Inside SINE2020

April 2018: e-newsletter #11

Dear colleagues,

The 11th edition of our Inside SINE2020 newsletter will bring you the following news:

News of SINE2020:

  • General Assembly in 2018: Registrations closes on 24 Apr 2018
  • Current Project of DEUNET: Poly(lactic acid)

SINE2020 Industry:

  • SYNERGI2018 – R2B matchmaking session listed 65 meetings in two days
  • Who is next? FREE and non-destructive analysis of your material or device
  • BIOMODICS is back after a successful feasibility study within SINE2020

From the world of neutrons:

  • The latest neutron news
  • Job vacancies

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SINE2020: Project News


General Assembly in 2018

Registrations closes on 24 April 2018

The SINE2020 General Assembly will take place at the University of Parma in Italy, from June 5th – 6th in 2018. In addition we provide the opportunity to meet with your WP on Monday afternoon and/or Tuesday morning. For more details, please check out the programme

Did you already book your hotel for Parma?
The hotel ibis Styles Parma Toscanini may still accept bookings under the block code: SINE20200406.

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poly(lactic acid)

Current Project of DEUNET

Enzyme Catalysis Extended: Lipase-Catalysed Synthesis at ESS
Enzymatic production of perdeuterated, enantiopure lactic acid for polylactic acid (ESS, FZJ). This aim of this collaborative project is to synthesise stereo-defined, deuterium-labelled samples of poly(lactic acid).

Poly(lactic acid) is an increasingly important polymer because it can be derived from renewable resources and is recyclable and biodegradable.

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SINE2020: Industry

SYNERGI2018 – R2B matchmaking session listed 65 meetings in two days

SYNERGI2018 successfully provided a forum for industrials, ARI representatives and academic researchers with strong industry cooperation to discuss the possibilities for industrial R&D to better benefit from ARIs.

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Who is next? FREE and non-destructive analysis of your material or device.

You cannot solve your analytical problem with standard lab techniques?
The SINE2020 project offers the opportunity to use Europe’s leading neutron facilities for your company’s R&D.

Boost your R&D with advanced analytical techniques at certain neutron sources.
Apply by June 30, 2018!

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BIOMODICS - best practise..

BIOMODICS is back after a successful feasibility study within SINE2020

In the framework of the ‘industry consultancy’ of the SINE2020 European project, an innovative Danish company used small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) at the Institute Laue Langevin (ILL) in France, to see how it could help them improve their patented new material that combines silicon and hydrogel.

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From the world of neutrons:

Research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz under new leadership

The world's highest-performance neutron source for research, FRM II of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has a new Scientific Director. With the appointment of Professor Peter Müller-Buschbaum, an internationally renowned researcher has been appointed to succeed Winfried Petry.

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Leeuwenhoek microscope - TU Delft & Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Mystery of superior Leeuwenhoek microscope solved after 350 years at the TU Delft

Researchers from TU Delft and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave have solved an age-old mystery surrounding Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes. A unique collaboration at the interface between culture and science has proved conclusively that the linen trader and amateur scholar from Delft ground and used his own thin lenses.

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The dinosaur eggs are from the same clutch, which was found in China. © Wenzel Schürmann / TUM

Three dinosaur eggs at the MLZ

It is already known that dinosaurs lay eggs. The fact that the offspring of the same mother hatch at different times from the eggs, was observed so far only in modern birds. For the first time, measurements at FRM II could prove that already their ancestors, the dinosaurs, hatched asynchronously.

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Modular Neutron Detector SoNDe on Video @ JCNS

Modular Neutron Detector SoNDe on Video – JCNS

A new video from the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science introduces the novel detector system Solid State Neutron Detector, known as SoNDe. This technology is currently being developed at Forschungszentrum Jülich, in cooperation with other European partners, within the framework of an EU funded project.

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Matilde Borla, Soprintendenza Archeologia Piemonte, Italy and Valentina Turina, Musco Egizio di Torino, adjusting an Egyptian vase mounted on the IMAT instrument at the ISIS Neutron & Muon Source

Neutron techniques used to study 1400 BC grave goods from Egyptian tomb at ISIS

Scientists have used neutron tomography on IMAT and Engin-X to non-invasively investigate the content of two artefacts from the tomb of ‘Kha and Merit’, a married couple who walked the streets of Ancient Egypt over 3000 years ago.

The group used IMAT to carry out Neutron Radiography (NR), Neutron Tomography (NT) and Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (PGAA), whilst ENGIN-X provided further Neutron Diffraction (ND) measurements.

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International Workshop on Position Sensitive Neutron Detectors (PSND2018)

15 – 17 May 2018, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
The availability of highly efficient, large-area, position-sensitive neutron detectors is still of the highest importance in current and future research with neutrons. Intense upgrade programmes at existing facilities and the advent of future spallation sources have fostered the development of new advanced detection systems.

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Job vacancies

  • PhD position – A novel neutronics model of the solid D2 ultracold neutron converter (PSI)
  • Instrument Scientist for LOKI (ESS)
  • Mechanical Engineer – Superconducting Linac Systems (ORNL)
  • Postdoc – Neutron Reflectivity Studies of Corrosion Mechanisms at Molten Salt/Alloy Interface (ORNL)
  • Postdoctoral fellow in X-ray and Neutron Reflectometry – Sektor Material (IFE)

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EVENTS in 2018: Meetings, Conferences, Conventions and Exhibitions

April 2018

23. April 2018 – 27. April 2018
Hannover Messe

August 2018

22. August 2018 – 27. August 2018
ECM31: 31st European Crystallographic Meeting

25. August 2018 – 01. September 2018
RACIRI Summer School

September 2018

01. September 2018 – 30. September 2018
11th World Conference on Neutron Radiography

01. September 2018 – 30. September 2018

02. September 2018 – 07. September 2018

03. September 2018 – 14. September 2018
22nd JCNS Laboratory Course Neutron Scattering

11. September 2018 – 12. September 2018
Industry Space Days

17. September 2018 – 18. September 2018
3rd International Physics Conferences

17. September 2018 – 19. September 2018
Deutsche Tagung für Forschung mit Synchrotronstrahlung: Neutronen und Ionenstrahlen an Großgeräten

17. September 2018 – 28. September 2018
2018 European School on Magnetism: Magnetism by Light

October 2018

07. October 2018 – 12. October 2018
SAS2018: XVII International Conference on Small-Angle Scattering

16. October 2018 – 19. October 2018
Neutrons and Food

November 2018

23. November 2018 – 24. November 2018
4th Workshop on Energy at Research Infrastructures

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