2009 Denver X-ray Conference Information:

Program

DXC Sponsors:

Chemplex

Panalytical

Media Sponsors:

Ios Press

Materials Today

 

 

 

 

The 58th Annual Denver X-ray Conference (DXC) was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 27 – 31 July at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Despite challenging economic times, the meeting attracted its traditional number of attendees, close to 300, and 180 exhibit staff.

Conference week began with sixteen tutorial workshops, held on Monday and Tuesday. Topics included:

XRD & XRF –
            Advances in Detector Technology
            X-ray Sources/Optics Development
XRD –  
           Quantitative Rietveld Analysis (full day)
           Pair Distribution Function
           Phase Identification
            Line Profile Analysis
           Structure Solution
XRF –
            Basic XRF
           Specimen Preparation (full day)
           Benefits & Limitations of Handheld XRF
           Trace Analysis
            Quantitative Analysis (full day)
            Strategies for Advanced Materials Analysis

Fifteen special sessions filled the remaining two and one-half days of the conference. Topics included:

XRD & XRF – 
            New Developments in Instrumentation
            High Energy X-ray Optics and High Throughput Analysis
            Bioenabled Materials
            X-ray Imaging (full day)
XRD –
           Line Profile Analysis
           Materials Deformation Studies (full day)
           Stress Analysis
            High Resolution XRD
            Rietveld Analysis
XRF –
           Environmental Applications
           Trace Analysis and TXRF
           Quantitative Analysis
           Fusion and Industrial Applications of XRF

The Plenary Session, Getting the Lead Out – Again!, took place on Wednesday morning and was organized by R. Van Grieken, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium; G.J. Havrilla, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM; and W.T. Elam, Ametek/EDAX Research Group and Univ. of Washington APL, Seattle, WA. Three invited talks took place during the plenary session:

HUMAN EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND NEW EVIDENCE OF ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR ANALYTICAL MEASUREMENTS
Patrick J. Parsons, New York State Dept. of Health, Albany, NY

GETTING THE LEAD OUT – AGAIN: LEAD IN FDA REGULATED PRODUCTS
Richard Jacobs, Consultant, FDA, San Francisco District Laboratory, Alameda, CA
Pete T. Palmer, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

THE TRUTHS AND MYTHS OF TOYS’ TESTING FOR LEAD—XRF TO THE RESCUE
Stanislaw Piorek, Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers, Billerica, MA

Dr. Piorek was unable to attend the conference. His colleague, David Mercuro, Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers, Billerica, MA, presented the talk on his behalf, and gave an excellent presentation.

Awards were presented during the Plenary Session to honor a variety of significant contributions to the field of X-ray materials analysis:

The 2009 Barrett Award was presented to Robert Von Dreele, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. Dr. Von Dreele was unable to attend the conference. His award was presented and accepted by Cev Noyan, Columbia University, New York, NY.

The 2009 Jenkins Award was presented to Tim Fawcett, International Centre for Diffraction Data, Newtown Square, PA and was presented by Robert Snyder, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

There was no winner for the 2009 Jerome B. Cohen Student Award.

The Plenary Session also provided a venue to memorialize the passing of three giants in the X-ray analysis field during the past year: Dr. Eugene P. Bertin; Dr. Tomoya Arai; and Walter Gibson.

Dr. Eugene P. Bertin
Best known as an author of the most famous X-ray fluorescence textbooks, Dr. Bertin was also well known for his gift as an acclaimed and enthusiastic educator. His contributions to X-ray spectroscopy are both numerous and significant. As an effective teacher, brilliant scientist, and wonderful person, Dr. Eugene Bertin will be sadly missed by the community as a whole, but also by those who had the privilege to meet him and learn from his immense knowledge base.

Dr. Tomoya Arai
As a devoted scientist who significantly impacted the development of XRF, Dr. Arai was a frequent attendee of the Denver X-ray Conference. He participated as a speaker and also authored many papers in the conference proceedings, Advances in X-ray Analysis. In 2004, Dr. Arai was selected to receive the Birks Award for his dedication, efforts, and contributions to the XRF field.

Dr. Walter Gibson
Dr. Gibson contributed to the Denver X-ray Conference as both a scientist and exhibitor. He has co-authored many papers in the conference proceedings, and his influence continued this year as co-author on several abstracts. A regular attendee of the conference, Dr. Gibson’s intellect, wisdom and personable nature was well known in the X-ray community. His contributions as a scientist were numerable, and his love for teaching and education was immeasurable.

Poster sessions were held on Monday and Tuesday of conference week. Judges were appointed each night to select the best posters. The following posters were selected as the best:

XRD:
INSITU ANALYSIS OF LiFePO4 BATTERIES: SIGNAL EXTRACTION BY MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
M.A. Rodriguez, M.H. Van Benthem, D. Ingersoll, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
S.C. Vogel, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

THE COSUBSTITUTION REACTION OF In2O3 BY ZnO AND SnO2 AS CHARACTERIZED WITH X-RAY SPECTROSCOPY
C.A. Hoel, K.R. Poeppelmeier, J.-F. Gaillard, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

X-RAY AND RAMAN SPECTRA STUDIES ON THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE MATERIALS – TRIS(HYDROXYMETHYL)AMINOMETHANE
W.-M. Chien, V.K. Kamisetti, J.C. Fallas, D. Chandra, A.M. Covington, University of Nevada - Reno, Reno, NV
E.D. Emmons, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
R.S. Chellappa, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC
S. Clark, ALS - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

USING XRD TO CORRELATE MFI ZEOLITE EXPANSION AND MEMBRANE PERMEATION DATA
S.G. Sorenson, J.L. Falconer, R.D. Noble, Joseph R. Smyth, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
E.A. Payzant, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Oak Ridge, TN

XRF:
WHAT ARE THE USEFUL QUALITY METRICS FOR MINIATURE X-RAY TUBES?
S. Cornaby, N. Palmer, K. Decker, C. Jensen, Moxtek, Inc., Orem, UT
D.J. Caruso, M. Dinsmore, TWX, LLC., Concord, MA

PORTABLE GPS-XRF FOR REAL-TIME, ON-SITE METAL MAPPING
K. Russell, Innov-X Systems, Inc. Woburn, MA

THE XRAYLIB LIBRARY FOR X-RAY MATTER INTERACTION CROSS SECTIONS: NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS
T. Schoonjans, L. Vincze, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
M. Sanchez del Rio, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, France

Exhibits at the conference ran from Monday to Thursday with 40 companies displaying their various products and services for X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and residual stress analysis. The following companies participated at the exhibits:


AMPTEK, Inc.
Angstrom, Inc.
Anton Paar USA
Bruker AXS, Inc.
Brush Wellman Electrofusion Products
Cambridge Scientific
Chemplex Industries, Inc.
Corporation Scientifique Claisse Inc.
e2v Scientific Instruments Ltd
EDAX Inc.
Herzog Automation Corp
HORIBA Scientific, formerly, HORIBA Jobin Yvon
Huber Diffraktionstechnik - AXO Dresden
Incoatec GmbH
Inel, Inc.
Innov-X Systems
International Centre for Diffraction Data
inXitu, Inc.
John Wiley & Sons
Materials Data, Inc.  (MDI)
Micromatter, a division of Advanced Applied Physics Solutions
Micro Photonics, Inc.
Moxtek, Inc.
PANalytical
PerkinElmer
Photonic Science Ltd.
PNDetector GmbH
PREMIER Lab Supply, Inc.
Proto Manufacturing Inc.
Rigaku
Rocklabs Ltd
Roenalytic GmbH
SII NanoTechnology USA, Inc.
SPEX Sample Prep LLC
Thermo Scientific
Thermo Scientific Niton Analyzers
TOIVEL Ltd
Xenocs SA
XIA LLC
X-ray Optical Systems, Inc.


To see a complete list of the products and services that the exhibitors displayed at the DXC, please visit the website: http://www.dxcicdd.com/09/exhibits.htm

Social events were also held during conference week. PANalytical was the sole sponsor of Monday evening’s poster session and Wine & Cheese Reception. Tuesday evening’s reception and poster session was sponsored by Chemplex, and exhibits remained open Wednesday evening for a Vendor Sponsored Mixer. On Thursday evening, an off-site event was held at the Historic M Lazy C Ranch. Attendees travelled from Colorado Springs to the mountains of Lake George for a visit to an actual working ranch. The night included a hay ride, chuck wagon dinner, and cowboy music entertainment.

The Organizing Committee would like to acknowledge the workshop instructors, invited speakers and session chairs, for all of the time and effort they volunteered to make this conference a great success. They would also like to send their appreciation to the above mentioned sponsors. For a preview of the 2010 Program, visit www.dxcicdd.com.