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Predoctoral Fellows

Genevieve Boman
E-mail: gboman@ciw.edu

Genevieve Boman is a Beamline Associate at HPCAT. She earned a B.S. in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MRes in Physics of the Earth and Atmosphere at the University of Leeds, UK. Her primary responsibilities at HPCAT include performing and maintaining daily and scheduled beamline operations, maintaining and operating laboratory and on-line supported equipment, developing user friendly interfaces and macros for effective and efficient controls, and participating in research teams to develop and integrate component models and controls at HPCAT.

 

Daijo Ikuta
Beamline Associate
E-mail: dikuta@ciw.edu
Phone: 630-252-6550

Daijo Ikuta studied new technique for X-ray identification and crystal structure analysis of multiplesingle crystal phases on a glass thin section. His interest in this new technique is currently to refine this technique and to apply to unknown new minerals. With the use of synchrotron radiations and his thin-section method he examines the crystal structure of tiny and rare minerals in thin section. He joined HPCAT in July 2007.

 

Curtis Kenney-Benson
Beamline Associate
E-mail: ckbenson@ciw.edu
Phone: 630-252-0495

Curtis Kenney-Benson is a Beamline Associate at HPCAT. His role there includes maintenance of the cryogenic systems, online ruby systems, and sample preparation lab, in addition to direct user support. Before coming to HPCAT, Curtis was involved in the construction of APS Sector 34 and the instrumentation of the Coherent Diffraction station there.

 

Joseph Lai
Predoctoral Fellow
E-mail: jlai@ciw.edu
Phone: 202-478-8965

Joseph Lai is working with Bjorn Mysen and Dave Mao. His project studies the high pressure-temperature phase diagram of the hydrogen-methane binary system and other hydrogen-bearing molecular systems pertinent to the Earth and planetary interiors. He earned his M.S. in material science and engineering and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.

 

Rui Li
Predoctoral Associate
E-mail: rli@ciw.edu

Rui Li is a predoctoral associate from the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Institute of High Energy Physics, CAS. She is in her third year of her PhD study and will be working in the area of high pressure single crystal diffraction. Her goals for the next year here are to obtain electron density information at high pressure conditions, and to understand the phase transition dynamics and mechanism of semiconducting materials, such as Si, Ge.

 

Jiuxing Xia
Predoctoral Associate
E-mail: jxia@carnegiescience.edu
Phone: 202-478-7970

Jiuxing Xia joins the Geophysical Laboratory as a predoctoral associate from the University of Science and Technology of China. She is working with Yingwei Fei on the investigation of chromium fractionation during the core formation processes by conducting high-pressure experiments at the multi-anvil lab. She is also interested in the composition and evolution of the Earth. RG17