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Prof Klaus-Dieter Liss

Instrument Scientist

Role at ANSTO

Klaus-Dieter Liss is a senior researcher and instrument scientist (DINGO, WOMBAT) at the Bragg Institute. In the recent years, his research group focuses on neutron and synchrotron diffraction methods for the investigation of thermo-mechanical processes, including in situ and time-resolved measurements and pioneering experiments to study phase transformations, microstructure evolution, order and disorder, and defect kinetics. Klaus-Dieter is an Honorary Professor at the University of Wollongong.

For several years, he also held an ANSTO Senior Research Fellowship, which was complemented in 2013/14 by a fellowship at JAEA in Japan.

Before joining the Bragg Institute at ANSTO in 2004, Klaus-Dieter spent most of his career as senior scientist in major large user facilities. He was responsible scientist and beamline manager for High-Energy X-Rays at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, followed by senior scientist positions at GKSS, DESY, and TUHH in synchrotron materials science.

His PhD was undertaken in neutron and X-ray optics at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and honored at RWTH Aachen in 1995. Before, he studied General Physics at the TU München, with Diploma Thesis equally at the ILL (1990).

Qualifications and Achievements

  • Published ~100 research articles in international journals & magazines.
  • Presented more than 35 invited lectures at international conferences and meetings in the past 10 years.
  • Organized several international workshops/conferences/schools in the areas of synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering, materials science, and engineering.
  • Inaugural Senior Research Fellow at ANSTO in 2007.

Areas of Expertise

  • neutron diffraction
  • synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction
  • diffraction optics
  • dynamical theory of diffraction
  • time resolved measurements, from seconds to picosecond time scales
  • single crystals, polycrystals, powder materials
  • metallurgy
  • titanium aluminide intermetallics
  • steels
  • light metals
  • phase transformations