Michael E Manley

Research Interests:

Neutron and x-ray scattering, basic and applied problems in materials physics, relaxor ferroelectric behavior, thermoelectric material performance, nuclear materials, thermodynamic and mechanical properties, phase stability, electronic structure, thermal transport, shape memory effect, nonlinear lattice dynamical effects, disorder. 


  • Director-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2001-2002.
  • PhD, Material Science, California Institute of Technology, 2001.
  • MS, Material Science, California Institute of Technology, 1998.
  • MS, Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, 1996.
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 1994.


  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Senior Researcher, 2012-present.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Staff Scientist, 2006-2012.
  • University of California, Davis, Materials Science, Adjunct Professor, 2006-2011.
  • University of California, Davis, Materials Science, Visiting Professor, 2005-2006.
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, Staff Scientist, 2002-2006.

Scientific Activities:

  • Chair, “Physics and Chemistry of Materials” Committee, TMS 2015-2018.
  • Vice Chair, “Physics and Chemistry of Materials” Committee, TMS 2013-2015.
  • Organizer, "Frustrated Ferroic Materials" at the 2015 TMS Annual Meeting.
  • Science Review Committee Member, Oak Ridge Natl. Lab. Neutron Scattering Science Division, 2010-2012.
  • Selection committee for the 22nd Louis Rosen Prize, 2008.
  • Organizer for “Fundamentals of Shape Memory and Related Transitions,” a symposium at the 2007 TMS Annual Meeting.
  • LANSCE Materials Program Advisory Committee (beamtime proposal evaluations for inelastic scattering experiments), 2003-2010.
  • Elected, user group executive committee, LANSCE, 2000 (1 year).
  • Member, Neutron Scattering Society of America.
  • Member, American Physical Society.
  • Member, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).
  • Member, Materials Research Society.

Teaching Experience:

  • Graduate level: LANSCE Neutron School 2008, Magnetism in Bulk and Nanostructured Materials (inelastic scattering experiments, Los Alamos, 2008), Fracture Mechanics (UC Davis, 2005).
  • Undergraduate level: Mechanical Properties Lab (UC Davis, 2007), Materials Failure Analysis (UC Davis, 2006), Circuit Theory (University of New Mexico, Los Alamos, 2003).


BES FWP "Impact of Dynamic Instabilities and Local Structure on Energy Materials" Co-PI with Gene Ice, John Budai, and Olivier Delaire (ORNL), 10/2012.
NSF grant DMR-0906491: "Dynamical Localization in High Temperature Crystals as Measured by Inelastic Neutron Scattering," Co-PI with Albert Sievers (Cornell), 10/2009.
2008 Science, Technology, and Engineering Award, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
18th Louis Rosen Prize for the outstanding PhD thesis based on research performed at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), 2001.
Webster Clark Fellowship, California Institute of Technology, 1996 – 1997.
Kun Min Award for Excellence in Thermal Fluid Sciences, UMass Lowell, 1994.