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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.

 

Jihua Hao
Predoctoral Associate
E-mail: jhao3@jhu.edu
Phone: 202-478-8967

Jihua Hao is a predoctoral associate from Johns Hopkins University. Jihua is working with Dimitri Sverjensky and Cecile Feuillie on the origin of life. He is also very interested in mineral surface geochemistry.

 

Fang Huang
Predoctoral Associate
E-mail: fhuang9@jhu.edu

Fang Huang is a predoctoral associate from Johns Hopkins University. He is working with Yingwei Fei on high pressure and temperature experiments.

 

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.

 

Lei Kang
Visiting Investigator
E-mail: chinayaomeng@hotmail.com

Lei Kang joins us as a visiting predoctoral associate from Jilin University in China. He is working with Viktor Struzhkin on researching high-temperature superconductors under high-pressure conditions, such as two-dimensional materials.

 

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.