Simon Billinge's paper, published in the online edition of the International Union of Crystallography Journal, discusses a new way to apply a widely used local-structure analysis tool—known as atomic pair distribution function (PDF) analysis—to x-ray scattering data from thin films, quickly yielding high-quality information on the films' atomic structure. The work creates new avenues for studies of nanocrystalline thin films.
Prof. I.C. “Cev” Noyan, chair of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and a professor of materials science and engineering and of earth and environmental engineering, was honored by the International Centre for Diffraction Data with its Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious honor for scientists who advance the use of x-rays in materials analysis, at the Centre’s Denver X-Ray Conference in August.
The APAM Department is pleased to announce the appointments of four new faculty members: Alexander Gaeta (professor of Applied Physics and of Materials Science Engineering), Michal Lipson (professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics), Vincent Quenneville-Bélair (Chu Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics), and Yuan Yang (assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering).
Prof. I.C. Noyan, APAM Chair, and Prof. Raimondo Betti, were featured in the Civil Engineering magazine article, "Subatomic Particles Aid Investigation of Large Bridge Components," by Laurie A. Shuster. "Researchers in diverse fields at Columbia University are shooting neutrons into bridge cables to reliably characterize their behavior when small wires inevitably break."