ICDD Scholarship Newsletter - July 2017

Guzmán Peinado
Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship
2014 Scholarship Program Recipient

Bayram Saparov

Academic & Career Path

I started as a Food Engineering student at Facultad de Química (UdelaR) with mixed interest in chemistry as well as math related to technological applications in food industry. During my third year of undergraduate studies, I began to work as a Math teacher at the university and got in touch with people working in the fields of Crystallography and Coordination Chemistry. Therefore, I signed in for a grade in Chemistry focusing on the studies of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) containing lanthanide and calcium ions, with oxydiacetate as a ligand. Most of all, I was able to learn a lot about chemical speciation in aqueous solution, X-ray powder and single crystal diffraction. I also kept my studies on Food Engineering and pursued my interest on teaching math and communicating science to the Uruguayan society.

Academic & Professional Pursuits
Following my graduation in Chemistry, I started my postgraduate studies continuing the work on MOFs, but focusing on nanosized lanthanide-copper-oxydiacetate MOFs. Based on this research proposal, I applied for the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship award. The aim was to study properties of these nano-MOF compounds, such as luminescence and gas adsorption for possible technological applications in industry.

Impact of the Scholarship
I was greatly honored to be awarded with the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship. As a young scientist from Uruguay, the lack of research equipment or financial resources usually limits the opportunity for developing research and/or sharing advances with other scientists elsewhere. In that matter, the scholarship allowed me attending seminaries and congresses on regional countries and establishing contact with more experienced scientists in Brazil and Argentina, and therefore opened up the accessibility to equipment unavailable in my country.

“The structure of cubic MOF [{Ca(H2O)6}{CaGd(oda)3}2]·4H2O. A comparison between structural models obtained from Rietveld refinement of conventional and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data and standard refinement of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data”, L. Suescun, Jun Wang, R. Faccio, G. Peinado, J. Torres, C. Kremer, R. A. Burrow. Powder Diffr., Vol. 27, No. 4 (2012), pp. 232-242.

“Interaction of Molybdenum(VI) Oxyanions with +2 Metal Cations”, J. Torres, L. Gonzatto, G. Peinado, C. Kremer, E. Kremer. J. Sol. Chem., Vol. 43 (2014) pp. 1687-1700.

Since the scholarship’s inception in 1991, the ICDD has given 191 scholarships to aspiring crystallographers; a total of $454,750 has been awarded! Scholarship awards are made possible by donations from both individuals and corporations to the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Fund. Please click on the “Donate Now” button below to make your tax-deductible donation today. Alternatively, contributions can be sent to the Crystallography Scholarship Fund at the address below.


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