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Kenneth Volin

Principal Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering and Design
APS Engineering Support Division

Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave
Building 401-B2190

(630) 252-6092 • (630)252-7039 • email


Ken Volin has been a principal mechanical engineer with the APS since 2011.  He is currently engaged in planning the storage ring removal and new MBA lattice installation for the APS Upgrade project.

Ken received his BS in physics from Illinois State University and a MS in physics from Northern Illinois University.  After a year appointment with Argonne in the Solid State Science Division, he joined Argonne permanently in 1983.  He had worked in various divisions performing material synthesis and characterization before gradually transferring to the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source starting in 1986.  There he designed and operated sample environments for the SEPD and GLAD instruments along with running their day-to-day operations.  In 1997 he took over the sample environment effort for the entire IPNS user facility. When IPNS ceased operations in 2008, Ken helped manage the successful shutdown and stabilization of the experimental facility.

Selected Publications

Automated Sample Exchange and Tracking System for Neutron Research at Cryogenic Temperatures
J. E. Rix, J. K. R. Weber, L. J. Santodonato, B. Hill, L. M. Walker, R. McPherson, J. Wenzel, S. E. Hammons, J. Hodges, M. Rennich, and K. J. Volin
Rev. Sci. Instrum., 78(1), January 2007.

Structure of Liquid Boron
S. Krishnan, S. Ansell, J. J. Felten, K. J. Volin, and D. L. Price
Physical Review Letters, (81)3, 586-9, Jul 20, 1998.

The New Glass, Liquids, and Amorphous Materials Diffractometer (GLAD) at IPNS
A. J. G. Ellison, R. K. Crawford, K. J. Volin, D. L. Price, and D. G. Montague
J. Neutron Research 1(4) 61-70 (1993).

Automatic Low Temperature Sample Changer for Neutron and X-Ray Environments
K. J. Volin, R. H. Stefiuk, and S. Susman
ANL Invention Report: ANL-IN-91-93

Structure of Vitreous Ag/Ge/Se
R. J. Dejus, S. Susman, K. J. Volin, D. G. Montague, and D. L. Price
J. Non-Cryst. Solids. 143, 162-180 (1992).

Selected Presentations

Ever Improving Sample Environment at the IPNS
K. J. Volin
Presented at the 4th International Workshop on Sample Environment at Neutron Scattering Facilities, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA, September 6-8, 2006.

Controlled Atmospheres at High Temperatures for Neutron Scattering Experiments
K. J. Volin and E. R. Maxey
Presented at the American Conference on Neutron Scattering (ACNS), St. Charles, IL, June 18-22, 2006.

Sample Encapsulation Considerations In Designing High Temperature Neutron Diffraction Experiments
K. J. Volin
Presented at the Sample Environment for Neutron Scattering Experiments (SENSE) Workshop, Tallahassee, FL, September 24-26, 2003.

Pressure and Temperature: Pushing the Limits of Sample Environments for Neutron Scattering Experiments
K. J. Volin
Presented at the American Conference on Neutron Scattering (ACNS), Knoxville, TN, June 23-27, 2002.

The Structure of  Glassy Silicon-Sulphur
K. J. Volin, S. Susman, D. L. Price, and D. G. Montague
Presented at the APS March Mtg., New York, NY, March 16-20, 1987.

Short Range Order in Vitreous Silicon-Tellurium SiXTe1-X
S. Susman, D. L. Price, K. J. Volin, G. K. Shenoy, E. E. Alp, M. Arai, J. Zhao, and P. Montano
Presented at the APS March Mtg., Las Vegas, NV, March 31-April 4, 1986 .

Unusual Electrical Properties of Low Modulus Carbon Fibers at Low  Temperatures
K. J. Volin, I. L. Spain, H. A. Goldberg, and I. L. Kalnin
Presented at the APS March Mtg., Dallas, TX, March 8-12, 1982.


Susman Sherman, Boehm Leah, Volin Kenneth J, Delbacq Charles J: Glass Capable of Ionic Conduction and Method of Preparation. US Patent 4542108, Sep 17, 1985.

Volin Kenneth J, Susman Sherman: Super Ionic Conductive Glass. / Verre conducteur super-ionique. Canada Patent 1193084, Sep 10, 1985.

Susman Sherman, Volin Kenneth J: Super Ionic Conductive Glass. US Patent 4465744, Aug 14, 1984.

Susman Sherman, Delbecq Charles J, Volin Kenneth J, Boehm Leah: Glass Capable of Ionic Conduction and Method of Preparation.US Patent 4432891, Feb 21, 1984.

Research Interests

X-Ray and Neutron Scattering

Sample Environment Development

Complimentary Techniques


M.S. Physics, 1980
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

B.S. Physics, 1976
Illinois State University, Normal, IL


Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne IL

Principal Mechanical Engineer
MED Group, AES

2008 – 2011
Experimental Facilities Manager

2004 – 2008
Sample Environment Team Leader

2002 – 2004
Manager, Shared Services Group

1997 – 2002
Ancillary Equipment Team Leader

1991 – 1997
Sr Scientific Associate
GLAD Instrument, IPNS

1986 – 1991
Scientific Associate
SEPD Instrument, IPNS

1983 – 1997
Scientific Associate
Neutron Group, MSD

Scientific Assistant
Material Synthesis and Characterization, SSS

Awards and Honors

Argonne Director’s Awards
1994 and  2011

Argonne Pacesetter Awards
1993, 1993, 2000,  2008, and 2010

Sigma Xi – Scientific Research Society
Inducted 1984

Sigma Pi Sigma - Physics Honor Society
Inducted 1978

Additional Information

Argonne Pressure Technology and Safety Committee
PTSC Member/secretary

APS Pressure Systems Safety Committee
PSSC Chair

Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Work Planning and Control Process
Stored Energy - pressure vessels, hydraulic or pneumatic pressure systems, vacuum systems

SME for Laboratory Directed Research and Development proposals in the area of sample environments.

Referee for the Review of Scientific Instruments and Measurement Science and Technology in the area of sample environments and ancillary equipment.

Technical reviewer of Phase I research proposals submitted to the Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) Programs.