Dr Shane Kennedy

Technical Director
Phone - +61 2 9717 3610


Role at ANSTO


Dr Shane Kennedy's responsibilities lie primarily in scientific infrastructure development for the OPAL reactor. He was project leader of the Neutron Beam Instrument Project, with responsibility for building eight world leading neutron beam instruments at OPAL at a cost of $35 M, by mid 2007. He was also project leader for Bragg Institute contribution to the Replacement Research Reactor Project, including design, manufacturing, installation and commissioning of neutron-beam facilities and neutron-beam transport systems. More recently, as Technical Director of the Bragg Institute, he supervised design and construction of OPALs second suite of neutron beam instruments and expansion of the cold neutron transport system (2009-2015).




He has over 30 years of experience in the application of neutron scattering techniques to condensed matter research and has been a regular user at world leading facilities in Europe and Japan. His technical expertise spans the design, construction and commissioning of neutron beam instrumentation, neutron optics and transport systems, as well as diffraction, diffuse scattering, polarization analysis and small angle scattering. He also has extensive experience in the application of these methods to the study of magnetism, superconductivity, renewable energy materials and process engineering for physics, materials science and radiopharmaceuticals.


Qualifications and achievements


  • Supervisor of the design and construction of OPAL second suite of neutron beam instruments and expansion of the cold neutron guide system (2009-2015)
  • Project leader for construction of Neutron Beam Facility OPAL Research Reactor (includes neutron transport systems, guide hall, laboratories and services and 8 neutron beam  instruments (2000-2007)
  • Group Leader in specification of the neutron beam facility at the OPAL research reactor. (1998-2000)
  • Lead the development and application of powder diffraction, polarized neutron techniques and special environment devices at the HIFAR reactor. (1990-1997)
  • Publication of 154 refereed research articles in international journals, with h index of 21.
  • Has received over 70 invitations to speak at international conferences and scientific institution around the world between 2005 & 2015
  • Gold Medal Award for outstanding achievement in neutron scattering research and development from The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (2005). 
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London (1987-1989)
  • Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, Monash University (1983-1987) 

Committee memberships and Affiliations


  •  Chair/Member
    • Chair: AOCNS-2015 Program Committee
    • Chair: Neutron Scattering Systems Subcommittee for the Annual Review of the European Spallation Source Project (ESS), Sweden (Nov. 2013 & May 2014)
    • Chair: Expert panel on ESS Moderator Optimization (May 2014).
    • Chair: Technical Advisory Panel for Neutron Optics for the European Spallation Source, Lund, Sweden (2012 2015)
    • Reviewer: The Oyster Project, for the upgrade of the HOR research Reactor, Reactor Institute, Technical University of Delft (December 2012)
    • Member: Neutron Scattering Commission of the IUCr (2003-11)
    • Member: Australian Academy of Sciences, National Committee for Crystallography (20102015)
    • Member: Editorial board for the Journal Atom Indonesia (ISSN 0126-1568) (2012
    • Member: International Advisory Committee of the Neutron Scattering Laboratory of the China Advanced Research Reactor (Beijing) (2007
    • Member: Organising/program committees for 16 international & 4 domestic conferences

  • Visiting Professorships
  • School of Physics, Environmental & Mathematical Sciences, University of NSW, Canberra, Australia (2010
  • Advanced Accelerator Physics Laboratory, Kyoto University, Obaku, Japan (February 2010)
  • Neutron the Scattering Laboratory, High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation (KEK), Tsukuba, Japan (Nov –Dec 2000).


  • Visiting Research Fellowships
  • School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (Nov. 2007- June 2008)
  • Institute Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France (June -December 2008)

Selected publications

M. Yamada, Y. Iwashita, M. Ichikawa, Y. Fuwa, H. Tongu, H. M. Shimizu, K. Mishima, N. L. Yamada, K. Hirota, Y. Otake, Y. Seki, Y. Yamagata, M. Hino, M. Kitaguchi, U. Garbe, S. Kennedy, W.-T. Lee, K. H. Andersen, B. Guerard, G. Manzin and P. Geltenbort, Pulsed Neutron Beam Focusing by Modulating Permanent Magnet Sextupole Lens, Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, 043G01 (2015)


S. Kennedy, J.-L. Wang, S. Campbell, M. Hofmann and C. X. Dou, Pressure induced magneto-structural phase transitions in Layered RMn2X2 compounds, J. Appl. Phys., 115, 172617 (2014)


J. L. Wang, L. Caron, S. J. Campbell, S. J. Kennedy, M. Hofmann, Z. X. Cheng, M. F. Md Din, A. J. Studer, E. Bruck and S. X. Dou, Driving Magnetostructural Transitions in Layered Intermetallic Compounds, Phys. Rev. Letters 110, 217211 (2013)


N. Rashmi, S. J. Kennedy, A. V. Pan and S. X. Dou, Magnetic phase diagram and correlation between metamagnetism and superconductivity in Ru0.9Sr2YCu2.1O7.9, Euro. Phys. J. B, 86, 280 (2013)


J. L. Wang, S. J. Kennedy, S. J. Campbell, M. Hofmann, and S. X. Dou, Phase gap in pseudoternary R1−yRyMn2X2−xXx compounds, Phys. Rev. B 87, 104401 (2013)


P. M. Bentley, S. J. Kennedy, K. H. Andersen, D. M. Rodriguez and D. F. R. Mildner, Correction of optical aberrations in elliptic neutron guides, Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res., Sect. A 693, 268-275 (2012)


D. Martin-Rodriguez, S. J. Kennedy and P. Bentley, Properties of elliptic guides in neutron transport and their use for new instrument concepts, Journal of Applied Crystallography, 44, 727-737 (2011)


M. Yamada, Y. Iwashita, T. Kanaya, M. Ichikawa, H. Tongu, S. J. Kennedy, H. M. Shimizu, K. Mishima, N. L. Yamada,K. Hirota, J. M. Carpenter, L. Jyotsana, K. Andersen, P. Geltenbort, B. Guerard, G. Manzin, M. Hino, M. Kitaguchi, M.Bleuel, and NOP collaboration, The performance of magnetic lens for focusing VCN-SANS, Nuclear Instruments and Methods A 634, S156-160 (2011)

K. C. Rule, G. J. McIntyre, S. J. Kennedy, and T. J. Hicks, Single-crystal and powder neutron diffraction experiments on FePS3: Search for the magnetic structure, Phys. Rev. B, 76(13) (2007).

Klaus-Dieter Liss, Brett Hunter, Mark Hagen, Terrence Noakes and Shane Kennedy, Echidna – The new high resolution powder diffractometer being built at OPAL Physica B, 385-6 (15 Nov 2006), 1010-12.

S. J. Kennedy, Construction of the neutron beam facility at Australia's OPAL research reactor, Physica B 285-386 (2006) 949-954.

P. Manurung, J. M. Low, B. H. O'Connor and S. J. Kennedy. "Effect of b-spodumene on the phase development in an alumina/aluminium titanate system." Materials Research Bulletin, 40, 2047-55 (2005).

Y. Fei, S. J. Kennedy, S. J. Campbell, M. Hofmann. "Neutron polarization analysis of nanostructured ZnFe2O4." Physica B 356, 264-268 (2005).

E. Wu, E. H. Kisi, S. J. Kennedy and A. J. Studer, In situ neutron powder diffraction study of Ti3SiC2 synthesis, J. American Ceramic Society, 84, 2281-8 (2001)

X. L. Wang, S. J. Kennedy, Peter Gehringer, Wolfgang Lang, H. K. Liu and S. X. Dou, Colossal magnetoresistance in La1-xLixMnO3, J. Appl. Phys. 83, 7177-79 (1 June 1998)

G. E. Gadd, S. Moricca, S. J. Kennedy,  M. Elcombe, P. J. Evans M. Blackford, D. Cassidy, C. J. Howard, P. Prasad, J. V. Hanna, A. Burchwood, D. Levy, Novel rare gas interstitial fullerines of C60 with Ar, Kr and Xe, J. Phys. Chem. Solids, 58, 1823-32 (Nov 1997)

S J Kennedy, P J Brown and B R Coles, 'A Polarised Neutron Study of the Magnetic Form Factors in CeFe2'. J Phys: Condensed Matter, 5, 5169-78 (19 July 1993)

S Bocquet and S J Kennedy 'The Neel temperature of fine particle goethite', J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 109, 260-4 (March 1992)

S J Kennedy  and B R Coles,  'The  magnetic  phases  of pseudobinary Ce(Fe1-xMx)2 inter-metallic compounds,  M=Al,Co,Ru', J. Phys. Condens. Matter, 2, 1213-1222 (5 Feb 1990)

S J Kennedy and T J Hicks, The magnetic  structure  of *FeMn,  J. Phys. F: Met. Phys., 17, 1599-1604  (July 1987)