Chemistry student Beth Leverett presented her research findings at the 21st Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography in Osaka, Japan on August 23–31, 2008.
The IUCr was established in 1948 to promote international cooperation in crystallography, and it organizes the largest crystallographic conference in the world. Leverett was one of nearly three hundred students to attend and was one of the only attendees from a non-Ph.D.-granting institution. Close to 3,500 crystallographic professionals attended this year’s meeting.
Leverett's presentation, titled "Twinning in the Adamantine-Like Quaternary Chalcogenide Li2ZnSnS4: A Crystallographic Detective Story" was well-received and attracted the interest of a number of world-class scientists.
This work has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Solid State Chemistry and will be published later this year. This is Leverett's first scientific publication.
To attend the conference, she earned a $1,000 Pittsburgh Diffraction Society Travel Bursary Award. She received additional funding from the Robert E. Cook Honors College Enhancement Fund, the Department of Chemistry, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the School of Graduate Studies and Research.