Welcome to Ian McNulty, our new Physical Science Director

Welcome to Ian McNulty, our new Physical Science Director



A new face walked through the doors at MAX IV this week. It was the highly anticipated arrival of Ian McNulty, the new Physical Science Director. While he will begin full time in his role later this year, Ian will be visiting frequently, getting to know everyone and getting settled in the new role.

I am extremely excited to be joining the MAX IV team. As a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help chart the course of science at the newest and brightest and newest source of x-rays on the planet, I jumped at the chance to apply to this position. I am humbled to have been chosen as the next Physical Sciences Director, and will do my best to serve the MAX IV community. – Ian McNulty

Ian comes to MAX IV from the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory, where he was senior scientist and led the CNM X-ray Microscopy Group for five years. His research focuses on ordering in nanomagnetic materials, coherent diffractive imaging, and orbital angular momentum states of light. Ian earned a BA in physics from Reed College in 1982 and an MA in 1988 and a PhD in 1991 in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He became an Enrico Fermi postdoctoral scholar, staff physicist, then group leader at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, where he built the first beamline for intermediate-energy coherent x-ray experiments and oversaw the development of the microscopy beamlines at APS Sector 2. Ian pioneered research on x-ray vortices and holographic phase imaging at the BESSY Laboratory in Berlin while on sabbatical leave from Argonne in 2005-2006. Ian currently chairs the Advisory Committee for the International Conference on X-ray Microscopy, and serves on several peer review committees for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Science Foundation, and international research funding agencies. Ian has given over 100 lectures at universities and research institutions around the world, published 190 scientific papers, holds two patents, and has received several awards including a University of Chicago Distinguished Performance Award and Argonne Director’s Award. Ian has two children in university, one studying at C.U. Boulder and the other at Stanford.