Paul Zschack

Division Director, Photon Science Division

Dr. Zschack is the Division Director in the Photon Science Division, Brookhaven National Labs. The Photon Science Division encompasses 6 scientific program areas: Soft X-ray Scattering and Spectroscopy, Complex Scattering, Imaging and Microscopy, Hard X-Ray Spectroscopy, Diffraction and In-situ Scattering, and Structural Biology. In addition, the Division has an Experimental Development Program, the NSLS-II Controls Program, and User Programs. The Division staff operate advanced experimental facilities at the NSLS-II, develop new state of the art experimental tools, and perform research in diverse areas including x-ray science, condensed matter physics, environmental science, biology, and chemistry. During the project phase of the NSLS-II, Paul managed the Experimental Facilities area which developed 7 advanced beamlines for diffraction, scattering, imaging, and spectroscopy applications.

Prior to joining the Photon Division in 2012 as the Deputy Division Director, he was a Group Leader at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) leading research efforts in 2 APS sectors in the area of Surface Scattering and Microdiffraction. His research interests include nano-scale and thin-film thermoelectric materials, oxide surface structures, hetero-epitaxial strained-layer systems, pulsed laser deposition growth, diffuse x-ray scattering, microbeam diffraction, and x-ray interfacial microscopy.

Phone: 344-8703


  • Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
  • B.S. Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA