Neutron scattering: a powerful method for materials research

  • 8 – 12 August 2016

  • 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. While this year's summer course will continue to cover fundamental scattering theory and commonly-used scattering techniques, the focus will be on inelastic neutron scattering. There will also be several practical sessions on the 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 networking over lunches. The registration fee is HK$3000 which includes accommodation, lunches, coffee breaks and a banquet. Please find the participant application form below.

More detailed information regarding the course can be found here:

Venue: The City University of Hong Kong

Date: 7 to 13 August 2016

Application deadline: 4 May 2016

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships will be available for selected students who would otherwise not be able to attend the course.

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

Dr Robert Robinson

Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization

Professor Takeshi Egami

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee

Professor Robert McGreevy

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Professor Bruce D. Gaulin

Department of Physics & Astronomy, McMaster University

Professor Masatoshi Arai

European Spallation Source (ESS)

Dr Stephen E. Nagler

Quantum Condensed Matter Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Professor Frank Klose

Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization

Dr Elliot Gilbert

Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization

Dr Wanchuck Woo

Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute

Professor J. Hong

Beijing Institute of Technology

Professor Xun-Li Wang

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

Professor Brent Fultz

California Institute of Technology

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