Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Raina J. Olsen


Education

  • PhD Physics, May 2011, University of Missouri Columbia, emphasis condensed matter theory
  • MS Physics, May 2011, University of Missouri Columbia
  • MS Electrical Engineering, Dec. 2007, University of Missouri Columbia, emphasis signal processing
  • BS Electrical Engineering, May. 2002, University of Missouri Columbia
  • BS Computer Engineering, May. 2002, University of Missouri Columbia


Research Experience

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Oct 2014-present  
    I study crystal structure and lattice heat transport in solid solution alloys using X-ray and neutron scattering.
  • Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Awardee, Nov 2011-Nov 2013 
  • Research Visitor, Nov 2011-Sept 2014
    I studied the quantum effects in adsorbed hydrogen using a combination of theoretical and experimental work, with neutron scattering a common technique.
University of Missouri, Dept. of Physics
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, June 2011-Oct 2011 
  • Graduate Research Assistant, June 2007-May 2011
    I used both theoretical methods, and data analysis techniques applied to experimental data to study hydrogen adsorption.
University of Missouri, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
  • Research Specialist, August 2002-June 2007
    I carried out research in the field of ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation, performing both pure theoretical work and data analysis of experimental data.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, June 2000-August 2002
    I programmed Labview computer software used to run a data acquisition system for the lab, and worked on several research projects.


Teaching Experience

University of Missouri, Dept. of Physics
  • Instructor, Spring 2011-Summer 2011
    I taught the Algebra based “College Physics 1,” a four hour course for students in the health professions; and “Science of Inventions,” a one hour class for non-science majors.
  • Teaching Assistant, Fall 2007-Fall 2010
    I performed many teaching roles including instructing lab sections, teaching recitations, assisting with the writing-intensive class “Physics for Poets,” and grading for a pilot version of “College Physics 1” used to explore new pedagogical methods.
  • Tutor, Fall 2007-Spring 2008
    I tutored students of both Algebra and Calculus based general physics courses. I had five students total, of which some met weekly and some daily.


Leadership Experience

  • On Scientific Advisory and Local Organizing Committee for conference “Adsorption at the Nanoscale”, September 2011
    I assisted with communications with invited speakers.
  • Instructor for College Physics I, Summer 2011
    I was the instructor for the College Physics I. As part of this role, I supervised the work of 8 Teaching Assistants.
  • Chair of Student Integration Committee, Physics and Astronomy Graduate Student Association, January 2010-December 2010
    In this position, I met regularly with groups which included new, prospective, and upper level graduate students to share information about the department and other tips for success.


Proposals and Grants

  • Proposal for beam time at the Advanced Photon Source for the proposal "Phonon lifetimes in compositionally complex fcc solid solution alloys," by RJ Olsen and ED Specht, granted Dec 2014
  • Grant for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the proposal "Measurement of excitations in a high temperature Bose-Einstein condensate," by RJ Olsen, granted Jan 2014
  • Grant for beam time at NIST Center for Neutron Research for the proposal “Direct measurement of hydrogen densities in a promising hydrogen storage material using small angle neutron scattering,” by RJ Olsen, granted July 2013
  • Grant for beam time at ISIS for the proposal “Measurement of order parameters for molecular hydrogen in an excited Bose condensate,” by RJ Olsen and MB Stone, granted June 2013
  • Grant for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the proposal “Diffusion of molecular hydrogen in an excited Bose condensate,” by RJ Olsen, granted May 2013
  • Grant for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the proposal “Measurement of order parameters for molecular hydrogen in an excited bose condensate,” by RJ Olsen, granted May 2013
  • Grant for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the proposal “Nanoscale pore structure determination of synthetic and lignocellulose activated carbons,” by DS Stalla, RJ Olsen, and J Burress, granted Nov 2012
  • Grant for experimental work through the Center for Nanophase Materials Science for the proposal “The quantum effects of pore structure on hydrogen adsorption” by C Contescu and RJ Olsen, granted Dec 2011
  • Grant for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the proposal “Quantum excitation spectra of molecular hydrogen adsorbed on an oriented carbon substrate,” by RJ Olsen, P Pfeifer, H Taub, and J Morris, granted Nov 2011
  • Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Research Award for the proposal “The quantum effects of pore structure on hydrogen adsorption”, by RJ Olsen, granted Oct 2011
  • Grant for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the proposal “Studies of molecular hydrogen adsorbed in PVDC carbons,” by RJ Olsen, M Beckner, P Pfeifer and H Taub, granted May 2011
  • Grant for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the proposal “Studies of molecular hydrogen adsorbed in activated carbon,” by RJ Olsen, M Beckner, P Pfeifer and H Taub, granted July 2010

Publications

    Under Review

  1. RJ Olsen, “A high-temperature supersolid of H2 in a narrow bi-layer graphene potential,” Physical Review A
  2. Peer Reviewed

  3. RJ Olsen, “A high-temperature supersolid of 4He in a one-dimensional periodic potential,” Physical Review A, in press (2015) 91, 033602 (2015)
  4. C Contescu, H Zhang, RJ Olsen, E Mamontov, JR Morris & N Gallego, “Isotope effect on adsorbed quantum phases: diffusion of H2 and D2 in nanoporous carbon,” Physical Review Letters, 110, 236102 (2013)
  5. RJ Olsen, M Beckner, P Pfeifer, MB Stone, C Wexler, and H Taub, "Quantum excitation spectrum of adsorbed hydrogen observed by inelastic neutron scattering,” Carbon, 58 46-58 (2013)
  6. JR Morris, CI Contescu, MF Chisholm, VR Cooper, J Guo, L He, Y Ihm, E Mamontov, YB Melnichenko, R Olsen, SJ Pennycook, MB Stone, H Zhang & NC Gallego, “Modern approaches to studying gas adsorption in nanoporous carbons,” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, DOI 10.1039/C3TA10701A (2013)
  7. RJ Olsen, L Firlej, B Kuchta, H Taub, P Pfeifer, and C Wexler, “Sub-nanometer characterization of activated carbon by inelastic neutron scattering,” Carbon, 49 (5), 1663-1671 (2011)
  8. RJ Olsen and G Vignale, “Reply to ‘Comment on ‘The quantum mechanics of electric conduction in crystals’ by Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi,” American Journal of Physics, 79 (5), 549-551 (2011)
  9. RJ Olsen and G Vignale, “The quantum mechanics of electric conduction in crystals,” American Journal of Physics, 78 (9), 954-960 (2010)
  10. B Kuchta, L Firlej, R Cepel, P Pfeifer and C Wexler, “Structural and energetic factors in designing a nanoporous sorbent for hydrogen storage,” Colloids and Surfaces A, 357 (1-3), 61-66 (2010)
  11. C Wexler, R Olsen, P Pfeifer, B Kuchta, L. Firlej, S. Roszak, “Numerical analysis of hydrogen storage in carbon nanopores,” International Journal of Modern Physics B, 24 (25-26), 5152-5162 (2010)
  12. J. Burress, M Kraus, M Beckner, R Cepel, G Suppes, C Wexler and P Pfeifer, “Hydrogen storage in engineered carbon nanospaces,” Nanotechnology, 20, 204026 (2009)
  13. R Cepel, L Thombs, KC Ho, and SP Neal, “Statistical analysis and computer generation of spatially correlated acoustic noise,” Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, 26, 19-32 (2007)
  14. R Cepel, KC Ho, BA Rinker, DD. Pamer TP Lerch, and SP Neal, “Spatial correlation coefficient images for ultrasonic detection,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control 54, 1841-1850 (2007)
  15. R Cepel, KC Ho, BA. Rinker, DD Palmer TP Lerch and SP Neal, “Identifying the signal of interest for partially overlapping ultrasonic echos,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control 54 (9), 1841-1849 (2007)
  16. TP Lerch, R Cepel, and SP Neal, “Attenuation coefficient estimation using experimental diffraction corrections with multiple interface reflections,” Ultrasonics 44 (1), 83-92 (2006)
  17. Conference Proceedings

  18. RJ Olsen, “A high-temperature Bose-Einstein condensate of hydrogen molecules adsorbed in a narrow graphene pore,” International Conference on Carbon 2013 (Carbon 13), in press
  19. P Pfeifer, JW Burress, MB Wood, CM Lapilli, SA Barker, JS Pobst, RJ Cepel, C Wexler, PS Shah, MJ Gordon, GJ Suppes, PS Buckley, DJ Radke, J Ilavsky, AC Dillon, PA Parilla, M Benham, MW Roth, “High-surface-area biocarbons for reversible on-board storage of natural gas and hydrogen,” Materials Research Society Proceedings, 1041, 1041-R02-02 (2008)
  20. R Cepel, KC Ho, BA. Rinker, DD Palmer, Jr., and SP Neal, “Ultrasonic detection using correlation images,” Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, AIP Conference Proceedings, 894,657-664 (2006)
  21. R Cepel, KC Ho, BA Rinker, DD. Palmer, Jr., and SP Neal, “Discrimination between ultrasonic echo signals within the same time window,” Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, AIP Conference Proceedings, 894, 563-570 (2006)
  22. R Cepel, SP Neal, “The use of a normalized derivative approach for ultrasonic attenuation coefficient estimation,” Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, AIP Conference Proceedings, 820, 1155-1162 (2005)

Presentations

    Invited Talks

  1. RJ Olsen, “Use of neutron scattering to understand complex systems”, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Scattering and Thermophysics Group, Oak Ridge TN, Sept. 2014
  2. RJ Olsen, “Theoretical and experimental evidence of high Tc Bose-Einstein condensation”, University of Missouri, Physics, Columbia MO, Dec. 2013
  3. RJ Olsen, “Quantum effects in adsorbed hydrogen studied with theory and neutron scattering”, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, Oak Ridge TN, Oct. 2013
  4. RJ Olsen, “Quantum mechanics of hydrogen adsorption studied by neutron scattering”, University of Tennessee, Materials Science and Engineering, Knoxville TN, Nov. 2012
  5. RJ Olsen, “Improved hydrogen storage through quantum effects”, University of Missouri, Physics, Columbia MO, Sept. 2011
  6. RJ Olsen, “The quantum excitation spectrum of adsorbed hydrogen”, Adsorption at the Nanoscale Workshop, Columbia MO, Sept. 2011
  7. RJ Olsen, “The quantum excitation spectrum of adsorbed hydrogen”, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge TN, Sept. 2011
  8. RJ Olsen, “Explaining the unusually high hydrogen adsorption of carbon manufactured by the pyrolosis of Saran,” University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics, Cedar Falls IA, Jan. 2011
  9. Contributed Talks 

  10. RJ Olsen "High temperature superfluidity in a commensurate phase of adsorbed 4He", APS March Meeting, 2015, San Antonio, TX
  11. RJ Olsen, "Study of confined quantum fluids using neutrons", Workshop on Structure and Dynamics of Confined and Interfacial Fluids" July 2014, Oak Ridge, TN
  12. RJ Olsen, "A high temperature bose condensate of hydrogen molecules adsorbed in a narrow graphene pore", Carbon 2013 Conference, July 2013, Rio de Janerio Brazil
  13. RJ Olsen, "The Quantum effects of pore structure on hydrogen adsorption", DOE EERE Annual Merit Review, May 2013, Washington DC
  14. RJ Olsen “Quantum excitations of adsorbed hydrogen studied by inelastic neutron scattering”, Carbons for Energy Applications, 2012, Atlanta GA
  15. RJ Olsen, H. Taub, C Wexler, “The stationary states of adsorbed hydrogen”, APS March Meeting, 2012, Boston, MA
  16. C Wexler, M Beckner, J Romanos, T Rash, P Pfeifer, and R OlsenAnomalous characteristics of a PVDC carbon adsorbant”, APS March Meeting, 2011, Dallas, TX
  17. R Olsen, M Beckner, H Taub, P Pfeifer and C Wexler “Inelastic neutron scattering from hydrogen adsorbed in carbon materials”, APS March Meeting, 2011, Dallas, TX
  18. R Olsen, M Beckner, H Taub, C Wexler, “Inelastic neutron scattering from adsorbed hydrogen”, APS Prairie Section Meeting, Nov. 2010, Chicago, IL
  19. M Beckner, R Olsen, J Romanos, J Burress, E Dohnke, S Carter G Casteel, C Wexler, and P Pfeifer, “Isosteric heats of adsorption for activated carbons made from corn cob”, APS March Meeting, 2010, Portland, OR
  20. R Olsen, L Firlej, B Kuchta, P Pfeifer, H Taub and C Wexler, “Quantization of adsorbed hydrogen for inhomogeneous materials characterization using inelastic neutron scattering”, APS March Meeting, 2010, Portland, OR
  21. R Cepel, B Kuchta, L Firlej, P Pfeifer and C Wexler, “Quantum energy levels of hydrogen adsorbed on nanoporous carbons: an intrinsic probe for pore structure, and improving Monte Carlo simulations of adsorption”, APS March Meeting, 2009, Pittsburg, PA
  22. R Cepel, M Beckner, C Wexler, and P Pfeifer, “Determination of best models of adsorption of hydrogen in boron-doped nanopores”, APS March Meeting, 2008, New Orleans, LA
  23. Posters

  24. RJ Olsen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Committee for Women Poster Session, August 2014, Oak Ridge, TN
  25. RJ Olsen, DOE EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards Annual Meeting, April 2013, Golden, CO
  26. RJ Olsen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Committee for Women Poster Session, July 2012, Oak Ridge, TN
  27. RJ Olsen, DOE EERE Annual Merit Review, May 2012, Washington DC
  28. RJ Olsen, Workshop on Characterization of Porous Materials, April 2012, Delray Beach, FL
  29. RJ Olsen, DOE EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards Annual Meeting, Feb. 2012, Washington, DC
  30. RJ Olsen, Heraeus Seminar: Energy materials research by neutron and synchrotron radiation, May 2011, Bad Honnef, Germany
  31. R Cepel, Missouri Energy Summit, April 2009, Columbia, MO
  32. R Cepel, 33rd Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, August 2006, Portland, OR