Neutron scattering: a powerful method for materials research

  • 11 – 15 August 2014

  • City University of Hong Kong

Neutron scattering: a powerful method for materials research

This 5-day intensive course is an introduction to neutron scattering aimed at postgraduate students and early-career researchers. It will present several commonly-used scattering techniques that can be made relevant to various research, and include several sessions focusing on analysis of neutron scattering data.

The discovery and development of new materials hinge on our understanding of their structures and dynamics. Neutron scattering is a powerful and versatile method to characterize the structure and dynamics of materials. Originally developed as a tool for physics, it has led to major advances in many areas of science and technology such as clean energy, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology, materials engineering, information technology and fundamental physics.

The last few decades have brought about tremendous advances in neutron scattering sources and instrumentation. This includes the new China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) under construction in Dongguan, China. 60 miles from Hong Kong, it is destined to become an international hub for materials research. This course will be a rare chance to become familiar with the techniques that will be employed there.

As neutron scattering is relatively new to the Hong Kong scientific community, the summer course will emphasise on commonly used scattering techniques employed in materials research such as Neutron Diffraction (ND), Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS), Neutron Reflectivity (NR), Inelastic Neutron Scattering (INS) and Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS).

The number of participants in the course will be limited to 30, in order to facilitate greater interaction between participants and lecturers. Participants will be able to approach the eminent scientists engaged both in educational settings such as classrooms and laboratory sessions, as well as network casually in working lunches.

Scholarships: select students who would not otherwise be able to attend the course may apply.

Course directors

Professor Xun-Li Wang 王循理

Executive Director at The City University of Hong Kong


Professor Takashi Egami

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About your speakers

Professor Sunil K. Sinha

Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego

Professor Takeshi Egami

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee

Dr Stephen E. Nagler

Quantum Condensed Matter Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Robert McGreevy

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Professor Brent T. Fultz

Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science, California Institute of Technology

Professor Takashi Kamiyama

J-PARC Center / KEK High Energy Accelerator Research Organization

Frank Klose

Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization

Dr Suresh Mavila Chathoth

Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong

Professor Xun-Li Wang

Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong

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