Leonid (Leo) A. Bendersky was born in the former USSR where he received his bachelor degree in solid-state physics from the Leningrad's Polytechnique Institute. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in materials science from the Department of Materials Engineering, Technion in Israel. From 1983 he has been with NIST (staff member since 1987) working on a variety of research areas including rapid solidification, quasicrystals, structural intermetallics, functional oxides and materials for hydrogen storage. His research interests focus on the application of transmission electron microscopy to crystallography and structural phase transitions. He has been invited as a Visiting Professor to a number of leading academic institutions in France, Germany, Japan and Israel. Currently he is leading a project on hydrogen storage materials and combinatorial research. He is the author of over 160 publications.