The International Centre for Diffraction Data

Volume 7 Issue 7


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ICDD Welcomes New Members


In September, the ICDD welcomed three new members and one student affiliate:

Vanessa Peterson, The Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Australia

M.V. Reddy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Ying Shi, The Dow Chemical Company, USA

Student Affiliate:  Golnaz Jozanikohan, University of Tehran, Iran

The ICDD’s active membership now totals 302 with representation in 43 countries.  From its membership, the organization draws its Board of Directors, Committees, and Technical Subcommittees.



The mission of the ICDD is to continue to be the world center for quality diffraction and related data to meet the needs of the technical community.  The ICDD relies on the technical advice of its worldwide membership to keep informed of the community’s changing needs. The expansion of our membership ensures that we are receiving the deepest and broadest advice possible, enabling us to realize our mission. If you know someone who may be interested in becoming an ICDD member, please refer him or her to the Membership Committee Chairman, Roman Shpanchenko or ICDD Headquarters as follows:

Roman Shpanchenko
Moscow University, Dept. of Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Chair
Moscow 119992  Russia
E-mail: shpanchenko@icr.chem.msu.ru
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Awards Announced

Dr. Robert Snyder and Dr. TImothy Fawcett

The 58th Annual Denver X-ray Conference provided the venue to honor several distinguished scientists for their significant contributions to the field of X-ray materials analysis:

The 2009 Barrett Award, given to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of powder diffraction, was presented to Robert Von Dreele, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. Dr. Von Dreele was unable to attend the conference. His award was presented and accepted by Cev Noyan, Columbia University, New York, NY. Dr. Von Dreele was recognized for his outstanding work on powder diffraction refinement, and his derivation of the first successful protein structure solution from powder diffraction data.

The award for lifetime achievement in the advancement of the use of X-rays in materials analysis, the Jenkins Award, was presented this year to Tim Fawcett, International Centre for Diffraction Data, Newtown Square, PA; Dr. Robert Snyder, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA presented the award.   Dr. Fawcett was recognized for his contributions to the significant growth of the Powder Diffraction File™; the development of DSC/XRD/MS and its applications to the analysis of pharmaceuticals and catalysts; contributions to the international teaching of applied X-ray diffraction methods; work in the early development of applications of new XRD technology in materials analysis; the development and improvement of XRD applications in the analysis of pharmaceuticals; work and support of the Denver X-ray Conference; and support of X-ray schools at ICDD for XRF and XRD.
Congratulations to both Drs. Fawcett and Von Dreele!


Regional Co-chair for the Indian Ocean Rim Region Named

Vanessa Peterson
Dr. Vanessa Peterson

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Vanessa Peterson has accepted appointment as an ICDD Technical Regional Co-chair for the Indian Ocean Rim Region. Her recent appointment completes ICDD’s slate of Technical Regional Co-chairs.

Dr. Peterson is an Instrument Scientist in powder diffraction at the Bragg Institute of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), where she works with neutron powder diffractometers.  She also serves as the current President of the Australian X-ray Analytical Association (AXAA).

In 2004, Dr. Peterson received her Ph.D. at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her thesis focused on “Diffraction investigations of cement clinker and tricalcium silicate using Rietveld analysis” and she received the Brunauer Award in 2005 from the Cements Division of the American Chemical Society. Prior to her position at ANSTO, Dr. Peterson had Postdoctoral appointments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Sydney. At present, Dr. Peterson works in several areas including porous materials and various hydrogen energy storage materials using combinations of X-ray diffraction, neutron powder diffraction, as well as single crystal diffraction.

The main goal of the Regional Co-chair position is to bring the mission and vision of the ICDD to every region of the globe. Regional Co-chairs are appointed by the Board and act as advisors to the organization and as ICDD representatives.

The ICDD would like to express its gratitude for the excellent service of past Indian Ocean Rim Regional Co-chairs, Dr. G.V. Subba Rao of National University of Singapore and Dr. Brian O’Connor, retiree of Perth University, who have guided ICDD’s participation in conferences, workshops, and clinics in the Indian Ocean Rim during the past decade.



ICDD Technical Regional Co-chairs


Xiaolong Chen


East Pacific Rim

Takashi Ida


European Community

Matteo Leoni


Indian Ocean Rim

Vanessa Peterson


NIS (Newly Independent States)

Evgeny Antipov


North America

Scott Misture


South America

J. Miguel Delgado


United Kingdom

David Rendle



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