I am responsible for the Excitations Group at ISIS, which has 10 members of staff and 4 scheduled instruments (LET, MAPS, MARI and MERLIN) and the alignment facility ALF.
I am also responsible for the conceptual design of the ISIS second target station and play an active role its commissioning
Research and development interests
I have three main research areas:
We are interested in how nanostructure affects the way a materials perform as hydrogen store. We run an electrospinning facility which is capable of producing fibres of between 50 and 1000nm in diameter which we use to nanostructure both complex chemical hydrides and graphite intercalate based stores.
Arthur Lovell - ISIS
Zeynep Kurban - ISIS/UCL
Gadipelli Srinivas - UCL
Athal Nathanson - UCL
Jacqueline Edge - UCL
Tom Weller - UCL/ISIS
Inelastic Neutron Scattering
We develop software for the analysis of inelastic neutron scattering data. Our instruments are now capable of measuring every excitation in every direction in reciprocal space producing complete four-dimensional data sets. Making full use of such data requires new software. We have one student based in Cambridge developing software to be able to simulate and fit lattice dynamics measurements and another in Bath looking at developing new data correction software.
I have a small programme in collaboration with the laser department looking at the possibility of using high powered lasers to produce the next generation of neutron sources.
Robbie Scott - ISIS/CLF
The use of neutrons in the study of ceramics, SM Bennington, J. Mater. Sci. 39 (2004) 6757-6779
Magnetic properties of polymerized C-60: The influence of defects and hydrogen (vol B 70, art no 041403(R), 2004) JA Chan, B Montanari, JD Gale, SM Bennington, JW Taylor and NM Harrison, Phys. Rev. Lett. 71 Art. No. 049901
Tetrahedral order in homologous disaccharide-water mixtures, C Branca, S Maccarrone, S Magazu, G Maisano, SM Bennington and JW Taylor, J. Chem. Phys. 122 (2005) 174513
Design options for coupled cold moderators on a low power spallation source, DJ Picton, SM Bennington, TA Broome and TD Beynon, NIM A 545 (2005) 363-374
Density dependence of the momentum distributions in liquid para-hydrogen, Dawidowski, J, Bermejo FJ, Ristig ML, Cabrillo C, Bennington SM, Phys. Rev. B 73 (2006) 144203
Neutron scattering studies of hydrogen in potassium-graphite intercalates: Towards tuneable graphite intercalates for hydrogen storage, Physica B 385 (2006) 163-165
A high-resolution neutron scattering study of the hydrogen-driven metal insulator phase transition in KC8Hx, A. Lovell, N.T. Skipper, S.M. Bennington and R.I. Smith, J. Alloys and Compounds 446-447 (2007) 397-401
A route to the brightest possible neutron source?, A. Taylor, M. Dunne, S.M. Bennington, S. Ansell, I. Gardener, P. Norris, T. Broome, D. Findlay, R. Nelmes, Science, 315 (2007) 1092
Analysis of the optic-type collective modes in liquid selinium to determine the local structure, Ayano Chiba, Yoshinori, Ohmasa, Stephen M. Bennington, Jon W. Taylor and Makoto Yao, Phys. Rev. B 77 (2008) 132202
Quantum Delocalization of Molecular Hydrogen in Alkali-graphite Intercalates, Arthur Lovell, Felix Fernandez-Alonso, Neal T. Skipper, Keith Refson, Stephen M. Bennington and Stewart F. Parker, Phys. Rev. Lett., 101 126101 (2008)
Pressure induced changes in liquid arsenic, Ayano, Chiba, Stephen. M. Bennington, Alex C. Hannon and Kazuhiko Tsuji, Phys. Rev. B. 80 (2009) 060201
High temperature hydrogenation of CaC6, G. Srinivas, G. Howard, N.T. Skipper and S.M. Bennington, J. Mat. Chem. 19 (2009) 5269-5243
Effect of hydrogenation on structure and superconducting properties of CaC6, G. Srinivas, A. Lovell, C.A. Howard, , M. Ellerby, S.M. Bennington and N.T. Skipper, J. Mater. Chem 19 (2009) 5239-5243
Turbostratic graphite nanofibres from electrospun solutions of PAN in dimethylshulphoxide, Z. Kurban, A. Lovell, D. Jenkins, S.M. Bennington, I. Loader, A. Schober and N.T. Skipper, European Polymer Journal 46 (2010) 1194-1202
High energy neutron scattering from hydrogen using a direct geometry spectrometer, C.A. Stock, R.A. Cowley, J.W. Taylor and S.M. Bennington, Phys, Rev. B, 81 (2010) 024303
Ammonia absorption in calcium graphite intercalation compounds: in-situ neutron diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and magnetization, G. Srinivas, A. Lovell, N.T. Skipper, S.M. Bennington, Z. Kurban and R.I. Smith,Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12 (2010) 6253-6259
Structure and phase stability of hydrogenated first-stage alkali- and alkaline-earth metal graphite interaction compounds, G. Srinivas, A. Lovell, C.A. Howared, N.T. Skipper, M. Ellerby and S.M. Bennington, Synth. Met. 160 (2010) 1631-1635#
A Solution Selection Model for Coaxial Electrospinning and Its Application to Nanostructured Hydrogen Storage Materials, Zeynep Kurban, Arthur Lovell, Stephen M. Bennington, Derek W. K. Jenkins, Kate R. Ryan, Martin O. Jones, Neal T. Skipper, and William I. F. David, J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114, 21201–21213