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Plenary & Keynotes Speakers

Plenary Speakers

A hugely impressive line-up of Plenary Speakers has been confirmed for ECNS2015: 

Professor Roberto Caciuffo

Roberto Caciuffo is currently responsible for basic research on actinide materials at the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre directorate in Germany. In 1980, he joined the Euratom group at the Institute Laue-Langevin, in France, where he began a career that took him to work at different neutron sources around the world, and for extended periods at ISIS and at the LLB. In 1988 he became a professor of experimental physics at the Marche University in Italy, before joining ITU in 2005. Caciuffo's scientific career has been focussed on the study of magnetic correlations and multipolar order effects in f-electron systems and on the study of quantum phenomena in molecular nanomagnets. 

Professor Peter Müller-Buschbaum


Peter Müller-Buschbaum is a professor at Technische Universität München. He is heading the keylab “TUM.solar”, which focuses on research of solar energy conversion and storage based on nanomaterials. He is heading the “Network for Renewable Energies” (NRG) of the “Munich School of Engineering” (MSE), and he is the German representative at the “European Polymer Federation” (EPF) for polymer physics. He is elected chairman of the “Hamburg User Committee” (HUC) at the synchrotron radiation laboratory DESY in Hamburg, and member of the “European Synchrotron User Organization” (EUSO). His research focus is on polymer and hybrid nanostructures with special emphasis on advanced scattering experiments using X-rays and neutrons. 

Dr Frank Gabel

Dr. Frank Gabel


Dr Frank Gabel is a staff scientist at the Institut de Biologie Structurale at Grenoble and a long-term visitor at the Institut Laue-Langevin. He holds a joint M.S. degree in physics from the Technische Universität Karlsruhe and from the Université Joseph Fourier at Grenoble. Following his PhD in biophysics on protein dynamics studied by neutron spectroscopy under the supervision of Dr Giuseppe Zaccaï in Grenoble, he spent 3 years as a postdoc at EMBL Heidelberg in Dr Michael Sattler’s NMR group developing methods for joint structural refinement of biomacromolecules in solution using small angle neutron and X-ray scattering in combination with NMR.

His present work focuses on the development of sophisticated methodological approaches combining small angle neutron scattering with complementary techniques (crystallography, electron microscopy and NMR) to address challenging structural biology questions at a molecular level in large, multi-subunit protein-protein and protein-RNA complexes.

Professor J. Manuel Perez-Mato

Dr. Frank Gabel


J. Manuel Perez-Mato is currently a professor in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. He is one of the founders and developers of the Bilbao Crystallographic Server, a website with crystallographic databases and programs freely accessible through the internet. His research interests include the characterization of phase transitions and phase stability of ferroic materials, and the application of advanced methods in computational crystallography. He has done an extensive work on the development and application of the superspace formalism in the study of modulated and modular structures.  Current efforts focus in the development of symmetry-based computational tools for the analysis and characterization of magnetic structures. Prof. Perez-Mato has given extensive service to committees and commissions of the scientific community, including the Executive Committee of the IUCr, and as co-editor of four scientific journals. He has published more than 180  articles and 15 book chapters, and given invited lectures at over 60 international meetings and schools.


Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon

Jean-Marie Tarascon (1953) is  Professor at the College de France holding  the chair “Chemistry of solids – Energy).  But much of his early career was spent in the United States where he developed (1994) the  plastic Li-ion technology. Back to France in 1995, he created the European network of excellence ALISTORE-ERI of which he was head until 2010 when he took over the direction of the new LABEX “STORE-EX” . In 2011 he became in charge of the recently created French network on electrochemical energy storage (RS2E). The general scheme of his research focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and determination of structure/property relationships of electronic, superconductor and rechargeable battery materials for solid state electronic devices. Presently his activities are more devoted to Li-ion,  Na-ion batteries and other chemistries with emphasis on developing new eco-efficient synthesis processes and developing novel reactivity concepts.. He is the author of more than 600 scientific papers, and detains about 75 patents .  During his life, he received many honours, with the latest being the ENI and  Pierre Sue awards in 2011, the ABAA in 2013 prior to come foreign member of the royal society in 2014.


Professor Paul Schofield

Paul Schofield is a mineralogist in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum (NHM), London, UK. His research focuses upon the crystal-chemistry, atomic-structure and elastic properties of minerals, an understanding of which is used to constrain the conditions of geochemical and geological processes. To achieve these aims he has been utilising neutron diffraction to study static and dynamic mineral systems for over 20 years, often combining this work with synchrotron experiments. While the work of his group is strongly linked with NHM research initiatives associated with the extensive NHM meteorite, mineral and ore collections, a long standing cross-disciplinary research collaboration has involved the development of methods for in situ, dynamic investigations of inter- and intra-crystalline properties of deforming rocks.


Prof. Peter Fierlinger


Peter Fierlinger is a professor at the Technische Universität München and a research-group leader at the Cluster of Excellence "Origin and Structure of the Universe". His research focuses on precision measurements of fundamental quantities at low energies. In the field of neutron research, his main activity is the search for the electric dipole moment of the neutron. This long-term and large-scale experiment uses ultra-cold neutrons and is currently being set up by an international collaboration at the new UCN source at TU Munich and the ILL. As part of this effort, his group established the laboratory with the currently smallest magnetic field over an extended volume. He is also representative of the fundamental physics community in the German Komitee Forschung mit Neutronen and Science Group coordinator at the MLZ in Garching.



Professor Helmut Schober

Associate Director of the ILL.





Keynote Speakers

Stewart Parker

Stewart Parker is the ISIS Catalysis Scientist at the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, UK. He worked for eight years at the BP Research Centre at Sunbury-on-Thames working on the characterisation of catalysts and polymers. He joined the ISIS Facility in 1983 as an instrument scientist. His interests are in the application of vibrational spectroscopy, especially using neutrons, to provide insight into energy-related materials. These include hydrogen storage materials, protonic conductors and catalysts. He is a founder member of the UK Catalysis Hub, based at Harwell, whose aims are to promote studies of catalysis in the UK and particularly to increase the use of neutron and synchrotron facilities in catalysis research. 

Sebastian Mühlbauer

Dr. Sebastian Mühlbauer is instrument scientist at SANS-1 at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) at Garching. He studied physics at the Technische Universität München where he also did his PhD in experimental condensed matter physics under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Peter Böni and Prof. Dr. Christian Pfleiderer. Following his PhD he spent 2 years as a postdoc at ETH Zürich in the group of Prof. Dr. Andrey Zheludev working on quantum spin systems and non-collinear magnets using neutron scattering methods and conventional low temperature measurements.

His present work focuses on the static and dynamic properties of superconducting vortex matter and skyrmion matter in chiral magnets using a variety of neutron scattering techniques including SANS, kinetic SANS (TISANE), the spin echo technique MIEZE and neutron grating interferometry (nGI).

Jesús A. Blanco

Jesus Angel Blanco received his B.S. and Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Cantabria, Spain, in 1987 and 1992, respectively. He is currently professor of Condensed Matter Physics, Solid State Division, in the Department of Physics at the University Oviedo (Asturias), Spain. He spent his early career in the Louis Néel Laboratory (Grenoble), France. At the beginning he worked on commensurate and incommensurate magnetic systems, focusing broadly on the determination of magnetic structures and magnetic excitations. Presently he is heading the Advanced Magnetic Materials’ group, and he is involved in a number of research projects devoted to investigate nanomaterials and magnetocaloric materials. He is a long-term user of large scientific (neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation) facilities since 1987. Author of more than 180 articles, several chapters of books and numerous communications and papers presented at national and international conferences on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. 

Christine Papadakis

Christine M. Papadakis is a professor at Technische Universität München since 2003. Before, she took her PhD on block copolymer phase behavior at Roskilde University, Denmark, and her habilitation on the structure and dynamics of block copolymer solutions and thin films at the University of Leipzig, Germany. Her group at TU München investigates self-assembling polymer systems, such as thermoresponsive polymers, polyampholytes, polymers for biomedical purposes, polymer hydrogels, and block copolymer thin films. These systems are mainly investigated by (often time-resolved) small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering, also by grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering, in combination with other methods, such as fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. She has been a member of proposal committees at DESY and ILL and is an editor-in-chief of The Colloid and Polymer Science.

Malcolm Guthrie

Malcolm Guthrie has been working in high-pressure structural measurements since 1997. His main technique is diffraction, which he has used to study both crystalline and disordered materials. Throughout his career, he has worked principally at neutron facilities (ISIS in the UK and both IPNS and SNS in the USA) and was formerly a staff scientist at the APS synchrotron, near Chicago. In the last several years he has focused on developing diamond-anvil cells for neutron diffraction as a route to achieve new extremes of pressure and temperature. These developments have successfully extended the pressure range for neutron diffraction to ~100 GPa at the SNS. Since 2014 he has taken the role of High-Pressure Scientist at the ESS in Sweden and continues to work in field of extreme conditions neutron science. 


Markus Strobl

M. Strobl received his master diploma (Dipl. Ing.) and Ph.D. degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in physics from the Technische Universität Wien in 1998 and 2003, respectively. In his Ph.D. work he studied novel neutron imaging contrast methods based on neutron scattering.

From 1999 till 2011 he worked as instrument scientist at the Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin, the University of Applied Sciences Berlin, the University of Heidelberg and the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin operating, designing and building several neutron instruments at the BER 2 reactor. He designed and built USANS diffractometers, the time-of-flight reflectometer BioRef, made significant contributions to the cold neutron imaging instrument CONRAD and designed a versatile ESS testbeamline. Amongst others he developed the concept for the versatile imaging instrument ODIN, the first instrument approved to enter the construction phase at ESS in 2014.   

Since 2011 M. Strobl is working for the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund Sweden, as an instrument scientist for Imaging and Engineering Diffraction and Deputy Head of the Instrument Division. Since May 2014 he is additionally affiliated to the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen University as a Prof. for X-ray and Neutron Imaging Techniques and since Oct 2014 he is Vice President of the International Society for Neutron Radiology (ISNR).

Juan Colmenero

Juan Colmenero is professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, and coordinator of the Research Line Polymers & Soft Matter of the Materials Physics Center (MPC), a joint center between the UPV/EHU and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). 

His scientific career has developed on the interface between modern condensed matter physics and advanced materials science, covering aspects such as the physics of non-crystalline solids, polymer materials, soft matter, bio-polymers and nano-structured materials, and combining relaxation, neutron scattering and simulation methods. 

Professor Colmenero has served on different international scientific committees, including: the board of the European Neutron Scattering Association (ENSA); the European Spallation Source (ESS); Institute Laue-Langevin (ILL), Grenoble (France); and the Jülich Centre for Neutrons Science (JCNS), Jülich (Germany), and currently sits on the editorial boards of the international journals: Journal of Polymer Science B: Polymer Physics and Colloid & Polymer Science. 

He has published over 400 scientific articles, co-authored one book and co-edited another two. Juan Colmenero has received, among other distinctions: Euskadi Science and Technology Research Award (2000), and the Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics (2003).

Anna Stradner

Anna Stradner studied at the University of Graz/Austria where she obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry.  She then worked as a Senior Scientist in the Soft Condensed Matter Group in Fribourg/Switzerland focusing on the properties of various proteins in solution using scattering techniques (neutron, X-ray and light scattering). In 2008 she obtained the ‘Venia Legendi’ in Experimental Physics at the University of Fribourg. From 2008 to 2011 she was head of the Food and Bioscience Group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute. In 2011 she transferred her activities to the Division of Physical Chemistry at the university of Lund/Sweden where she holds the position of an associate professor. Her current research focuses on the properties of concentrated protein solutions with a particular interest in protein dynamics under crowded conditions. Anna Stradner is distinguished with the Ring of Honor awarded by the Federal President of Austria and the Recognition Award of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

Giovanni Bruno

Giovanni Bruno was born on the 8th March 1966 in Potenza, Italy. He first got his Diploma in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1989. After a period teaching in High School, he gained his PhD (1997) in Materials Science at the University of Ancona, Italy. He then finished a second Diploma in Solid State Physics at the University of Bologna (1998).

Immediately after, he was Post-Doc at the Open University (Milton Keynes, UK), and in April 1999 he went to Hahn-Meitner-Institut in Berlin, Germany, always working on Neutron Diffraction Residual Stress Analysis (his PhD subject).

At the end of 2001 he took the lead of the construction of the engineering diffractometer SALSA at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France.

Giovanni  worked from 2005 to 2012 in Industry, at Corning Incorporated, first as Group Leader for Materials Characterisation in Fontainebleau, France, then as Project Leader in the  company main research centre in Corning, NY, USA.

At the end of 2012 he got a professorship at the Institute for Physics and Astronomy of the University of Potsdam, Germany, and he is at the same time head of the division Micro-NdT at BAM, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany.

His scientific activity began in the field of Residual Stress Analysis using X-ray and Neutron Diffraction. Successively, he worked on the kinetics of crystal growth in Nickel base Superalloys and Glass-Ceramics. One of his main focuses was always the determination of micro- and macromechanical properties of metals, composites, and porous ceramics.

At present he is expanding his research landscape investigating damage evolution in lightweight materials by means of X-ray Computed Tomography and Refraction Methods, as well as via analytical micromechanical models.

Michel Kenzelmann  

Michel Kenzelmann heads the Laboratory for Developments and Methods at the Paul Scherrer Institut, in Switzerland. He received a D.Phil. from Oxford University in 2001. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University and NIST, Gaithersburg, from 2001 and 2004. From 2004 to 2008, he held a professor fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation at ETH Zürich. Michel Kenzelmann holds the title of a Professor for Experimental Physics at the University of Basel in Switzerland. His research interests focus on materials with strong magnetic fluctuations, such as low-dimensional and frustrated magnets, multiferroics, and unconventional heavy-fermion superconductors. 


Gwenaëlle Rousse

Gwenaëlle Rousse is Associate Professor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France and joined the Collège de France “Solid State chemistry and Energy group” in 2013. After being graduated for her PhD (2000), she spent two years as an instrument co-responsible at Institut Laue Langevin on a powder diffractometer.  She was recipient in 1998 of the MRS Gold medal and in 1999 of the Student Award of the Electrochemical Society. She is interested on the structure-properties relationships of compounds related to energy storage. Since the last years, she gained a significant experience on the structural behavior of insertion compounds for Li-ion batteries and is also interested in the magnetic structure determination. She is author of ∼ 100 publications and long-term user of neutron and synchrotron facilities. 

Reinhard Karl Kremer

Dr. Reinhard Karl Kremer is Head of the Scientific Service group ‘Chemieservice’ at the MPI für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart. He defended his PhD Thesis entitled 'Magnetische Untersuchungen de eindimensionalen Heisenberg-Magneten Gd2Cl3' in 1985 at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt. After his PhD he obtained a Postdoctoral research position at the Institute for Material Research, McMaster University, Hamilton (Canada) with Prof. J. E. Greedan on magnetic properties of low dimensional transition metal oxides. In 1990 he obtained a permanent position at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung by a decision of the Board of Directors of the Institute. Since 2008 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Physics, Physics Department, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, (Canada).

His research is focused on the magnetic, thermal and electronic properties of new materials with unusual groundstate properties and on new and unconventional superconductors. The results of his research has been published in more than 400 scientific articles, currently with 13 articles having attracted more  than 100 citations (h-index 48).

(see: http://scholar.google.de/citations?user=EzqOXkwAAAAJ&hl=de&oi=ao)


Eddy Lelievre-Berna

Eddy Lelièvre-Berna heads the group "Services for Advanced Neutron Environment” at the Institut Laue Langevin. After obtaining his M.S. degree in physics engineering, he discovered the spin liquid YMn2 and defended his PhD Thesis entitled “Frustration and instability of itinerant magnetism in RMn2 compounds” in 1994. He joined the Institut Laue Langevin as instrument co-responsible and rebuilt the spin-polarised hot-neutron beam facility D3. He contributed to the development of polarised neutron techniques, in particular spherical neutron polarimetry with Cryopad and 3He neutron spin filters. Since 2005, he mostly contributes to the modernisation and development of sample environments for neutron scattering in close collaboration with other facilities.

Jun Kishine

Jun Kishine received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Tokyo in 1996.  In his Ph.D. work, he studied high Tc superconductivity based on the spin fluctuation theory. In 1996, he joined the department of theoretical studies in the Institute of Molecular Sciences (IMS) as an assistant Professor. At IMS, he concentrated on theoretical problems of magnetism and superconductivity in strongly correlated low-dimensional systems. From 2000 to 2001 he joined condensed matter theory group in Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a visiting scientist and studied gauge theory of high Tc superconductivity. After coming back from US to Japan, in 2003 he moved to Kyushu Institute of Technology as an associate professor of physics. Since then, he has concentrated on theoretical studies of chiral magnetic crystals.  Since 2012, he is Professor of Physics at the Open University of Japan. His current research interest is to make clear the physical meaning of chiral symmetry breaking in crystals and describe its physical outcome by using various poralized probes such as neutron, X-ray, ultrasound, and muon from theoretical viewpoints. He is now conducting international research project on chiral magnetic materials and promoting the interdisciplinary team including  theoretical and experimental physicists and chemists.

Nikolay Kardjilov

Nikolay Kardjilov is a senior scientist at the Helmholtz Center for Materials and Energy Berlin (HZB), Germany. He is responsible for the design and operation of the CONRAD-2 neutron imaging facility at the BER-2 research reactor. He is a physicist and received a PhD from the Technical University Munich in 2003 with a topic related to development of innovative neutron imaging methods. During his PhD he was based at the neutron imaging group at the FRM-I research reactor in Garching near Munich, Germany. From 2003 he is working at the HZB Institute where he was in charge of design and construction of the new imaging facility CONRAD-1 at the BER-2 research reactor. After the instrument commissioning in 2005 he worked actively for establishment of a broad user community. In 2010 he guided the upgrade project of the imaging facility CONRAD-2. His scientific interests include imaging with polarized and monochromatic neutrons, phase-contrast and high-resolution imaging.

Francesco Grazzi

Francesco Grazzi works as a researcher at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi. He received his Master Degree and PhD in Physics at Università di Firenze working on the characterization of High Pressure solid Hydrogen in Diamond Anvil Cells under the supervision of Dr. Lorenzo Ulivi. He was post-doc at CNR, Istituto di Fisica Applicata working on the construction and testing of the Italian Neutron Experimental Station (INES) diffraction beam-line that the CNR built at the ISIS neutron source in UK in the framework of CNR-STFC collaboration. He is researcher at CNR since 2005. He cooperated in the construction of the NIMROD diffractometer and the IMAT imaging beam-line at ISIS. 

He is specialized in the application of neutron diffraction and neutron imaging techniques for the diagnostic of metal artefacts in the fields of industrial and cultural heritage applications.

He is particularly interested in studying the development of the technological achievements reached, during the history, by the different cultures in the field of metallurgy.

Walter Richtering

Walter Richtering studied chemistry at the universities of Bochum and Freiburg and obtained his PhD with Prof. Burchard at the Freiburg Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry as a Fellow of the Graduiertenkolleg Polymerwissenschaften in 1990. Afterwards he was a post-doc as Feodor-Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation at the University of Massachusetts. He was appointed as professor for Physical Chemistry at Kiel University in 2000 and to the chair in Physical Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University in 2003. He received the Raphael-Eduard-Liesegang award of the Kolloid-Gesellschaft. From 2014 to 2015 he was editor of the Colloid & Polymer Science, since 2015 he is Senior Editor of Langmuir. He is the coordinator of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 985) “Functional microgels and microgel systems“ funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.


Oleksandr Prokhnenko

Dr. Oleksandr Prokhnenko is an instrument scientist at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). He obtained his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at the Charles University (Prague) in 2003. After that he worked as a postdoc at High Pressure Lab of the Institute of Physics ASCR (Prague) and at the Magnetism Division of the Hahn-Meitner-Institute (Berlin). Since 2008 he is responsible for development and construction of time-of-flight Extreme Environment Diffractometer, both as a stand-alone instrument and as a multi-purpose instrument for the High Field Facility for Neutron Scattering. His research interests are focused on studying magnetic phenomena under extreme conditions with a special emphasis on the corresponding neutron instrumentation.


Zoe Fisher

Zoe Fisher is the scientist for macromolecular deuteration and crystallization at the European Spallation Source (ESS). She joined the ESS in March 2014, after moving with her family from Los Alamos, New Mexico to Lund, Sweden. She started her career as a B.Sc. student at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and finally graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Biochemistry in 2000. At this stage Zoe moved to the USA where she worked as a research assistant to Dr. Christopher West, a wonderful professor in Anatomy and Cell Biology Department at the University of Florida. Then in 2002 she started her Ph.D. work in the structural biology and biophysics lab of Dr. Robert Mckenna. After graduate school Zoe took a position at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a postdoc in 2007. Zoe worked there under Drs. Paul Langan and Benno Schoenborn until she was converted to a staff member in 2010. During this time Zoe was instrument scientist for a neutron protein crystallography beamline and was involved in many aspects of her own research, the users' science, and lab support. She uses a combination of approaches in an interdisciplinary way to study a particular biological problem. Her research interests in this regard focus on ultra-fast proton transfer in carbonic anhydrase, the role of hydrogen bonded water networks in structural enzymology, and using neutron data to enable enzyme isoform specific drug design.


Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. After a D.Phil. with Andrew Harrison and Matthew Rosseinsky which combined chemical synthesis and neutron spectroscopy he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow with Frank DiSalvo at Cornell University. His main focus is on the discovery of new transition metal compounds and the control of their compositions, crystal structures and physical properties, often using chimie douce techniques. In particular his group has made significant contributions to the chemistry of mixed-anion compounds such as oxide nitrides and oxide chalcogenides and to understanding the factors that control superconductivity in iron arsenide and selenide superconductors. This was recognised by the award of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Gibson-Fawcett Award in 2010.

José A. Alonso

José Antonio Alonso received his MSc in Chemistry in 1980 and PhD in Solid State Chemistry in 1984 both from the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Between 1988 and 1990 he worked at CEA in Grenoble (France) on neutron diffraction. Since 2005 he is Professor of Research at the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC. His main research interests are metastable perovskite oxides, prepared at high pressure, and energy-related materials ( SOFC fuel cells, metal hydrides, thermoelectric...), with special emphasis in the structural characterization of these novel materials by neutron diffraction. He was Visiting Scholar in Berkeley University in 1999-2000 and in the University of Texas at Austin in 2008-2009.

Garry McIntyre

Prof Garry McIntyre is currently the Research Leader in Hard Condensed Matter in the Bragg Institute at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). His primary responsibilities are to provide scientific and strategic leadership to the Bragg Institute scientists who conduct research in hard condensed matter using neutron scattering at the new 20 MW OPAL reactor, to expand the OPAL user community, and to conduct research and instrumental development in areas that meet ANSTO's strategic goals.

Garry received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in the fields of X-ray diffractometry and mathematical crystallography. After post-doctoral positions in Uppsala and Edinburgh, he joined the diffraction group at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble where, over a 28-year period, he has been instrument responsible for several of the single-crystal diffractometers, D8, D9, D10, and VIVALDI.  Garry became an ILL Senior Fellow in 2005, has held a Visiting Professorship in Chemistry at the University of Durham since 2006, and became the first head of the ILL Graduate School in 2008. He moved to ANSTO in October 2010.

Garry's expertise includes neutron scattering techniques, especially single-crystal diffractometry and polarized-neutron techniques, diffraction physics, charge and spin density in molecular compounds, and structural chemistry.  

Sylvain Petit

Sylvain Petit, is a researcher at CEA (Saclay). He prepared his PhD on spin dynamics in high Tc superconductors and defended it in 1998 at the Université Paris-Sud (Orsay). Since 2006, he has been working at the LLB (CEA-Saclay) in the field of geometric frustration and multiferroic/magneto-electric systems. He is in charge of the cold triple-axis spectrometer 4F1. He is involved in the teaching of sciences, and participates to the “training and education  program” of LLB, oraganizing on-site practicals in collaboration with different French and Swedish universities

Bela Farago

Head of the Time of Flight and High Resolution group at the ILL

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 Kristiaan Temst

Kristiaan Temst graduated from the Department of Physics of the KU Leuven (Belgium) in 1994. He was postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Solid State Physics and Magnetism and now holds a full professor position in the Institute for Nuclear and Radiation Physics at the KU Leuven.  He has been a visiting scientist at the University of California – San Diego and at the Free University Amsterdam.  He carried out numerous research visits at neutron and synchrotron facilities worldwide, in particular at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, ISIS at Didcot, the Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum in Garching and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble and serves on several scientific committees related to synchrotron, neutron and ion beam facilities.  He is author of about 220 peer-reviewed publications and in 2001 he was awarded the Prof. Roger E. Van Geen scientific prize of the Center for Nuclear Research in Mol (Belgium) for his research work on magnetic films using polarized neutron beams.  His research interests go towards the structural, electronic, magnetic and superconducting properties of thin films and nanostructured materials.  He was co-organizer of the ISSPIC XVI conference (International Symposium on Small Particles and Inorganic Clusters, Leuven, 2012) and co-chair of the 19th International Conference on Ion Beam Modification of Materials (Leuven, 2014).


Francesco Spinozzi 

Francesco Spinozzi is Researcher of Applied Physics at the Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy. He’s lecturer of the courses of Physics and Molecular Biophysics. His scientific activity is the analysis of structural properties of molecular systems of biological interest by means of small angle scattering techniques (SAS) of X-ray (SAXS) and neutrons (SANS). He has participated in numerous SAS experiments at synchrotron light sources (ESRF, ELETTRA, DESY, LNLS) and neutron sources (ILL, LLB, HMI, ISIS). He has published more than 50 articles in international journals and has presented oral communications in numerous national and international conferences.

His main interest is the development of new methods and software tools able to analyse batches of SAS curve by combining available crystallographic information, thermodynamic properties and suitable structural models. Biological open questions that are addressed are large protein assemblies, protein-protein interactions, solvation effects, intrinsically disordered proteins, pore defects in membranes.

Daniel S Hussey


National Institute of Standards and Technology 


Dr. Daniel S. Hussey is a research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  His primary research focus is neutron optics, including neutron imaging of proton exchange membrane fuel cells, development of neutron tomography for study of two phase flow in geological systems, and development of novel neutron imaging methods such as a neutron microscope.


 Dimitri Argyriou

Prof. Dr Dimitri N. Argyriou, Director of Science European Spallation Source ESS AB. Prof. Argyriou received his Bachelors degree in Applied Physics with Honors from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 1989, a Ph.D. in physics from the same university in 1994, and his habilitation from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Aachen in 2009. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society cited for his work on CMR manganites and is a recipient of the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Preis for his work on Multiferroics. In 2011 he was made adjunct Professor of the University of Lund, Sweden.  After completing his postdoctoral training with Dr. J.D. Jorgensen at Argonne (1996), Argyriou worked as a staff scientist at both Argonne and Los Alamos National Laboratories.  In 2002 he lead the novel materials group at the Hahn-Meitner-Institute in Berlin (now Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin) establishing a program that combines materials synthesis and scattering methods for the investigation of complex oxides and novel superconductors.  In 2011 he took over as Director of Science at ESS. Argyriou has served on various panels for peer review of beam time proposals and advisory committees of various neutron scattering facilities. He has coauthored over 140 peer reviewed publications in international journals and written several popular science and opinion editorials in widely read scientific periodicals.


Christian Masquelier

Christian Masquelier is currently a Professor in Chemistry at Université Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France and has been working for 25 years on the crystal chemistry of sodium ion conductors and positive electrode materials for Li-ion batteries, in particular phosphate-based positive electrodes. He graduated (PhD) from Paris-XI Orsay University in 1991, spent two years as a Post-Doc at the Osaka National Research Institute, Japan and two additional years as a Post-Doc at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He became Associate Professor in Chemistry in 1996 and joined the UPJV Amiens in 2000. He is the co-author of ~120 publications and 15 international patents in this field. 


Valeria Arrighi 

ValeriaValeria Arrighi is Associate Professor in the Institute of Chemical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK). Presently, she is acting head of Materials Chemistry and deputy head of Chemistry Teaching Discipline.

Valeria has a degree in Pure Chemistry from the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in Polymer Science from Imperial College (London, UK) where she also worked as an RA before joining Heriot-Watt University in 1996, as Lecturer.


Her work involves synthesis, characterisation and study of new polymer structures as well as commercial materials. Main properties of interest are structure and dynamics but also mechanical, rheological and aging behaviour. The group makes extensive use of large scale neutron scattering facilities, particularly QENS and SANS spectrometers. One major theme of her current research is the understanding of the relationship between structure at different length scales and mechanical/rheological properties of polymers incorporating nanoparticles. Recent activities also involve studies of polymer membranes for water purification.

Eckard Krotscheck 

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