UEC Elections were held from October 16 through November 2, 2009. 156 users voted. It was a close race, with an excellent field of 10 regular and 3 student candidates. On behalf of the UEC, we would like to thank everyone who participated; the candidates, their nominators, and the users who voted. And the winners are....
Newly Elected Members 2010–2012
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1. Hendrik Bluhm
Chemical Sciences Division, LBNL
Environmental Surface Science and Catalysis
2. David Kilcoyne
Advanced Light Source, LBNL
UV and X-ray Spectroscopy
3. Brandy Toner
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Earth and Environmental Science
Student Member 2010–2011
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1. Holly Barth

UC Berkeley
Study of Materials using Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Tomography
New Members' Bios and Statements

2. Hendrik Bluhm
Chemicals Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Environmental Surface Science and Catalysis

  • M.Sc. (Crystallography) University of Leipzig, Germany, 1992
  • Ph.D. (Physics) University of Hamburg, Germany, 1996
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Lynen Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1996-99
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1999-2000
  • Staff Scientist, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, 2001-2004
  • Staff Scientist, Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 2004-present

I am investigating processes at gas/solid and gas/liquid interfaces, with a specific focus on interfaces relevant to heterogeneous catalysis and environmental science. During the past 15 years I helped to develop scanning probe instruments as well as X-ray photoemission and absorption spectrometers, which are able to investigate interfaces under reaction conditions, including water vapor or reactive gases. Current projects include measurements of the uptake of small molecules on ice surfaces, water adsorption on oxide surfaces at ambient relative humidity, and the chemical composition of solution/vapor interfaces. As a beamline scientist at the ALS beamline 11.0.2, I assist and advise users in their research programs at the ambient pressure XPS endstation. My daily interaction with ALS users, and past experience as a user at BESSY provide me with a broad perspective of issues that concern the ALS community. I am committed to the ALS user community and will bring my experience as a beamline scientist, as well as user to the UEC.

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3. David A. L. Kilcoyne
Beamline Scientist, Scientific Support Group, Advanced Light Source
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

UV and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

  • B.Sc. (Theoretical Chemistry) University of Sydney, Australia, 1976
  • Ph.D. (Theoretical Chemistry) University of Sydney, Australia, 1986
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1985
  • Research associate, Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry, Great Britain, 1986-1989
  • Research associate, Abteilung Oberflchen Physik der FHI-MPG, Berlin, Germany, 1989-1992
  • Research associate, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 1993
  • Architectural computer systems administrator, Architektur Bro Borchardt, Berlin, Germany, 1996-1999
  • Research associate Professor, Department of Physics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, 1999-2003
  • Scientist, Physicist/Engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA, 2003-present

On returning to the USA, I have been involved with the successful implementation of two Scanning Transmission X-ray microscopes, at beam line 5.3.2 and 11.0.2, reflected in the number of new microscopy users at the ALS. I have also conducted, in collaboration with many local and overseas users, experiments on photoionization of ions on beamline 10.0.1., including exotic endohedral fullerenes.

I have been the beam line scientist for 5.3.2, since 2000 and for 10.0.1 since 2003.

Whether my users are happy or not can be judged by those who have submitted an end of run summary most, if not all, are positive, reflected in the papers published from both beam lines.

The role of the UEC in guiding the scientific program at the ALS needs to undergo review as well as the impact and influence of the ALS management in guiding this laboratory over the next 10 years.

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3. Brandy Toner
Assistant Professor
Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Earth and Environmental Science

  • Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2008-present
  • National Research Council Associate and NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2005-2007
  • Ph.D., Division of Ecosystem Sciences, University of California-Berkeley, 2004
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1999
  • B.S., Environmental Studies, Bemidji State University, 1997

The research I conduct at the ALS focuses on the biogeochemistry of iron and carbon in the deep ocean. I use beamlines 10.3.2, 5.3.2, and 11.0.2 to understand the speciation of iron and carbon, as well as other key elements like oxygen, in heterogeneous natural materials collected from deep-sea hydrothermal vents, plumes, and deposits. Through this research I introduce many students and colleagues to research at the ALS. My X-ray spectroscopy training began and the ALS, and my work at the ALS has always involved strong collaboration with ALS scientists. I am interested in serving on the UEC because it will build on my commitment to strong, productive collaborative research teams composed of ALS scientists and new ALS users.

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STUDENT: 1. Holly D. Barth
Graduate Student Researcher
1. Experimental Systems Group: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2. Materials Science and Engineering: University of California, Berkeley

Study of Materials using Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Tomography

  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley 2006-present
  • M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley 2006-2008
  • B.S. Engineering Physics, College of Engineering, UC Berkeley: 2001-2005
  • Graduate Researcher, Materials Science and Engineering Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL): 2006-present
  • Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow, Experimental Systems Group, Advanced Light Source Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL): 2005-2006
  • Research Engineer, Center for X-Ray Optics, Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL): 2003-2005

I have been a user at the Advanced Light Source for the past 6 years. My research interests have spanned many of the beamlines, including the Tomography beamline (8.3.2),, 6.1.2, and the SAXS/WAXS beamline (7.3.3). Besides being a user I played a role in developing the Tomography beamline 8.3.2 where I interacted with a wide variety of ALS users and integrated their ideas to adapt the beamline to become more user friendly. If elected I hope to include all of my experiences at the Advanced Light Source and to represent the student voice.

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