Reiner Zorn received his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Cologne. Since 1990 he has been working at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, and since 1996 he has also been a member of the faculty of University of Münster. He was a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, and University San Sebastián, Spain. Dr. Zorn works on the dynamics of glass-forming materials and polymers using inelastic neutron scattering, dielectric spectroscopy, rheology, and computer simulation.
Experiments suggest that the celebrated “boson peak”—a low-frequency vibrational feature characteristic of amorphous materials—may be related to a well-known phonon singularity in ordered crystalline materials.