SNS-HFIR User Group Executive Committee Members

Contact the SHUG Executive Committee: shug-ec@email.ornl.gov

Yun LiuChair: Yun Liu

Instrument scientist, NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR)
Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware
Term expires December 2023

Research interests: neutron/x-ray scattering techniques and theories, biophysics, colloidal science, energy materials, and gas adsorption/desorption in porous materials.

 

Igor ZaliznyakVice Chair: Igor Zaliznyak

Physicist
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Term expires December 2024

Research interests: Strongly correlated electrons and quantum magnetism; lattice dynamics in perovskites; developing novel neutron instrumentation and methods.

 

 

Rana AshkarRana Ashkar

Assistant Professor of Physics
Virginia Tech
Term expires December 2023

Research interests: Structure-property relationships in soft matter, with specific emphasis on polymeric systems and biomimetic lipid membranes. Dr. Ashkar's group is primarily focused on advancing the use of neutron scattering, in conjunction with simulations, to resolve collective structures and dynamics that are critical to the fundamental understanding and practical applications of soft materials.

 

Adrian BruggerAdrian Brügger 

Director, Robert A. W. Carleton Strength of Materials Laboratory
Associate Research Scientist

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Term expires December 2022

Research interests: Neutron scattering measurements in infrastructure components, packing mechanics, residual stress and contact force mapping of multibody systems, characterization of materials under high temperature (fire), eigenstrain analysis of complex geometries, and curing dynamics of cementitious materials and composites.

 

Rebecca DallyRebecca Dally

Instrument Scientist
NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR)
Term expires December 2024

Research interests: Using x-ray and neutron scattering techniques to study correlated electron materials, topological magentism, and structure-property relationships.

 

Lisa DeBeer-SchLisa DeBeer-Schmittmitt

Instrument Scientist at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (GP-SANS)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Term expires December 2023

Research interests: Flux-line lattices in unconventional superconductors; magnetism in small-angle neutron scattering; probing long-range magnetic order in materials with rich magnetic phase diagrams and structural ordering in other systems with large scale spacings in on or more dimensions using SANS and related techniques.

 

 

Peter GilbertPeter Gilbert

NRC Research Associate
NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR)
Term expires December 2023

Research interests: Understanding the role of orientation and alignment in determining soft matter properties; connecting SANS anisotropy to material alignment and mechanical performance.

 

 

Geneva LauritGeneva Lauritaa

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bates College
Term expires December 2022

Research interests: Understanding the structure—property relationships of inorganic solid state materials, particularly those of relevance to energy and electronics-related technology. Research focuses on solid state synthesis and characterization techniques with an emphasis on neutron and synchrotron X-ray total scattering to gain a detailed understanding of the structure of a material.

Naresh OstiNaresh Osti

Instrument Scientist
Spallation Neutron Source (BASIS)
Term expires December 2024

Research interests: Exploring the structure and dynamics of energy-related materials to relate their structure-property realtionship to their real-life application, especially of thenano-confided fluids, polymers, and polymer nanocomposites.

 

 

 

Daniel ShoemakerPast Chair: Daniel Shoemaker

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Illinois
Term expires December 2022

Research interests: The Shoemaker Group focuses on discovery and characterization of new electronic and magnetic materials. Neutron-related research includes structure solution, magnetic dynamics, in situ measurements of synthesis and phase transitions, and local structure analysis.

Travis WilliamsTravis Williams

Instrument Scientist at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HB1, HB3, CTAX)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Term expires December 2023

Research interests: Heavy fermion systems, particularly the hidden order system URu2Si2 and the cerium-based non-centrosymmetric magnets CeTX3; materials synthesis and experiments using muon spectroscopy.

 

Amy XuAmy Xu

Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University
Term expires December 2024

Research interests: Using biophysical characterisation methods, especially SANS, to study how biomacromolecules behave and interact in crowded environments.