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Simon Mochrie

Yale University
Sloane Physics Laboratory 68C
217 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06520

Ph: 203.436.4809
Fx: 203.432.6175
Em: simon.mochrie@yale.edu

 

Simon Mochrie

Current Position

  • Prof. of Physics and Prof. of Applied Physics, Yale University

Background

  • University of Oxford Physics with First Class Honors. B.A. 1980
  • M.I.T., Cambridge, MA Physics. Ph.D. 1985
  • M.I.T., Cambridge, MA Physics. Postdoctoral Researcher 2/1985-10/1985

Activities and Interests

  • My current area of research is soft condensed matter and biological phyics. using most x-ray scattering methods, but also the atomic force microscope. The focus of my x-ray research is the structure and dynamics of block copolymer systems, using small angle x-ray scattering and the emerging technique of x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS). In order to be able to carry out these sorts of XPCS measurements, I played a major role in the implementation of beamline 8-ID at the APS, which now stands as the world's leading facility XPCS. In previous years, I carried out experiments to characterize the structure and behavior of metal and semiconductor surfaces, with special attention to roughening and faceting transitions. I have served on several panels, connected with the synchrotron x-ray community, including the NSLS Scientific Advisory Committee, the BESAC panel on Fourth Generation Light Sources, the LCLS Scientific Advisory Committee, the SSRL Director's Review Panel, NSF panel reviews of the ERL at Cornell and of CHESS.

Goals

  • I believe I would provide a useful perspective to the  APSUO steering committee and,  through the APSUO, useful advice to  APS management on behalf of the Users, in particular concerning  what is important in creating the best possible x-ray source and  the best possible x-ray science.  I have have extensive experience  as a "hands-on" synchrotron user, having carried out my first  synchrotron scattering experiment in the early 1980s at SSRL, and  my most recent in April 2006 at the APS.  In between, I have run  many times at SSRL, CHESS, NSLS, and APS, first studying two- dimensional phase transitions in model systems, then the structures  and transitions of metal and semiconductor surfaces, and especially  the behavior of steps on these surfaces, and most recently the  structure and dynamics of polymeric and colliodal soft-condensed  matter systems, using SAXS and  x-ray photon correlation  spectroscopy (XPCS). In the late 1990s,  I played a leading role in  the development of beamline 8-ID, which currently stands as the  world's leading facility for XPCS, and in a fast CCD-based x-ray  area detector for XPCS experiments.