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The Annual ICDD Spring Meetings

Monday, 20 March – Friday, 24 March 2023
ICDD Headquarters, Newtown Square, PA, USA
A Hybrid Event

Time (EDT) Committee/
Chairman/BoD Liaison Meeting Room
Thursday – Monday, 16-20 March
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Task Group: Metals & Alloys P. Wallace Conf. Rm. B
Friday – Monday, 17-20 March
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Task Group: Zeolites S. Quick Conf. Rm. B
Monday, 20 March
9:30 am – 10:00 am Membership Committee R. Shpanchenko Board Room
10:00 am – 11:00 am Awards Committee G. McCarthy Board Room
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Grant-in Aid Committee F. Rotella Conf. Rm. A
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch   Lounge/Conf. Rm. A/Patio
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Marketing Subcomm. (Closed at 1:45) B. Wheaton Conf. Rm. A
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Finance Comm. (Closed -Finance & BoD only) J. Kaduk Conf. Rm. A
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Board of Directors E.A. Payzant Board Room
Tuesday, 21 March
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Plenary Session E.A. Payzant/T. Blanton Conf. Rm. A
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Powder Diffraction Journal – Status & Future – open to all C. Hubbard Board Room
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch   Lounge/Conf. Rm. A/Patio
1:30 pm Shuttle leaves ICDD for Concordville Hotel   ICDD Main doors
3:30 pm – 8:30 pm Poster Session, Dinner & Social Event   Concordville Inn – Gold Ballroom
Wednesday, 22 March
8:00 am – 9:00 am Long Range Planning Committee J.M. Delgado Board Room
9:00 am – 10:00 am PDF Editorial Staff Subcommittee S. Kabekkodu/J. Kaduk Conf. Rm. A
9:00 am – 10:00 am Scholarship Committee S. Quick Board Room
10:00 am – 11:00 am X-ray Diffraction Methods Subcommittee C. Gilmore/T. Ida Conf. Rm. A
10:00 am – 11:00 am X-ray Fluorescence Subcommittee M. Rodriguez/C. Segre Board Room
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Metals & Alloys Subcommittee P. Wallace/E.A. Payzant Conf. Rm. A
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Synchrotron & Neutron Scatt. Mthds. Sub. R. Papoular/P. Whitfield Board Room
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch   Lounge/Conf. Rm. A/Patio
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Ceramics Subcommittee T. Siegrist/W. Wong-Ng Conf. Rm. A
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Polymers Subcommittee L. Liu/J. Kaduk Board Room
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Minerals Subcommittee A. Roberts/C. Greenwood Conf. Rm. A
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Electron Diffraction Subcommittee A. Bruma/M. Leoni Board Room
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Micro and Meso Subcommittee C. Crowder/M. Leoni Board Room
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Non-Ambient Diffraction Subcommittee B. Wheaton /R. Dinnebier Board Room
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Organic & Pharmaceutical Subcommittee G. Stephenson/G. Delgado Conf. Rm. A
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Education Subcommittee N. Wonderling/C. Segre Conf. Rm. A
Thursday, 23 March
8:30 am – 9:30 am New Features Demonstration J. Blanton/S. Weber Conf. Rm. A
9:30 am – 12:30 pm Technical Committee R. Dinnebier Conf. Rm. A
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch   Lounge/Conf. Rm. A/Patio
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Annual Meeting of Members E.A. Payzant Conf. Rm. A
Friday, 24 March
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Board of Directors E.A. Payzant Board Room

**Schedule Subject to Change. Current as of 26 January 2023.

Plenary Speaker, Evgeny Blokhin

Evgeny Blokhin

Materials Platform for Data Science, Estonia, and Tilde Materials Informatics, Germany

Evgeny received his degree in Quantum Chemistry at the St. Petersburg State University, Russia, in 2009, followed by a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany. He spent about two years in a post-doctoral position, working as the Lead Software Developer on the collaboration of Fritz Haber Institute & Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, titled “NoMaD: Novel Materials Discovery”. He is currently the Director and Founder of Materials Platform for Data Science, a scientific consulting and sales firm, and is also a consultant for Tilde Materials Informatics in Munich, Germany, working on computational materials science and software development.

His scientific publications include:

  • Andersen, Armiento, Blokhin, et al., OPTIMADE, an API for exchanging materials data, Nature Scientific Data, 8, 217 (2021)
  • Blokhin, Villars, The PAULING FILE Project and Materials Platform for Data Science: From Big Data Toward Materials Genome. In: Andreoni, Yip, Handbook of Materials Modeling, Springer (2018)
  • Blokhin, Evarestov, Gryaznov, Kotomin, Maier, Theoretical modeling of antiferrodistortive phase transition for SrTiO3 ultrathin films, Phys. Rev. B 88, 241407 (2013)

Evgeny is multilingual and speaks German, French, Russian, Turkish, and English.

Plenary Abstract: Materials Data Curation and Delivery at Scale: Materials Platform for Data Science

Paul R. Bartholomew photo

Paul R. Bartholomew

Quinnipiac University, Superb LLC

Dr. Bartholomew received his B.S. in geology from the University of Minnesota, after which he completed a field-based M.S. and an experimental Ph.D., both at the University of British Columbia. Following his graduate work, he managed geoscience analytical facilities, at SUNY Stony Brook and at Yale. Today he teaches Earth Science part-time at Quinnipiac University and serves as chief scientist for his own geoscience technologies company, Superb LLC. His research interests have explored the mineralogy of metamorphosed mineral deposits including the discovery of 2 new minerals which he named for his undergraduate mineralogy professor, Dr. Tibor Zoltai, and his graduate advisor, Dr. Hugh Greenwood. For the past 15 years, however, his research has increasingly focused on optimizing Raman spectroscopy for routine mineral identification with the objective of enabling Raman to become a universally adopted technology within the geoscience community. The products of this work include 3 patents for Raman technologies. He is presently working with ICDD to establish a Raman reference spectral library for routine mineral identification.

Plenary Abstract: Mainstreaming Raman Spectroscopy for Mineral Identification

Bryan Wheaton

Bryan Wheaton

Principal Research Scientist
Corning Incorporated, Painted Post, NY

Dr. Wheaton joined Corning Incorporated in 1983 after receiving an A.A.S. degree in Chemical Technology. He later received his B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering and Ph.D. in Glass Science from Alfred University. Bryan is currently a Principal Research Scientist within the Characterization Sciences Directorate at Corning Incorporated in Painted Post, NY. He has worked at Corning his entire 39 year professional career, holding various technical and functional roles in the characterization field. Bryan was the technical leader and supervisor of the x-ray diffraction laboratory for more than 25 years, responsible for materials understanding through characterization methods development and deployment to projects in Science and Technology and business units. He has also been the functional manager of a diverse group of 30 scientists and technicians in the fields of microscopy, surface science and structure analysis techniques. Bryan’s main technical focus has been studying phase assemblage and microstructure of ceramic and glass-ceramic materials through the use of x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron diffraction, and electron backscattered diffraction analysis.

Plenary Abstract: Industrial Application of XRD

Keynote Presentation:

Technical Committee Meeting
Thursday, 23 March
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ute Kolb

Dr. Ute Kolb

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

Prof. Ute Kolb is known as the inventor of an approach for crystal structure analysis using three dimensional electron diffraction. In 1997, she started her work on the development of an efficient, reliable and easy method for structure analysis of nano crystals. Ten years later, in 2007 the method “automated electron diffraction tomography (ADT)” was born in her group at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and she published the first ab-initio crystal structure solution from a nano crystal. In 2021 she received the Gjonnés medal from the CEC “Electron crystallography of the IUCr for her scientific work. Today, she is affiliated at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz as the head of the Center for high resolution electron microscopy (EMC-M) as well as the Technical University Darmstadt. She runs two scientific groups focusing on the optimization of the methods ADT and FAST-ADT using in total 3 TEMs with specialized settings for inorganic and organic as well as highly beam sensitive materials like solvates. Three dimensional electron diffraction (3DED), which was selected as the official term for all electron diffraction tomography methods, is nowadays an accepted approach and has been applied for solving crystal structures of a large variety of materials as well as crystallographic challenging problems.

Abstract: Crystal Structure Solution at The Nanoscale – The Power of Electron Diffraction

For the first time since 2019, ICDD members, staff, and guests will gather in-person for our Spring Meetings social event!

This year we will return to the historic Concordville Inn in Glen Mills, PA. The inn, originally built in 1777, offers remnants of old fashioned tradition combined with a taste of the new. The evening will begin with our poster session, where members and guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, share knowledge, catch up with old friends, and meet new ones. At the conclusion of the poster session, join us for a buffet dinner and dessert in the Gold Ballroom.

After dinner, visit the courtyard for some carnival night fun. Step right up to the carnival tents and try your luck to win a prize! Show everyone what you’ve got at a game of skill or indulge in some tasty treats. And don’t forget to stop by the caricature artist booth, where you can take home your very own souvenir to remember the evening.


poster winners
(left to right) ICDD Chair Andrew Payzant, Tim Fawcett, Jessica Lyza, Alyssa Thorton, ICDD Executive Director Thomas Blanton


Congratulations to Tim Fawcett, Jessica Lyza, and Alyssa Thorton for winning the best posters at the ICDD Spring Meetings’ Poster Session on Tuesday, 21 March 2023!


 SHELLS AND POWDER DIFFRACTION – A TUTORIALT. G. Fawcett, S. Gates-Rector, M. Rost, T. N. Blanton
RIETVELD REFINEMENTS OF AMMONIUM URATE PHASES BASED ON SNAKE URATEAlyssa M. Thornton, Timothy Fawcett, Gordon W. Schuett, Jennifer A. Swift



Poster Session Information:
The Technical Committee Chair, Robert Dinnebier, encourages members to submit posters or displays for the poster session.

Poster Guidelines:
Poster boards are 40 inches high, 60 inches wide, and about 1/4 inch thick, comprised of foam board. Pins will be available to attach your poster to the foam boards. Authors are asked to post their presentations approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the session.

Abstracts will be posted on the ICDD website unless otherwise requested. Abstracts must not exceed one page in length and must include the title, author(s), affiliation(s), and the text. To provide uniformity, it is recommended that abstracts be prepared according to the following guidelines:

  • File format: PDF. When submitting a PDF, please use all standard fonts. The PDF file size cannot be over 2 MB (megabytes). The PDF of the abstract must include the title, author(s), affiliations(s), and text. The general information form that you complete does not automatically add the title and author information to the abstract.
  • File naming: When naming the abstract file, please use correspondent author’s first name, underscore, last name, underscore, event name, underscore, number of abstract, dot PDF.
    • For example, if the author’s name is David Smith, he is submitting an abstract to ICDD Spring Meetings, and it is his first of multiple abstracts, then the file name will be David_Smith_ICDDSM_1.pdf.
  • Size: The abstract should not exceed one page in length (8.5” x 11” page size), with a one-inch margin all around. This includes any figures or graphs (please keep to a minimum).
  • Font: Times New Roman, 10 or 12 point.
  • Title: Bold, Center, Capitalize each word.
  • Author(s), Affiliation(s) and Contact Author E-mail Address: Center directly under Title. Leave one blank line after the Contact Author’s E-mail Address before beginning text of abstract.
  • Text: Paragraphs should be flush left (do not indent); single-spaced; leave one blank line between paragraphs, space permitting.
  • Characters, tables, formulae, figures, symbols, and graphics: All must be embedded into your text. Please keep to a minimum, and limit the fonts to those that are available with the standard distribution of Microsoft® Word. Non-standard fonts will lead to errors in transmission.

Submission:The preferred method of submitting your abstracts is in a PDF format via this ICDD submission form.

However, if you require an alternate method, please contact Elizabeth Dempsey:
Tel: +610-325-9814.

Abstracts should be submitted no later than 8 March 2023.


In addition to the traditional poster session on Tuesday evening, poster presenters are invited to submit an electronic file of their poster for viewing at ICDD headquarters throughout meeting week. An ePoster station will be positioned in the front lobby of the ICDD building giving members the opportunity to thoroughly study the poster presentations.

The following are guidelines for formatting and submitting your ePoster to ICDD:


  1. Your poster file must be in full landscape format and be one page only.
  2. Create your poster in PowerPoint (or equivalent).
  3. Title: Bold, Center, Mixed upper and lower case.
  4. Author(s), Affiliation(s) and Contact Author E-mail Address: Center directly under Title. Leave one blank line after the Contact Author’s E-mail Address before beginning text of poster.
  5. It is strongly recommended to use a 16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen), with a simple and clear typeface (Arial, Arial black, Calibri…) and regular text size not less than 28 for the body of the different sections (depending on the amount of data you will be adding and the design you are using). Try to avoid the use of red or green in fonts or backgrounds as they are colors that are difficult to read.
  6. Images/pictures or graphs, the suggested minimum resolution is 300 dpi. To check that they appear correctly on the final/printed version, zoom in at 100% and check the images, pictures and graphs. It is better to use high quality images/graphs when creating the poster and then convert it to PDF (as PDF files can be compressed).
  7. Provide clear labels or headings for each section of your presentation to avoid confusion.
  8. Convert to PDF format (PDF file cannot exceed 10MB)
  9. Attach your PDF to an email and send to ICDD by 13 March 2023. Please email your file or any questions to Elizabeth Dempsey: dempsey@icdd.com

Host Hotel:

Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel
Group rate of $129/night plus tax (6% PA State Occupancy Tax and 3% County Tax).
If making your own reservation, please mention group name “ICDD Annual Meeting”. Rate includes a Full Hot Breakfast and Deluxe Continental Breakfast.
Hotel Address: 675 Conchester Highway, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania,19342, USA

Hotel Shuttle:
Sign-up for the Hotel Shuttle service has ended. Please contact Denise Zulli directly for concerns: zulli@icdd.com.

Toll Free Phone Number (US & Canada)
1(800) 780-7234

Hotel Direct Phone Number
(610) 358-9400

Check-In: 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Check-Out: 11:00 am Eastern Time

Directions between ICDD and the Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel :

New Best Western Map

Directions to ICDD from the Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel
1. Turn right onto Baltimore Pike / US-1 (0.4 Mi ) – 0.4 Mi Total
2. Turn left onto Thornton Rd. (1.5 mi ) – 1.9 Mi Total
3. Turn right onto Glen Mills Rd. (2.4 Mi ) – 4.3 Mi Total
4. Turn slight left onto Creek Rd. (0.4 Mi ) – 4.7 Mi Total
5. Take the 2nd right onto Gradyville Rd. (5.1 Mi ) – 9.8 Mi Total
6. Turn left onto Bishop Hollow Rd. (0.9 Mi ) – 10.7 Mi Total
7. Take the first left onto Campus Blvd. (0.1 Mi ) – 10.8 Mi Total
8. ICDD, 12 Campus Blvd. is on the left.

Directions to the Best Western Plus Concordville Hotel from ICDD
1. Turn right onto Campus Blvd. (0.1 Mi ) – 0.1 Mi Total
2. Turn right onto Bishop Hollow Rd. (0.9 Mi ) – 1.0 Mi Total
3. Turn right onto Gradyville Rd. (5.1 Mi ) – 6.1 Mi Total
4. Turn left onto Creek Rd. (0.4 Mi ) – 6.5 Mi Total
5. Turn left onto Glen Mills Rd. (2.4 Mi ) – 8.9 Mi Total
6. Turn left onto Thornton Rd. (1.5 Mi ) – 10.4 Mi Total
7. Turn right onto Baltimore Pike / US-1 (0.4 Mi ) – 10.8 Mi Total
8. The Best Western is on your left.

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