X-Ray Scattering Group
Physicist, X-Ray Group
Professor, Columbia University
ph: (631) 344-5661
Prof. Billinge earned his Ph.D in Materials Science and
Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1992, following a BA at
Oxford University. He spent 2 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New
Mexico as a post-doc before joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor in
the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University in
1994. He became Associate professor in 1999 and full professor in 2003.
In 2008 he took up his current position as Professor of Applied Physics,
Applied Mathematics and Materials Science at Columbia University and Senior
Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Prof. Billinge is a fellow of
the American Physical Society, a former Sloan Fellow and has earned a number
of awards including the J.D. Hanawalt award, University Distinguished
Faculty, College of Natural Science Distinguished faculty and the Thomas H.
Osgood Undergraduate Teaching Awards.
His research focuses on the study of local-structure property relationships
of disordered crystals and nanocrystals using advanced x-ray and neutron
diffraction techniques. In particular he is a leader in the development of
the atomic pair distribution function (PDF) method applied to complex
materials. These methods are applied to the study of nanoscale structure and
its role in the properties of diverse materials of interest, for example, in
energy, catalysis, environmental remediation and pharmaceuticals. At
Brookhaven the focus is on the role of nanoscale fluctuations in strongly
correlated electron materials, including charge localization and nanoscale
inhomogeneous electronic states in complex electronic oxides.
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