Dr Nicolas De Souza

Instrument Scientist
Bragg Institute
Phone - +61 2 9717 7357


Role at ANSTO


Nicolas has been responsible for the new EMU cold-neutron backscattering spectrometer at the OPAL research reactor, since joining ANSTO in 2010. His prior experience covers quasielastic neutron scattering with neutron spin-echo and time-of-flight techniques at reactor and spallation sources, respectively, as well as neutron and X-ray reflectometry.


His current materials research interests centre on molecular associating liquids, particularly the interplay of structural and dynamical correlations, in pure phases, solutions, and confinement.


Qualifications & Achievements


  • Instrument scientist for J-NSE at the Juelich Centre for Neutron Science outstation at FRM-II, Garching, Germany;
  • Instrument scientist for QENS and post-doc at the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source, Argonne, Illinois;
  • PhD in Physics, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2006;
  • Physics and physical chemistry at University Strasbourg I and University Paris VI, France.

Selected publications

E.D. Bauer, C. Wang, V.R. Fanelli, J.M. Lawrence, E.A. Goremychkin, N.R. de Souza, F. Ronning, J.D. Thompson, A.V. Silhanek, V. Vildosola, A.M. Lobos, A.A. Aligia, S. Bobev, J.L. Sarrao, Simplifying strong electronic correlations in uranium: Localized uranium heavy-fermion UM2Zn20 (M=Co,Rh) compounds, Phys. Rev. B 78 (2008) 115120.


E. Mamontov, C.J. Burnham, S.-H. Chen, A.P. Moravsky, C.-K. Loong, N.R. de Souza, A.I. Kolesnikov, Dynamics of water confined in single- and double-wall carbon nanotubes, J. Chem. Phys. 124 (2006) 194703.


N.R. de Souza, A.I. Kolesnikov, C.J. Burnham, C.-K. Loong, "Structure and dynamics of water confined in single-wall carbon nanotubes", J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18 (2006) S2321.


C.-K. Loong, A.I. Kolesnikov, N.R. de Souza, J.M. Carpenter, I.O. Bashkin, I.V. Kondratieva, L.H. He, A.P. Moravsky, "Hydrogenated single-wall carbon nanotube material as a cold-neutron moderating medium", Proc. ICANS-XVII, April 25-29, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


M. Surtchev, N.R. de Souza, B. Jérôme, The initial stages of the wearing process of thin polystyrene films studied by atomic force microscopy, Nanotechnology 16 (2005) 1213.


J.P. Nicolas, N.R. de Souza, Molecular dynamics study of n-hexane-water interface: towards a better understanding of the liquid-liquid interfacial broadening, J. Chem. Phys. 120 (2004) 2464.