Prof Garry McIntyre

Research Leader
Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering
Phone - +61 2 9717 9334
Mobile - +61 4 7773 4694


Dr Garry McIntyre's primary responsibilities are to provide scientific and strategic leadership to the scientists in the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS) who primarily conduct research using neutron scattering at the OPAL reactor, to expand the OPAL user community, and to conduct research and instrumental development in areas that meet ANSTO's strategic goals. He was also the first coordinator of the Magnetism Project that aims to raise the awareness of the diverse range of applications of neutron scattering, principally at OPAL, to the study of magnetism and superconductivity. This role has been taken over by Max Avdeev.


Garry received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in the fields of X-ray diffractometry and mathematical crystallography. After post-doctoral positions in Uppsala and Edinburgh, he joined the diffraction group at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble where, over a 28-year period, he has been instrument responsible for several of the single-crystal diffractometers, D8, D9, D10 and VIVALDI, and local scientific expert in experiments in all areas of neutron diffraction. Garry became an ILL Senior Fellow in 2005, has held a Visiting Professorship in Chemistry at the University of Durham since 2006, and became the first head of the ILL Graduate School in 2008. He moved to the former Bragg Institute at ANSTO as Research Leader in Hard Condensed Matter in October 2010. Following the division of the Bragg Institute into ACNS and the National Deuteration Facility, Garry assumed management of most scientists in ACNS.



Garry's expertise includes neutron scattering techniques, especially single-crystal diffractometry and polarized-neutron techniques, diffraction physics, charge and spin density in molecular compounds, and structural chemistry.

Career highlights and achievements

  • Head of the ILL Graduate School (2008 - 2010)
  • Currently local supervisor at the ACNS of Ph.D. student Matthew Tate (Durham)
  • Local supervisor at the Bragg Institute of Ph.D. student Jack Binns (Edinburgh)
  • Local supervisor at the ILL of 11 Ph.D. students since 1986: Peter Louca (Bristol), Mark Nutley (Warwick), Jacqueline Cole (Durham), Julian Barratt (Oxford), John Cowan (Durham), Javier Luzòn (Zaragoza), Clara Gonzàlez-Rodriquez (Zaragoza), Elinor Spencer (Durham), Jan Prokleska (Prague), Andrew Jones (Glasgow/Bath), and Marc Sigrist (Copenhagen)
  • Member of the project team for construction of the CCD-based Laue diffractometer, CYCLOPS, at the ILL
  • Project leader for construction of the Very-Intense Vertical-Axis Laue DIffractometer, VIVALDI, at the ILL

Honorary affiliations

Visiting Professor in Chemistry at the University of Durham, UK (since 2006)

Professional networks

  • Member of the Neutron Diffraction Commission of the International Union of Crystallography (since 2011)
  • Member of the Crystallographic Apparatus Commission of the International Union of Crystallography (1993 - 1996)


  • Ph.D. in Physics, University of Melbourne (1978) (Dixon Research Prize, Kernot Research Prize)

Selected publications

A nearly complete list of Garry's publications and citations are accessible here.


A complete list of Garry's publications since he joined ANSTO are accessible here.


Key publications

"Area detectors in single-crystal neutron diffraction", G.J. McIntyre, J. Phys. D: Applied Physics 48 (2015) 504002. (Invited review to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography)


"Proton Cascade in a Molecular Solid: H/D Exchange on Mobile and Immobile Water", S.C. Capelli, L.R. Falvello, E. Forcén-Vázquez, G.J. McIntyre, F. Palacio, S. Sanz and M. Tomás, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 52(50) (2013) 13463-13467. (High-Impact Paper and Front Cover)


"Molecular heterometallic hydride clusters composed of rare-earth and d-transition metals", T. Shima, Y. Luo, T. Stewart, R. Bau, G.J. McIntyre, S.A. Mason and Z. Hou, Nature Chemistry 3 (2011) 814-820.


"Characterisation of image plates for neutron diffraction", C. Wilkinson, M.S Lehmann, F. Meilleur, M.P. Blakeley, D.A.A. Myles, S. Vogelmeier, M. Thoms, M. Walsh and G.J. McIntyre, J. Appl. Cryst. 42 (2009) 749-757.


"Hidden degrees of freedom in aperiodic materials", B. Toudic, P. Garcia, C. Odin, P. Rabiller, C. Ecolivet, E. Collet, P. Bourges, G.J. McIntyre , M.D. Hollingsworth and T. Breczewski, Science 319 (2008) 69-71.


"Perpendicular antiferromagnetic ordering of Mn and exchange anisotropy in Fe/Mn multilayers", S.J. Lee, J.P. Goff, G.J. McIntyre, R.C.C. Ward, S. Langridge, T. Charlton, R. Dalgliesh and D. Mannix, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 (2007) 037204.


"High-speed neutron Laue diffraction comes of age", G.J. McIntyre, M.-H. Lemée-Cailleau and C. Wilkinson, Physica B 385-386 (2006) 1055-1058.


"One picture says it all - high-pressure cells for neutron Laue diffraction on VIVALDI", G.J. McIntyre, L. Mélési, M. Guthrie, C.A. Tulk, J. Xu and J.B. Parise, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 17 (2005) S3017-S3024.


"Bonding-deformation and superposition effects in the electron density of tetragonal nickel sulphate hexadeuterate NiSO4.6D2O", G.J. McIntyre, H. Ptasiewicz-Bak and I. Olovsson, Acta Cryst. B 46 (1990) 27-39.


"Integration of single-crystal reflections using area multidetectors", C. Wilkinson, H.W. Khamis, R.F.D. Stansfield and G.J. McIntyre, J. Appl. Cryst. 21 (1988) 471-478.