[Neutron] Announcement for 4-day Rietveld school

Khalifah, Peter kpete at bnl.gov
Fri May 27 16:51:48 CEST 2016

We are pleased to announce that the second annual "Modern Methods in Rietveld Refinement for Structural Analysis" school will be held from August 8-11, 2016, at Stony Brook University (New York, USA) in close partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory and Bruker-AXS.  There will be a special emphasis on the new XPD beamline at the NSLS-II synchrotron, with one day of new exercises and lectures dedicated to the collection and analysis of synchrotron diffraction data using 2D area detectors.

The primary goal of this school is to teach participants Rietveld refinement and other methods for evaluating crystal structures from powder diffraction data with an emphasis on data collected on national user facility beamlines such as the 11-BM synchrotron beamline at the APS at Argonne National Laboratory, the POWGEN and NOMAD time-of-flight neutron diffraction beamlines at the SNS of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the XPD beamline at the NSLS-II synchrotron at BNL.  The combination of advances in instrumentation and advances in software algorithms now allow many challenging structural problems to be resolved solely from powder diffraction data, and an up-to-date instruction in modern methods will be provided.  This course will emphasize traditional non-molecular solid state compounds, and will use the TOPAS software as the platform for Rietveld refinement (complementary trial license will be provided to participants).

Confirmed 2016 instructors include Prof. Peter Khalifah (SBU), Prof. John Parise (SBU), Prof. Cora Lind  (U. Toledo), Prof. Tyrel McQueen (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Eric Dooryhee (BNL, XPD) Dr. Saul Lapidus (ANL, 11-BM), Dr. Wenqian Xu (ANL, 17-BM), and Dr. Christina Drathen (Bruker-AXS).

Further information about the course, including the application materials, are available through the website: https://sites.google.com/a/stonybrook.edu/mmrrsa-portal/.

There will be no registration fee associated with this course.  There are ongoing fundraising efforts to additionally support the lodging and meal expenses of most or all participants in this program, though all travel expenses will remain the responsibility of participants.

While this course is open to all applicants, priority will be given to Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers from North American institutions.  Completed applications should be received by June 15, 2016, although later applications may still be considered.

Dr. Peter Khalifah, kpete at bnl.gov<mailto:kpete at bnl.gov>

Associate Professor            Chemist
Dept. of Chemistry             Dept. of Chemistry
Stony Brook University         Brookhaven National Laboratory
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3400     Upton, NY 11973-5000

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