LINXS Guest Seminar - Paul Langan, Director General of the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL)
Paul Langan is Director General of the Institut Laue Langevin, a premiere international research center operating a nuclear reactor that provides intense beam of neutrons for basic and applied research. Over the years the ILL has made several stellar scientific contributions and will be positioned to enable wholly new types of exciting experiments on completion of a major upgrade of its research capabilities within two years. Those capabilities include neutron scattering, isotope production, nuclear and particle physics, materials irradiation, and theory.
Prior to the ILL, Paul was an Associate Laboratory Director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with responsibility for leading the operation and development of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) user facilities. Oak Ridge played a major role in the early application and development of neutron scattering to materials research at the world’s first reactor-based neutron sources. Today, the capabilities of the SNS and HFIR are broad and include neutron scattering, isotope production, accelerator research, neutrino physics, materials irradiation, fundamental particle physics, gamma irradiation and materials activation analysis.
In earlier career Paul was involved in construction of novel neutron scattering capabilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and led several research teams to address scientific challenges in areas including bioenergy, bioengineering, cell signalling and rational drug design. Other assignments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics have included various joint faculty positions as Professor at Universities, editorial positions in journals, leadership positions in professional organizations, and leadership of multiple research projects at National Laboratories in the US.
Paul received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Physics from Edinburgh University and then a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Keele University. Paul’s major areas of research interest and impact have been in structural biology, biomass and bioenergy, computational methods and the development of new technologies and methods for X-ray and neutron scattering.
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