04. July 2018 - 13. July 2018 Erice School - Neutrons for Chemistry and Materials Science Applications

Erice, Sicily, Italy


The School focuses on neutron instrumentation, mainly for large-scale facilities and foreseen compact neutron facilities. Participants are selected for the course based on their need to utilize neutron instrumentation design techniques (including sample environment and software) as part of their present and/or future research activities. Preference is given to early stage researchers from neutron facilities, universities or other research institutions but more experienced researchers are also welcome to apply.

School Objectives

  • Educate graduate students, early-career scientists and engineers on neutron scattering techniques with a focus on instrumentation
  • Foster interactions between students, research centres and university groups
  • Help train the next generation of instrument builders for today’s and tomorrow’s neutron facilities

With a target audience of 25-30 students, the school is intended to promote activities in instrument design and form the next generation of instrument designers.

Course Objectives

The Vth course “Neutrons for Chemistry and Materials Science Applications” within the ERICE School “International School of Neutron Science and Instrumentation” is organized as a two-part master class. It provides a coherent set of introductory lectures on design, construction and implementation of instrumentation, sample environment and software to address the scientific requirements of the user community. The specialized topic focusses on software, concentrating on chemistry and materials science applications. Foundation lectures on structural analysis, using average structure (Rietveld) and local structure (total scattering) methods, and dynamics, using experimental data analysis techniques and theoretical modelling, will introduce the participants to the rapidly growing combined approaches available to neutron scatterers today. The further growth of optimized instrumentation, sample environment and software are crucial to addressing the myriad of scientific problems investigated by the user community.

The Course will consist of lectures and specialised seminars directed towards graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and junior scientists working at universities and large-scale facilities. It will provide a broad overview of the field, including the most recent ideas and advances in instrumentation, modelling and experimental capabilities, as well as a critical discussion of the development issues involved. Evening lectures will highlight the historical role of neutron scattering techniques. With a target audience of 25-30 students, the school intends to promote collaboration in instrumentation design, including sample environments, and successful implementation of reliable software for current and next generation large-scale neutron facilities. By gathering participants with different backgrounds, the course encourages cross-fertilization of ideas. Continued success at large-scale facilities need strong interactions in instrumentation, sample environment, software and modelling development programmes between facilities and university-based researchers.

Deadline for student, lectures registration and travel forms is the 4th June 2018.
Registration fee for all participants – students and lectures – : €1100 should be paid by bank transfer by 4th June 2018.

Supported by GRANT 654000 —SINE2020 — H2020-INFRADEV-2014-2015/H2020-INFRADEV-1-2014-1


Ettore Majorana Foundation And Centre For Scientific Culture

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