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2013 Plenary Speaker Biographies


David L. Bish


Haydn Murray Chair of Applied Clay Mineralogy

  • Ph.D., 1977, Penn State University; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University, 1977-1980

  • Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1980-2003

  • Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2003-present

  • Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America

  • Past president of The Clay Minerals Society; the Mineralogical Society of America; the International Natural Zeolite Association; and the International Association for the Study of Clays, AIPEA.

  • Founding Investigator on the CheMin instrument team, Mars Science Laboratory, 1989-present

Robert Hart


Dr. Robert Hart completed a Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1996, focusing on single crystal diffraction of copper and gold coordination complexes.  While completing his Ph.D. and afterwards, he worked with a consulting company providing services to the mineral processing industry.

He returned to academia via the UWA Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition working as a mineralogist using the messier arts of powder diffraction and electron diffraction and gaining an appreciation of the complexity of natural materials.  Since then, much of his research has been into the characterization of Australian regolith materials, particularly clay minerals and iron oxides with relevance to mineral exploration, mineral processing and environmental management. 
For the last 10 years, he has been based in the Dept. of Applied Physics at Curtin University providing characterization expertise, mainly electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction to the Centre for Materials Research and other research groups. He currently works as a materials characterization specialist with several major mining companies.

He was a National Councillor of the Australian X-ray Analysis Association for 10 years.


Olivier Gourdon


Olivier has recently joined the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) as Senior Scientific Editor (July 2012). He began his career in 2000 receiving his Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry/ Structural Chemistry at the “Institut des Materiaux” de Nantes (France). During his Ph.D, Olivier studied the structural-properties relationships of incommensurate and/or composite modulated structures. From 2000 to 2004, he joined Gordon Miller’s group at Iowa State University as postdoctorate associate to work on the crystallographic structure of Quasicrystals and theirs approximants. In 2004, he moved to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, more precisely, at the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center doing some neutron scattering experiments on intermetallic compounds with high interest into structural-properties relationships in intermetallics and oxides. In 2008, and based on his neutron scattering expertise, he became instrument scientist on POWGEN the high resolution neutron powder diffractometer at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at ORNL. Olivier has authored 35 publications and two book chapters and has organized various sessions and workshops on neutron scattering and/or modulated structures.

Area of expertise: Powder and Single-crystal diffraction, X-ray and neutron scattering, modulated structures, magnetic structures, aperiodic order as well as short-range order (Pair Distribution Function analysis and anharmonic treatment).



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