soft functional matter - training workshop for industry

Consumer products based on soft functional material often exhibit macroscopic properties which are strongly dependent on their micro- and nano-structures extending over multiple length scales. Synchrotron and neutron scattering are complementary techniques ideally suited for probing these multilevel structures and deliver valuable and often unique information to the R&D scientist or engineer.

Based in Grenoble (in the French Alps), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, and the Institute Laue Langevin (ILL, are world-leading synchrotron X-ray and neutron sources, respectively. We run a suit of advanced instruments with a wide range of sample environments mimicking industrial processing conditions and operated by a dedicated staff of experts, on hand to advise users. Fast and flexible access for proprietary experiments with a modular, personalised service is offered to our industrial clients.

This workshop presents a unique opportunity for industrial scientists to get hands-on practical experience of the various X-ray and neutron techniques available at the ESRF and the ILL under the close guidance and tuition of our scientists. Specific problems directly concerning the R&D scientist / engineer will be treated in group sessions or confidentially through one-to one meetings.

The workshop will be introduced by invited long-standing users from industry who will share their personal experience of carrying-out important research at the ESRF and the ILL.

Date: 24 to 26 November 2015 (noon-to-noon, 2 nights)
Venue: European Photon & Neutron Science Campus (EPN), hosted by: ILL – Neutrons for Science and ESRF – The European Synchrotron
71 avenue des Martyrs, 38000 Grenoble, France
Registration: Closing date 31 of October 2015. To register, please send a message to the organisers: 
Fees: No fees apply for registrations before 31 October 2015. The workshop includes coffee breaks, lunches, dinners and accommodation in the guesthouse on the EPN campus.

Dr Michael Sztucki (contact by email)
Dr Lionel Porcar (contact by email)

Covered topics:

(main focus will be determined by the interests of the participants)

Small Angle Scattering (SAS) techniques (using Neutrons or X-rays) help researchers in various scientific fields like physics, chemistry, biology, materials sciences, and engineering to gain insight into a variety of research questions for structure determination of systems from atomic or molecular to mesoscopic scales.

Systems to be studied by SAS of X-rays and Neutrons extend over a wide range such as determining the microstructure and phase behaviour of polymers, liquid crystals, colloids, membranes, surfactants, biomolecules, and complex systems like detergents, food products, pharmaceuticals, etc.

  • Small and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS/WAXS) as well as Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instruments at ESRF and ILL offer a high photon / neutron flux and give access to a wide range of length scales from a few Angstroms up to micron scale.
  • Combination of X-ray and neutrons provide unique tools to resolve internal structure and reveal details otherwise hidden.
  • Scanning microbeam SAXS/WAXS and single micro-crystal/fibre diffraction (µXRD) allows the local nanostructure of very small objects to be tested, like micro-specimens of composite materials, micromechanical parts, polymer fibres, micro-fluidics, and biological specimens with micro- or nanometric real space resolution.
  • Grazing Incidence Diffraction/Scattering (GID/GISAXS) techniques give access to nanoscale structure of nano-structured complex fluids at interfaces, films, biological membranes, etc.


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