Inside SINE2020

December 2017: e-newsletter #9

Dear colleagues,

The 9th edition of our Inside SINE2020 newsletter will bring you a brief review of the past year and the following news:

News of SINE2020:

  • Europe for Neutrons—Neutrons for Europe… SINE2020
  • General Assembly in 2018: Save the date!
  • Industry partners use neutrons for R&D: New case study online!
  • Additional countries are associated to Horizon 2020
  • SYNERGI 2018
  • SINE2020 goes Toulouse: Science in the City Festival 2018

From the world of neutrons:

  • The latest neutron news
  • Job vacancies

Highlight of the year 2017:

  • Publications relating to SINE2020

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Wishing you a happy holiday season and a new year filled with peace and prosperity,

The SINE2020 Coordination Team
Martin, Miriam and Anke

SINE2020: Project News

Europe for Neutrons—Neutrons for Europe… SINE2020

Neutron News Journal: Neutron News Vol. 28 , Iss. 3,2017
The Neutron and Muon Infrastructure Integrating Initiative (NMI3) was launched 2009. Including the last successful project “SINE2020”, the European Commission supported the European neutron community with about €23 million within the framework of the research and innovation program HORIZON2020.

Neutrons for Europe… The largest success of these projects and their real power are nevertheless in the networking activities. It is quite remarkable that different national sources together with universities and research centers have fostered a common neutron network which the ILL is honored to coordinate.

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General Assembly in 2018: Save the date!

The SINE2020 General Assembly will take place at the University of Parma in Italy,
from June 5th – 6th in 2018.

This is an opportunity to meet project members, exchange ideas, and learn the status of each work-package. These meetings are extremely important to foster collaboration among all of our 18 partners.
SAVE THE DATE: June 5th – 6th in 2018

Further information will be provided soon..

SINE2020: Industry

Industry partners use neutrons for R&D:

Biomodics patented technology, which incorporates a hydrogel in silicone in a so-called interpenetrating polymer network (IPN), decreases the risk of infection by preventing biofilm formation. These initial measurements (SANS) confirm that the hydrogel in the IPN samples absorb water, and that the current commercial material do not take up water, as evidenced by the fact that the scattering increases significantly when the IPN-samples are loaded with heavy water (D2O).

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Additional countries can apply for free measurements

In addition to European countries, as of 01 January 2017, the following countries are associated to Horizon 2020 and therefore are welcome to apply for free measurements at one of our neutron Large Scale Facilities (LSF’s):

All relevant information regarding associated countries and free test measurements..

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SYNERGI 2018: Research to Business (R2B) Matchmaking

From 8 to 9 March 2018, SYNERGI 2018 will bring together industrial researchers and scientists from large-scale facilities at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. These unique facilities offer a deep insight into materials of all types.

Registration for the Research to Business (R2B) Matchmaking requires the creation of a profile indicating the topics to discuss. Thematically, the forum will cover engineering materials science: automotive, aerospace, metallurgy, microelectronics, additive manufacturing and energy.

Early Bird registration closes on 31.12.2017

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SINE2020 goes Toulouse

The Olympic games of neutrons and photons

Toulouse hosts EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) and becomes European City of Science 2018!
SAVE THE DATE: July 7th – 15th, 2018

The Olympic games of neutrons and photons
Interactive activities from 11 cutting-edge research facilities exploring the frontiers of physics on Earth and space. Using a range of interactive tools, we aim to enrich the Science and the City Festival in Toulouse with fun insights into physicists’ research to better understand the world around and above us.

SINE2020 – a member of the ERF-AISBL

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From the world of neutrons:


J-PARC is back to its user operation since mid-October after three months of summer shutdown for maintenance. Beam operation was suspended for maintenance during the summer shutdown from July to September. Maintenance of the components and various improvement work were conducted in the accelerator facilities.

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Ultra-cold neutrons aid the search for dark matter

Ultra-cold neutrons are used as an ideal tool for studying gravity at the microscopic level and fundamental neutron optics.

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Ensuring oil and gas pipeline integrity using neutron beams

Oil and gas pipeline safety standard practices have been influenced by a team of researchers, who use neutron beams to better understand stress and corrosion in pipeline steel.

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NCNR 50 Year Symposium

The NIST Bureau of Standards Reactor is celebrating its 50th anniversary of going critical on December 7, 2017.

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Neutrons Aid the Development of Cancer-Killing Nanoparticles

An international team of reserchers is exploring one way to make tumour-destroying heat treatment more applicable to different kinds of tumours.

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Neutron spectroscopy: new detector module MultiFLEXX increases count rate tenfold

The triple axis spectrometer FLEXX at BER II provides a new detector module for user service.

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Neutrons probe oxygen-generating enzyme for a greener approach to clean water

A new study sheds light on a unique enzyme that could provide an eco-friendly treatment for chlorite-contaminated water supplies and improve water quality worldwide.

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Resisting the resistance: Neutrons search for clues to combat bacterial threats

Using the MaNDi instrument, scientists at ORNL hope to better understand how bacteria containing enzymes called beta-lactamases resist the beta-lactam class of antibiotics.

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Neutron spectroscopy reveals common ‘oxygen sponge’ catalyst soaks up hydrogen, too

A workhorse catalyst of vehicle exhaust systems—an “oxygen sponge” that can soak up oxygen from air and store it for later use in oxidation reactions—may also be a “hydrogen sponge.”

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“Perfectly frustrated” metal provides possible path to superconductivity, other new quantum states

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has discovered and described the existence of a unique disordered electron spin state in a metal that may provide a unique pathway to finding and studying frustrated magnets.

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Job vacancies

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Neutron Spectroscopy – (EPFL & PSI)
  • Instrument scientist, Spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA – (TUM)
  • Ph.D. position – Optimization of interfaces in all-solid-state Li-batteries – (JCNS)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate Optical Engineering – (ORNL)
  • RF Systems Lead – Proton Power Upgrade – (ORNL)
  • Scientist in the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging – (EPFL & PSI)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate – Radio Frequency Neutron Spin Larmor Labeling Technique – (ORNL)
  • PhD candidate in medical physics – (TUM)

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Highlight of the year 2017

Publications relating to SINE2020

  • Surfactant–Solvent Interaction Effects on the Micellization of Cationic Surfactants in a Carboxylic Acid-Based Deep Eutectic Solvent
    Greaves, Tamar L.; Drummond, Calum J.
    Chemical Society Reviews (November 28, 2017)
  • Measurements and Monte-Carlo simulations of the particle self-shielding effect of B4C grains in neutron shielding concrete
    D. D. DiJulio, C. P. Cooper-Jensen, I. Llamas-Jansa, S. Kazi, P. M. Bentley
    arXiv (November 16, 2017)
  • Integration of molecular machines into supramolecular materials: actuation between equilibrium polymers and crystal-like gels
    Giacomo Mariani , Antoine Goujon , Emilie Moulin , Michel Rawiso , Nicolas Giuseppone, Eric Buhler
    Nanoscale (November 6, 2017)
  • Characterization of Solubilizing Nanoaggregates Present in Different Versions of Simulated Intestinal Fluid
    Andrew Clulow, Albin Parrow, Adrian Hawley, Jamal Khan, Anna Pham, Per Larsson, Christel Bergström, Ben Boyd
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry B (November 1, 2017)
  • Thermal dynamics of pulsed-laser excited gold nanorods in suspension
    Anton Plech, Shyjumon Ibrahimkutty, Stefan Reich, Gemma Newby
    Nanoscale (October 26, 2017)
  • Optimising Low Molecular Weight Hydrogels for Automated 3D Printing
    Omar Mansour, Beatrice Cattoz, Manon Beaube, Morganne Montagnon, Richard Heenan, Ralf Schweins, Marie-Sousai Appavou, Peter Griffiths
    Soft Matter (October 26, 2017)
  • Towards generalized data reduction on a time-of-flight neutron reflectometer
    Philipp Gutfreund, Thomas Saerbeck, Miguel Gonzalez, Eric Pellegrini, Mark Laver, Charles Dewhurst, Robert Cubitt
    Journal of Applied Crystallography (October 23, 2017)
  • Self-Assembly of Long-Chain Betaine Surfactants: Effect of Tailgroup Structure on Wormlike Micelle Formation
    Veena Kelleppan, Jackson Moore, Thomas McCoy, Anna Sokolova, Liliana de Campo, Brendan Wilkinson, Rico Tabor
    Langmuir (October 10, 2017)
  • Clustering and Percolation in Suspensions of Carbon Black
    Jeffrey Richards, Julie Hipp, John Riley, Norman Wagner, Paul Butler
    Langmuir (October 2, 2017)
  • Designing Mixed Detergent Micelles for Uniform Neutron Contrast
    Ryan Oliver, Sai Venkatesh Pingali, Volker Urban
    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (October 1, 2017)
  • Charging poly (methyl methacrylate) latexes in nonpolar solvents: Effect of particle concentration
    Gregory Smith, Silvia Ahualli, Ángel Delgado, David Gillespie, Roger Kemp, Jocelyn Peach, Jonathan Pegg, Sarah Rogers, Olga Shebanova, Nathan Smith, Julian Eastoe
    Langmuir (October 1, 2017)
  • Studies on the Adsorption and Desorption of Mitoxantrone to Lauric Acid/Albumin Coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles
    Jan Zaloga, Artem Feoktystov, Vasil Garamus, Weronika Karawacka, Alexander Ioffe, Thomas Brückel, Rainer Tietze, Christoph Alexiou, Stefan Lyer
    Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces (September 28, 2017)
  • A low-background piston-cylinder type hybrid high pressure cell for muon-spin rotation/relaxation experiments
    Z. Shermadini, R. Khasanov, M. Elender, G. Simutis, Z. Guguchia, K.V. Kamenev and A. Amato
    arXiv (September 14, 2017)
  • Simulation Tools for Detector and Instrument Design
    Kalliopi Kanaki, Thomas Kittelmann, Xiao Xiao Cai, Esben Klinkby, Erik B. Knudsen, Peter Willendrup, Richard Hall-Wilton
    Computational Physics (August 7, 2017)
  • Glucosomes: Glycosylated Vesicle‐in‐Vesicle Aggregates in Water from pH‐Responsive Microbial Glycolipid
    Niki Baccile, Patrick Le Griel, Sylvain Prévost, Bernd Everaert, Inge van Bogaert, Sophie Roelants, Wim Soetaert
    ChemistryOpen (July 12, 2017)
  • A Polyethylene-B4C based concrete for enhanced neutron shielding at neutron research facilities
    D. D. DiJulio, C. P. Cooper-Jensen, H. Perrey, K. Fissum, E. Rofors, J. Scherzinger, P. M. Bentley
    NIMA (July 4, 2017)
  • Kameleon-a Behavior-Rich, Non-Memoryless and Time-Aware Generic Simulator
    R. Fernandes, N. Senaud
    Proceedings of IPAC2017 (June 1, 2017)
  • Feasibility and applications of the spin-echo modulation option for a small angle neutron scattering instrument at the European Spallation Source
    A. Kusmin, W. G. Bouwman, A. A. van Well, C. Pappas
    NIMA (June 1, 2017)
  • Monte Carlo Particle Lists: MCPL
    T. Kittelmann, E. Klinkby, E. B. Knudsen, P. Willendrup, X. X. Cai, K. Kanaki
    Computer Physics Communications (May 8, 2017)
  • Reversible Morphological Control of Cholecystokinin Tetrapeptide Amyloid Assemblies as a Function of pH
    Frédéric Gobeaux, Florence Porcher, Rajeev Dattani
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry B (April 13, 2017)
  • Low-field single-sided NMR for one-shot 1D-mapping: Application to membranes
    Patrick Judeinstein, Filippo Ferdeghini, Rodrigo Oliveira-Silva, Jean-Marc Zanotti, Dimitrios Sakellariou
    Journal of Magnetic Resonance (April 1, 2017)
  • Glucosomes: Glycosylated Vesicle-in-Vesicle Aggregates in Water from pH-Responsive Microbial Glycolipid
    Niki Baccile, Patrick Le Griel, Sylvain Prévost, Bernd Everaert, Inge N. A. Van Bogaert, Sophie Roelants, Wim Soetaert
    ChemistryOpen (January 1, 2017)

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EVENTS in 2018: Meetings, Conferences, Conventions and Exhibitions

January 2018

27. January 2018 – 02. February 2018
The 2nd NEUBIAS Conference

February 2018

25. February 2018 – 30. March 2018
HERCULES European School 2018: Neutrons and synchrotron radiation for science

26. February 2018 – 09. March 2018
49th IFF Spring School

26. February 2018 – 28. February 2018
Big Science Business Forum 2018

27. February 2018 – 08. March 2018
ISIS Neutron Training Course

May 2018

24. May 2018 – 26. May 2018
International workshop on Particle Physics at Neutron Sources : PPNS-2018

27. May 2018 – 01. June 2018
Fatigue 2018

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

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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This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654000.