Research Group
Regents' Professor Peter R. Buseck

2019 Roebling Award

In September, 2019, Peter was awarded the 2019 Roebling Medal, the highest award of the Mineralogical Society of America, for outstanding original work in mineralogy. The award was presented by MSA President Mickey Gunther at the Geological Society of America conference held in Phoenix, AZ. In his acceptance remarks, Peter said "Receiving it in Phoenix is special because I live next door in Tempe. The light rail from Tempe costs only $1, so I congratulate MSA Council for choosing a Roebling awardee whose travel costs are surely a frugality record."

Keck award (2018): Pseudocarbynes: A New Class of Carbon-chain Materials
(ASU news release)

Keck award (2016): Water from the Heavens: The Origins of Earth's Hydrogen
(ASU news release)

2019 7*M pictures: AGU 2019 and GSA 2019 Roebling Medal activities

Also see 7*M updates under Group Awards & Honors and Pictures - 7*M People

1978 Nature paper by Mike O'Keefe, Sumio Iijima, and Peter cited as milestone in crystallography (ASU news release)

M&M symposium and mineral "buseckite" honoring Peter (pics)

** Peter's Google Scholar Citations **

** Peter's rankings among top-10 cited Mineralogists and Meteoriticists **

Research group members
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7*M: Exploring large-scale problems
with small-scale observations

The group is highly diverse, including chemists, physicists, and geologists, from many different regions of the world. In its early days, the 7*M research group's interests centered on meteorites, mercury geochemistry, microprobe analysis, and mineralogy, suggesting the possible name "4M group" (the asterisk was added simply for appearances and the research group was then called "4starM"). Since then, group members and visitors have added many new interests; we stopped counting at seven. The group is now known as "7starM".

Party after GSA Special Session in Peter's honor and in celebration of his Roebling Medal Award
Front, left to right: Jun Wu, Hua Xin, Laurence Garvie, Li Jia, Peter, Jeff Post, Sumio Iijima, Dave Veblen
Back: Gary Scott, Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Tom Zega, Mike O’Keefe, Lindsey Keller, Tom Sharp, Mihály Pósfai, Huifang Xu, Tara Pilarisetty

7*M International Reunion
Former 7*M group members who attended the inauguration of the Nanolab, a new TEM facility at the University of Pannonia. Note the halos over our heads! Left to right: István Dódony, Professor, University of Budapest; Michael Czank, Professor (retired), University of Kiel; me; Mihály Pósfai, Professor, University of Pannonia and founder of the Nanolab; Peti Németh, Chemical Institute, Budapest; Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, Director of the Institute for Microstructure Research and the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy, Julich, Germany. It is an international group and was a great reunion as well as fine occasion inaugurating this new Hungarian facility. (October, 2018)

Former 7*Mer in the News
Barbara Miner (7*M Ph.D. 1988) showing President Obama columns of atoms in a new aberration-corrected TEM. Barbara is manager of the INTEL TEM lab in Hillsboro, Oregon. (February 18, 2011)


Movies of some of our research

Click on the image to see a movie of an electron tomogram of diesel soot

Click on the image to see a movie of a tomogram of the Brenham pallasite meteorite
Click on the image to see a movie of an electron tomogram of synthetic magnetite crystals

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