Board of Director Profile


Timothy Fawcett
Past Executive Director (2001-2017)

Current Denver X-ray Conference Organizing Committee Chairman
Thornton, PA

Tim received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry at Rutgers University. He worked at the Dow Chemical Company from 1979-2001 and then was Executive Director of the ICDD until his retirement in 2017.

At Rutgers he combined X-ray crystallography with various spectroscopy techniques to study amino acids, chromophores of metalloproteins, and cupruretic agents for Wilson's disease. He was hired into the X-ray diffraction laboratory of the Analytical Sciences Department of the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, MI. During the next 10 years, he worked in the X-ray diffraction laboratory performing a wide range of analyses of corrosion products, inorganic materials, advanced ceramics, catalysts, pharmaceuticals and polymers. He eventually managed the inorganic analysis laboratories in Analytical Sciences, that included XRD, XRF, NAA, AA, ICP, AES, CHN, IC and electrochemical analyses. He worked with a team of scientists that developed and patented the simultaneous DSC/XRD/MS instrument, which won an IR-100 award in 1987. From 1986 to 1988 he served on the Board of Directors for the ICDD.

During the 1990's, Tim managed several new product development groups in advanced materials, electronics, coatings, dispersions, ceramics and automotive components for different business organizations within the Dow Chemical Company. He became an ICDD fellow in 2000 and joined the ICDD as Executive Director in 2001. During his career, Tim has authored over 60 publications, been a frequent guest lecturer, and presented several papers and workshops at global X-ray conferences. Several of his publications have been incorporated in the book, Methods & Practices in X-ray Diffraction, published by the ICDD. In 2009 he received the Jenkins Award for Lifetime Achievement in the advancement and use of X-rays for materials analysis. As Executive Director, he directed and participated in the dramatic growth of the Powder Diffraction File to >950,000 entries, which is now used by scientists in over 120 countries. Tim is currently the chairman of the organizing committee for the Denver X-ray Conference.

Area of expertise: X-ray diffraction as an analytical technique