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

Erice, Italy



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.


University of Rome Tor Vergata

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