Robert McGreevy

 Former Director of the ISIS facility at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Neutron collaboration in Europe and the role of LENS

Junio, 20. 14:30

Robert McGreevy was Director of the ISIS facility at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK from 2012-2021. ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Its suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. ISIS supports a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

Robert graduated and received his PhD from Oxford University and was a Royal Society research fellow and lecturer there until 1992. From 1992-2002 he was director of the Studsvik Neutron Research Laboratory at Uppsala University in Sweden. He was appointed Professor of Neutron Scattering Physics in 2001. From 2002-2011 he was Division Head at the ISIS facility in the UK. From 2011-2012 he was Deputy Director for Neutron Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the USA.

He is author of over 180 research papers in the fields of neutron scattering and computer modelling and has given over 200 invited talks, seminars etc. He specialised in studies of the structures (including magnetic structures) of all types of disordered materials, from high temperature superconductors to liquid metal alloys. He has a special interest in the development and integration of data analysis and data management tools with experiment. He is the developer of the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) method of structural modelling; over 2000 papers have now been published using this technique.

Robert has been particularly active in the promotion of European and international scientific collaboration. He was coordinator of EU projects between 1990 and 2010, including the Integrated Infrastructure Initiative for Neutron Scattering and Muon Spectroscopy (NMI3) and the I3-Network. He is currently chair of the League of advanced European Neutron Sources (LENS).