SHUG Breakthrough Symposia


The SNS-HFIR User Group Executive Committee (SHUG EC) is hosting a new series, the SHUG Breakthrough Symposia.

The goal is to expand the user base at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). These facilities currently host hundreds of scientists every year who use neutrons in their research to solve and understand cutting-edge problems in their field. Many researchers are not aware of how neutrons can help them with their science, and these symposia will help bridge the gap between non-neutron and neutron experts by hosting focused discussions within specific fields.

Each symposium will feature four speakers: one senior (non-neutron) expert on neutron-enabled research, one senior neutron expert, and two early-career investigators. The event will present a cohesive argument for neutrons as an accessible tool for research. For example, a non-neutron expert may mention some important scientific questions arising in their research, and the neutron expert can then explain how neutrons could help address those questions.

The format is virtual, and all are welcome to attend, although we do ask you to register in advance. The registration is free and open for everyone. Any questions or comments can be directed to the SHUG EC at

Upcoming Symposia

  • Advancing Battery Research: Neutron Scattering and Other Approaches - August 22 from 3-5 p.m. More information and registration site coming soon!
  • High Entropy Alloys and Oxides - Date: TBD

Past Symposia

  • Neutron Scattering for Framework Materials  - October 18, 2022
    The first symposium topic was on Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and the related porous crystalline materials such as zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs). This two-hour symposium showcased the abilities of neutron scattering, discussed the possibilities of using neutrons for as-yet unsolved problems, and provided a practical background and context for prospective users.  The speakers included Joe Zhou (Texas A&M University), Craig Brown (NIST Center for Neutron Research), Mercedes Taylor (University of Maryland, College Park), and Hayden Evans (NIST Center for Neutron Research).

October symposium