Max Avdeev is the Neutron Diffraction Group leader at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering and responsible for the high-resolution neutron powder diffractometer Echidna at the OPAL research reactor operated by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
He received PhD in 1999 for the work on synthesis and crystal structural studies of Na-superionic conductors. After postdoctoral position at the Argonne National Laboratory (USA), in 2005 he joined ANSTO and since 2021 also holds position of Professor at the University of Sydney.
His main research interests are studies of crystal and magnetic structure of inorganic materials using X-ray and neutron diffraction and atomistic modelling. The results were published in over 500 papers in condensed matter physics, solid state chemistry, and materials science journals.