Rigaku is lucky to have so many talented crystallographers working on many different aspects of X-ray diffractometers.

Lecturers

Mathias Meyer

Mathias Meyer is currently Software Manager, R&D, for Rigaku Oxford Diffraction. Mathias received his DM in mineralogy from the Technical University of Berlin and his Ph. D. in 1997 from the Institut de Cristallographie of the Université de Lausanne under the supervision of Chapuis Gervais. From 1997 to 2000 Dr. Meyer continued teaching at the Université de Lausanne and began developing software for Kuma Diffraction Instruments Sàrl. In 2000, Kuma was merged into Oxford and Dr. Meyer has developing and managing the development of CryAlisPro since.

Horst Puschmann

Earlier in his career, Horst Puschmann was a synthetic inorganic chemist who relied heavily on X-Ray diffraction as an analytical technique. He found some of the crystallographic tools that were available at the time a little trying and moved gradually from complaining about this into actually trying to improve crystallographic software so that it can be used by any everyday chemist. Working in Prof. Judith Howards lab in Durham, Horst met Oleg Dolomanov in around 2004 and Olex2 was born. Oleg and Horst have been developing Olex2 ever since.

Fraser White

Fraser White began his career as a crystallographer under the tutelage of Professor Simon Parsons in the Chemistry department at the Univeristy of Edinburgh in 2004. Following completion of his PhD, he stayed at Edinburgh, accepting the position of staff crystallographer tasked with running the departmental X-ray crystallography service. During this time Fraser solved and refined over 1000 structures for a variety of different sample chemistries and gained broad experience in solving crystallographic problems. After several years in this role, Fraser first joined Agilent technologies in 2011 as an applications scientist based in Oxfordshire and remained with the company through the acquisition of Agilent’s single crystal business by Rigaku in 2015. Now in the role of product marketing manager for Rigaku Oxford Diffraction, Fraser is involved in the scientific aspects of single-crystal product marketing.

Jeff Lengyel

Jeff Lengyel is a Research and Applications Scientist at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC). He holds a PhD in Materials Chemistry from Florida State University where he studied functional phase transitions in hydrogen-bonded molecular materials. He is also interested in applying data science and machine learning to problems in chemistry and materials. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his two cats – Biscuit and Gravy.

Pierre Le Magueres

Dr. Pierre Le Maguerès obtained a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and small molecule crystallography at the University of Rennes (France) in 1995, working under Dr. Lahcene Ouahab on the synthesis and analysis of molecular materials combining inorganic polyoxometalates and organic cation radicals based on tetrathiofulvalene derivatives. From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Le Magueres worked as a postdoctoral researcher with renowned Prof. Jay Kochi at the University of Houston, where he pursued his work on the synthesis and X-ray characterization of air-sensitive cation radicals and charge transfer complexes. In 2000, deciding to broaden his horizons and learn protein crystallography, Dr. Le Magueres joined the biochemistry department at the University of Houston and worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Kurt Krause on the design and X-ray characterization of potential new inhibitors for alanine racemase, a protein essential for the growth of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Dr. Le Magueres was hired in 2004 as a protein crystallographer in the Life Sciences department at Rigaku. After 14 years in protein crystallography, he shifted to a position as a small molecule crystallographer at Rigaku Americas Corporation in The Woodlands, TX. While still helping with protein crystallography if needed, Dr Le Magueres’ duties are now centered on the analysis of small molecule samples and the development of hardware and software products at Rigaku for small molecule crystallography.

Simon Bates

Simon Bates received his PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Hull, utilizing Neutron diffraction to study the magnetic properties of rare earth materials. The neutron diffraction work was performed at the Institute Laue Langevin in Grenoble. For his postdoctoral work in the Dept. of Physics at the University of Edinburgh, Simon helped design and build high-resolution triple axis X-ray diffraction systems for the study of solid-state phase transformations. Simon continued his work on high resolution X-ray diffraction systems at both Philips NV and Bede Scientific where he was focused on the development of X-ray diffraction and X-ray reflectivity methods for the measurement and modeling of advanced materials. Before moving to Rigaku, Simon spent the last 15 years working in contract research organizations (SSCI and Triclinic Labs) studying solid state pharmaceutical materials. In particular, he was directly involved in the development of advanced characterization methods for formulated pharmaceutical products based on the analysis of structure (crystalline, non-crystalline, meso-phase, polymorph, salt, co-crystal..), microstructure (texture, strain, crystal size, habit..) and their functional relationships in the solid state.

Simon also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at LIU in the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences where he helps teach a graduate course on solid state materials analysis.

Mark Del Campo

Mark Del Campo is a Senior Applications Scientist at Rigaku Americas Corporation with over 20-years-experience in the life sciences. He has traveled the world supporting Rigaku’s macromolecular crystallography and small angle X-ray scattering customers for 9 years. Mark did his postdoctoral research on fungal DEAD-box proteins and Group I and Group II introns with Dr. Alan Lambowitz at the University of Texas at Austin, where he solved 8 structures deposited in the PDB. Mark received his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. James Ofengand at the University of Miami, where he worked on E.coli pseudouridine synthases and solved 3 structures deposited in the PDB. Mark was the recipient of both predoctoral and postdoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards.

Jakub Wojciechowski

Florian studied chemistry at the University of Bremen, Germany, under a "Studenienstiftung des deutschen Volkes" scholarship. This scholarship also carried through to Florian’s first PhD project, “Sila-Ibuprofen”, in Professoer Grabowsky's group at the University of Bremen. In 2019, Florian moved to the University of Bern, where he is currently enrolled as a PhD student and will defend his thesis on Quantum Crystallography December 14, 2020. Since the summer of 2019 Florian has been employed by OlexSys as a Software Developer. Florian is the developer of NoSpherA2, the non-spherical atom refinement engine of Olex2.

Chris Schürmann

Dr. Christian Schürmann studied Chemistry at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen (Germany), where he also graduated as PhD in the fields of chemical crystallography and experimental charge-density. As for experimental charge density, data quality is highly important and each step of data processing can contribute to – or compromise – data quality, an in-depth knowledge of the data processing steps, i.e. data integration, are part of his expertise. He joined Rigaku in 2019 and is now supporting Rigaku’s clients all over the Europe/Middle East/Africa region.

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