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Dazhi Liu, PhD


Postdoctoral Associate

Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

Massachusetts Institute of Technology                   


NW13-261, 138 Albany Street                   

Cambridge, MA 02139, USA                                                                                                                     

Email: liudz@mit.edu

Phone: (617) 324-2492

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SPIE - The International Society of Optics and Photonics  A new generation of neutron-focusing optics   Feb 4, 2014

Materials360 Online     Wolter Mirrors Focus Neutrons in a Compact SANS Instrument   Oct 16, 2013


 MIT News  New kind of microscope uses neutrons   Oct 4, 2013






Massachusetts Institute of Technology                  (2003 – 2008)

PhD in Nuclear Science and Engineering

Dissertation titled Studies of Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition and Critical Phenomena in Supercooled Confined Water by Neutron Scattering


Tsinghua University                                               (1996 – 2003)

Master Degree in Engineering Physics

Thesis titled Pulse Shape Discrimination and Energy Reconstruction of CsI(Tl) Detector in TEXONO

Bachelor Degree in Engineering Physics




Ø   Soft condensed matters and complex liquids

Ø   Nano-materials and bio-materials

Ø   Design, develop and research on neutron and x-ray instrumentation

Ø   Studies of neutron and x-ray scattering


Selected Publications


(Full list of publications)


[1]   Dazhi Liu, Mikhail V Gubarev, Brian D. Ramsey, J Lee Robertson, Lowell Crow, David E Moncton, Boris Khaykovich, “Demonstration of a SANS instrument equipped with achromatic axisymmetric focusing mirrors”, Nature Communications, 4, 2556 (2013); doi:10.1038/ncomms3556


[2]   Dazhi Liu, Daniel Hussey, Mikhail V. Gubarev, B. D. Ramsey, D. Jacobson, M. Arif, David E. Moncton, Boris Khaykovich, “Demonstration of achromatic cold-neutron microscope utilizing axisymmetric focusing mirrors”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 102, 183508 (2013); doi: 10.1063/1.4804178


[3]   Dazhi Liu, Mikhail Gubarev, Giacomo Resta, Brian Ramsey, David Moncton, Boris Khaykovich, “Axisymmetric Grazing-Incidence Focusing Optics for Small-Angle Neutron Scattering”, NIM A, 686, 145-150 (2012)


[4]   Dazhi Liu*, Kunlun Hong, Carrie Y. Gao, Yuri Melnichenko, Ken Littrell, Greg Smith, Jinkui Zhao, “First Data Acquired on the EQ-SANS Diffractometer at the Spallation Neutron Source”, J. Appl. Crys., 44, 1120-1122 (2011)


[5]   J.K. Zhao, Carrie Y. Gao, Dazhi Liu, “The Extended Q-Range Small Angle Neutron Scattering Diffractometer at the SNS”, J. Appl. Crys., 43, 1068-1077 (2010)


[6]   Dazhi Liu, Yang Zhang, Yun Liu, Jianlan Wu, Chia-Cheng Chen, Chung-Yuan Mou, Sow-Hsin Chen, “Density Measurement of 1-D Confined Water by Small Angle Neutron Scattering Method: Pore Size and Hydration Level Dependences”, J. Phys. Chem. B., 112, 4309-4312, (2008)


[7]   Dazhi Liu, Xiang-qiang Chu, Marco Lagi, Yang Zhang, Emiliano Fratini, Piero Baglioni, Ahmet Alatas, Ayman Said, Ercan Alp, Sow-Hsin Chen, “Studies of Phonon-like Low Energy Excitations of Protein Molecules by Inelastic X-ray Scattering”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 101, 135501 (2008)


[8]   Dazhi Liu, Yang Zhang, Chia-Cheng Chen, Chung-Yuan Mou, Peter H Poole, Sow-Hsin Chen, “Observation of the Density Minimum in Deeply Supercooled Confined Water”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 104, 9570–9574, (2007)


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