The International Centre for Diffraction Data

Volume 2 Issue 3

Denver X-ray Conference | Web PDF | IXAS and Advances in X-ray Analysis | PPXRD-4 | XRD & XRF Training | Howard McMurdie
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Denver X-ray Conference

If you were unable to attend the 53rd Annual Denver X-ray Conference (DXC) here’s what you missed:

The DXC conference was held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The conference ran from 2-6 August 2004, attracting nearly 300 registered attendees and over 200 exhibit personnel. The week began with 16 tutorial workshops, on Monday and Tuesday, and sixteen special sessions filled the remaining two and a half days of the conference. Poster sessions were held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings of conference week. Judges were appointed each night to select the best posters. Exhibits at the conference ran from Monday to Thursday and 41 companies displayed their various products and services for X-ray powder diffraction and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry.

To read the full wrap-up of the meeting and for a preview of the 2005 Program, please visit our website at


For educators and instructors, ICDD offers a new service, a web-based Powder Diffraction File. This product is designed for internet access and includes the modern data mining features and materials analysis capabilities of the Release 2004 PDF-4 product line. Access will be time limited and password protected and is solely provided for educational instruction. The web Powder Diffraction File is complemented by the Educational Resource Package (separate fee), which provides worked examples that utilize many database features. A small setup and per student fee is required for registration on web-PDF. ICDD’s typical license fees are waived under the condition that use is being provided solely for classroom instruction. Research applications will be denied. Please contact ICDD for details. The Educational Resource Package is recommended for instructors trying to teach basic phase identification while web-PDF is recommended for advanced training in data mining, pattern simulation and literature searches.

IXAS and Advances in X-ray Analysis Dates to Remember

Due to a lack of critical financial sponsorship, the International X-ray Analysis Society has decided to stop operations. While IXAS was a free membership internet-centered society, it depended upon financial support from advertisers to maintain web services such as list servers, web maintenance and security software. This organization has formally disbanded.

In keeping with the principals and intent of the IXAS organization and its charter, the ICDD has placed electronic versions of Advances in X-ray Analysis, previously available on the IXAS website, in a separate section of the ICDD website. The following link takes you directly to the site’s homepage:

The ICDD Board of Directors, in cooperation with the Denver X-ray Organizing Committee and the IXAS Council, decided to provide free internet access to past volumes, Volumes 40-45, of Advances in X-ray Analysis. New volumes will be added to the website approximately one year after a new CD-ROM release. If you have recently registered for Denver X-ray Conferences, ICDD Grant-in-Aid Programs, Pharmaceutical Powder X-ray Diffraction Symposia or International X-ray Analysis Society, you are automatically pre-registered and can use your e-mail address to login. If other X-ray related meetings would like to post their papers or abstracts on this website, the ICDD will provide this service as long as they submit PDF-ready documents. Instructions for submission will be provided on the ICDD website.

Interested in Pharmaceuticals?
Plan on attending the 4th Pharmaceutical Powder X-ray Diffraction Symposium!
PPXRD-4 Barcelona, Spain, 21-24 February 2005.

The ICDD is proud to host PPXRD-4 for the purpose of bringing together scientists interested in XRD and other complementary techniques for materials characterization working in the pharmaceutical industry.

Call for Papers Deadline: 30 November 2004!

Barcelona, Spain
21-24 February 2005

Practical X-ray Fluorescence
2-6 May 2005

Session I - Fundamentals
of X-ray Powder Diffraction
6-10 June 2005

Session II - Advanced Methods
in X-ray Powder Diffraction
13-17 June 2005

Denver X-ray Conference
Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
1-5 August 2005

XRF & XRD Training from the experts!

The ICDD 2005 X-ray Clinics
Practical X-ray Fluorescence – 2-6 May 2005
Fundamentals of X-ray Powder Diffractometry – 6-10 June 2005
Advanced Methods in X-ray Powder Diffractometry – 13-17 June 2005

Meet one of XRF’s most renowned experts, Dr. Eugene Bertin, author of Principles and Practice of X-ray Spectrometric Analysis. Dr. Bertin will enhance your XRF skills by lecturing on the theory behind XRF.

One of our tuition waiver recipients, Jesse G. Spencer, Professor of Chemistry at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, had the following to say:
“Because I have taught in courses with several instructors I was sure that no one could bring order to a program with twelve different instructors. Was I surprised! The organization was outstanding and the level of instruction exceptional. The final session with all of the instructors present is one that I would like to repeat, perhaps just to see if there could be a question asked that would go unanswered. I really don’t think that would happen.”

To find out about attending the ICDD clinics, please visit

Howard McMurdie
And last but not least, the loss of a good friend.

The death of Howard ‘Mac’ McMurdie at age 99, just a few months short of his 100th birthday, marks the end of an era. McMurdie contributed significantly to many research areas throughout his 75-year scientific career. His affiliation with the ICDD emerged from his interest in the production of powder diffraction patterns in the early 1930s. His work with the ICDD and the Powder Diffraction File (PDF) spanned over 60 years, serving as an editor for the PDF, a Distinguished Fellow, and a consultant to the Board of Directors.

A dedicated and hard-working scientist, Mac was also a thoughtful and generous person who was well-liked. His enthusiasm for life and his never-too-old-to-learn attitude will linger as an inspiration to all of us. Read more about Howard’s life click here

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