Adam A Aczel

Neutron Scattering Scientist

Adam Aczel is currently a staff scientist in the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee as part of the Joint Faculty Program. Adam received a Ph.D. degree in physics from McMaster University in 2010. After graduation, he became a postdoctoral fellow in the Neutron Sciences Directorate before moving to his current positions. Adam’s research interests include neutron scattering and muon spin relaxation studies of quantum materials, with a current emphasis on frustrated magnetism, skyrmions, and heavy transition metal magnets. For Adam’s research contributions to elucidating proximate Kitaev spin liquid behavior in the quasi-2D magnet alpha-RuCl3, he received the UT Battelle Team Research Award and the UT Battelle Director’s Team Research Award in 2016.


2016: UT Battelle Team Research Award and UT Battelle Director’s Team Research Award: “For team effort culminating in the observation of fractionalized quantum spin liquid excitations”
2005 - 2009: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Awarded to a high caliber scholar engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering.
2006 - 2007: James F. Harvey and Helen S. Harvey Travel Scholarship, McMaster University
2005 - 2006: Golden Key Graduate Scholar Award, Golden Key International Honour Society. Awarded to an outstanding graduate student who excels in the areas of academics, leadership, and service.
2006: Board of Governor’s Medal, Physics, University of Windsor. Awarded to the graduating student with the highest average in their discipline.