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2012 NSLS/CFN Joint Users' Meeting

Julian Baumert PhD Thesis Award

Nominations are being sought for the 2012 Julian Baumert Ph.D. Thesis Award. This award has been established in memory of Julian David Baumert, a young Brookhaven physicist who was working on x-ray studies of soft-matter interfaces at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) before he died in June 2006. The sixth annual award will be presented at the 2012 Joint NSLS and CFN Users’ Meeting to a researcher who has recently conducted a thesis project that included significant measurements at NSLS. Applications are due by April 11, 2012.

Award Details

The Julian David Baumert Award consists of the winner's name engraved on a plaque located in the NSLS, a $600 honorarium for sharing research, and all travel expenses (including airfare, housing, and registration) to the 2012 Joint NSLS and CFN Users' Meeting on May 21-23. The award will be presented at the meeting by the Photon Sciences Deputy Operations Director, after which the recipient will make a 15-minute presentation on his/her thesis work. 

Award Eligibility and Nominations

Candidates must have completed all of the requirements of their Ph.D. within the past two calendar years.* Candidates should be continuing their careers in scientific research.  Applications should include:

  • A letter of nomination summarizing the scientific and/or technological impact of the individual’s Ph.D. thesis project contributions. It should include the candidate’s name and contact information, as well as the nominator’s contact information (one page maximum).
  • An extended abstract that describes the work performed for the thesis and the importance of measurements done at the NSLS to achieve the overall goals of the thesis project (three pages maximum).  The abstract should focus on the research done at the NSLS and show that the NSLS played a substantial role in achieving results.
  • The candidate's CV.

All materials should be sent by April 11, 2012, via email, regular mail, or fax to:

Kathleen Nasta
Photon Sciences Directorate User Administration Office
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
P.O. Box 5000, Bldg. 725B
Upton, NY 11973-5000
Phone: (631) 344-7114
Fax: (631) 344-7206

The nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of the following members:

Ben Ocko (Chair), BNL Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department
Jeff Fitts, BNL Environmental Sciences Department
Jeff Keister, BNL Photon Sciences
Allen Orville, BNL Photon Sciences
Juergen Thieme, BNL Photon Sciences 

About Julian

Julian David Baumert was a relatively new Research Associate in the Soft-Matter and X-ray groups in Brookhaven’s Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department when he died of melanoma on June 24, 2006. He was 31.

Born in Berlin, Germany, Baumert was educated at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics (IEAP) at the University of Kiel and the Institute Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, where he studied a compound known as methane hydrate, which is found naturally on the sea floor and is a promising energy resource. His thesis focused on the structure and dynamics of this compound using neutron and x-ray scattering techniques and numerical simulations. Baumert obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kiel in February 2004, receiving the prestigious "Familie-Schindler Foerderungs-Preis" of the Faculty of Science in Kiel.

Baumert came to BNL in July 2004 and conducted his research at NSLS beamline X22, where he was part of a team of scientists learning to make smaller and more powerful molecular-scale circuit components that could someday make electronic devices more efficient. He was the principal investigator on a paper published in February 2006 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that described the first measurements of the structure of a molecular junction at buried interfaces, and just before his death, he was working to elucidate how the structural and electrical properties of these molecular junctions depend on the molecular coverage. 

For more information on Julian, go to http://www.nsls.bnl.gov/newsroom/news/2006/08-Baumert.htm

*If the actual doctorate has not yet been granted, the committee will accept a letter from the Graduate School of the degree-granting institution, stating that the thesis has been defended and accepted by the institution.