The International Centre for Diffraction Data

Volume 6 Issue 3

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

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

An ICDD Grant-In-Aid Workshop and Symposium on “New Opportunities in Powder Diffraction” was held in conjunction with the Russian Scientific Meeting sponsored by the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The meeting, celebrating the 75th anniversary of M.V. Mokhosoev, was held on June 25-29, 2007 near Ulan-Ude on Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the largest volume fresh water lake in the world. Marks Vasilyevich Mokhosoev is a member of the Soviet Union Academy of Science, 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 several different organizations and countries including: Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and USA.

The plenary lecture, “The Growth of the Powder Diffraction File into Advanced Materials Analyses,” by the ICDD Executive Director, Timothy Fawcett, was devoted to the new opportunities of the PDF-4 database in different branches of science. Within the framework of the meeting, a 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. Several highly experienced ICDD Grant-in-Aid recipients gave presentations. Elena Khaikina, a grant recipient, organized both the session and meeting. Dr. Khaikina is a Senior Research Scientist of the host institute, the Baikal Institute of Nature Management, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Ulan-Ude.


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 (Moscow State University)  was devoted to the ICDD activity in Russia. R. Shpanchenko (Moscow State University) 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 (Moscow State University) and R. Shpanchenko. The 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 given by V. Pribora.



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