Dr Richard Mole

Instrument Scientist
Phone - +61 2 9717 7271


Role at ANSTO

Dr Richard Mole is an instrument scientist co-responsible for the cold-neutron time-of-flight spectrometer PELICAN.


His expertise includes chemical physics, inorganic and materials chemistry, in particular the application of neutron diffraction and spectroscopy to the study of molecular magnetism.


Richard completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2006, using neutron and muon techniques, in conjunction with bulk magnetometry, to study a range of molecule-based magnetic materials. Since 2006 Richard has worked at the FRM II Research Reactor in Munich, Germany, as co-responsible for the PUMA triple-axis spectrometer. As well as his duties as a local contact he also pursued research projects looking at the magnetic behaviour of a range of cobalt(II)-based magnetic materials.


Qualifications & achievements:


  • PhD at the University of Cambridge studying molecular magnetism.
  • BA and MSci from the University of Cambridge
  • Post-doctoral position at the neutron source FRM II
  • Presented work at major international conferences on neutron scattering and molecular magnetism.
  • Received the BP, Cambridge Inorganic Chemistry award (2005)
  • Appointed visiting fellow at UNSW@ADFA (2011)
  • Appointed visiting fellow at UNSW Chemistry (Kensington) 2011-08-19

Selected publications

Mole, RA; Rule, KC; Yu, D; Stride, JA; Nadeem, MA and Wood, PT, Dynamics of the frustrated spin in the low dimensional magnet Co3(OH)2(C4O4)2, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 28(12), Art. No. 126005 (2016).
Vonci, M; Giansiracusa, MJ; Gable, RW; Van den Heuvel, W; Latham, K; Moubaraki, B; Murray, KS; Yu, D; Mole, RA; Soncini, A and Boskovic, C, Ab initio calculations as a quantitative tool in the inelastic neutron scattering study of a single-molecule magnet analogue, Chem. Commun. 52(10), 2091-2094 (2016).

"Switchable magnetism: neutron diffraction studies of the desolvated coordination polymer Co3(OH)2(C4O4)2", Richard A. Mole, Muhammad A. Nadeem, John A. Stride, Vanessa K. Peterson, Paul T. Wood Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52, 13462 [JIF: 4.593] (from WOMBAT)


"Two Ising-like magnetic excitation in a single-layer cuprate superconductor", Yuan Li, Guichaum Yu, Mun K. Chan, Victor Baledent, Yangmu Li, Nevin Barisic, X. Zhao, K. Hradil, Richard A. Mole, Yvan Sidis, Paul Steffens, Phillipe Bourges, Martin Greven, Nature Physics, 2012, 8, 404 [JIF: 19.352]


"Two stage magnetic ordering and spin idle behavior of the coordination polymer Co3(OH)2(C4O4)2·3H2O determined using neutron diffraction", Richard A. Mole, John A. Stride, Paul F. Henry, Marcus Hoelzel, Anatoly Senyshyn, Antonio Alberola, Carlos J. Gomez Garcia, Paul R. Raithby, Paul T. Wood, Inorganic Chemistry, 2011, 50, 2246


"A spectroscopic investigation of magnetic exchange between highly anisotropic spin centers", Angelika B. Boeer, Anne-Laure Barra, Liviu F. Chibotaru, David Collison, Eric J. L. McInnes, Richard A. Mole, Giovanna G. Simeoni, Grigore A. Timco, Liviu Ungur, Tobias Unruh, Richard E.P. Winpenny, Angewandte Chemie, Angewandte Chemie, 2011, 50, 4007


"Hidden magnetic excitation in the pseudogap phase of a high-TC superconductor", Y. Li, V. Balédent, G. Yu, N. Barišic, K. Hradil, R.A. Mole, Y. Sidis, P. Steffens, X. Zhao, P. Bourges, M. Greven. Nature, 2010, 468, 283 


"Magnetic resonance in the model high-temperature superconductor HgBa2CuO4+d", Guichuan Yu, Yuan Li, Eugene M. Motoyama, X. Zhao, N. Barisic, Y. Cho, Phillipe Bourges, Klaudia Hradil, Richard A. Mole Martin Greven. Physical Review B 2010, 81, 064518


"Non classical behaviour in a S = 5/2 chain with next nearest neighbour interactions", Richard A. Mole, John A. Stride, Tobias Unruh, Paul T. Wood, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 2009, 21, 076003. 

"Hydrothermal synthesis and magnetic properties of novel Mn(II) and Zn(II) materials with thiolato-carboxylate donor ligand frameworks", Simon M. Humphrey, Richard A. Mole, Jeremy M. Rawson and Paul T. Wood, Dalton Trans. 2004, 1670-1678.