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REPORT

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
Subcommittee on the Union Calendar
IUCr Sponsorship and Financial Support

International School of Crystallography
43rd Course – Electron Crystallography – New Methods to Explore Structure and Properties of the Nano World

Held on June 2 – 12, 2011

 

The course was held in parallel to the course “The Power of Powder Diffraction” and counted with 90 total participants from 25 countries. The program included 38 lectures given by 31 speakers, 9 demo talks and 16 lab courses given by 4 additional speakers. 25 posters were presented.

It intended to review structure solution using established electron crystallography methods as well as novel applications; and followed three major aims:

1) provide a strong background on crystallography in general and electron crystallography in particular
Since the participants of this school were strongly diverse in education the concept of basic lectures for both, crystallography and electron microscopy turned out to be extremely helpful. This was supported by the significant work and effort of highly reputed scientists in the field. (Mauro Gemmi, Italy; Carmelo Giacovazzo, Italy; Kenji Tsuda, Japan; Louisa Meshi, Israel; Laurence Marks, USA; Jouk Jansen, Netherlands; Dirk van Dyck, Netherlands; Jean Paul Morniroli, France; Joke Hadermann, Belgium; Robert Dinnebier, Germany) There were lectures on the fundamentals of crystallography, electron diffraction theory and the theory of image formation in the electron microscope as well as the construction of electron microscopes.
Here the additional lecturers who provided a wide range of topics via demo talks and lab sessions need to be mentioned (Tatiana Gorelik, Germany; Enrico Mugnaioli, Germany; Peter Müller, USA; Gian Luca Cascarano, Italy). These sessions were highly attended and provided a deep insight into important software for data analysis, processing and interpretation.

2) introduce students to upcoming techniques for data acquisition and data processing as well as to the state-of-the-art electron microscopy
The overall structure of the school was diverse and comprehensive. It covered almost all aspects of modern electron crystallography and allowed participants of the school to learn about both the traditional areas that are still being used and improved, and modern methods of developing intensive structural studies. New technical developments (Ondrej Krivanek, USA; Ute Kaiser, Germany; Jan Pieter Abrahams, Netherlands) as well as new methodologies (Peter Oleynikov, Sweden; Stefano Rubino, Sweden; Christoph Koch, Germany; Ute Kolb, Germany) were covered. In addition a series of talks about already established methods and the possibilities to improve their precision were given (Sven Hovmöller, Sweden; Stavros Nicolopoulos, Belgium; Kenji Tsuda, Japan; Yimei Zhu, USA; Anatoly Avilov, Russia; Mauro Gemmi, Italy; Laurence Marks, USA; Jouk Jansen, Netherlands)

3) cover different approaches for structure solution and derive structure-property relationship
The structure solution lectures covered the major approaches of the field and were held joined with the powder course (Carmelo Giaccovazzo, Italy; Chris Gilmore, Scottland; Lukas Palatinus, Czech Rep.; Kenneth Shankland, Britain; Christian Bärlocher, Switzerland; Martin Ullrich Schmidt, Germany). Especially these joined lectures gave the participants of both courses a chance to have a glance onto and a deeper understanding of an adjacent and complementary scientific field. In addition specialized methods and algorithms to achieve structural information (F. Chukovskii, Russia; Andrew Stewart, Germany) The course covered a wide diversity of topics from electron crystallography of inorganic materials through aperiodic structures to the electron crystallography of proteins and organic materials (Marin van Heel, Britain; Jan Pieter Abrahams, Netherlands; Martin Ullrich Schmidt, Germany). The investigation of structure-property relationship was covered by methods of direct measurements as well as an indirect analysis through a structure solution. (Stefano Rubino, Sweden; Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Germany; Martin Hytch, USA´)

The lecturers of the course were mainly leading scientists in the field but also young and promising scientists. This and the high diversity of topics gave all scientists, lecturers and students, the opportunity to learn from each other and to gain new ideas. Caused by the inviting character of the Ettore Majorana Centre and the marvelous efforts of the local organizing committee an intense interaction between lecturers and students took place outside the lecture hall.

The questionnaire distributed to all participants gave a very positive result scoring 90 the meeting overall and nearly 82 the workshop component.

 


 

Erice 2011 Electron Crystallography

Poster Prize

1. Batuk Dmitri, University of Antwerp , Antwerp , Belgium
2. Batuk Maria, University of Antwerp , Antwerp , Belgium
3. Samuha Shmuel, Ben Gurion University of the Negev , Beer Sheva , Israel  

Poster Prize Special Mention

1. Willhammar Tom, Stockholm University , Stockholm , Sweden
2. Andrusenko Irina, University of Mainz , Mainz , Germany
3. Avalos Miguel, Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
4. Klementova Mariana, Institute of Physics , Prague , Czech Republic
5. Carrillo-Cabrera Wilder, Max Planck Institute, Dresden , Germany
6. Gammer Christoph, University of Wien , Wien , Austria    

Lodovico prize - For the most dynamic student. This award recognizes both scientific ability and interpersonal engagement, i n and out of the lecture hall, in memory of Lodovico.

Song Bo, Delft University of Technology, Delft , The Netherlands

Special Mention

1. Lotnyk Andriy, Univeristy of Kiel , Kiel , Germany
2. Pallewatta Asanka Pramod, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy , Roskilde , Denmark

Poster Prize and all Special Mention Awards consist of a certificate and a book from the publisher Oxford University Press. Lodovico Prize Awards consist of a prize money.

 


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