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Seminar: MRI Seminar 'Total Neutron Scattering: the order of disorder' with Dr Silvia Imberti, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab

Date(s): 10 April 2019
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: PP1 People's Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Silvia Imberti
Dr Silvia Imberti
S. Imberti
STFC, ISIS Neutron and Muon source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Chilton, Didcot, OX1 0QX, United Kingdom

Total neutron scattering (TNS) has been applied for almost 30 years at ISIS to the study of liquids and glasses. The unique combination of high energy neutrons and forward scattering detectors allows a routine Q range of 0.1-50 Å on SANDALS (TS1) and, more recently, 0.01-80 Å on NIMROD (TS2), with minimal inelasticity corrections. In the past 15-20 years, the traditional hydrogen/deuterium substitution technique has been complemented with atomistic simulations (EPSR), to allow for structure refinement and full exploitation of the diffraction data.

In three decades, the scientific program of the Disordered Materials group at ISIS has seen a dramatic increase in quantity and breath, going from water and amorphous ice to aqueous solutions of biological molecules, to clays and nanomaterials. In this contribution I will focus on materials with an application or potential application in the energy and environmental fields, showcasing some of our most recent and most advanced studies.

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