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JUNE 13, 2018

Neutron scattering grew from the nuclear science of the Manhattan Project during the 1940s at what is now Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


Clifford Shull was awarded half of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics for 
research he conducted with the late Ernest Wollan leading to neutron
scattering technology that determines where atoms are in a crystal.

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DECEMBER 15, 2017

By  (courtesy of NC State University)

The first in his family to earn a college degree (and a Ph.D.), William Brad O’Dell is an accomplished scientist who has big goals for his future. Read on to learn more about Brad and his exceptional experience as a graduate student in CALS.

MARCH 21, 2018

By  (courtesy of NC State University)

Biochemistry Ph.D. student Gabriela Schroder conducts cutting-edge protein research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory – the experience of a lifetime, she says – that has implications for drug development and human health.



Biochemistry Ph.D.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

The Spallation Neutron Source marks a decade as a leading neutron science facility today at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Members of the Shull and Wollan families came to ORNL on September 22, 2016 to
participate in a ceremony dedicating the renamed Shull Wollan Center--a Joint Institute
for Neutron Science, recognizing two scientists who pioneered a field of

FEBRUARY 6, 2017

Scientific research can be vexing and tiring at times, but for Bianca Haberl, the euphoria of discovery is the ultimate reward.


Bianca Haberl, Alvin M. Weinberg Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

In fact, Haberl can identify the specific instance, early in her career, when that excitement originated and guided her toward high pressure science. It was her first time

AUGUST 8, 2016

Theory and experiment push each other to expand the frontiers of physics. Now, the Neutron Sciences Directorate at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has both.

Cristian Batista: Where Theory Meets Experiment
Theoretical condensed matter physicist Cristian Batista
brings advanced knowledge of theory to expand upon the experimental
physics research conducted at ORNL. (Image credit

APRIL 1, 2016

The Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences is now the Shull Wollan Center—A Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, named in honor of two esteemed physicists and pioneers in neutron scattering, Clifford Shull and Ernest Wollan.


Ernest Wollan (left) and Clifford Shull (right) work with a double-crystal neutron
spectrometer at the ORNL X-10 Graphite Reactor in 1949. (Credit: ORNL)

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JULY 9, 2015

Alan Tennant has been appointed director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The institute is a partnership between ORNL and UT.

“Neutrons are the future in characterizing materials, especially soft matter,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement. “With Alan as director, we can begin to establish deep thought leadership at UT and ORNL

One of ORNL's Joint Faculty, Flora Meilleur, prepares the sample holder on a diffractometer instrument at the High Flux Isotope Reactor.

MARCH 18, 2015

As a kid in the south of France, Flora Meilleur spent her days on mountainous farmland near the High Alps. A PhD and hemisphere-flip later she’s still surrounded by mountains, but she’s left the Alpine meadows for a career as a neutron scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as a mentor for a new generation of researchers at North Carolina State University.


One of ORNL's Joint Faculty
As a joint faculty appointee, David Mandrus conducts materials synthesis research at ORNL and the University of Tennessee. Photo by Charles Brooks.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Scientific research may be the primary focus of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, but for David Mandrus, the institutions play an equally important role in shaping the instruction and career paths of students.


As a joint faculty appointee, David Mandrus conducts materials synthesis research
at ORNL and the University of Tennessee. Photo by Charles Brooks.