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Plenary Speaker Bios:


Artem M. Abakumov
Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia

Artem Abakumov graduated from the Department of Chemistry at Moscow State University in 1993 and obtained his Ph.D in Chemistry from the same university in 1997. He spent about three years as a postdoctoral fellow and invited professor in the Electron Microscopy for Materials Research (EMAT) laboratory at University of Antwerp and joined EMAT as a research leader in 2008. Since 2015, he holds a Full Professor position at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow. His research is focused on crystal and defect structures of inorganic solids and linking this knowledge to designing new materials and getting deeper insight into their functional properties. His interests comprise of materials for metal-ion batteries, magnetic and ferroelectric complex oxides, incommensurately modulated and composite structures, conventional and multidimensional crystallography, structure analysis using a combination of transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction.

Charlene Greenwood
Cranfield University, CFI, Stephenson Laboratories, United Kingdom

Charlene gained her PhD entitled ‘Physicochemical Modifications to Bone Mineral’ from Cranfield University, U.K. in 2015 and has an MSc in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology from Cranfield University. She was awarded her BSc in Forensic Science and Criminology from Keele University, U.K. Charlene has been a Research Fellow in Bone Analysis for Fracture Prediction at Cranfield University for the last five years. During this time, Charlene has gained recognition internationally for her work in osteological chemistry and has published in several high impact journals. Her research interests revolve around characterizing the physiochemical properties of biomaterials, in particular bone.

She is currently working on an internationally collaborative project with Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, investigating the physicochemical properties of the bone from donors treated for osteoporosis. This project will not only focus on understanding the microarchitectural changes to bone using micro – computed tomography (µ-CT), but will also investigate the physicochemical properties of the bone, to evaluate the effectiveness of osteoporotic medications. The findings will be examined alongside the elemental analysis carried out by the team at Ryerson. In 2017, Charlene was honoured to become Chair of the Bioceramic task group at ICDD and is looking forward to working with Dr Winnie Wong-Ng and the ICDD in this role.



Reinhard Kleeberg
Institut für Mineralogie, Germany

Wolfgang Reinhard Kleeberg

Email      kleeberg@mineral.tu-freiberg.de
Institutional address:    Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg
Institut für Mineralogie
Academic Education  
1981 - 1986     Study of Mineralogy and Geology, Bergakademie Freiberg and University of Greifswald
1986   Graduation “Diplom-Mineraloge” (MSc)
1990    PhD in Mineralogy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Professional Career  
1987 - present    Scientific employee, Institut für Mineralogie, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Responsible for the Mineralogical Laboratory,
Teaching in X-ray diffraction methods, clay mineralogy, analytical methods
Scientific Interests Methods in X-ray powder diffraction
Clay mineralogy
Structure analysis of clay minerals
Rietveld software BGMN
2016-2018 President of the Deutsche Ton- und Tonmineralgruppe e.V. (DTTG)
2004 and 2016   Organizer of the Reynolds Cup round robin project
2016-2018 Chair of the Reynolds Cup Committee of the Clay Minerals Society
Honours and Awards  
2002-2014       Six times top three (3) placed in the CMS Reynolds Cup contest in quantitative mineral analysis
2015         Pioneer of Clay Science Lecturer of the Clay Minerals Society

Daniel Louër
Professor Emeritus
4 Allee Alfred de Vigny, France

Daniel Louër received his doctorate in 1969 from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Rennes, Brittany, France, where he investigated deconvolution methods for instrumental correction and diffraction-line broadening analysis. Since then, he has been working on line broadening analysis, powder-pattern indexing, instrumentation, reference powder samples, profile-fitting techniques applied to microstructural and crystal structure studies, and temperature-dependent powder diffraction. Most applications were in the field of solid state chemistry and thermal behavior of materials. He has been Directeur de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and he was founder of the Powder Crystallography and Reactivity of Solids group at the University of Rennes. He retired from CNRS in 2004. He has been the recipient of various awards, including the J. D. Hanawalt Award in 1992, the Award for Distinguished Powder Diffractionists at EPDIC14 in 2014, and the Barrett Award in 2017. He was designated a Distinguished Fellow of the ICDD in 2009.