Future Applications of Small-Angle Scattering to Soft Matter
5 May 2016, STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon, UK
Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) is a uniquely powerful tool for characterising a broad range of soft matter and it is 17 years since the SCI/RSC Colloid Groups have held a meeting in which the technique took centre stage. In the intervening years the availability and capability of neutron sources, and their SANS instruments, have changed enormously. With construction of the €2bn European Spallation Source already underway in Sweden (to which the UK is a contributor) even greater promise awaits the Soft Matter community in the second half of the next decade.
This meeting focussed on state-of-the-art applications of SANS across a range of Soft Matter systems, and the future scientific opportunities that will come from new facilities, new instruments, and technical advances.
The meeting also celebrated the retirement of Dr Richard K Heenan, principal scientist in SANS at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron & Muon Source. During his distinguished career Richard has helped author over 300 publications (attracting over 5000 citations to date), the majority in the field of Soft Matter. He is a world authority on time-of-flight SANS, and has helped conceive and design several SANS instruments. However it is perhaps as the author of the FISH model-fitting software, which hundreds of small-angle scatterers in academia and industry have used to interpret their data over the years, that he is most widely known.
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