Matthew B Stone

Lead Instrument Scientist, SEQUOIA

Matthew Stone (Matt) is a Senior Scientist in the Neutron Scattering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He is also the Lead Scientist of the SEQUOIA  instrument at SNS.  Matthew is a specialist in the use of inelastic neutron scattering techniques for the study of magnetic materials.  His current research examines the relationship between the connectivity of magnetic ions in different geometrical lattices and the resulting quantum excitations in these materials.  Dr. Stone also develops new methods and hardware for improving inelastic neutron scattering measurements using the direct geometry time-of-flight spectrometers at the SNS.

Matthew earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2002.  He has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University studying granular materials and dilute ferromagnetic semiconductors.  He also has been a post-doctroral researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory working in the triple-axis-spectroscopy group before becoming a staff member in 2007.



2013-present     Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

                           SEQUOIA Lead Instrument Scientist at the Spallation Neutron Source


2007-2013        Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

                          ARCS Instrument Scientist at the Spallation Neutron Source


2006-2007        Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

                          HB1 Triple-axis-spectrometer post-doctoral research associate


2004-2006        Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

                          Neutron Spectroscopy, post-doctoral research associate


2002-2004        Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

                          Post-doctoral fellow, magnetic media and granular materials group


1996-2002        Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218

                         Ph.D. candidate, Research assistant, low-dimensional magnetism



2002                  Ph.D. in Physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218

2000                  M.A. in Physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218

1996                  B.S. in Physics summa cum laude, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA 18018



  • More than 160 publications
  • h-index = 34
  • Seven publications with more than 100 citations
  • Please see ORCID on the left or CV for publication list



  • Most Integrated Project Award for Ugly Data Days May 7, 2018.
  • Winner of the Director’s award for Outstanding Team Accomplishment for ORNL in 2016.
  • Winner of the Team Award in the Research Accomplishment category for ORNL in 2016.
  • Elsevier Valued Reviewer, 2016.
  • Awarded “Recognized Reviewer Status” from the ‘Annals of Nuclear Energy’, 2015.
  • Recognized for “prolific, high-caliber and unhesitating service as a referee for ‘New Journal of Physics’ in 2014”.  Awarded to only 5% of their referees.
  • Performance award from ORNL November 2014.
  • Performance award from ORNL April 2014 for design, installation and commissioning of the ARCS radial collimator.
  • Performance award from ORNL October 2013.
  • Battelle prize awarded for work on iron based superconductors, 2011.
  • Awarded ORNL Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funding for “In-situ Neutron Scattering Studies of Fuel Cell Materials” project under the Advanced Materials Initiative (2010-2012).
  • Invited Early Career Scientist to X-rays and Neutrons: Essential Tools for Nanoscience Research, Washington, D.C., June, 2005.
  • Finalist, Neutron Scattering Society of America Outstanding Student Research Award, 200
  • J. Brien Key Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Research, Johns Hopkins University, 2001
  • Comenius Scholar, Moravian College, 1992-1996
  • Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society, 1996
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society, 1995
  • Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honor Society, 1995
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society, 1995


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