oliver kirstein

Oliver Kirstein

Head of Instrument Technologies Division

Research Interests

  • Advanced ceramics
  • Texture
  • Elastic properties
  • Neutron instrumentation
  • Hydrogen dynamics in molecular crystals

Selected Publications

Stress / Texture / MAX phases

  • C.M. Wensrich, E.H. Kisi, V. Luzin, U. Garbe, O. Kirstein, A.L. Smith, J.F. Zhang, Force chains in monodispers spehrical particle assemblies: Three-dimensional measurements using neutrons, Phys. Rev. E 90, 042203 (2014); DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.90.042203; see also phys.org: Recent result on force chains
  • O. Muransky, T.M. Holden, O. Kirstein, J.A. James, A.M. Paradowska, L. Edwards, Evaluation of residual stresses in electron-beam welded Zr2.5Nb0.9Hf Zircadyne flange mock-up of a reflector vessel beam tube flange, Journal of Nuclear Materials (2013)
  • J.F. Zhang, E.H. Kisi, O. Kirstein, Quantitative Neutron Diffraction Texture Measurement Applied to α-phase Alumina and Ti3AlC2, J. Appl. Cryst. (2011) 44
  • O. Kirstein, J.F. Zhang, E.H. Kisi, D.P. Riley, Ab initio phonon dispersion curves used to check experimentally determined elastic constants oft he MAX phase Ti3SiC2, Advanced Materials Research, Vol 275, p 129 (2011)
  • E.H. Kisi, J.F.Zhang, O. Kirstein, D.P. Riley, M.J.Styles, A.M. Paradowska, Shear stiffeness in Nano-laminar Ti3SiC2 challenges ab-initio calculation, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 22 (2010) 162202
  • K. Yan, K.-D. Liss, U. Garbe, J. Daniels, O. Kirstein, H. Li and R. Dippenaar, From Single Grains to Texture,Advanced Engineering Materials, 11/10 (2009), p. 771-773 + Cover Page


  • K. Andersen, T. Bigault, J. Birch, J.C. Buffet, J. Correa, R. Hall-Wilton, L. Hultman, C. Höglund, B. Guerard, J. Jensen, A. Khaplanov, O. Kirstein, F. Piscitelli, P. Van Esch, C. Vettier, 10B multi-grid proportional gas counters for large area thermal neutron detectors, Nuclear Instruments & Methods In Physics Research A (2012)
  • M. Prager, H. Grimm, O. Kirstein, Using phase space transformation for an improved hybrid cold time-of-flight spectrometer, Nuclear Instruments & Methods A 554 (2005) 415-426
  • O. Kirstein, The Residual-Stress diffractometer for the Australian Replacement Research Reactor, Journal of Neutron Research, Vol. 119(4), 283-287 (2003)
  • O. Kirstein, T. Kozielewski, M. Prager, K. H. Andersen A, 0.9 micro-eV direct backscattering spectrometer for the 50 Hz target station of the European Spallation Source ESS, Appl. Phys. A 74 [Suppl.], S130-132 (2002)

Hydrogen dynamics in molecular crystals

  • O. Kirstein, M. Prager, G.J. Schneider, Rotational dynamics and coupling of methyl group rotations in methyl fluoride studied by high resolution inelastic neutron scattering, Journal of Chemical Physics, 130, 21408 (2009)
  • O. Kirstein, M. Prager, H.Grimm, A. Wischnewski, A. Buchsteiner, Quasielastic neutron scattering experiments including activation energies and mathematical modelling of methyl halide dynamics, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 127, No. 9, 7. September 2007
  • O. Kirstein, M. Prager, R.M. Dimeo, A. Desmedt, Rotational dynamics of methyl groups in m-xylene, Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 122, No. 1, 1. January 2005

Career History