ANBUG Outstanding Science Award for 2017: Prof. Chris Ling

The ANBUG Career Award for Outstanding Science was awarded to Prof. Chris Ling, University of Sydney. The announcement was made last week the ANSTO User Meeting held last week at the National Centre for Synchrotron Science, Melbourne.

Chris’s major neutron scattering achievements have been in the area of crystallography, utilising a mixture of single crystal and powder diffraction methods. As appropriate he has supplemented these studies with inelastic neutron measurements. He makes extensive use of the neutron scattering facilities at the new OPAL research reactor.

Chris is an extremely productive researcher having published thus far over 130 papers and has a H-index of 23. Highlights of the work he has conducted within Australia include the study of the unusual spin-gap behaviours in the hexagonal perovskites Ba3BiMO9 ( M = Ru, Ir) and the study of potential cathode materials for sodium batteries.

In addition to his outstanding research, Chris has played a significant role in promoting Neutron Scattering in Australia and in the wider Asian region. In particular, he is a past president of ANBUG, he was the Chair of the very successful AOCNS meeting held in Sydney in 2015, and he is currently Secretary of AONSA – in this last role he has made a significant contribution to a number of AONSA Neutron Schools.

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