2020 McMurdie Award – Peter J. Zavalij
ICDD® is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Zavalij has been selected as a 2020 McMurdie Award recipient. Peter is being recognized for his work on the ICDD Ceramics Subcommittee and related Materials Task Groups which spans over 15 years. His current activity is in the area of battery materials, where he serves as Task Group Chair. Through his subcommittee work, Peter has encouraged other task groups to provide patterns as well as physical property sheets to the Powder Diffraction File™ (PDF®), resulting in the growth of the inorganic portion of the File.
Peter became an ICDD member in 1999. In addition to his work on the Ceramics Subcommittee, Peter also serves as a Contributing Editor of the PDF, and was recognized in 2006 as an ICDD Fellow. Overall, he has contributed over 120 powder patterns to the PDF.
Peter currently serves as the Director of the X-ray Diffraction Laboratory of the Chemistry Department at the University of Maryland where he is in charge of both single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction laboratories. His immense contributions expand beyond the PDF to the diffraction community as a whole. He is co-author of the textbook: “Fundamentals of Powder Diffraction and Structural Characterization of Materials”; co-author of the software “Crystal Structure Determination;” author of approximately 380 publications; and instructor and lecturer for numerous worldwide X-ray crystallography workshops.