The Order of Crystallography

January 22, 2014

Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Hughes Auditorium
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA


Beverage cans. Jet Engines. Silicon semiconductors. All of these inventions have crystallography, the study of ordered structures, to thank. 100 years ago, the process of X-ray crystallography was discovered, allowing the atomic order of many materials to be determined. Along with this discovery came the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics and numerous future laureates would have crystallography to thank for their awards. Crystallography has transformed much of our modern life, and C2ST and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) would like to show our appreciation. We hope you will join us.

UNESCO has declared 2014 the Year of Crystallography, with Crystallography themed events occurring throughout the scientific world. C2ST is commemorating this program with “The Order of Crystallography,” an insightful view of the implications of X-ray crystallography in materials engineering and research methods used at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne. The APS is the Western Hemisphere’s most powerful source for research-quality X-rays. It attracts more than 4,000 users each year from all sources of academia, government, and industry research.

The Order of Crystallography will be on Wednesday, Jan 22 in the Hughes Auditorium at Northwestern University. Our featured speakers will be Dr. Keith Moffat, senior advisor in the life sciences to the director of the Advance Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory, and Dr. John Kallend, Professor of Materials Engineering, at Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Moffat uses crystallography to research  such varied topics as signaling photoreceptors and optogenetics. Dr. Kallend’s work has included determining the lattice orientations of metals and ceramics, polycrystalline plasticity theory, and anisotropic properties of crystalline materials.

Dr. Kallend will provide a general talk on crystallography and its applications in 21st Century products, and Dr. Moffat will go into further detail on his work at the APS, as well as how he applies crystallography in his research.


Dr. Keith Moffat, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Argonne National laboratory, University of Chicago

Dr. John Kallend, Professor of Materials Engineering, IIT.

Reception and registration at 5pm, presentation begins at 6pm. Discounted parking will be made available to the first 50 attendees at the 222 E. Huron St. garage; ask for a ticket at the registration desk upon arrival to the program.

Non-Member Fees apply – Reg $20.00 / Students FREE