Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Rod Ewing is the Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security at the Center for International Security & Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. Rod has dedicated most his professional life to research on radioactive minerals, radiation damage in minerals and materials, and the material science of nuclear waste forms for the long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel and materials from reprocessing. Rod has been actively involved in the policy issues of radioactive waste management, and he was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Chair of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. The Board conducts scientific and technical reviews of the U.S. Department of Energy’s activities related to transporting, packaging, storing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. In 2015, Rod received by the Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America, and in 2016, Rod will receive the 2015 Medal of Excellence in Mineralogical Sciences from the International Mineralogical Association at the 2nd European Mineralogical Conference in Rimini, Italy.
Peter Burns is currently appointed at the University of Notre Dame as the Henry Massman Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Concurrent Professor at the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame and Director of the Energy Frontier Research Center, Materials Science of Actinides. Peter´s long time interest in crystal chemistry of uranyl minerals resulted in discovery of new class of compounds – nanoscale clusters containing U6+ and potentially other actinides. These nano-clusters represent both interesting and important materials applicable in the nuclear fuel cycle and environmental issues. Peter is the 1st Vice-President of the International Mineralogical Association and will become President in 2016.
St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Sergey Krivovichev is the head of the Department of Crystallography and the full professor at the St. Petersburg State University. Sergey is a thoroughbred mineralogical crystallographer. His focus and interest is very broad, covering all possible-mentioned inorganic compounds. Even more, Sergey is interested in more general topics in crystallography and mineralogy, such as relationship between crystal structures and their thermodynamic stability, origin and evolution of minerals and so on. Recently, Sergey has advanced theoretical approach to the evolution of minerals based the complexity of their crystal structures using Shannon´s information index from the Information theory. Sergey is current president of the International Mineralogical Association.
Institute of Physics, ASCR, v.v.i., Prague, Czech Republic
Lukáš Palatinus is a crystallographer and senior scientist at the Department of Structure Analysis, Institute of Physics, of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Lukáš is well-known and well recognized by the crystallographic community for his computer program Superflip, which utilizes the charge-flipping algorithm to solve crystal structures from diffraction data; however, not only for that. In the past few years Lukáš focused his research on the topic of electron diffraction and the possibility of obtaining structural information from nano-sized crystals. Lukáš and his team introduced a novel approach, so-called "dynamical refinement", that allows refinement of atomic positions and occupation factors from precession electron diffraction data. The new approach yields structural parameters with accuracy previously known only from X-ray or neutron data.
Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Stuart Mills is the Senior Curator of Geosciences at Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Stuart’s research mostly focuses on the description and crystallography of secondary minerals, including investigation of new mineral species. His most recent project has focused on understanding the behavior of one of the rarest elements in the Earth crust - tellurium. Stuart is the Secretary of the Commission on New Minerals, Names and Nomenclature of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), 2nd Vice President of the IMA and Chair of the 22nd meeting of the IMA in Melbourne in 2018.