Ceramic Industry

Alfred's Miller Wins International Research Award (posted 12/11/07)

December 11, 2007

Michelene E. Miller, who is working on her Ph.D. at the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, is this year’s recipient of the 2007 Excellence in X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Scholarship award from Bruker AXS. The $6000 scholarship award was announced during the recent fall meeting of the Materials Research Society.

Bruker presents the scholarship annually to graduate students who are doing the most unique research in the field of materials research. Miller, who is advised by Scott T. Misture, Ph.D., professor of Materials Science, submitted a paper entitled “Novel Processing of Microporous Glass-Ceramics for Gas Separation.”

“Using high-temperature X-ray diffraction, we determined that nickel-doped cordierite glass-ceramics are candidates for application as permeability-controlled microporous membranes to separate out carbon dioxide and hydrogen gases in fossil fuel power plants, both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating hydrogen,” said Miller.

Misture’s group studies the dynamic behavior of oxide ceramics and glasses related to energy conversion devices. Projects generally rely on detailed in-situ characterization using X-rays and neutrons to understand the relationships between structure and properties. Their recent work has focused on the effects of atmosphere and humidity on structure, phase stability and conductivity at high temperature. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies, their current research focuses on materials for solid oxide fuel cells and hydrogen production.

Runner-up for the award was Qian Zhang, a Ph.D. student at the University of Montreal. The scholarship winner and runner-up were selected by an independent panel of judges that included Tom Blanton, Ph.D., from Eastman Kodak; Jim Kaduk, Ph.D., from Innovene and current board chairman of the International Centre for Diffraction Data; Pam Whitfield, Ph.D., from National Research Council Canada; Jim Britten, Ph.D., from McMaster University; and Nattamai Bhuvanesh, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University.

“We are quite pleased again this year to provide a Bruker XRD scholarship to another extraordinary student,” said Uwe Preckwinkel, Bruker AXS XRD sales and marketing manager.

“Both Bruker AXS and the judges are most impressed by the quality of the XRD experiments all these future X-ray scientists have performed, and the valuable scientific results they have obtained,” said Frank Burgaezy, Ph.D., executive vice president of Bruker AXS in charge of the company’s global XRD and XRF business.

For more information, visit www.alfred.edu.