Complex Scattering Program Manager, Photon Science Division
As Complex Scattering Program Manager in the Photon Science Division, Ron is responsible for a suite of beamlines that cover a wide range in momentum transfer and energy so can be used to measure the structure and dynamics of hard, soft, and biological materials. Among the NSLS-II beamlines, the strength of the complex scattering beamlines is the ability to measure complex materials with a structure that encompasses multiple length scales and exhibits equilibrium or non-equilibrium kinetics over multiple time scales. A goal of the Complex Scattering Program is to study complex materials as they are being synthesized, processed, or operated in devices with real-time analysis and feedback to intelligently optimize the synthesis, process, or device performance. The NSLS-II Complex Scattering Program beamlines include ID-10: Inelastic X-ray Scattering (IXS), ID-11: Coherent Hard X-ray Scattering, BM-11: Complex Materials Scattering (CMS), and ID-12: Soft Matter Interfaces (SMI).
As a Senior Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Ron conducts research focused on understanding the physics underlying the self-assembly of liquid crystalline materials, the nature of their phase transitions, and changes in structural ordering at interfaces. He also applies model-independent phase retrieval techniques to determine structural ordering and concentration profiles at buried interfaces in epitaxial thin films.