Recent nuclear science and engineering graduate Yang Zhang PhD '10 has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Clifford G. Shull Fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
At MIT, Yang and his adviser Professor Sow-Hsin Chen investigated the unusual phase behavior of supercooled water in confined geometry, such as nanoporous materials and the vicinities of various biomolecular surfaces. Their recent neutron scattering experiments on the measurement of the equation of state of confined water may help understand the origin of the peculiar properties of water. At ORNL, Yang will expand his interests to study the physics of general amorphous materials.
The Clifford G. Shull Fellowship honors Clifford G. Shull, a former professor at MIT and the co-recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics, for his pioneering work in neutron scattering. The goal of this fellowship is to attract young investigators of exceptional ability who show clear and definite promise of becoming outstanding leaders in neutron sciences. Shull fellows are sponsored by the Neutron Scattering Science Division, which manages scientific activities at both the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at ORNL. Fellowships are two-year appointments, renewable for a third. It is anticipated that this program will provide an opportunity for the Shull fellows to develop innovative research programs and derive significant professional accomplishments.