Alicia M Manjon Sanz

Neutron Scattering Scientist

Alicia Manjon Sanz is a materials chemist and joined ORNL in 2020 as Neutron Scattering Scientist working at the powder neutron diffractometer POWGEN at the Spallation Neutron Source.

Her research interests lie on synthesis and elucidating the structure-property relationships of technologically important materials as well as nanocrystalline Metal Organic Frameworks using scattering techniques.

Alicia Manjon Sanz is the recipient of the 2024 ORNL Early Career Competition Award for her proposal on “Designing Sustainable Materials for Energy Applications”. The goal of this project is to synthesize, and process sustainable piezoelectric materials and investigate their structure-property relationships using neutron powder diffraction techniques guided by computational approaches. 

  • 2020  –               Neutron Scattering Scientist at POWGEN, Neutron Scattering Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States.
  • 2018 – 2020       Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Materials Science and Powder Diffraction beamline, ALBA Synchrotron Light Facility, Spain.
  • 2015 – 2018       Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, United States.
  • 2012 – 2014       Research Fellow, Structural Materials Science Laboratory, RIKEN, SPring-8, Japan.
  • 2009 – 2010       Industrial Researcher, Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain.

2024 ORNL Early Career Competition Award

2023 Neutron Sciences Division  Award, category: “Doing it Better 2023”

2011 – 2012 Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher fellowship



  •  Ph.D. in Chemistry, The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom - 2015                 
  •  Licenciatura in Chemistry, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain - 2008


Chemistry of Materials, Physical Review B, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Materials Science, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Physical Review Materials, Materials, Applied Sciences, and Symmetry. 

  • The International Centre for Diffraction Data
  • The American Ceramic Society
  • Neutron Scattering Society of America
  • American Crystallographic Association 
  • Materials Research Society
  • Women in Neutron Sciences