Adam received a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008. In the summers, he worked in the labs of Prof. Matt Paige and Prof. Rob Scott, synthesizing and characterizing nanoparticles and ligands for catalysis. He went on to pursue a PhD at McMaster University under the supervision of Prof. Adam Hitchcock. His thesis work applied the scanning transmission X-ray microscope (STXM) for a new purpose: patterning and lithography at the sub-50 nm scale. Upon defending his thesis in 2012, he accepted a post-doctorate position in the X-ray Optics for Extreme Conditions group led by Dr. Sasa Bajt, at DESY, Hamburg, Germany. There he fabricated multilayer structures, including multilayer Laue lenses for hard X-ray microscopes, and reflective coatings for EUV and soft X-rays.
In 2013 Adam accepted a position at the CLS to lead the design, construction and commissioning of a cryo-STXM for the SM beamline. In 2016 he joined the Brockhouse Sector, an empty patch of concrete floor that would become three hard X-ray beamlines. Adam continues to develop and deliver the many endstations at BXDS, including the powder diffraction and SAXS/WAXS user programs. He is also interested in the fate of nanoparticles in wildlife and the environment.