The Denver X-ray Conference Awards

Recognizing lifetime achievement in the advancement of the use of X-rays in materials analysis, outstanding contributions to the field of powder diffraction, outstanding contributions to the field of X-ray spectrometry, and outstanding achievements of student research.

DXC Awards - Robert L. Snyder Student Travel Award

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Honoring Robert (Bob) L. Snyder  (1941-2011)

An outstanding educator and researcher, Bob was Professor Emeritus of Ceramic Science at Alfred University, Chairman of Material Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University and co-chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was chairman of both the ICDD and the Denver X-ray Conference, traveled extensively and interacted with scientists from around the world. His research focused on the characterization of advanced materials by X-ray diffraction, especially advanced ceramics and nanomaterials. Bob presented over 1,000 talks, authored numerous publications and textbooks, and was known as an international ambassador of material science and characterization. He was known for his passion for science and life. Bob served as ICDD Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2000.

To honor the life and work of Robert L. Snyder, the International Centre for Diffraction Data has established the ROBERT L. SNYDER Student Travel Awards. To continue Bob’s mission of cultivating future X-ray analysts, the awards offer limited travel support to enable graduate and undergraduate students to attend the Annual Conference on Applications of X-ray Analysis, commonly known as the Denver X-ray Conference. Students are required to participate in the technical program of the conference by submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation.

Selection Process
Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Grants are awarded in the amount of $500 for undergraduate or graduate students living within the USA, and $1,000 for those living outside of the USA. Recipients also receive free registration to attend the DXC.

Award Presentation
Recipients are notified prior to the conference; the grants are distributed at the Conference.

Submission Process
To apply for a student travel award, submit a:

The deadline for applications is 1 June of each year.

Submit Application To:
Robert L. Snyder Student Travel Award
International Centre for Diffraction Data
12 Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3273
Fax: (610) 325-9823

Please note that the Denver X-ray Conference also offers a reduced student housing.


Robert L. Snyder Student Travel Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following students
who were selected to receive a 2017 grant:

Janeth Sarmiento Arellano, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Phase Transformation and Enhancement of Structural Properties on CdSe Films with Annealing in Air Atmosphere.

Gangadhar Das, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Depth Resolved Chemical Speciation of a Superlattice.

Brianna Ganly, University of New South Wales, Particle Size Effects in X-ray Fluorescence Analysis of Iron and Copper Minerals.

Jessica Hamilton, Monash University, Mg-carbonate Cements Trap Potentially Toxic Trace Metals and CO2 at Woodsreef Mine, New South Wales.

Howie Joress, Cornell University, A Polycapillary Based Method of Monochromatic Time-Resolved X-ray Reflectivity.

Gabriella Mankovskii, Ryerson University, Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence Based Method Development for Quantification of Gold Nanoparticles in Breast Cancer Cells.

Lauren O'Neil, University of Washington, Extracting Further Information from an X-ray Fluorescence Spectrum through Modeling of X-ray Scattering.

Josef Prost, Vienna University of Technology, Trace Element Analysis of Airborne Particulate Matter with TXRF and SR-TXRF-XANES.

Shigehiro Takajo, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Spatially Resolved Texture and Microstructure Evolution of Gas Gun Deformed SUS304 Steel using Neutron Diffraction.

Connor Turvey, Monash University, two presentations: Hydrotalcites as a Carbon Sink in Serpentinites and First Impressions Count: Applications of Field Portable X-ray Diffraction to Environmental Monitoring of Mine Sites.

Cassidy VanderSchee, McGill University, Detection of Localized Tungsten Deposition and Speciation in Bone using μXRF and μXANES.


2016 Robert L. Snyder Student Travel Award Recipients - (l-r)
He Zhang, Scott McCormack, Sixberth Mlowe, Adelita Mendoza, Lara Maldanis, Valentina Aguilar


Congratulations to the following students
who were selected to receive a 2016 grant:

Valentina Aguilar, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
ADIS: A New X-Ray Diffraction & X-Ray Fluorescence System for In Situ Material Characterization for Cultural Heritage

Quan Kuang, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Structural Design and Characterization of Vanadium-Based Phosphates as Cathode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries

Yifeng Ling, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA
Microstructural Characterization of Fly Ash-based Geopolymer

Lara Maldanis, University of São Paulo, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Micro-XRF Spectroscopy in Fossil Samples Providing Information about Preservation, Paleoecology and Evolution of Specimens

Scott McCormack, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA
In Situ Crystallographic Thermal Expansion Measurements of Compounds in the HfO2-Ta2O5-TiO2 Ternary System Using CTEAS

Adelita Mendoza, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Zinc Dynamics Regulate Germline Development in Caenorhabditis Elegans

Sixberth Mlowe, University of Zululand, Kwadlangezwa, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
High Temperature Phase Transformation of Iron Sulfide

Jing Zhang, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
2 Crystal Structures and Properties of New Compounds in Mgo-In2O3-P2O5 Ternary Systems

He Zhang, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA
XAFS Observation of Nucleation Mechanism in Deposition of WS2


Congratulations to the following students
who were selected to receive a 2015 grant:

Pere Barriobero Vila, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
Role of Element Partitioning on the α - ß Phase Transformation Kinetics of a bi-modal Ti-6Al-6V-2Sn Alloy During Continuous Heating

Tsuyoshi Matsuno, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan
Improvement of Spatial Resolution of Confocal Micro-XRF Images Using Principal Component Analysis and
TXRF of Metal Particles in used Machine Oils and Feasibility Research for Application of Principal Component Analysis

Brian May, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
X-ray Nanodiffraction Study of the Delithiation Mechanism of LiFePO4 Single Particles

Sean Mills, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA
In-Situ Annealing of Uranium-10 Weight Percent Molybdenum Foils

Yuki Takimoto, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan
WD-XRF Imaging with Polycapillary Optics Under Glancing Incidence Geometry

Vanessa Isabel Tardillo Suárez, Brazilian Synchrotron Light Lab & Universidade Federal De Vicosa, São Paulo, Brazil
Modeling Depth Resolved XRF Data to Study Semiconductor-Oxide Thin Films Doped with Transition Metals Ions

Congratulations to the following students
who were selected to receive a 2014 grant:

Florian Bachmann, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, SA, DE, Germany
Automated Generation of E_Cient Scanning Schemes for XRD Pole Figure Measurements with Area Detectors High Resolution Texture Measurements with X-ray Area Detectors and ODF Estimation

Joe Boesso, DePaul University, Glen Ellyn, IL, USA
The Atomic Structure of Partially Amorphous Indium Oxide Semiconductors

Yujia Ding, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA
XAFS of Lead-Free Piezoelectric Ceramics BZT-BCT

Sofia Marah Frias, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Application of X-ray Diffraction to Hydrothermal Alteration Mineral Characterization Using Laboratory-based XRD and Portable XRD/XRF

Samuel Liu, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Chemical Doping in Sillen-Aurivillius Phases: Perovskites in Low Dimensional Multi-layer Structure Types

Nathan Nagle, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Tracing Legacy Sediment and Contaminants from Historical Gold Mining using XRF, XRD and pOSL

Kenta Ohtaki, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA
XRD analysis of Doped Monoclinic LaPO4 (Monazite)

William Paxton, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ, USA
In-situ Synchrotron Energy-Dispersive X-ray Diffraction as a Powerful Tool for Lithium-ion Battery Characterization

Marek Rouillon, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Stand Back! What is a Safe Distance for Handheld XRF Measurements?
Engaging with Urban Communities: Using Handheld XRFs to Provide Information on Domestic Garden Soils  

Henry Spratt, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Crystal Structures of Hydronium Jarosite and Ammoniojarosite: Location of Hydrogen Atoms and Orientational Disorder from Powder Diffraction

Frederik Vanmeert, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium
Macroscopic XRF/XRPD Scanning System for Non-Destructive Examination of Oil Paintings and Other Cultural Heritage Artefacts

Congratulations to the following students
who were selected to receive a 2013 grant:

Waleed Abuhani, Institute of Physics and Mathematics, Universidad Michoacána of San Nicholás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
Characterizing Fundamental Parameters Based Analysis for Soil-Ceramic Matrices in Polarized Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry  (pEDXRF)

Magnus Menzel, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Absorption of the Primary Beam in Sr-TXRF Analysis: Experimental Visualization Using a Color X-ray Camera  

Nadine Rademacher, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
High Pressure Investigations of Liquid and Polymerized CO up to 20 GPa Using Pair Distribution Function Analysis

Sofiane Louidi, Université of 20 Août 1955, Skikda, Algeria 
Structural Study of Nanostructured Cr-Co Based Alloys by X-ray Diffraction Line Profile Analysis

Sudheer Bandla, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK, USA 
Orientation, Crystallinity, and Mechanical Properties of Biaxially Stretched Polyethylene Terephthalate Films using X-ray Diffraction 

Jiawanjun Shi, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, USA  
Crystal Structure and Photocatalytic Studies of 2, 3, 4, and 5-Layer Aurivillius Oxides

Congratulations to the following students
who were selected to receive a 2012 grant:

Magnus Menzel, University of Hamburg, Germany
Confocal XRF Xanes Analysis of the Cathode Electrolyte Interface of Lithium-ion Batteries

Takashi Nakazawa, Osaka City University, Japan
Characterization of Layered Materials Related to Forensic Investigation by Confocal Micro-XRF and ATR-FT-IR Imaging Techniques

Hande Ozturk, Columbia University, New York, USA
A Theoretical Study of X-ray Diffraction from Nanomaterials

Ana Luisa Silva, Aveiro University, Portugal
Elemental Distribution in Biological and Art Heritage Samples by Using an Imaging Gaseous Detector Based System

Samantha Stout, University of California, San Diego, California, USA
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Assisted, Multispectral Imaging of Historic Drawings

Mikhail Treger, Columbia University, New York, USA
Quantitative Analysis of Room Temperature Grain Growth Kinetics in Copper Thin Films through High Resolution X-ray Diffraction

Marco Witte, RWTH Aachen, Institut Fuer Metallkade and Metallphysik, Germany
Efficient and Accurate Measurement of Very Sharp Crystallography Textures: A New Measurement Strategy