Former Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Members


Name and Address

Contact Information

Current Position
Research Interests
Als-Nielsen, Jens
Københavns Universitet
Niels Bohr Institutet
Ørsted Laboratoriet
H.C. Ørsted Institutet
Universitetsparken 5
København, DK-2100
Ph: 45-35-32-04-25
Fx: 45-35-32-04-52
Professor Prof. Als-Nielsen's interests are in X-ray Physics, Synchrotron Radiation, and Neutron Scattering March 2007--February 2009

Bassett, William
Dept. of Geological Sciences
Cornell University
Snee Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Ph: 607-255-7502
Fx: 607-254-4780

Director, Mineral Physics Laboratory,Cornell University

Prof. Bassett’s current research interests include the study of the properties of minerals and fluids under high pressure and temperature to better understand the nature of the materials and processes within the earth's interior.

January 2003--January 2006

Bertsch, Paul M.
Advanced Analytical Center for
Environmental Sciences
University of Georgia
P.O. Drawer E
Aiken, SC 29802

Ph: 803-725-5637
Fx: 803-725-0077

Director, Savannah River Ecological Laboratory

Technical Director, Advanced Analytical Center for Environmental Sciences, U. of Georgia

Dr. Bertsch’s research interests are in the area of molecular environmental science, particularly the biochemical process that control cycling and fate of carbon, trace elements, and contaminants with soils, groundwater, and surface water.

January 2003--January 2007
Birnbaum, Howard, (deceased)
Materials Research Laboratory
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  Director Emeritus of the Materials Research Laboratory
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Birnbaum’s research interests have involved physical metallurgy, the physics and mechanical properties of solids, dislocation theory, hydrogen in solids, interstitial diffusion, and hydrogen embrittlement. January 2003--January 2005
Buchanan, Michelle V.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Ph: 865-574-1144
Fx: 865-574-0323
Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences Director, Molecular and Cellular Systems (CMCS) Dr. Buchanan's current research activities focus on novel  approaches to molecular analysis, especially protein interactions. She is also interested in interdisciplinary studies in nanoscience, materials and chemical sciences. February 2007--February 2009
Cargill, G. Slade
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Lehigh University
5 E. Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Ph: 610-758-4207
Fx: 610-758-4244

Fairchild Professor and Department Chair, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Cargill's interests lie in the area of improving performance of materials for advanced applications in microelectronic. In addition, he has made important contribution to understanding atomic scale structure of amorphous metals and of defects in crystalline semiconductors. February 2006--February 2008
Corlett, John
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Center for Beam Physics
Building 71, Room 219
1 Cyclotron Road, MS 71-259
Berkeley, CA 94720
Ph: 510-486-5228
Fx: 510-486-5788
Program Head, Center for Beam Physics, and Deputy Division DIrector, Accelerator and Fusion Research Division Research interests are in RF and microwave instrumentation and diagnostics for particle accelerators, impedance of accelerators and collective effects in charged particle beams, and in design of next generation light source facilities. November 2009--March 2014
Einspahr, Howard M.
P.O. Box 6395,
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-0395
Ph: 609-844-0664
Fx: 866-291-9827

Editor, IUCr Journals

Retired Research Fellow, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Dr. Einspahr's research interests are biological crystallography, drug  design, synchrotron  radiation, nuclear  hormone receptors, and protein crystallization February 2006--January 2012
Faber, Katherine T.
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Northwestern University
No. Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Ph: 847-491-2444
Fx: 847-491-7820
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University Professor Faber studies multifunctional ceramics, cellular ceramics, and ceramic coatings. Among her primary interests are processing methods for multifunctional ceramics, mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties of Si-based cellular ceramics, and development and characterization of coatings using small-particle plasma spray. February 2005-January 2007

Gallagher, Patrick D.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8560
Gaithersburg, MD 10899-8560

Ph: 301-975-6210
Director, NIST Center for Neutron Research Dr. Gallagher's research interests include neutron and x-ray  diffraction of nanoscale structures, especially in soft condensed  matter systems such as liquids, polymers, and gels, as well as the  experimental study of nonequilibrium structure and processes in  complex condensed matter systems. February 2007--May 2007

Helliwell, John R.
Dept. of Chemistry
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Ph: 44-161-275-4694
Fx: 44-161-275-4598

Professor of Structural Chemistry, University of Manchester

Professor Helliwell is highly involved in the development of crystallographic methods for the study of difficult biological samples through synchrotron radiation. His current research includes the structural studies of the saccharide-binding protein concanavalin-A and the carotenoid-binding protein multi-macromolecular complex crustacyanin.

January 2003--January 2007

Hendrickson, Wayne
Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
Columbia University
630 W. 168 St., BB2-202
New York, NY 10032

Ph: 212-305-3456
Fx: 212-305-7379

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

University Professor

Howard Hughes Medical Investigator

Dr. Hendrickson studies the structure and biological action of macromolecules, using diffraction analysis and other biochemical and biophysical methods. He and his co-workers combine specific structural studies on important biological problems with methodology development aimed at facilitating these and related investigations. January 2003--January 2005

Ingram, Peter
Dept. of Pathology
Duke University Medical Center
Box 90319
LaSalle Street Extension
Durham, NC 27708-0319

Ph: 919-660-2695
Fx: 919-660-2671

Adjunct Professor of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center

Prof. Ingram’s current research program at the Analytical Electron Microscopy Laboratory at Duke focuses on the development and applications of analytical electron, light, and x-ray microscopy and imaging to biological, environmental and biomedical research

January 2003--January 2006
Johnson, Louise N.
Dept. of Biochemistry
University of Oxford
Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics
New Biochemistry Building
South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3QU
United Kingdom
Ph: 1865-613326
Em: or
  Dr. Johnson's research interests focus on the regulation of protein kinases and their roles in the cell cycle and in transcription. X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy techniques are used to determine the structures of key proteins identified through genetic studies. March 2009--February 2011
Klein, Miles V.,
Dept. of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
104 South Goodwin
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: 217-333-1744
Fx: 217-244-8544
Research Professor of Physics and Center for Advanced StudyProfessor Physics Emeritus In his research in experimental condensed matter physics, Professor Klein studies electronic, vibrational, and magnetic excitations in solids and their mutual couplings., using among other techniques, Raman scattering. Professor Klein shared in the discovery of Raman scattering by electronic excitations across the superconducting gap in low temperature superconductors and helped develop the theory of this effect. May 2007--February 2011

Leapman, Richard
Bldg. 13, Room 3N17
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda , MD 20892

Ph: 301-496-2599
Fx: 301-496-6608

Acting Director

Chief, Supramolecular Structure and Function Resource, DBEPS, ORS, NIH
Dr. Leapman's current research interests are analytical electron microscopy and its application to structural and cellular biology. Recent work includes structural determination of cytoskeletal proteins, phosphorylation levels of protein assemblies, and imaging of subcellular calcium. He has also been developing energy-filtered electron microscopy, biological x-ray microanalysis, cryotechniques, and novel modes for quantitative compositional mapping. February 2006-- February 2008

Materlik, Gerhard T.
Diamond Light Source Ltd.
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Chilton, Didcot
Oxon OX11 0QX U.K.

Ph: 44-1235-445426
Fx: 44-1235-446713

Director, Diamond Light Source

Dr. Materlik research interests cover a wide range of synchrotron-related research in materials science, as well as source and facilities development and management.

January 2003--January 2006

McWhan, Denis
8 Gloucester Street
Boston, MA 02115

Ph: 617-536-9610

Retired Associate Laboratory Director,
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Dr. McWhan’s research interests are in the areas of phase transitions using x-ray and neutron scattering techniques including magnetic and time-resolved scattering, as well as in research into the magnetic and electronic properties of new materials.

January 2003--January 2007

Norris, James R.
Dept. of Chemistry
The University of Chicago
5735 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago,IL 60637-1403

Ph: 773-/702-7864
Fx: 773-702-0805

Department Chair, Chemistry Department
The University of Chicago

Prof. Norris’s research focuses on natural and artificial photosynthesis. The goal of the research is a more complete understanding of the beginning of the process of natural photosynthesis such that artificial photosynthesis can be a reality. The mechanism and structural requirements of photosynthesis are explored via a series of photosynthetic reaction centers altered by site-directed mutagenesis.

January 2003--January 2006
Peercy, Paul
College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2610 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691
Ph: 608-262-3482
Fx: 608-262-6400
Dean, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison Dean Peercy’s research interests include phase transitions in solids, ferroelectricity, Raman scattering studies of solids, ion-solid interactions, laser-induced phase transformations, microelectonics and photonics, and solid-state devices. January 2003--January 2005
Pianetta, Piero A.
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 69
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Ph: 650-926-3484
Fx: 650-926-4100
Professor (Research) of SSRL and Electrical EngineeringDeputy Director, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory Dr. Pianetta uses synchrotron radiation to study semiconductor surfaces and interfaces, develops tools for ultra-trace analysis using x-ray fluorescence and has begun to work in the areas of x-ray microanalysis and x-ray microscopy. February 2006--January 2009

Rowe, J. Michael
100 Hauoli St., Apt. 209
Wailuku, HI

Ph: 808-242-4449

Retired Director, Center for Neutron Research, NIST

Chair, APS SAC through January 2005

Dr. Rowe is a condensed matter physicist with research interests in hydrogen in metals, lattice dynamics, dynamics of simple liquids, and translation rotation coupling in solids. He is now involved in the design, construction, and operation of cold neutron sources, as well as in facility management.

January 2003--January 2007
Stirling, William
CEA Grenoble
17 rue des Martyrs
38054 Grenoble Cedex 9
Ph: 33-438-781576
Fx: 33-438-785057
Senior Scientific Adviser (CEA) GIANT Prof. Stirling’s research has concentrated on synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering studies of the magnetic structures, phase transitions and dynamics of rare-earth and actinide materials.  He has also carried out extensive neutron scattering investigations on the excitations of the quantum fluids He3, He4 and He3-He4 mixtures. February 2009--
November 2013

Stöhr, Joachim
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory
Stanford Accelerator Center
P.O. Box 20450
Stanford, CA 94309

Ph: 650-926-2570
Fx: 650-926-4100

Professor and Deputy Director, SSRL, Stanford University

Dr. Stöhr’s research interests involve the development of novel synchrotron radiation-techniques mostly in the soft x-ray region. His present research program focuses on the study of magnetic materials and their ultrafast magnetization dynamics by means of x-ray spectroscopy, coherent scattering, and microscopy.

January 2003--January 2006
Taylor, Kathleen
1646 Fairway Drive
Birmingham, MI 48009
Ph: 248-642-9387
Retired Director
Materials and Processes Laboratory,
General Motors Research & Development and Processing Center
Dr. Taylor's research interests are in the areas of materials and process R&D for lightweight body and power train, engineered and advanced functional materials, and in materials integration. January 2003--January 2005
van der Veen, J. Friso
Paul Scherrer Institut
CH-5232 Villigen PSI
Ph: 41-56-310-5118
Fx: 41-56-310-3151
Head of Research Department Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology Prof. Van der Veen's current research interests lie in synchrotron radiation instrumentation and in the application of synchrotron x-ray scattering techniques for studies of the structural properties of solid-liquid interfaces and of confined fluid films. November 2009--June 2014
Waychunas, Glenn
Earth Sciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
M/S 90-1116
One Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720
Ph: 510-495-2224
Fx: 510-486-7152
Scientist Molecular Geochemisry and Nanogeoscience Group Leader Application of synchrotron radiation-based spectroscopy and scattering methods to problems in geochemistry, environmental chemistry and solid state chemistry; spectroscopy of mineral surfaces and interfaces; computer simulation of mineral structures and electronic spectra; luminescence spectroscopy; sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy of water on mineral surfaces; nanomineralogy. February 2007--March 2013
Wasielewski, Michael R.
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

Ph: 847-491-5371
Fx: 847-491-7713

Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Northwestern University Professor Wasieleski's research focuses on photoinduced electron transfer and charge transport in organic molecules and materials, self-assembly of nanoscale materials, the primary events of photosynthesis, the magnetic properties of radical ion pairs, ultrafast optical and magnetic resonance techniques, and materials for molecular electronics and spintronics. February 2006--January 2008
Weidner, Donald J.
Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences
State University of New York, Stony Brook
5734 Ellis Avenue
Stony Brook, NY 11794- 2100
Ph: 631/632-8241
Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of New York, Stony Brook
Dr. Weidner's primary research interests include phase equilibrium  and its implications to earth structure, rheology of mantle minerals  and mechanism of deep earthquakes, and elasticity. February 2006--January 2009

Wiltzius, Pierre
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
405 N. Matthews
Urbana, IL 61801

Ph: 217/244-8373
Fx: 217/244-0987

Director, Beckman Institute; Professor, Depts. Of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chair, APS SAC February 2005 through January 2007

Dr. Wiltzius’ research interests are in self-assembly processes in soft-condensed matter systems, e.g., polymers, liquid crystals and colloids.

January 2003--January 2008
Yang, Wei
National Institutes of Health
Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Bldg. 5, Rm B1-03
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
Ph: 301-402-4645
Fx: 301-496-0201
Chief, Structural Biology and Cell Signaling Section Dr. Yang's research is focused on molecular assemblies and mechanisms  of DNA recombination and repair, particularly the V(D)J gene  rearrangement in immune systems and the methyl-directed mismatch  MutSLH repair system.  X-ray crystallography, molecular biology, and  various biochemical and biophysical approaches are used to elucidate  the molecular mechanisms that drive these biological processes. February 2007--January 2009