Dr Christine Rehm

Instrument Scientist
Phone - +61 2 9717 9649
Dr Christine Rehm


Role at ANSTO


Dr Christine Rehm is instrument scientist for the KOOKABURRA ultra-small angle neutron scattering instrument at the OPAL reactor. Christine's fields of expertise include neutron science (polarized reflectometry and magnetic thin films) as well as neutron instrumentation (neutron optics, instrument simulation, neutron guides). 


Christine received her PhD in 1999 from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, as research scientist of Hahn-Meitner Institute, where she investigated hydrogen-induced changes of structural and magnetic properties of metallic thin films. After her PhD, she joined the U.S. Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) project in Oak Ridge.


She worked on neutron instrumentation design and optimization by means of Monte Carlo simulation calculations for a variety of instruments: a neutron macromolecular crystallography diffractometer, a time-of-flight ultra-small-angle neutron scattering instrument, and a neutron optics test station. In addition, she performed a comprehensive analysis of neutron supermirrors studying irradiation effects, theoretical performance and influence on instrument performance.


Subsequently, her skills and expertise formed the base of her company American Scientific Instrumentation where she managed various neutron optics related projects involving guides and optical components, beam lines, instruments, etc. and distributed neutron optical components manufactured by SwissNeutronics.


Qualifications & Achievements


  • Scientific consultant at American Scientific Instrumentation (2004-2007)
  • Post-doctoral position at the U.S. Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) (2000-2004)
  • PhD in physics from Technical University of Berlin / Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin (1999)
  • Author/co-author of peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Presenter of scientific talks at international conferences and workshops

Selected publications

R. Sakurovs, L. de Campo and C. Rehm, "Rearrangement in brown coal microstructure upon drying as measured by ultrasmall-angle neutron scattering", Energy & Fuels, accepted November 2016, DOI:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b02196
T.M. McCoy, A. Valiakhmetova, M.J. Pottage, C.J. Garvey, L. de Campo, C. Rehm, D.A. Kuryashov and R.F. Tabor, "Structural evolution of wormlike micellar fluids formed by erucyl amidopropyl betaine mixed with oil, salts and surfactants", Langmuir 32 (2016) 12423-12433
M. Martínez-Sanz, D. Mikkelsen, B.M. Flanagan, C. Rehm, L. de Campo, M.J. Gidley and E.P. Gilbert, "Investigation of the micro- and nano-scale architecture of cellulose hydrogels with plant cell wall polysaccharides: A combined USANS/SANS study", Polymer 105 (2016) 449-460
M. Taghavikish, S. Subianto, N.K. Dutta, L. de Campo, J. Mata, C. Rehm and N.R. Choudhury, "Polymeric ionic liquid nanoparticle emulsion as corrosion inhibitor in anticorrosion coating", ACS Omega 1 (2016) 29-40
Z. Yang, S. Chaieb, Y. Hemar, L. de Campo, C. Rehm and D.J. McGillivray, "Investigating linear and nonlinear viscoelastic behaviour and microstructures of gelatin-multiwalled carbon nanotube composites", Royal Society of Chemistry Advances 5 (2015) 107916-107926

F. Xia, J. Zhao, B.E. Etschmann, J. Brugger, C. Garvey, C. Rehm, H. Lemmel, J. Ilavsky, Y.S. Han and A. Pring, "Characterization of porosity in sulfide ore minerals: A USANS/SANS study", American Mineralogist 99 (2014) 2398-2404

A.K. Freund and C. Rehm, "Effect of crystal shape on neutron rocking curves of perfect single crystals designed for ultra-small-angle scattering experiments", Journal of Physics: Conference Series 528 (2014) 012002

C. Rehm, A. Brûlé, A.K. Freund and S.J. Kennedy, "Kookaburra - The ultra-small-angle neutron scattering instrument at OPAL", Journal of Applied Crystallography 46 (2013) 1699-1704

C. Rehm, J. Barker, W.G. Bouwman and R. Pynn, "DCD USANS and SESANS: A comparison of two neutron scattering techniques applicable for the study of large-scale structures", Journal of Applied Crystallography 46 (2013) 354-364

A.K. Freund and C. Rehm, "Phase space optimisation of the USANS instrument Kookaburra at the ANSTO OPAL reactor", Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 634 (2011) S81-S89

A.J. Schultz, P. Thiyagarajan, J.P. Hodges, Ch. Rehm, D.A.A. Myles, P. Langan and A.D. Mesecar, "Design of the next generation neutron macromolecular diffractometer at the Spallation Neutron Source", Journal of Applied Crystallography 38 (2005) 964-974

J.F. Ankner and Ch. Rehm, "Time-dependent measurements at the SNS liquids reflectometer", Physica B 336 (2003) 68-74

J.M. Carpenter, M.M. Agamalian, K.C. Littrell, P. Thiyagarajan and Ch. Rehm, "Time-of-flight implementation of an ultra-small-angle neutron scattering instrument", Journal of Applied Crystallography 36 (2003) 763-768

J.F. Ankner, Ch. Rehm, E.D. Blakeman and R.L. Kellogg, "Optical design of the SNS liquids reflectometer", in Advances in Neutron Scattering Instrumentation, Ian S. Anderson, Bruno Guerard, Editors, Proceedings SPIE Vol. 4785, 53-63 (2002)

M. Agamalian, J.M. Carpenter, K.C. Littrell, P. Thiyagarajan and Ch. Rehm, "Time-of-flight ultra-small-angle neutron scattering instrument for the SNS", in Advances in Neutron Scattering Instrumentation, Ian S. Anderson, Bruno Guerard, Editors, Proceedings SPIE Vol. 4785, 134-142 (2002)

Ch. Rehm, H. Maletta, M. Fieber-Erdmann, E. Holub-Krappe and F. Klose, "Anomalous layer expansion in thin niobium films during hydrogen absorption", Physical Review B 65 (2002) 113404-1 - 113404-4

W.-T. Lee, X.-L. Wang, J. L. Robertson, F. Klose and Ch. Rehm, "IDEAS - A Monte Carlo simulation package for neutron scattering instrumentation", Applied Physics A. Material Science and Processing 74 [Suppl.], S1502-S1504

Ch. Rehm and M. Agamalian, "Flux gain for next-generation neutron-scattering instruments resulting from improved supermirror performance", in Neutron Optics, James L. Wood, Ian S. Anderson, Editors, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 4509, 56-65 (2001)

M. Agamalian, E. Iolin, H. Kaiser, Ch. Rehm and S.A. Werner, "Dynamical neutron-scattering measurements of residual stress in a Si crystal coated with a thin film", Physical Review B 64 (2001) 161402(R)

Ch. Rehm, H. Fritzsche, H. Maletta and F. Klose, "Hydrogen concentration and its relation to interplanar spacing and layer thickness of 1000 ? Nb(110) films during in-situ hydrogen charging experiments", Physical Review B 59 (1999) 3142-3152

F. Klose, Ch. Rehm, D. Nagengast, H. Maletta and A. Weidinger, "Continuous and reversible change of the magnetic coupling in an Fe/Nb multilayer induced by hydrogen charging", Physical Review Letters 78 (1997) 1150-1153

Ch. Rehm, D. Nagengast, F. Klose, H. Maletta and A. Weidinger, "Magnetic coupling in Fe/Nb multilayers: A neutron reflectivity study", Europhysics Letters 38 (1997) 61-66