Ken Herwig

Ken Herwig

Position: Instrument Systems

Facility: Spallation Neutron Source


Phone: (865) 576-5095


  • 2011 - Present: Manager Instrument Methods and Technologies, Instrument and Source Design Division, NScD

  • 2006 - 2011: Deputy Division Director for the Neutron Scattering Sciences Division, NScD

  • 2003 - 2006: Deputy Senior Team Leader and Group Leader for SNS Instrument Systems, SNS Project

  • 1998 - 2006: Instrument Scientist responsible for the BaSiS spectrometer, SNS Project

Before joining ORNL, Dr. Herwig spent six years at the Missouri University Research Reactor where he was responsible for two neutron scattering instruments. Beginning with his Ph.D. research, he was an active user of the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS) at Argonne National Laboratory and was involved in instrument upgrades and operations during his postdoctoral research conducted at the IPNS.

Dr. Herwig's research interests are focused primarily in the areas of molecular motion in restricted geometries, such as on surfaces or in porous media. Most recently he has exploited the capabilities of SNS instruments to investigate the dynamics of proteins, PAMAM dendrimers, molecules physisorbed or chemisorbed in novel porous systems, proton conductors, and confined water. He has served on various review and advisory committees both national and international including a term chairing the beam time proposal committee for the NIST Center for Neutron Research and most recently concluded a term on the European Spallation Source Science Advisory Committee.



  • B.S. in physics and computer science (1981) and an M.S. in physics (1983) from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1988), condensed matter physics with an emphasis on quantum liquids and solids