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Ralph Gilles

Dr. habil. Ralph Gilles

Research & Skills

I am a physicist and heading the research group “Advanced Materials” with expertise in neutron scattering methods for studying energy materials as high-temperature alloys and batteries. At FRM II, I was working as an instrument scientist to design, built and brought in commission the structure powder diffractometer SPODI and the small-angle scattering instrument SANS-1 dedicated for materials science and magnetism at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching, near Munich, Germany. In my group methods as diffraction, small-angle scattering, imaging, neutron depth profiling and neutron induced prompt gamma activation analysis are applied mainly for alloy and battery research. I authored over 160 peer-reviewed articles (37 as first author) on topics ranging from instrumentation at large scale facilities, alloy development, thin films, ceramics over to in-situ and operando studies on batteries. Furthermore, I am the industrial coordinator for industrial use of scientific instruments at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum.

  • neutron and X-ray diffraction
  • small-angle neutron scattering
  • neutron depth profiling
  • and more methods

Curriculum Vitae

since 2015

Head of Advanced Materials group

since 2012

Group coordinator of the Materials Science group at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ)

since 2005

Coordinator for the industrial use of scientific instruments at the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)


Head of the Materials Science Laboratory (X-ray diffraction, Small-angle X-ray scattering, DSC, microscopy, sample preparation etc.)


Instrument responsible for the Small-Angle Neutron Scattering instrument SANS-1 at FRM II in Garching


Instrument responsible for the Structure Powder Diffractometer SPODI at FRM II in Garching


Instrument responsible for the Small-Angle Neutron Scattering instrument V4 at Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin


Habilitation in Materials Science – Superalloys and Neutron Scattering, University of Darmstadt


Phd in Physics (Crystallography) – Thin films, University of Bonn


Diploma in Physics, University of Bonn

Selected Publications