Werner Meyer-Ilse Memorial Award

2010 Winner: Christian Holzner, Stony Brook University

2010 Winner: Christian Holzner, Stony Brook University


Michael Bertilson & Olov von Hofsten (a joint nomination), of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, “for their significant contributions to laboratory x-ray microscopy, especially the development of laboratory phase-contrast microscopy and laboratory 3D x-ray microscopy of cryo-fixed cells.”

Christian Holzner, Stony Brook University, for contributions “to developments across many fields of x-ray microscopy, including detector development (segmented and pixel array detctors), phase contrast imaging (differential and Zernike), full-field tomography methods (Zernike filtering), and scanning x-ray fluorescence tomography.”

Takahisa Koyama, of Spring8, for the development of “a novel hard X-ray nano interferometer combining an imaging microscope and a wave-division type interferometer ... (for) quantitative phase nano-imaging of weakly absorbing samples attaining 60nm resolution in 2D and 200nm resolution in 3D CT images.” At this conference Takahisa presented work on linear and circular Laue lenses.

Kai Zhang, of the Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, for the proposal of “a new method to extract the refraction angle image ... that can be generalized into grating interferometry based X-ray phase contrast imaging, which significantly simplifies the experimental reconstruction procedure” and, as presented at this conference, “three dimensional reconstruction of the six main systems of Amphizoa davidi Lucas, that is, the skeleton, musculature, reproductive, nervous, alimentary and secretion systems … the first completed study of these rare species.”

About the Award

The Werner Meyer-Ilse Memorial Award is given to young scientists for exceptional contributions to the advancement of x-ray microscopy through either outstanding technical developments or applications, as evidenced by their presentations at the International Conference on X-ray Microscopy and supporting publications.

Nominees are qualified if they have performed this work as part of a Ph.D. thesis during the three-year period prior to and including the conference (2008-2010), or are expected to receive their degree in the near future.  The topics should be appropriate to the themes of the conference, and the work must be available to the award committee as conference papers, publications, or preprints at the time of nomination.  Nominees must have submitted an abstract on their work to the conference.  The award committee would appreciate receiving nominations by May 1, 2010 so that selected nominees can be invited to give oral presentations of their work during the normal conference program.

Nominators should supply the nominee’s name, affiliation, and contact information, and provide a short (maximum length of one page) description of the work performed by the nominee and an explanation of the importance of the work.  Please use the WMI award nomination form and include copies of relevant publications or preprints.

For questions, please contact the award committee chairman, Alan Michette.

Award committee

Harald Ade (North Carolina State University, USA)
Christian David (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland)
Michael Feser (XRadia, USA)
Yasushi Kagoshima (University of Hyogo, Japan)
Janos Kirz (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, USA)
Stefano Marchesini (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, USA)
Alan Michette (Kings College London, UK, chair)
Günther Schmahl (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)
Marco Stampanoni (ETH Zürich & Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)
Thomas Wilhein (RheinAhrCampus Remagen, Germany)

History of the Award

Werner Meyer-Ilse was chair of the International Program Committee for XRM99 and leader of the x-ray microscopy program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Werner died in a tragic automobile accident a few days before the 1999 conference.

The Werner Meyer-Ilse award consists of a medallion and citation and is presented at each occasion of the International Conference on X-Ray Microscopy.

It is awarded to a young scientist whose work over the preceding three years represents an outstanding contribution to this field.

Previous Recipients


Pierre Thibault (Paul Scherrer Institut)
For pioneering new work in coherent diffraction imaging and ptychography

Anne Sakdinawat (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.)
For the development of modified zone plates for phase contrast and high depth of focus applications.


Weilun Chao (Center for X-Ray Optics, Berkeley)
For the fabrication of Fresnel zone plates with 15nm finest zone width and for demonstrating their focusing properties.


Michael Feser (Stony Brook University of New York)
For his development of a segmented solid state detector and Fourier filter imaging for the scanning transmission x-ray microscope.


Jianwei Miao (Stony Brook University of New York)
For his contributions to the development of x-ray image formation based on the recording and reconstruction of the diffraction pattern from a non-crystalline object.

Daniel Weiss (Institute for X-Ray Physics, Göttingen)
For his contributions to the development of x-ray tomographic imaging of cryogenically prepared biological specimens.