Paul Henry

Instrument Scientist for Powder Diffraction
Mobile: +46 721 79 20 82
Phone: +46 46 888 30 82
Email: paul.henry [at] esss.se



My instrument interests lie in the use of neutron powder diffraction to investigate structure-property relationships. In particular, I am interested in developing neutron scattering methods and techniques to expand the range of possible experiments. This includes the use of isotopic substitution, demonstrating how modern neutron instrumentation can deal with the perennial problem of incoherent scattering from hydrogenous materials and the development of specialized sample environment, such as gas flow cells and bulk humidity cells, to take advantage of the capabilities of the current generation of diffraction instruments.

My research interests lie in hydrogenous materials (such as ceramics for fuel cell applications, zeolites, clathrates) and their in-situ chemical processing. I also have an interest in developing novel materials in the area of frustrated-magnetism based on three-dimensional framework materials.


From over 75 peer reviewed publications:

Crystallography of hydrogen-containing compounds: realising the potential of neutron powder diffraction. Weller M.T., Henry P.F., Ting V.P., Wilson C.C. Chem. Commun. (2009), 2973-2989. DOI: 10.1039/b821336d

Hydrogenous materials using powder neutron diffraction: full structural determination of absorbed water molecules in a zeolite. Henry P.F., Weller M.T., Wilson C.C., Chem. Commun. (2008), 1557-1559. DOI: 10.1039/b719464a 

Structural Investigation of TS-1: Determination of the true non-random titanium framework substitution and silicon vacancy distribution from powder neutron diffraction studies using isotopes. Henry P.F., Weller, M.T., Wilson C.C., J. Phys. Chem. B (2001), 105(31), 7452-8. DOI: 10.1021/jp0107715


  • Instrument Scientist, E9 Powder Diffractometer, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany. 2008-2011
  • Instrument Scientist, D20 Powder Diffractometer, Institut Laue Langevin, France. 2003-2008
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Opto-Electronics Research Centre/Chemistry Department, University of Southampton, UK. 2002-2003
    • Working with Dr W.S. Brocklesby and Prof. M.T. Weller under the post doctoral mobility award GR/R94244 from the EPSRC using isotopic substitution methods applied to lanthanide clustering in silica glass based optical devices.
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Chemistry Department, University of Southampton, UK. 1997-2002
    • Working with Prof. M.T. Weller on grants GR/M21188 (Isotopes in powder diffraction), GR/L20955 (New framework materials) and GR/J27059 (New routes to oxides and nitrides using high pressure synthesis) from the EPSRC.
  • D. Phil. in Inorganic Chemistry, New College, University of Oxford, 1997
  • BA Chemistry, New College, University of Oxford, 1994
    • Part I Chemistry with Supplementary Biochemistry
    • Part II Advisor: Dr. P.A. Cox
    • Part II Title: PES studies of some uranium ternary oxides