functionality and would be primarily marketed to those individuals without access to OEM software. In addition, the web-access product could be offered as an enhancement to those with traditional licenses in order to secure more flexible access to a continuously updated database.

P. Lee moved C. Hubbard seconded
13 For 7 Opposed 13 Abstained
Motion passed


“Post-meeting note: The question of a web access product and how such a product can affect sales and marketing channels is quite complex. Product sales mechanisms differ in different parts of the world, and the ICDD uses a globally dispersed distributor network for the majority of its product sales. A large distributor network enables the ICDD to provide product in over 100 countries. it also results in ICDD products and sales support in several different languages. The question of a web access product involves issues of product design and differentiation, as well as many considerations for marketing and sales delivery. These issues need to be fully considered by the appropriate ICDD committees (marketing, finance and technical) prior to any decision on a commercial product. – Tim Fawcett , Executive Director”

C. ICDD Activities

Education – C. Segre

Motion 1 – did not carry

The Education Subcommittee recommends to the Technical Committee that the honorarium for teachers in the XRD and XRF Clinics be increased from the current $150/day level.

C. Segre moved C. Crowder seconded
8 For 8 Opposed 16 Abstained
Motion did not carry

PDF Editorial Staff – F. McClune

No motions

8. New Business

9. Adjournment