Neutronsources | News en-us Copyright (C) GNeuS Postdoc Positions in Neutron Science The second call for applicants for the GNeuS fellowship programme opens on 1 November 2022. Tue, 30 Nov -0001 Neutrons uncover new density waves in fermion liquids - a publication in Nature today Scientists working at the Institut Laue-Langevin have carried out the first investigation of two-dimensional fermion liquids using neutron scattering, and discovered a new type of very short wave-length density wave. The team believe their discovery, published today in Nature, will interest researchers looking at electronic systems, since high-temperature superconductivity could result from this type of density fluctuation. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 Science Scientists at ESS meeting in Berlin In Berlin, more than 300 scientists have gathered to define the science of the future European Spallation Source. In total, ideas from more than 1000 scientists have been fed into the project. ESS will be one of Europes largest science facilities. It will be the worlds brightest facility for advanced materials research and life science with neutrons. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 Evidence of deep water penetration in silica during stress corrosion fracture Stress corrosion - combined action of mechanical stress and corrosion by water from the surrounding atmosphere - is often the cause of crack propagation in glasses. A study by neutron reflectivity at the Laboratoire Lon Brillouin IRAMIS LLB of samples of silica glass fractured under an atmosphere of heavy water D2O shows a high penetration of water into the glass. Wed, 30 May 2012 The neutrons 80th birthday 1st June 2012 marks 80 years since Cambridge Physicist James Chadwicks famous Nobel Prize winning paper, proving the existence of the neutron, was published by the Royal Society. Chadwicks discovery led to the development of neutron research which has been making breakthroughs across the sciences. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 Optimized Haemoglobin in Humans and Platypus For a healthy human organism, the ideal body temperature is about 37 degrees Celsius, while for platypus 33C are sufficient. A team of neutron researchers has now discovered how the haemoglobin of various species adapted to different body temperatures during the course of evolution. Thanks to its properties, haemoglobin can optimally transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells at the respective temperature. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 Distribution of soot particles in particulate filters of diesel vehicles seen for the first time Nowadays all diesel motor vehicles are fitted with a particulate filter as standard. However it is not known exactly how the soot particles are deposited inside these filters. Now, by Neutron Tomography, researchers at PSI have made the soot inside filters visible, creating a foundation from which these filters can be optimised and developed further. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 Researchers find spins acting like real bar magnets in a new material An international team of researchers has discovered an excellent new material for studying the behaviour of spins. The spins in the colourless salt LiErF4 behave like real bar magnets. They also managed to switch on and off the magnetic properties of the material using quantum mechanics. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 First evidence of Higgs mechanism in a magnet About the British physicist Peter Higgs has been much talk recently. Researchers at the European Nuclear Research Center CERN in Geneva were more likely to prove what he predicted in the 1960s as a Higgs boson. His proposed Higgs mechanism explains how elementary particles get their mass - and also plays a role beyond elementary particle physics. By using neutron scattering experiments, an international research team found the first indication that this mechanism can explain a phase transition of exotic magnetic states in a Yb2Ti2O7 crystal near absolute zero. During the cooling of a so called quantum spin ice state, they observed for the first time evidence of a spontaneous exchange with what Peter Higgs had predicted as a Higgs field in a magnet. The results are published in Nature Communications. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 Prof. Alan Tennant has won the Europhysics Prize Tennant was honored for the experimental observation of magnetic monopoles using neutron scattering at the Berlin research reactor BER II. He shares the 2012 prize with 5 other scientists for the prediction and experimental observation of magnetic monopoles in spin ice. Mon, 03 Sep 2012 Continuous Lithium exchange causes battery fatigue Scientists at FRM II in collaboration with the Institute of Applied Materials - Energy Storage Systems IAM-ESS and the Materials Science Department used neutron diffraction to observe an important process that contributes to fatigue in current Li-ion batteries. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 New nuclear reactor planned in Argentina In 2011 it has been decided that a new nuclear reactor will be constructed in Argentina. It will become the 10th nuclear reactor in the country and the Atomic Energy National Commission Comisin Nacional de Energa Atmica, CNEA, which is the main responsible for the project, plans that this OPAL-like reactor will start operating by 2018 in a location to be defined. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 From Braggs law to neutron diffraction On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of W. H. Bragg and the 100th anniversary of Braggs law, Ins Crespo reviews the reasoning that led W. L. Bragg to his famous equation, setting the foundations for the deployment of neutron diffraction to spur development in fields as varied as computer memory chips, aircraft turbine engines and energy storage devices. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 MLZ: New center for neutron research in Germany The successful collaboration between the Technical University of Munich, the Jlich Research Centre and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht received a new name: Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ. The inaugural ceremony was held in Garching, Germany. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 Bertaut Prize 2013 - call for nominations The European Crystallographic Association ECA and the European Neutron Scattering Association ENSA announced the call for nominations for the 6th Bertaut Prize. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 Neutrons contribute to turnaround in energy policy FRM II participates in TU Munich research project to develop local energy buffer systems. The purpose of this initiative is to make more efficient use of renewable energy resources. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 Observing Engine Oil beneath Metal In order to observe how oil is distributed inside a clutch, developmental engineers from the Schaeffler-Brand LuK D together with scientists from PSI are working together, illuminating metals with neutrons. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 Neutrons help explain ozone poisoning and links to thousands of premature deaths Researchers used neutrons to investigate how ozone causes severe respiratory problems and thousands of cases of premature death each year by attacking the fatty lining of our lungs. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 Mary Rose reveals armour piercing cannonball secret Discoveries about the Mary Rose ship vessel made from experiments performed at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, Switzerland will change our understanding of history. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 Recent experimental aspects of the structure and dynamics of liquid and supercooled water Liquid water, the most familiar liquid, is still not completely understood, even less so all the processes in which it participates. We describe the present situation of research concerning the so-called anomalies of liquid water at low temperature. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 Neutrons and X-rays help investigate new materials for gas turbines Since the period that followed World War II, gas turbines have developed to become more efficient, which led to increased gas temperatures inside the turbines. It is estimated that future gas turbines will function at temperatures about 200C higher than today. The materials currently used cannot withstand such high temperatures. For this reason it is necessary to investigate new materials. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 Small angle neutron scattering study of ancient pottery from Syracuse Small angle neutron scattering SANS has potential as a non-invasive analytical tool in archaeometry, also in conjunction with other, more usual, methodologies. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 Nearly 5 million euros for high-precision experiments with ultra-cold neutrons For the measurement of the electric dipole moment of the neutron at FRM II, the research group of Prof Peter Fierlinger from the Excellence Cluster Universe at TUM and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Berlin are provided with 3.45 million euros. Fri, 03 May 2013 Assessing exposure to pollution in industrial workplaces In industrial settings, employees may be exposed to high concentrations of metals while working indoors. Neutrons give insights into the air quality in the workplace. Mon, 06 May 2013 Healthy diet Using neutrons to quantify selenium in cereal crops Selenium Se is an essential micronutrient for human health, protecting, for example, against cardiovascular disease, male sterility and certain forms of cancer. Even though it is a common nutrient e.g. in cereals, it is lacking in the diet of at least 1 billion people around the globe. The few available data indicate that Portugal is one of the countries concerned. A research project taking place in Portugal aims to assess the levels of Se in the countrys cereals and soils. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 Neutrons reveal potential dangers of gold nanoparticles Scientists working at the Institut Laue-Langevin have shown that the charge of gold nanoparticles, identified by major pharmaceutical companies as a drug delivery agent of the future for the treatment of cancer, affects how they interact with our cells protective outer wall. These crucial insights, published in Langmuir, provide a first step in the effective design of safe nanoparticles for biomedical applications and the practices and procedures for their secure handling in a variety of other consumer products. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 Investigating a new material for lithium rechargeable batteries The existence of the protonated hexatitanate H2Ti6O13 was only very recently demonstrated, even though only a partial characterisation has been accomplished. Our analysis of data from synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction, combined with IR spectroscopy data, provided us with a precise determination of the crystal structure, thus shedding light on the electrochemical properties of the material and the charge and discharge processes. H2Ti6O13 finally revealed itself to be an interesting material for rechargeable lithium batteries. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 NMI3s Joint Research Activities The Joint Research Activities JRAs supported by NMI3-I have brought experts together from facilities across Europe to develop new techniques and instrumentation for neutron and muon research. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 Penetrating the quantum nature of magnetism ILL Scientists have for the very first time given a complete description of a one-dimensional spin-12 Heisenberg antiferromagnet. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 The winner of the sixth Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut Prize is announced The Sixth Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut Prize of the European Crystallographic Association ECA and European Neutron Scattering Association ENSA is awarded to Dr. Johan Chang. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 The winner of the 2013 Walter Hlg Prize is announced It is a great pleasure to announce that the winner of the 2013 Walter Hlg prize is Professor Joe Zaccai. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 The 2013 Call for Instrument Proposals is Open ESS will have 22 neutron instruments, available to the research community for probing the interior of scientific samples. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 Research in Jlich Magazine App The new Research in Jlich Magazine App is now available. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 Unexpected behaviour during charge and discharge of Li-ion batteries For the economic efficiency of electric vehicles a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of lithium intercalation into the electrode materials during charge and discharge will be advantageous. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 New fluorescent fingerprint tag aims to increase IDs from hidden fingerprints on bullets and knives Neutron scattering at ILL and ISIS delves inside new crime scene forensics technique developed by the University of Leicester. Research to address the fact that only 10 of fingerprints taken from crime scenes yield identifications that are usable in court. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 The Call for ESS Science Symposia is Open Organized by researchers around Europe, the ESS Science Symposia play an important part in identifying the scientific potential of ESS and the instruments and facilities required to realize that potential. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 The Louis Rosen Prize The LANSCE User Group Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Adam Holley has been awarded the 2013 Rosen Prize for his doctoral thesis on Ultracold Neutron Polarimetry in a Measurement of the Asymmetry. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 Ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic at the same time Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have made thin, crystalline layers of the material LuMnO3 that are both ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 The International Conference on Neutron Scattering 2013 Important scientific achievements were presented at the International Conference on Neutron Scattering in Edinburgh. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 Neutrons reveal mechanism of bacterial antibiotic resistance More and more bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics thus making these drugs useless. The understanding of this mechanism could help develop new antibiotics. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 All Down to Neutron Research: Novel Paint Brush Cleaner Works Without Solvents Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jlich have developed an innovative paint brush cleaner, which works without solvents. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 Prof. Dr. Alan Tennant has accepted a new position Prof. Dr. Alan Tennant has been selected as the new Chief Scientist for the Neutron Sciences Directorate, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He will start in his new capacity there in November 2013. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 Neutrons and synchrotron light help unlock Bronze Age techniques Experiments conducted at the PSI have made it possible to determine how a unique Bronze Age axe was made. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 Deadline for LLB call for proposals The next deadline for neutron beam time request to perform neutron scattering experiments at LLB is October 1. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 Educational Material We have now a new section with Educational Material Fri, 06 Sep 2013 NMI3: European research in Garching MLZ contributes with a range of methods and components to the NMI3s joint research activities. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 LiveDVD for testinginstalling software July 2013 The Data Analysis WP and the Computing for Science group at the ILL provide a ready to run LiveDVD that includes a set of neutron scattering software. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 High-temperature ionic-conducting material: advanced structure and improved performance Very promising results were obtained considering the PEMFC applications. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 2013-2014 Rosen Scholar Announced LANSCE is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Rosen Scholars: Dr. Devinder Sivia, St. Johns College, Oxford and Dr. Paul Koehler, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 Towards sodium ion batteries understanding sodium dynamics on a microscopic level For the first time, scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have determined the paths along which sodium ions move in a prospective battery material. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 Neutrons show accumulation of antidepressant in brain Experiments at the Technical University of Munich show that the antidepressant lithium accumulates more strongly in white matter of the brain than in grey matter. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 5th CRISP PanData Harmonisation meeting at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin About two dozen representatives from the main European facilities have met for the 5th harmonization meeting on 26 and 27 June at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 Exploring alternative technologies for neutron detectors As part of the NMI3-II Detectors JRA, scientists at the BNC explore alternatives to Helium-3 so that neutron detectors can become more efficient and provide better data. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 New kind of microscope uses neutrons Device could open up new areas of research on materials and biological samples at tiny scales. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 Stronger, greener cement could make for maintenance-free building materials Studies at ISIS have shown that adding ash generated as waste from sugar production could make cement stronger, able to withstand higher pressure, and less likely to crumble. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 France Commits to ESS French officials say they are prepared to sign a Letter of Intent committing to the construction of the European Spallation Source. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 CROSS-Tokai - Call for proposals CROSS-Tokai is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals to use the Public Beamlines at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility of J-PARC in the 2014A operations period. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 Polymersome shape transformation at the nanoscale Polymer vesicles, also named polymersomes, are valuable candidates for drug delivery and micro- or nanoreactor applications. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 NaMES: Neutron and Muon European Schools The Neutron and Muon European Schools the NMI3 initiative on Education has a new name and a logo. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 Call for Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility ANSTO is now calling for proposal for a variety of neutron-beam instruments and facilities. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 Lifetime of magnetic spin waves in antiferromagnets understood for the first time Using high resolution neutron scattering at the instrument TRISP of the Max-Planck Society at MLZ, the lifetime of magnetic spin waves was measured and for the first time a correct theory was developed. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 Learning for free, online: Virtual Neutrons for Teaching NMI3 supports a joint initiative by the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark, the Technical University of Munich, and the Institut Laue-Langevin to develop an e-learning platform on neutron scattering. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 New book on Small-Angle Scattering coming soon Particle and Particle Systems Characterization: Small-Angle Scattering Applications Mon, 11 Nov 2013 Apply now for Master in Materials Science MaMaSELF registration for the year 20142015 runs until 26 January 2014. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 ORNL study uses neutron scattering, supercomputing to demystify forces at play in biofuel production Researchers studying more effective ways to convert woody plant matter into biofuels at ORNL have identified fundamental forces that change plant structures during pretreatment processes used in the production of bioenergy. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 LANSCE User Group is Seeking Nominations The Executive Committee of the LANSCE User Group is seeking nominations for representatives to serve on the Executive Committee beginning 2014. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 Call for Nominations for the NSSA Prizes and Fellows The Neutron Scattering Society of America requests formal nominations of Candidates for the 2014 NSSA Prizes and of Candidates to be elected as NSSA Fellows. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 Where and how do plant roots take up water Have you ever eaten lupins They are a common snack in Mediterranean countries. Learn where and how the roots of these plants take water from the soil. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 Bridging research and industry: the NMI3 Industry events NMI3 has launched an initiative to examine the interaction between industry and neutron muon facilities. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 Researchers suggest an enhanced method for the study of biological membranes The analysis of cholesterol and lipids transfer shows the advantages of combining the methods of RSE and vesicle fusion to prepare tBLMs solid-supported membrane models. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 ISIS oils the wheels in the study of lubricant additives Scientists have used neutron reflectometry to look at lubricant additives and their interactions with iron, a common engineering material, to discover how these molecules function. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 Neutrons provide insight into water bonding of cement Researchers have obtained new insights into the bonding of water by using neutrons on the instrument TOFTOF of the MLZ. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 Group dynamics of atoms For the first time Prof. Dr. Tobias Unruh and his team have demonstrated with neutrons how long-chain molecules in their liquid melt move. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 Leading Neutron Science Professor appointed New Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin Professor William Stirling has been appointed the new Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, with effect from 1st January 2014. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 Chromonic-like physical luminescent gels formed by ionic octahedral iridiumIII complexes in diluted water solutions Scientists report the first example of spontaneous self-assembly of ionic octahedral IrIII complexes containing carboxylates counterions into luminescent ordered aqueous gel phases. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 Superconductivity switched on by magnetic field Physicists at the Paul Scherrer Institute have now demonstrated that a novel superconducting state is only created in the material CeCoIn5 when there are strong external magnetic fields. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 Industrial use of photon neutron techniques: an opportunity for new businesses Industry Advisory Board members have met industry liaison officers and scientists last December for the first common Neutron and X-ray Industry Advisory Board meeting. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 Update on the advanced neutron tools for soft and bio-materials JRA Annie Brlet, the coordinator of this Joint Research Activity, told us about this collaborations main goals and achievements. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 American Conference on Neutron Scattering 2014 - Call for abstracts The Abstract Submission website for the 2014 American Conference on Neutron Scattering is now open. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 Crystal365: International Year of Crystallography The Bragg Institutes Helen Maynard-Caselys Crystallography 365 blog aims to post a crystal structure a day for 2014 as part of the International Year of Crystallography. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ: Call for Proposals Proposals for beamtime at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ in Garching near Munich will be accepted until the 2nd of May. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 NCNR call for Proposals You are invited to apply for time on the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research NCNR. The deadline for all proposals is February 20, 2014. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 Neutron sources map We have now a map with all the neutron sources worldwide. You can browse it to learn about each one and then have a look at dedicated webpages with information about each research centre and neutron association worldwide. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 Science in 360 An interactive panorama shows research in the neutron guide hall west of the FRM II. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 New link on Educational Material: JDN18 lll Fri, 24 Jan 2014 On the way to more efficient boron-10 detectors A team in CEA Saclay is working on a new detector that uses boron-10 instead of helium-3. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 Call for Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility The OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility accept proposal submissions until March 15, 2014 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 HZB: Call for proposals for the 2nd semester 2014 The deadline for submission of proposals to perform experiments during the 2014 second semester at the BER II neutron beam in HZB is the 1st of March. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 Nearly Everyone Uses Piezoelectrics. Be Nice to Know How They Work. Researchers believe theyve learned why one of the main classes of these materials, known as relaxors, behaves in distinctly different ways from the rest and exhibit the largest piezoelectric effect. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 HZBzlog is now online HZBzlog the new series highlight is now online. Dont miss an episode Thu, 30 Jan 2014 JCNS: call for proposals The deadlines of the call for proposals to perform experiments at the instruments of the Jlich Centre for Neutron Science are February 1 and May 2. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 ORNL: Call for Proposals All available beam lines will accept proposals through February 26, 2014. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 Rosen Scholar: Call for Nominations The call for nominations for the Rosen Scholar fellowship is now open. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 First neutrons at the new instrument POLI The polarized single crystal diffractometer POLI in MLZ has seen neutrons at its new beam line SR 9a for the first time. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 2014 UK Neutron and Muon Users Meeting NMUM NMUM will be held in April 10-11, 2014. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 Congratulations 2014 NSSA Prize Winners The Neutron Scattering Society of America NSSA is pleased to announce the 2014 NSSA prize winners. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 2014 NSSA Fellows The Neutron Scattering Society of America is pleased to announce the selection of its new 2014 NSSA Fellows. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 SLSSINQ - 2014 call for joint X + N powder diffraction proposals JOINT proposal round with the aim to promote and facilitate the complementary use of X-rays and neutrons. Deadline for proposal submission: Feb 20, 2014 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 Always on Fridays The MLZs User Office has a new blog. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 CERIC - Zero Call for proposals is open Call for proposals for access to integrated multidisciplinary facilities for Materials and Biomaterials Fri, 14 Feb 2014 An order of magnitude increase in moderator cold neutron brightness might offer unprecedented performance for neutron scattering experiments A design optimization study by a team of the European Spallation Source. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 Did you know there is a website and a mailing list for the neutron community and the neutron mailing list: make sure you dont miss any important information Wed, 19 Feb 2014 Atomic structure and magnetic properties of FeNbB metallic glasses A team of researchers reveal the similarities and differences in the local structure of the FeNbB glasses and their crystalline counterparts. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 Toward New Precision in Measuring the Neutron Lifetime A team of scientists achieved a five-fold reduction in the dominant uncertainty in an experiment that measured the mean lifetime of the free neutron, resulting in a substantial improvement of previous results. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 The proton accelerator at the Paul Scherrer Institute: 40 years of top-flight research The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Switzerland is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 A Neutron-Muon software Debian repository The Networking group on Data Analysis Standards has setup a Debian repository that provides a simple way to install scientific software for the neutron and muon communities. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 To broaden research possibilities: a new pressure cell Henrich Frielinghaus and Marie-Sousai Appavou from the JCNS-MLZ are developing a new pressure cell. This work, which is funded by NMI3, will broaden the research possibilities in several scientific fields. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 VITESS - new version available The VITESS team is happy to announce that there is a new version of the neutron simulation software VITESS available for download. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 FLNP JINR - Call for Proposals The Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for NuclearResearch invites you to apply for beam time. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 User operations resume at J-PARC User operations at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility of J-PARC resumed this week following a 9-month shutdown. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 LLB call for proposals: deadline April 1st The next deadline for neutron beam time request to perform neutron scattering experiments at LLB-Orphee is April 1st. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 2nd International Symposium on Science at J-PARC J-PARC 2014 The 2nd International Symposium of Science at J-PARC will be held in Tsukuba, Japan in July. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 Workshop on Structure and dynamics of confined and interfacial fluids The workshop on Structure and dynamics of confined and interfacial fluids: blending scattering and computer modeling techniques will take place at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in July. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 Anniversary of most powerful neutron source worldwide For exactly ten years the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz research neutron source FRM II of the Technical University of Munich TUM has been providing research, industry and medicine with neutrons. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 8th International Workshop on Sample Environment at Neutron Scattering Facilities Registration has now opened for the 8th International Workshop on Sample Environment at Neutron Scattering Facilities. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 Improving neutron scattering data quality: a multi-angle light scattering setup In an experiment the sample might degrade and produce questionable results. In a video, researchers explain their work on a set up to control the sample quality along time. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 DiffPy-CMI - new software suite for structure modeling from diffraction data The first public release of our DiffPy Complex Modeling Initiative DiffPy-CMI project has just been announced. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 Application of a Polarized Neutron Microbeam to the Investigation of a Magnetic Microstructure The application of a neutron microbeam to the investigation of an internal magnetic microstructure has been demonstrated experimentally. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 Notice to Lujan Center Neutron Scattering Users LANSCE is disappointed by the decision of the US Department of Energy to cease their operational support of the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center in fiscal year 2015. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 PSI-SINQ call for proposals II13 Call for proposals for experiments at the Paul Scherrer Institute. NMI3 support is available to cover researchers expenses within Europe. The deadline for submission is May 15. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 Quantum melting By performing neutron-scattering measurements, scientists could observe what happens during a quantum phase transition, and compare the quantum melting of the magnetic structure with the thermal melting phase transition. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 Rethinking soil science Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may get the lions share of attention in climate change discussions, but the biggest repository of carbon is actually underfoot. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 Neutrons help visualising materials: new video of the Imaging JRA Nikolay Kardjilov from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin tells about the aims of the groups involved in the NMI3 Imaging Joint Research Activity. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 Searching for Dark Energy with Neutrons First results from a low energy, table top alternative takes validity of Newtonian gravity down by five orders of magnitude and narrows the potential properties of the forces and particles that may exist beyond it by more than one hundred thousand times. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 Vibrational density of states and elastic properties of cross-linked polymers: combining inelastic light and neutron scattering The vibrational dynamics of a new class of cross-linked polymers made up of cyclodextrins was investigated in the microscopic range by the joint use of light and inelastic neutron scattering experiments. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. Physicists at Technische Universitaet Muenchen have now found interesting results using fast neutrons from MLZ. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 Simultaneous Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering An experiment demonstrates the ability to conduct, for the first time, simultaneous SANS and DSC measurements. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 2014 Lujan Neutron Scattering Center: First Focused Call for Proposals The Lujan Neutron Scattering Center invites proposals addressing science of NNSA and LANL programmatic interest for the 2014 run cycle. Fri, 02 May 2014 2014 WNR Call for Proposals You are invited to submit proposals for beam time at LANSCE for nuclear science experiments and semiconductor irradiations for the run cycle scheduled to begin in October 2014. Fri, 02 May 2014 Winfried Petry elected vice president of the German Atomic Forum Today, the general assembly of the German Atomic Forum DAtF Deutsches Atomforum e.V. has confirmed unanimously the election of the DAtF Presidential Council of Prof. Dr. Winfried Petry for Vice President. Wed, 07 May 2014 What if one could use a single platform to apply for neutron experiments in any European facility To submit a proposal for neutron scattering experiments can be a long procedure. Thanks to NMI3 support, a group is working on an Integrated User Access to make this procedure easier to both users and facilities. Tue, 13 May 2014 Neutron Death Mystery Has Physicists Stymied Conflicting results in measurements of how long neutrons live has physicists rethinking their experiments, because solving the riddle may point the way to exotic new physics Tue, 13 May 2014 Canadian Neutron Beam Centre Call for Proposals The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre invites user proposals for neutron beam time on its six beamlines. Wed, 14 May 2014 Beyond Graphene The team of Prof. D. Schlter ETHZ pushes for a mild and facile and rational approach to the synthesis of new 2-D materials using specially-designed monomers to control internal pattern. Fri, 16 May 2014 Announcement of the J-PARC-MLF General Use Program for 2014B J-PARC Center and CROSS-Tokai are pleased to announce the call for General Use proposals for the neutron and muon beamlines at the Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility of J-PARC in the 2014B user beamtime period. Mon, 19 May 2014 First experiment on Imagine Imagine is the new cold neutron imaging station at the LLB. One on the first experiments done on this station investigated the Quality grading of cork stoppers: amount of defects inside the material. Tue, 20 May 2014 New Light Shed on Chameleon Proteins Findings of Jlich researchers reveal the power play in myelin basic protein and revolutionize prevailing assumptions about the biomolecular functioning of this key element of the central nervous. Wed, 21 May 2014 New insight into photosynthesis New findings challenge widely accepted views of how algae respond to light where the light harvesting proteins were thought to move around the membranes. Mon, 26 May 2014 Solution Epitaxial Growth of Cobalt Nanowires on Crystalline Substrates for Data Storage Densities beyond 1 Tbitin2 The generalization of this method to other materials opens new perspectives toward many applications. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 Appscintech Granted GS20 Trademark Applied Scintillation Technologies Ltd Appscintech is pleased to announce it has been granted European and American trademarks for its 6Li doped cerium aluminosilicate thermal neutron glass: GS20. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 European User Office Meeting 2014 The meeting is a first discussion forum of European User Offices. It will become an opportunity to know each facility workflows and achievements as well as common worries and future developments. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 New version of SasView v3.0.0 of the popular SasView model-fitting software has just been released for Windows 32 bit, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 64 bit and Mac OSX. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 Ice in fuel cells imaged directly for the first time Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have succeeded in imaging the distribution of frozen and liquid water in a hydrogen fuel cell directly for the first time. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 The ESS Instrument Suite is Taking Shape The May meeting of the ESS Scientific Advisory Committee SAC was a critical step for the facility. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 An exciting new web portal for the muon community is now live Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10-year overhaul on schedule Ten years after its first criticality regulations require the FRM II to do extensive tests on its main systems. Goal of these tests is to prove the safe operation of the FRM II for the years to come. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 Neutrons in Biology: Personal reminiscences of early days G. Joe Zaccai, the 2013 Walter Haelg prize winner, offers us his personal account of the early days of neutrons in biology. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 Cellulose Nanofibril-Based Multilayered Thin Films: Effect of Ionic Strength on Porosity, Swelling, and Optical Properties Results show that the synthetic polyallylamine hydrochloride PAH conformation is a determining factor not only for film growth but also for structural properties. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 Strain scanning from the surface into the bulk Scientists develop a new analytical model to suppress undesirable surface effect. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 Freeze-frame of an enzyme Neutrons shed light on vital enzymes mechanism of action. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 Neutron crystallography solves long-standing biological mystery A team of researchers have solved a long-standing mystery in biology by identifying the structure of a vital enzyme intermediate. The debate boils down to something as simple as a hydrogen atom: is it there, or not Thu, 10 Jul 2014 Mantid - Release Notes 3.2 The beta test period for version 3.2 has now closed and the software has been release on the 11th of July. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 Successful restart of the ILL reactor On Tuesday 8 July morning the ILLs high flux reactor was started after the long shut-down since August 2013. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 New humidity chamber will shed light on processes behind Alzheimers disease A new humidity chamber will be used for neutron scattering experiments to reproduce the human body conditions in order to shed light on biological processes such as the development of Alzheimers disease. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 Nature Milestones in Crystallography Right on time for the International Year of Crystallography, Nature Milestones special issue on crystallography is now out. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 Neutron Tomography technique reveals phase fractions of crystalline materials in 3-Dimensions Researchers developed a novel method, based on energy-selective neutron imaging for visualization of crystalline phase distributions within the bulk of metallic samples. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 The Backscattering Story Anton Heidemann presents a personal view of the history of Backscattering, starting from the day he obtained his diploma on Physics in 1966. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 Refocusing research into high-temperature superconductors Neutron scattering experiment at PUMA resolves a contentious superconducting issue. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 The 2nd MLF School MLF School 2014 First announcement The MLF School 2014 will be held during 16-19 December 2014 at J-PARC in Tokai, Japan. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 Quenched microemulsions: a new route to proton conductors Results demonstrate the potential of such self-assembled materials for the design of bulk proton conductors. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 New patch to Mantid A new patch release to Mantid that corrects some significant issues since the last full release has been released. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 On-time start of the 35th operating cycle Start of the 35th operating cycle: the FRM II provides users and customers from science, industry and medicine after a thorough review again neutrons and irradiation services. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 Budapest Neutron Centre - call for proposals The proposal submission deadline for neutron scattering experiments at the Budapest Neutron Centre BNC is October 15, 2014. NMI3 support is available. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research accepts applications for beam time The deadline for submission is October 15, 2014. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 Berlin School on Neutron Scattering registration now open The next Berlin School on Neutron Scattering will be between February 26 and March 6, 2015. Dont forget to register before October 15. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 ESS Groundbreaking Event Danish and Swedish ministers will start the construction of ESS today. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 Neutrons shed light on how to make pregnancy tests more sensitive and cheaper Thanks to neutrons, scientists could investigate the interaction between antibody and antigens and the importance of a blocking protein, present in home pregnancy tests. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 Researchers observe the phenomenon of lithium plating Lithium-ion batteries are seen as a solution for energy storage of the future. Their key advantage is that they can store large amounts of energy but are light and compact. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 Residual Stresses Comparison Determined by Short-Wavelength X-Ray Diffraction and Neutron Diffraction for 7075 Aluminum Alloy A paper reveals the RS distribution in a 20 mm thick plate of 7075 Al alloy. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 LLB call for proposals: deadline October 1st The next deadline for neutron beam time request to perform neutron scattering experiments at LLB-Orphee is October 1st. Thu, 04 Sep 2014 The Construction of ESS is Underway The official start of the construction for the European Spallation Source was on September 2. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 Good results obtained with a novel technology to produce large-scale neutron converters NMI3 supports a European collaboration to develop an atmospheric plasma deposition system to produce Boron-10 layers. You can watch the video Mon, 08 Sep 2014 Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Call for Proposals The deadline at Oak Ridge National Laboratorys High Flux Isotope Reactor HFIR and Spallation Neutron Source SNS for proposals is October 15. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 NCNR - Call for Proposals The NIST Center for Neutron Research NCNR offers neutron scattering and chemical analysis instruments to all qualified users. The next deadline for receipt of proposals is Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 McStas 2.1 released McStas 2.1 is released and ready for download. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 A reliable type from the 1980s The source of the proton beam at PSI is a retro-style Cockcroft-Walton linear accelerator. It was the first acceleration stage for protons which are taken up to around 80 of the speed of light. Since 1994 it has held the world record as the highest performing beam. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 Giants who control miniscule particles Magnets are the unsung heroes in particle accelerators because they keep protons or electrons on track. Some of the magnets at PSI are masterpieces of precision and control. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 Wolfram-Prandl-Prize 2014 for Marc Janoschek Dr. Marc Janoschek has received the Wolfram-Prandl-Prize 2014 of the German Committee Research with Neutrons during the SNI conference. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 Neutrons in Biology: Personal reminiscences of early days Zaccai, the 2013 Walter Haelg prize winner, offers us his personal account of the early days of neutrons in biology. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 Foundation Stone Ceremony Marks Scientific Importance of ESS Today, several hundred members of the European scientific community are gathering at the ESS construction site, for the ESS Foundation Stone Ceremony. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 The deadline for neutron proposals submissions at PSI is Nov 15 Call for proposals for the beam time period I15 between 01052015 and 31082015. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 Act in Concert: PANDA complements PUMA Research paper shows a good example of where experiments both at PANDA and PUMA at the FRM II equally contribute to a common research. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 J-PARC Call for Proposals J-PARC MLF and CROSS announced that the 2015A General Use proposal round will be open from Friday 17 October 2014. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 Rare baby rattle molecules reveal new quantum properties of H2O and H2 Neutron scattering experiments at the ILL have revealed the existence of quantum selection rules in molecules, the first experimental confirmation of its kind. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 Virtual tour of the FRM II You are interested in visiting the FRM II, but too young or too far away No problem: An interactive tour gives you insights into the neutron source - without any restriction on admission. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 Women in Nuclear Global Award to Margaret Elcombe Dr Margaret Elcombe of the ANSTO has been announced the first Australian winner of the prestigious annual international Women in Nuclear WiN Global Award. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 26 Tesla High Field Magnet beats expectation The High field magnet is producing a stable magnetic field of 26 Tesla and is thus even a little stronger than the scientists and engineers dared to hope. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 Follow NeutronSources on Twitter is now on Twitter. You can now easily learn about all news and updates from the worlds neutron sources by following NeutronSources. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 Dates announced for the ILL FullProf School Thanks to NMI3 support, scientists will learn to use FullProf at the Institute Laue-Langevin from 2 to 6 March 2015. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 Looking millions of years back with neutrons: the hearing of the Kawingasaurus fossilis Lets travel back in time and imagine how life on earth was before the biggest mass extinction. Thanks to NMI3 a scientist used neutrons to investigate the mechanisms through which the K. fossilis could hear. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 IGERT Study Makes Editors Choice What is the detailed atomic interaction of water with the lipid membrane and what affect do different types of lipids have on that interaction Tue, 28 Oct 2014 LANSCE School call for Applications is open Call for applications for the LANSCE School on neutron scattering that will take place February 18-27, 2015. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 Members of European User Offices met for the first time This first discussion forum of European User Offices was held on November 3-4 at the ALBA Synchrotron as an opportunity to share experiences. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 New hall for cooling systems of ultra-cold neutron source South of the Maier-Leibnitz Laboratory a hall in wood construction is currently being built. From next year on, it will house the mock-up for the cooling systems of the ultracold neutron source at FRM II. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 LANSCE Call for Proposals: Proton Radiography FY16 LANSCE: Call for Proposals for experiments for the Proton Radiography Facility pRad for the period October 1, 2015 September 30, 2016. The deadline is February 6. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 Christiane Alba-Simionesco elected at the Chair of ENSA The Director of the Laboratoire Lon Brillouin is the new Chairman of the European Neutron Scattering Association. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 Biosensors will benefit from new method to produce membranes NMI3 collaboration has taken a significant step in the production of biological membranes. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 ISIS Neutron training course: 16-25 June 2015 The ISIS Neutron Training course will be running on 16 to 25 of June 2015. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 How long do antiparticles live in gummy bears Measurements using positrons could help to develop better coatings for drugs. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 New version of the Neutrons4Science app and the web is now also in Chinese With Neutrons4Science you can conduct a TAS experiment, create magnons and more. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 The cork viewed from the inside Neutron radiography of corks Wed, 10 Dec 2014 Add-on for MEDAPP: Fast Neutron Gamma Spectrometry FaNGaS Dr. Matthias Rossbach and his team designed and constructed a new instrument for prompt and delayed fission neutron induced reaction Gamma spectrometry. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 New model for magnetic excitations in insulators Measurements at the three axes spectrometer PUMA at MLZ have now been published in the renowned journal Nature Communications. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 Seeing Hydrogen Atoms to Unveil Enzyme Catalysis Researchers have used the new IMAGINE instrument at HFIR to map an enzyme that could play an important role in anti-cancer drug development. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 The International Society for Sample Environment ISSE, its website and the first technical school on sample environment. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 VI European Conference on Neutron Scattering ECNS will be held from August 30 to September 4, 2015 in Zaragoza, Spain. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 Online registration for the AOCNS-2015 Online registration for the AOCNS-2015 is now open. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 ANSTO is calling for proposals ANSTO is calling for proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility both cold- and thermal-neutron instruments and National Deuteration Facility. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 Application for XIII School of Neutron Scattering SoNS Francesco Paolo Ricci is now open Application is now open for the XIII School of Neutron Scattering SoNS Francesco Paolo Ricci. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 Call for nominees for the Guinier Prize SAS2015 and IUCr call for nominees for the Guinier Prize. The deadline is April 30. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 From ash to eco-friendly solution for hazardous metals removal Scientists suggest a new method to transform power plant ash into materials that could be used for nuclear waste treatment or soil remediation. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 How to make train rails as straight as they should be Scientists combine three different methods to better understand and predict the behaviour of materials in rails. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 IUCr solicits applications to host a forthcoming International Small-Angle Scattering Conference in 2021 Call for applications to host a forthcoming International Small-Angle Scattering Conference in 2021. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 Mantid version 3.3 released Version 3.3 is one of the largest releases of changes and improvements so far. You can take a look at the release notes and download Mantid. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 Dates announced for the Italian School Learning Days Learn about neutron techniques from June 13 to 22 in Italy and France. Deadline for applications is April 10. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 Mantid Training Courses in February at ISIS Four Mantid courses available at ISIS, RAL. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 Phase Separation and Nanodomain Formation in Hybrid Polymer Lipid Vesicles For the first time in hybrid vesicles, scientists obtained evidence for phase separation at the nanoscale, leading to the formation of stable nanodomains enriched either in lipid or polymer. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 Application for European master MaMaSELF The registration for the Masters program MaMaSELF for the years 2015-2017 runs until 31 January non-European, 27 February European students and 30 April 2015 without scholarship. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 Egyptian statuettes of Osiris: production unveiled by neutrons and laser A group of scientists from Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom applied an innovative approach to study Egyptian copper alloy figurines. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 Science with neutrons and muons - Research at PSI Do you want your non-scientist friends to understand what research with neutrons and muons is about New popular brochure from the Paul Scherrer Institute now available in English, German and French by science writer Martyn Bull. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 On the way to a lower enriched fuel Hsin-Yin Chiang of MLZ has explored the development of a new fuel with lower enrichment. Uranium-molybdenum UMo embedded in an aluminum matrix is a promising candidate. Tue, 03 Feb 2015 NIST Summer School on Methods and Applications of Neutron Spectroscopy A one-week Summer School on Methods and Applications of Neutron Spectroscopy will be held from June 8 - June 12 at the NIST Center for Neutron Research. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 BornAgain 1.0 released BornAgain is a free and open-source software package to simulate and fit small-angle scattering at grazing-incidence. Thu, 05 Feb 2015 Government of Canada Announces Extension of National Research Universal NRU Reactor Greg Rickford, Canadas Minister of Natural Resources, announced the Government of Canadas decision to support the extension of the operations of the NRU reactor from October 31, 2016, until March 31, 2018. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 Dates announced for the 2015 PSI summer school Learn about Spectroscopy with Neutrons, Muons and Photons on the Swiss alps. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 News from battery research At MLZ several groups work on battery research to gain a better understanding of how batteries work by various neutron methods. Two new papers were published recently. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 U.S. Dept. of Energy Awards Louisiana University Scientists 4.9M Statewide Research Grant The Louisiana Consortium for Neutron Scattering is a multi-million dollar statewide collaborative research initiative that will expand the fundamental understanding of advanced materials. Mon, 09 Feb 2015 Walter Hlg Prize Announcement The highly prestigious Walter Hlg Prize is the most visible activity of ENSA in the scientific community. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 Transparency through structural disorder: A new concept for innovative transparent ceramics New concept to achieve ultimate transparency reaches 90 transmittance. This innovative method should drive the development of new highly transparent materials with technologically relevant applications. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 Fostering collaboration between Industry and Research Infrastructures Representatives of major European Innovation and Technology Campuses met in Athens for the second IAB meeting Networking of Industrial Liaison Offices organised by NMI3 and CALIPSO. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 The BER II neutron source is back in operation and available for experiments following the interruption in availability Maintenance work has been successfully concluded the High-Field Magnet has successfully attained 26 tesla in initial testing. New scientific experiments have become possible. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 Neutron analysis of human teeth could assist in the fight against dental erosion A new study carried out at the Institut Laue-Langevin in collaboration with researchers at the Lyons-University based Hospices Civils de Lyon has determined the most accurate microstructure ever obtained of human enamel. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 Detector System for Snapshots of Biological and Chemical Processes Forschungszentrum Jlich receives around 4 million from the EU to develop a more efficient detector system for research with neutrons. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 Neutrons Provide New Explanations for Side Effects of Ibuprofen The scientists were able to detect structural changes using a model system of phospholipids from soy plants with the help of neutron scattering techniques at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum in Garching near Munich. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 Residual stresses comparison determined by short-wavelength X-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction for 7075 aluminum alloy. A novel non-destructive method using short-wavelength characteristic X-ray diffraction meter with the X-ray tube of tungsten anode target to determine the RS within the materials is developed in China. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 New Materials Discovered to Detect Neutrons Emitted by Radioactive Materials Researchers successfully shown that boron-coated vitreous carbon foam can be used in the detection of neutrons emitted by radioactive materials of critical importance to homeland security. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 First SANS spectrum on PA20 PA20, the new SANS machine of the LLB, delivered its first SANS spectra on 6 march 2015. Sun, 08 Mar 2015 Unprecedented neutron images of refrigerant flow through heat exchangers Researchers used additive manufacturing and neutron imaging to examine microchannel heat exchangers, which hold refrigerants used to move thermal energy and provide cooling or heating in many applications. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 SANS: a unique technique to look inside plants leaves Small-angle neutron scattering enabled researchers to look inside intact leaves to learn how their structure and functions change when submitted to environmental changes. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 Commendation, Collaboration, and Caution: Capacity Crowd at IKON8 in UK IKON8 at ISIS. This meeting brought a capacity crowd to the UK venue where an important exchange of new ESS neutron technologies came face to face with the lessons learned at ISIS during its five-year upgrade of Target Station 2. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 Neutrons and X-rays show how to prepare durable tooth cement Researchers are working on an interdisciplinary collaboration between physicists and dentists to develop a material comprised of glass ionomer cement. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 The First Six Months of ESS Construction Proceed on Schedule With the casting of the first 10-meter section of the accelerator tunnel walls in the last week of January, the European Spallation Source began to go vertical. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 The SKADI Diffractometer: Enlarging the Field of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Part of an integrated SANS instrument suite at ESS, SKADI analyses materials structures at the largest scales possible with neutron diffraction. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 New regime in polyelectrolyte solutions We describe a new regime in dense polymer solutions, typically above 1molL, where q is proportional to the concentration c of the solution. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 Swiss Parliament Approves Countrys Full Participation in ESS The bicameral decision formalizes Switzerlands accession to ESS and extends the Swiss financial commitment through 2026. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 Superstructure for Heusler alloy at MLZ discovered Scientists conducted an experiment with the instrument SPODI at MLZ to determine the structure of shape memory alloys of nickel-manganese-indium. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre is inviting user proposals for beam time The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre invites user proposals for neutron beam time on its six beamlines. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 UKs Neutron and Muon Facility back in action after six months of upgrades ISIS pulsed neutron and muon source is now back in action after considerable upgrades over the last six months. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 Seventh Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut Prize of the European Crystallography Association and European Neutron Scattering Association ECA-ENSA ECA and ENSA announce the call for the Erwin Felix Lewy Bertaut Prize in his honour, and in memory of his scientific achievements and cornerstones in crystallography and neutron scattering. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 First neutron spectrum from Emu On April 1st ANSTOs new EMU backscattering spectrometer recorded its first spectrum, in this case from a polyvinyl chloride standard. Wed, 01 Apr 2015 Neutrons unveil a promising alternative for natural gas storage and transportation Thanks to NMI3 support, for the first time researchers create artificial methane hydrates in just a few minutes. Thu, 02 Apr 2015 Dr. Edwin Fohtung Named Los Alamos Neutron Science Center 2015 Rosen Scholar The Rosen Scholar is a fellowship created to honor the memory of Louis Rosen, his accomplishments, hard work, and affection for the broad range of science performed at LANSCE. Dr. Edwin Fohtung is the current LANSCE Professor in conjunction with the Department of Physics at New Mexico State University. Fri, 03 Apr 2015 Neutron and Nuclear Science, WNR facility Call for Proposals Opens April 6, 2015 The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center LANSCE is issuing a Call for Proposals for the WNR facility for run cycle September December, 2015. Tue, 07 Apr 2015 PSI-SINQ - Call for Proposals The Swiss spallation neutron source SINQ is calling for proposals for the beam time period II15 between 01092015 and 23122015. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 Building the Heart of ESS in Spain Spain collaborates closely with the ESS. In November 2014, ESS-Bilbao was chosen as the in-kind partner for the ESS target system. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 How to optimise multi-channel neutron focusing guides for extreme sample environments NMI3 collaboration works on simulations to find the best possible guide for experiments at low temperatures and high magnetic fields. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 Baton change at the MLZ At the end of March, Prof. Dieter Richter of the Research Centre Jlich not only retires, but also passes his position as MLZ Director to Prof. Thomas Brckel. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 Discoveries that changed the world Watch a YouTube recording of a talk by Gerry Lander at the ILL telling the story of the discovery of the neutron in 1932, and then that of fission in 1939 through the lives of Chadwick and Meitner and world events. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 The Science for Life meeting The first edition of the International Interdisciplinary Event Science for Life 2015 will be held from 20th to 25th of May 2015 in Lampedusa, a fascinating Sicilian island. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 Dates announced for the MATRAC school You can receive support to learn about Application of Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Engineering Materials Science on September 21-25 near Hamburg. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 New video ESS the worlds most powerful neutron source for research The film recounts the struggle and the long road to bring the ESS to Scandinavia and the great potential in the future research. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10 years ago: the first user at the FRM II The first external user of the FRM II was Klaus Habicht of the Helmholtz Centre Berlin, who carried out experiments on the instrument TRISP on May 4, 2005. Mon, 04 May 2015 Effects of Hfq on the conformation and compaction of DNA Scientists find that Hfq forms a nucleoprotein complex, changes the mechanical properties of the double helix and compacts DNA into a condensed form. Tue, 05 May 2015 SpinWaveGenie v0.1.1 is now available A new computational tool for carrying out spin wave calculations is available for download. Wed, 06 May 2015 Uncertainties on the future of the French neutron source LLB-Orphe A letter asking for support alerts to the risk that the neutron source LLB-Orphe will have to shut down earlier than planned, which will impact its users research programmes. Wed, 06 May 2015 Stage is Set for ESS Linac Test in Uppsala The first fully functional Low-Level Radio Frequency control system for the ESS Accelerator has been installed and integrated into the EPICS control system at the FREIA Laboratory at Uppsala University. Wed, 06 May 2015 SINE2020 - New neutron project approved by the European Commission A new neutron project that will start in October 2015 and last for four years has recently been accepted for funding under the European Commission HORIZON 2020 framework. Mon, 11 May 2015 NCNR Call for Proposals You are invited to apply for time on the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research NCNR. The deadline for all proposals is Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Mon, 11 May 2015 Budapest Neutron Centre-call for proposals, deadline 15 May The Budapest Neutron Centre invites you to submit applications for beam time at the Budapest Research Reactor. Tue, 12 May 2015 New Release of Mantid 3.4 The Mantid project introduced a wide variety of improvements in this release including: a collection of improvements to multi dimensional and normal plotting, new experimental planning interfaces. Tue, 19 May 2015 First European Spallation Source Pulse Signature Measured at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin The first European Spallation Source ESS pulse signature measurement was made last month on the ESS test beamline at HZB in Germany. Wed, 20 May 2015 McStas 2.2 released McStas 2.2 has been released and is ready for download. Read more to learn about important highlights from the release. Wed, 27 May 2015 Turn Up the Flux and Expect the Unexpected with VOR A single-shot observation of dynamic processes across multiple length and time scales will give unprecedented insight into previously unobservable phenomena. Thu, 28 May 2015 Announcement of Cancellation: J-PARC MLF 2015B Call for General Use Proposals Announcement of cancellation of the call for J-PARC MLF 2015B General Use Proposals. Mon, 01 Jun 2015 US neutron facility development in the last half-century: a cautionary tale Rush describes the efforts over the past 50 years to develop neutron research facilities in the US, discusses the reasons for the current state of affairs, and makes suggestions to prevent similar consequences in the future. Mon, 08 Jun 2015 High-temperature Quasi-Elastic Scattering on Pelican For the first time, one of ANSTOs high-temperature vacuum furnaces has been used successfully on the Pelican cold-neutron time-of-flight spectrometer. Tue, 09 Jun 2015 Sika receives its operating licence The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency has given approval for ANSTO to commence user operations on the Sika cold-neutron 3-axis spectrometer. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 LANSCE Call for Proposals: Lujan Center Moderated Neutrons for Nuclear and Materials Research FY16 The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center LANSCE is issuing a Call for Proposals for experiments to be run at the Lujan Centers moderated neutron source. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 SAC Recommends Four New Instruments to be built at the European Spallation Source The ESS peer-review instrument selection process nears conclusion as four new instrument proposals are recommended for inclusion within the facilitys construction budget of 16 instruments. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 Progress on Bilby Great progress made in the commissioning of the new Bilby time-of-flight small-angle scattering instrument in ANSTO. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 Neutron scattering helping conserve the worlds great historic monuments ANSTO research may help preserve some of the worlds most important historic artefacts and buildings. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 Using neutrons to show weak spots in turbines, railway lines and pipes From pipes to power station turbines and railway lines, ensuring that engineering components perform under pressure can save lives. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 Director General of CERN talks with ESS in Advance of Almedalen Workshop Prof. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General at CERN since 2009, took some time to speak with ESS about the two facilities. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 Physics Underlying ESS 2015 Moderator Design Tested at J-PARC In April, tests were conducted at J-PARC that have preliminarily validated the physics behind the innovative ESS flat moderator. This design is expected to increase neutron brightness at ESS for some instruments by up to a factor of three. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 Dispersionless Spin Waves Provide Clues to Enigmatic Magnetic Ordering in Garnet Crystals Neutron measurements reveal key dynamic properties of magnetic structure in unique experimental study. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 Crystal structure and magnetism new insight into the fundamentals of solid state physics HZB team decodes relationship between magnetic interactions and the distortions in crystal structure within a geometrically frustrated spinel system Mon, 06 Jul 2015 Precipitating Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate to Create Ultrastable and Stimulable Foams The ageing of the foams could be stopped to make them stable indefinitely, or until they were heated above the melting temperature of the crystals. Wed, 08 Jul 2015 Workshop on Public Awareness of Research Infrastructures attracted 90 participants The workshop was a great opportunity to share expectations, experiences, and give examples of work conducted in several European research infrastructures. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 New type of radiofrequency spin flippers for Neutron Resonance Spin Echo The Advanced Methods and Techniques JRA has developed a new type of RFSF to enhance NRSE spectrometers. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 Tennant Named Director of UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences Alan Tennant has been appointed director of the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences at the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 How to probe tiny samples Insights into the production of micron-sized cold neutron beams The NMI3 Imaging JRA discusses how to produce smaller beams. They conclude that reflective optics offers the most versatile way to produce them. Thu, 09 Jul 2015 Neutrons find missing magnetism of plutonium Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutoniums magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 List of open access journals now available An increasing number of scholarly publishers and journals are converting to open access. In fields relevant to neutron science and technology, the journals listed are available in full open access. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 First neutron topography on Dingo For the first time, ANSTOs Dingo neutron radiographyimagingtomography station has taken some neutron topography data, from the germanium 335 monochromator used on Wombat. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 New Deadline Call for Proposals: Lujan Center Moderated Neutrons for Nuclear and Materials Research FY16 The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center LANSCE is issuing a Call for Proposals for experiments to be run at the Lujan Centers moderated neutron source during Fiscal Year 2016. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 Deadline for Neutron Scattering and Deuteration Proposals at the OPAL Reactor Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility both cold- and thermal-neutron instruments and National Deuteration Facility are now open. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 2015 Walter Hlg Prize announced The 2015 Walter Hlg Prize has been awarded to Prof Dr Helmut Rauch for his outstanding and seminal contributions to the fundamental aspects of neutron physics and optics and many related aspects of quantum physics. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre is inviting user proposals for beam time The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre invites user proposals for neutron beam time on its six beamlines. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 ILL has signed the Grant Agreement for SINE2020 A new project will start in October 2015 and last for four years. It has recently been accepted for funding under the European Commission HORIZON 2020 framework. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 SINE2020 Grant Agreement signed by the European Commission The Grant Agreement for SINE2020 has now been signed by the European Commission. The project will start this year on October 1 and will last four years. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 New ENSA Brochure on Neutrons for science and technology The brochure highlights the importance of neutron scattering, illustrated by several examples. Get a free copy at the NMI3 stand at ECNS Mon, 03 Aug 2015 New brochure on Neutrons and energy The ILL has just published a brochure on how experiments with neutrons are enabling responsible and sustainable power generation, storage and use. Tue, 04 Aug 2015 Benno Schoenborn wins Bau Neutron Award The American Crystallographic Association has selected retired Laboratory Senior Fellow Benno Schoenborn, formerly of Bioenergy and Biome Sciences Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center, B-11, to receive the 2016 Bau Neutron Diffraction Award. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 BIFROST: A Prismatic Approach to Neutron Spectroscopy Swiss-Danish team to build a pioneering crystal analyser spectrometer optimised to study dynamics in quantum materials and matter under extreme conditions. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 New Drug Carrier Aims to Treat Secondary Tumours of Breast Cancer Neutron scattering provides insight into the structure of magnetic nanoparticles and dynamic behaviour of encapsulated cancer drugs. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 Recipe Book for Colloids New Study shows Correlation between Microscopic Structures and Macroscopic Properties. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 Brilliantly combined, Mr. Holmes: Neutron Crystallography for biology In combination with other methods of investigation, scientists have recently achieved amazing results with the instrument BIODIFF at MLZ. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 VITESS 3.3 released The version 3.3 of the simulation package VITESS has been released. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 European Commission Establishes ESS as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium At 19th of August the EC in Brussels formally adopted its decision to establish the European Spallation Source as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, or ERIC. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 Applying nuclear expertise to solve the auto industrys challenges Application of neutron beams for automative applications at the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 Neutrons decrypt the dynamics of magnetic helices Seen from outside Manganese silicon shows no magnetism, inside it looks different. By neutron scattering TU scientists have now proven the excitations of its magnetic helix. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 Larger Crystals a Step Forward for Bioscience and ESS User Program The first successful user experiment at ESS demonstrates the importance of neutrons to the life sciences, and shows the way forward for ESS as a user facility. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 EU launches CREMLIN project New cooperation project headed by JCNS shall promote EU-Russia cooperation in the planning, construction and scientific use of large scale facilities. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 Discovery of controllable skyrmions can unlock future computing Scientists have discovered skyrmions in the very material class they were originally predicted. These strange quasiparticles can be controlled with electrical fields, which can be used in futuristic memory storage. Mon, 07 Sep 2015 Science, tapas, t-shirts and MMs at the ECNS NMI3 was at the European Conference on Neutron Scattering 2015. Get to know about announcements by ENSA and the highlights of this great conference. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 LLB calls for proposals: the deadline is October 1st 2015 The deadline for neutron beam time request to perform neutron scattering experiments at the Laboratoire Leon Brillouin in France is October 1st. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 The first concrete was poured at the construction site of MBIR reactor in Dimitrovgrad The first concrete ceremony was held September 11 on the construction site of the multi-purpose research fast neutron reactor in Russia. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 The 36th Berlin School on Neutron Scattering is open for registrations The school will be on Feb 25 - March 4 at the HZB. The deadline for registrations is Oct 15. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 The Hellenic Neutron Association has now a page on our website You can now find information on the Hellenic Neutron Association from Greece on a dedicated page on our website. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 Registration is open for the 2015 Fan du LLB school The neutron school FAN du LLB 2015 will be on December 7-10 in France. The deadline for registration is October 18. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 Pan-European ESS Data Management and Software Centre Takes Form in Copenhagen The ESS Data Management and Software Centre is an integrated part of the design and construction of the ESS instrument suite and a key driver in the development of the facilitys user program. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 Water pathways make fuel cells more efficient Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have developed a coating technique in the laboratory conditions that could raise the efficiency of fuel cells. The PSI scientists have already applied to patent the technique, which is suitable for mass production. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 Advanced Neutron Tools for Soft and Bio Materials JRA - latest achievements It is time for a summary of the achievements of this JRA, which aims to provide a wider range of experimental tools to make the best use of neutron scattering for soft and bio-materials. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 Apply for beamtime at BNC until October 15 The Budapest Neutron Centre is calling for proposals for scientists to use their neutron instruments. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 Special Issue on Metals Challenged by Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation The journal Metals is calling for papers. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 November 2015. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 The Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics calls for neutron proposals You can submit your proposal for beam time at the IBR-2 high flux pulsed reactor until October 15. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 New method will enable most accurate neutron measurement yet Our universe consists of significantly more matter than existing theories are able to explain. One way to clarify this discrepancy is via the neutrons so-called electric dipole moment. In an international collaboration, researchers at PSI have now devised a new method which will help determine this dipole moment more accurately than ever before. Fri, 02 Oct 2015 European neutron scattering research community faces challenges Neutron scattering as an essential tool for science has addressed some of societys grand challenges but its future is not assured, said Prof Christiane Alba-Simionesco, Director of LLB and Chair of ENSA. Fri, 02 Oct 2015 ISIS calls for proposals: Deadline 16 October 2015 The ISIS neutron and muon sources in the UK are calling for proposals. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 ORNL 2016: A neutron scattering proposal call ORNL is calling for proposals with deadline October 14. There is updated information for the Quantum Condensed Matter instruments at the HFIR. Mon, 05 Oct 2015 New Release of Mantid 3.5, October 2015 The version 3.5 of Mantid includes significant improvements. Furthermore the new Mantid Forum will provide a centre for support and conversation across the Mantid community. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 The birth of time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction at pulsed sources There is a new article on our History section. You can now learn about the birth of time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction at pulsed sources by Izabela M. Sosnowska. Wed, 07 Oct 2015 CNRS and ESS Advance a New Standard for Linac Design Spoke Cavity Prototypes Exceed Expectations. An important test result was achieved this summer at the accelerator lab of the French Institute of Nuclear Physics, IPN-Orsay. The finding is important to linac development worldwide, but of particular importance to the ESS Accelerator currently under civil construction in Sweden and in technical development across Europe. Wed, 07 Oct 2015 Rosen Scholar - Call for Nominations for 2016 Nominations for Rosen Scholar candidates are to be sponsored by at least one of LANSCEs Facilities. The deadline is December 4. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 PSI-SINQ cycle I16: Call for Proposals The PSI spallation neutron source is accepting beam time requests with deadline on November 15. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 Brand new opportunity for international Post-Docs at STFC and Diamond STFC and Diamond Light Source are offering 36 positions to post-doctoral researchers over the next five years as part of the brand new Rutherford International Fellowship Programme. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 New project on our website: NordForsk Neutron The joint Nordic programme for neutron research is being established to address the need for competence-building in this field, as identified by research funding agencies in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 Agneta Nestenborg is new Administration Director for the European Spallation Source Agneta Nestenborg assumed leadership of the ESS Project Support Administration Directorate on September 1. The transition marked the completion of former director Matti Tiirakaris distinguished five-year secondment from CERN. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 Ring-Shaped Probes Improve Predictions of Polymer Dynamics Researchers have found a much easier and more accurate way of investigating the often decisive lateral deflection of molecules. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 IKON9 Brings the Collaboration Home Instrument teams and in-kind partners from around Europe came together in Lund with developers of neutron technologies, science support systems, and data management and software for the ESS 9th In-Kind Collaboration Meeting for Neutron Scattering Systems. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 VNF: Virtual Neutron Facility Weve got a new link on our Educational Resources. You can access the e-learning platform VNF and simulate neutron scattering experiments. Thu, 22 Oct 2015 High Brilliance Neutron Source Workshop An international workshop with more than 30 researchers was organized by the Jlich Centre for Neutron Science on Nov 27-28 to discuss current and future options for compact accelerator driven high brilliance neutron sources to serve the scientific community. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 140 scientists met in Copenhagen for the NMI3 and SINE2020 meetings It was very useful to meet at the NMI3 final General Assembly and the SINE2020 kick-off meeting to discuss future work and outcomes of the last 4 years Tue, 03 Nov 2015 Visiting ESS, Frederick Bordry of CERN Discusses the Past, Present and Future of the Collaboration The Director for Accelerators and Technology at CERN spent a recent visit to the European Spallation Source getting up to speed on the swiftly advancing project and reinforcing the high-level coordination between the directors of the two leading accelerator projects in Europe. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 BrightnESS Kick-Off Meeting Held in Lund BrightnESS Begins. More than 70 representatives from the 18 participating institutions came together at the European Spallation Source on September 25 for the BrightnESS Kick-Off Meeting, which formally launched the EU-funded project. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 Neutrons Unlock the Hidden-Order State of Frustrated Magnets Magnetism. Over the last 60 years neutron scattering has provided the breakthroughs necessary to understand the atomic-level ordering of magnetic materials. The latest discovery of these hidden orders has recently been published in the journal Science and suggests the potential for neutron scattering to reveal much more. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 brightnESS: new project on our neutron projects page BrightnESS is a European Union-funded project within the European Commissions Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme designed to ensure that key challenges are met in order to build an ESS that can deliver high-impact scientific and technological knowledge. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 New Multi-MHz KWS-2 Detector Improves Count Rate by a Factor of 25 The new detection system is characterized by a dead-time constant of 25ns and a count rate as high as 5MHz at 10 dead-time. Compared to the old detector, this means an improvement of factor 25. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 JCNS-Workshop 2015 attracted key experts and specialists from all over the world Neutron Scattering on Nano-Structured Soft Matter: Synthetic- and Bio-Materials has been the focus of this years JCNS Workshop, held from 5 -8 October at the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing on Lake Starnberg. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 A guide to publish articles in Open Access A guide prepared at the ILL gives an overview of Open Access publishing and rules for EU projects. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 Developing new forensic techniques with the help of neutrons New forensic techniques to help with the positive identification of unknown victims based on their burned skeletal remains are being developed by bone experts working beside neutron scientists. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 Physics World podcast: The rise of neutron scattering New educational material In a podcast Physics World news editor Michael Banks travels to ISIS to find out how scientists are using neutrons in their research and how the lab is looking to attract more users from industry. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 Perpetual youth for batteries Neutrons explain aging process in lithium ion batteries A key issue with lithium ion batteries is aging. It significantly reduces their potential storage capacity. To date, very little is known about the causes of the aging effects. Scientists now came a step closer to identifying the causes in their latest experiments. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 New video: Mark Johnson on the impact of NMI3 Given that NMI3-II will finish soon it was time to take stock of the work developed over the last four years. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 Fourth Quarter Committee and Council Meetings Lead ESS into Second Year of Construction SAC and TAC recommendations advance the ESS along the critical path to completion, and the ERIC Council gets rolling with the election of Prof. Caterina Petrillo as vice chair and approval of the instrument suite. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 Call for Nominations for NSSA Prizes and Fellows 2016 The deadline for nominations of the Prizes Clifford G. Shull, NSSA Sustained Research, NSSA Science, NSSA Student, and NSSA Fellows is December 8. Wed, 02 Dec 2015 Max Born prize awarded to Christian Pfleiderer The Institute of Physics and the German Physical Society have jointly awarded the Max Born Prize to Christian Pfleiderer of TUMs Physik-Department. Wed, 02 Dec 2015 Detecting hidden patterns on ancient swords Hidden Damascus patterns in the steel used to make ancient Indo-Persian swords and daggers are being uncovered by collaborators from Londons Wallace Collection and CNR, Italy, during neutron diffraction experiments at ISIS. This work gives insight into the quality of the blades as well as helping curators identify Damascus steel. Wed, 02 Dec 2015 Call for proposals for funding of neutron and muon introductory schools The deadline for applying for funding for Neutron or Muon Introductory Schools is January 24. The schools will be supported by the SINE2020 project. Wed, 02 Dec 2015 New video: NMI3-II - The benefits of European Collaboration Learn about the benefits of this collaboration between the major neutron and muon facilities in Europe as well as the feedback of the European Commission, by the NMI3 Manager and Coordinator, scientists, and school organisers. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 Innovation and Engineering Set ESS on Path to Sustainability Research with neutrons has long delivered new and more environmentally responsible solutions for our planet. As part of its core framework, the European Spallation Source and its partners are working to realise sustainability goals for construction and operations. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 Three days for exchange between Users of BESSY II and BER II and HZB-scientists The Seventh Joint BER II and BESSY II User Meeting will take place at WISTA, Berlin-Adlershof on December 9th and 10th, the neutrons session are at Berlin-Wannsee on December 11th. The Verein Freundeskreis Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin e.V. will bestow the Innovation Award and the Ernst-Eckart-Koch Prize. Public highlights are a science slam on Wednesday, 18:30 and the public lecture by David Cahen on the power of science to bridge ideological differences. The public lecture and the science slam are open for everybody. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 EU Research Commissioner Visits ESS Construction Site As one of the highest priority research infrastructure projects in Europe, ESS was visited today by the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. He was joined at the construction site by the Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research, Helene Hellmark Knutsson. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 VIP visit at the FRM II On 24 November 2015 the G7 Non Proliferation Directors Group visited the Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz FRM II and the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Centre for Neutron Research MLZ. Mon, 07 Dec 2015 Call for bids to host SAS2021 The location of the XVIII Conference on Small-angle Scattering in 2021 was not decided yet. The SAS Commission of the IUC has thus decided to extend the submission deadline to 1 February 2016. Wed, 09 Dec 2015 Weve updated the diagram of neutron proposal deadlines and operating times Would you like to know where to submit your next proposal for neutron scattering experiments and when the neutron sources are running Have a look at our diagram Thu, 10 Dec 2015 SasView 3.1.2 - please upgrade A new update of SasView, version 3.1.2, has just been released. It is recommended that all users of SasView upgrade. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 Detectors JRA - latest achievements t is time for a summary of the achievements of this JRA, which aims to develop two promising detector technologies to cope with the high cost and near unavailability of 3He. Fri, 11 Dec 2015 Appointment of next ILL UK Associate Director and Head of Science Prof. Mark Johnson has been appointed as the new UK Associate Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, the world centre for neutron science, with effect from 1st October 2016. He will act as Head of the Science Division. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 ETH Zurich honours Jlich Neutron Scientist Staudinger-Durrer Prize awarded to Prof. Dieter Richter. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 NMI3 Imaging JRA latest achievements It is time for a summary of the achievements of this JRA. New methods now provide information on material and magnetic systems which are not accessible using any other experimental technique. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 Proposals for the HFM at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin are now accepted The high-field magnet HFM project of Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin is close to completion. Proposals for HFMEXED, beamtime can now be requested. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 Britains STFC Signs On as Lead Partner for Two ESS Instruments The UKs Science Technology Facilities Council signed an MoU with the European Spallation Source this month that establishes the worlds longest operating neutron spallation source as lead partner in building the ESS instruments FREIA and LoKI. Mon, 04 Jan 2016 EU to Support ESS Construction through SREss Project Green Light for SREss. The project Spatial Research Excellence by ESS SREss has been granted European Union funding to build and establish part of the European Spallation Source research infrastructure in Lund. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 NCNR Call for Proposals You are invited to apply for time on the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research NCNR. The deadline for all proposals is Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Tue, 05 Jan 2016 Apply now for European master MaMaSELF Students can immediately apply for the MaMaSELF Master program that starts in 2016. The deadline for non-EU students ends on January 31; EU students have time until February 28. All, that do not require scholarship, must apply before April 30. Thu, 07 Jan 2016 Neutrons offer guide to getting more out of solid-state lithium-ion batteries Although they dont currently have as much conductivity, solid-state electrolytes designed for lithium-ion batteries LIBs are emerging as a safer alternative to their more prevalentsometimes flammableliquid-electrolyte counterparts. Fri, 08 Jan 2016 Deadline for Neutron Scattering and Deuteration Proposals at the OPAL Reactor in Sydney Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility both cold- and thermal-neutron instruments and National Deuteration Facility. Deadline 15 March 2016, for beam time between July and December 2016. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 Perugias Caterina Petrillo is Vice-Chair of European Spallation Source ERIC Council The new vice-chair of the ESS Council is not new to neutrons. Her strong background in research, facility development, and within European-wide advisory bodies, places Caterina Petrillo at the centre of the neutron science community in Europe. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 Cholesterol levels affect our bodys capacity to receive medicines Researchers investigated how cholesterol levels influence drug delivery. The results vary depending on the type of drug tested. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 Neutrons reveal distribution of flux-tube islands In type II superconductors thin channels, flux tubes, are formed. The magnetic field is guided through these tubes while the rest of the material remains field-free and superconducting. In the metal niobium, the flux tubes bunch together into small islands that create complex patterns. Researchers were the first to conduct neutron experiments to study these structures in niobium and determine the distribution of the islands in detail. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 CERIC Call for Proposals Deadline Step 1: February 5th, 2016 Deadline Step 2: March 1st, 2016 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 is now online Learn all about SINE2020: world-class Science and Innovation with Neutrons in Europe in 2020. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 Call for ORNL Neutron Sciences User Proposals at HFIR and SNS - 2016B Proposals for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratorys High Flux Isotope Reactor HFIR and Spallation Neutron Source SNS will be accepted Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 Revealing Change Over Time, FREIA Brings Fast Kinetic Studies to Reflectometry Researchers from the European Spallation Source and Denmark refine reflectometry concepts for fast kinetic studies of thin films and other advanced materials. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 Helmholtz scientist is new director of the large European ESS research centre Institute director and physicist from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Prof. Andreas Schreyer, is the new scientific director of the future-oriented centre ESS, starting in January. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 REMINDER: NCNR Call for Proposals You are invited to apply for time on the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research NCNR. The deadline for all proposals is Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 Neutron Beams Inform Lawsuit Following a Residential Fire with a Natural Gas Explosion When a gas explosion occurs in a home, analyzing evidence and determining the chain of events leading up to the explosion can be critical to resolving a lawsuit. If the provider is found to be at fault, injured parties can be awarded hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 Big progress in the production of model biological membranes An NMI3 JRA has made significant progress in the production of biological membranes that can be used for structural and dynamic characterisations. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 Step-by-step to a neutron experiment with bio matter Watch this new video where scientists explain us the steps taken before conducting a neutron experiment on biological samples. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 At the interface - interview with Stefan Janssen Stefan Janssen is Head of the User Office at Paul Scherrer Institute PSI. In an interview, he explains why the PSIs large research facilities are popular with researchers coming from other institutions, how he handles the many applications and how he supports users who come here to conduct experiments. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 From the Atomic Egg to the FRM II The research reactor Munich FRM, known as the Atomic Egg, came into operation on 31 October 1957. The research neutron source Heinz Maier Leibnitz FRM II reached its first criticality on 2 March, 2004 and user operation began only one year later on 29 April, 2005. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 The Intensity Frontier: Developing World Class Detectors Using Boron The first attempts to use boron-10 for neutron detection were made in the 1970s. Due to the high neutron flux expected at ESS and the economics of the helium-3 crisis, boron is experiencing a comeback. EU support through the BrightnESS project is delivering critical results for the development of such detectors at the European Spallation Source. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 New video: A new pressure cell for SANS experiments up to 500MPa In a new video you can learn of a new pressure cell that makes it easier to conduct SANS experiments at 500 MPa. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 New Release of Mantid 3.6, February 2016 This release contains the long awaited support to handle the differing Crystallography convention kf-ki and inelastic convention ki-kf for representing HKL and Q space data. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 Forschungszentrum Jlich Plans Novel Neutron Source Forschungszentrum Jlich has begun to develop a concept for cost-efficient neutron sources which could replace mid-sized facilities. The new sources will operate without using reactor-typical chain reactions. Even smaller facilities on a laboratory scale can be set up using the same principle. Thu, 18 Feb 2016 ESS Passes 20 Completion Milestone, with On-Site Installations to Begin this Year The ESS civil construction project broke ground nearly 18 months ago as one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe. With the Accelerator tunnel nearing completion, and the complex foundation work for the Target Station well advanced, all eyes are focused on technical installations beginning this year. Thu, 18 Feb 2016 Led by France, Italy and the UK, ESS is Pushing Accelerator Technology to its Limits In the final and major stages of acceleration before contact with the Target, the proton beam energy of the ESS Accelerator will reach 2.0 GeV, making it the most powerful linear proton accelerator ever built. Frances national Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission, CEA, is guiding the design, production and testing of the superconducting radio-frequency elliptical cryomodules that make this possible. Thu, 18 Feb 2016 Call for abstracts Deutsche Neutronenstreutagung 2016 All neutron users are invited to submit abstracts for the German Neutron Scattering Conference 2016. The conference will take place in Kiel from Sept. 20 to 22, 2016. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 Call for abstracts and registration for the MLZ Conference Neutrons for Energy You are invited to submit an abstract to this conference, which will be on 18.-21. July 2016, Bad Reichenhall, Germany. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 March 2016. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 Solving the Mystery Flask: A Forensic Challenge To Reduce Nuclear Liabilities The CNBC is enhancing its neutron imaging capabilities to see inside concealed objects. Identifying unknown radioactive material reduced the cost of a long-term waste management liability for the Government of Canada and demonstrated new capabilities. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 Call for proposals on French neutron scattering instruments : deadline April 1st The next deadline for beam time request on French neutron scattering instruments will be April 1st. Within this call, you may ask beam time on the LLB instruments installed at the Orphe reactor in Saclay, and also on 4 French CRG at the ILL D1B, D23, IN12 and IN22. Wed, 02 Mar 2016 FLNP JINR Proposals Call, II Round - 2016 The Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, kindly invites you to submit applications for beam time at the IBR-2 high flux pulsed reactor. The deadline is April 15, 2016. Fri, 04 Mar 2016 NSSA Announces the 2016 prize recipients The Neutron Scattering Society of America is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of its four major prizes: Dr. Charles F. Majkrzak, Prof. Pengcheng Dai, Dr. Yun Liu, and Dr. P. Douglas Godfrin. Mon, 07 Mar 2016 The survey of copper selenate The combination of different neutron methods allowed measuring the complete spectrum of magnetic excitations. Mon, 07 Mar 2016 Neutron scattering e-learning platform now online Neutron scattering textbook, exercises, and simulations of experiments are now available online and for free at Fri, 11 Mar 2016 Communicating collaboration communications officers met in Lund The SINE2020 and brightnESS projects organised a meeting of communications officers to strengthen collaboration. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 Wolfram-Prandl-Prize for young scientists in neutron research The Committee Research with Neutrons KFN will award the Wolfram-Prandl-Prize to young scientists with PhD at the DN2016 in September 2016. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 New stopped-flow observation head for simpler and cheaper SANS experiments A team of scientists and technicians designed a more efficient stopped-flow observation head that can make SANS experiments easier and more efficient to conduct. Watch our new video to know all about it Thu, 17 Mar 2016 Neutrons for Industry: SINE2020 Industry Consultancy WP aims at increasing industrial use of European neutron sources Learn how the SINE2020 Industry WP will help create an innovation-friendly environment around European neutron sources to tackle societal challenges by coupling research and innovation. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 NOW AVAILABLE: FREE advanced characterization of your material or component SINE2020 offers consultation and free neutron scattering measurements to industry. Strengthen your RD potential with us by submitting your proposal by June 30. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 Schools to receive SINE2020 support announced Eight neutron and muon introductory schools will be financially supported by SINE2020. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 Cellular Light Switch Analysed Using Neutron Scattering The internal movements of proteins can be important for their functionality. With the aid of neutron spectroscopy, scientists detected dynamic processes in so-called LOV photoreceptors. The results highlight the immense potential of neutron scattering experiments for the analysis of cellular processes. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 ESS Installs First Hardware in the Accelerator Tunnel The first component has been successfully installed in the Accelerator tunnel at the ESS Construction site this month. The occasion marks an important step toward ESS project goals and ultimate delivery to its European partners and the scientific community. Wed, 30 Mar 2016 McStas 2.3 released McStas 2.3 has been released and is ready for download. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 NSSA announces the 2016 NSSA Fellows The NSSA is pleased to announce the selection of the following 2016 NSSA Fellows: John Copley, Michael Crawford, Pengcheng Dai, Jaime Fernandez-Baca, Brent Fultz, Aaron Krawitz, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Timothy Lodge, Jaroslaw Majewski, John Root, and Stephen White. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 SINQ at PSI - Call for proposals II-16 The next deadline for the submission of beam time requests for the Swiss spallation neutron source SINQ is May 20. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 BBC Radio 4: The neutron New link on our educational material pages. Melvyn Bragg from BBC and guests discuss the neutron, one of the particles found in an atoms nucleus. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 IKON10: 2016 Anticipated to be a Watershed Year for Instrument Projects The semi-annual IKON meeting has become the forum for ESS and its in-kind partners to make a clear assessment of instrument construction progress. The focus of Februarys meeting was less on the activities of individual instrument teams than the multidisciplinary collaboration as a whole. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 Observation of magnetic fragmentation in spin ice Spin ice is an unusual magnetic material in which the combination of strong local Ising anisotropy and ferromagnetic interactions imposes a local constraint to the magnetic moments, the ice-rule. We have observed magnetic fragmentation in a recently discovered material, the spin ice candidate Nd2Zr2O7, by means of neutron scattering measurements. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 ORNL neutron splashes reveal signature of exotic particles Researchers at the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutrons to uncover novel behavior in materials that holds promise for quantum computing. Fri, 22 Apr 2016 Appointment of next ILL Director Prof. Helmut Schober has been appointed, with effect from 1st October 2016, as the new Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, the worlds flagship centre for neutron science. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 Applications of Neutron Scattering in Catalysis A publication in the journal Johnson Matthey Technology Review explains how and why neutron scattering may be a useful technique to investigate catalysis. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 One step closer to finding the spin nematic Neutron scattering at ANSTO has contributed to building evidence for the existence of a highly exotic and elusive state of matter, known as a magnetic spin nematic phase in a natural mineral called linarite. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 Fuel Cells: Polymers, platinum and a poster prize Results show that one can examine details of the operation of fuel cells with neutron scattering and thus promote the optimisation of the individual components of the fuel cell for a longer life and better efficiency. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 HERACLES: new project on our resources page Addressing one of the last remaining concerns in the civil nuclear fuel cycle. Europes High Performance Research Reactors have teamed up in a common initiative, HERACLES, to support the world-wide non-proliferation efforts by minimizing their usage of HEU material. Mon, 02 May 2016 Neutrons save cultural heritage from the Iron Age Scientists have examined a method to preserve artifacts more closely by Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis to find the optimal conditions for preservation. Mon, 02 May 2016 Polymer chain behavior in polymer nanocomposites with attractive interactions Chain behavior has been determined in polymer nanocomposites comprised of well-dispersed 12nm diameter silica nanoparticles in polymethyl methacrylate PMMA matrices by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering measurements under the Zero Average Contrast condition. Tue, 03 May 2016 Novel catalyst achieves record-high yields of biofuel Scientists have designed a novel catalyst that overcomes the challenge of breaking down complex plant components to produce some of the highest yields of biofuel. The results bring us one step closer to lessening our dependence on fossil fuels, and are an important development in our shift towards renewable energy. Tue, 03 May 2016 Predicting the Reliability of Turbine Runners in Hydro Power Plants Hydro-Qubec is using stress data from the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre CNBC to improve electricity generation from hydroelectric dams. Fri, 06 May 2016 Update on Neutron Scattering in Canada News on NRU shut-down, school, and call for proposals. Sun, 08 May 2016 Richard Heenan the Jedi Master of neutron scattering This week sees a meeting on Future Applications of Small-Angle Neutron Scattering to Soft Matter, which will also celebrate Richards partial retirement. Thu, 12 May 2016 SpinWave software available SpinWave is an easy-to-use and versatile software to calculate spin waves in any abitrary magnetic lattice. It is now freely available. Thu, 12 May 2016 Neutrons could discover the key to next generation HIV drugs Scientists have used neutron crystallography to determine the structures of HIV-1 proteasedrug complexes, providing key details of hydrogen-bonding interactions in the active-site and revealing a pH-induced proton hopping mechanism that guides HIV-1 protease activity. Thu, 12 May 2016 The European Spallation Source Appoints John Womersley Director General A prominent figure in European research facilities, John Womersley will take over the high-profile project at an important time. Sat, 14 May 2016 Better packaging could make drugs easier on patients An international research team has discovered the mechanism by which a pharmaceutical excipient from the class of block copolymers improves the solubility of large quantities of a poorly water-soluble active substance. The results form the basis for the development of a drug delivery system better tolerated by the human body. Sat, 14 May 2016 Neutron Scattering in Switzerland in the 20th Century In our history pages you can now find a summary of characteristic scientific and applied results which were obtained with use of the Swiss instruments for neutron scattering in the 20th century. Wed, 18 May 2016 Tunneling of Cooper pairs The magnetic properties of thin film systems with superconducting and ferromagnetic states and an isolating layer in between were never studied before. Wed, 18 May 2016 J-PARC MLF 2016B General Use Proposal Round J-PARC Center and CROSS-Tokai are pleased to announce that the 2016B General Use proposal round will be open from Tuesday 17 May 2016. Sun, 22 May 2016 Enhancing the Reliability of Retrofitted Utility Vehicles Following research at CNBC, Nor-Mar Industries has received approval for, and successfully implemented changes to, welding protocols to deliver premium-quality products. Mon, 23 May 2016 BornAgain School and User Meeting 2016 The first BornAgain School and User Meeting, organized by the MLZ Scientific Computing Group, will take place on 21-22 November 2016 at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Zentrum Garching, Germany. Tue, 24 May 2016 Reversed symmetry Two research teams have studied the new class of iron-based superconductors at the MLZ and independently came to the same surprising result: the superconducting Cooper pairs change their symmetry. Tue, 24 May 2016 Nuclear techniques reveal inner structure of iron meteorities non-invasively Neutron computer tomography on the Dingo instrument has produced three dimensional video of ron meteorites. Tue, 24 May 2016 ESFRI report alerts to risks of shutting down neutron facilities in Europe Projection foresees major instantaneous reduction in neutron instruments available to Europes scientists once ILL shuts down. Fri, 27 May 2016 New Drug Carrier Delivers Cancer Medication with Better Control Research published in Nature combining neutron scattering with other techniques strengthens understanding of the delivery of cancer drugs. Sun, 29 May 2016 Neutron reflectivity gives insight to the role of the N-terminal sequence in Alzheimers B-amyloid peptide assembly Neutron reflectometry experiments revealed the existence and extent of the interaction between A peptides and a lone customised biomimetic membrane, and their dependence on the aggregation state of the peptide. Tue, 31 May 2016 Zebra - a new instrument for the PSI New scientific questions demand ever better experimental equipment. In this interview, PSI researcher Oksana Zaharko reports on the challenges of setting up a new instrument for research with neutrons. Thu, 02 Jun 2016 Again excellent female scientist of the FRM II awarded Samantha Zimnik was granted with the Laura Bassi price for her outstanding scientific achievements in the field of surface physics at the positron source NEPOMUC. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 New Release of Mantid 3.7, June 2016 Version 3.7 of Mantid contains several improvements to the advanced visualisation and the CLI for multidimensional data. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 DFG funds research on metallic glasses On October 1 a new two-year project will begin to study the microscopic structure and dynamics of bulk metallic glasses. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 Workshop I of the SINE2020 WP on Data Treatment Fruitful discussions were held by 26 WP members who met at PSI in April to present the software programs the WP will focus on. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 New MicroStrip Gas Chamber to be produced within the SINE2020 Detectors collaboration Bruno Guerard from ILL told us the plan to develop a 3He based MicroStrip Gas Chamber MSGC neutron detector with a novel 2D readout. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 Public release of the SpinWave software, May 2016 An easy-to-use and versatile software, _SpinWave_, to calculate spin waves in any arbitrary magnetic lattice, has been developed at the Laboratoire Lon Brillouin and is now freely available. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 Beamline Tests Show Progress in Detector Development Scientists at ESS and its partner institutions aim to realise detectors that can capture and record the high neutron rates delivered by the worlds most powerful neutron source. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 Competing coexisting phases in two-dimensional water Scientists experimentally realized two-dimensional water by crafting the water molecules onto a hydrophilic surface with distances between the water molecules compatible with hydrogen bond formation. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 True change of symmetry or ricochet The combination of the neutron diffraction techniques and the software program Umweg at MLZ is a big step forward to improve neutron studies on many highlighting materials, in order to answer the often difficult question of their real symmetry. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering National Deuteration Facility ANSTO had a restructure. It is now the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering National Deuteration Facility and the Bragg institute becomes a virtual institute. Sat, 06 Aug 2016 Chemical Deuteration WP interview with the coordinator In an interview Hanna Wacklin tells about the SINE2020 collaboration activity on Chemical Deuteration, which she coordinates. Sat, 06 Aug 2016 The United Kingdom Confirmed as Member of European Spallation Source The United Kingdom has joined the project as a full member following a unanimous decision by the ESS Council. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 Neutron diffraction studies reveal origins of deterioration in lithium batteries Researchers use diffraction data from pulsed high-intensity neutrons to understand the reactions that deteriorate lithium batteries during operation. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 The CETS School 2016: a summary Thanks to SINE2020 support, 31 participants attended the Central European Training School in Budapest last May. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 Reducing Rework and Scrap Costs in the Production of Airplane Parts Aircraft manufacturers sponsor researchers who are using stress data from the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre to evaluate methods of preventing distortion in thin aluminum parts. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 European Landscape of Research Infrastructures: Neutron scattering facilities in Europe - Present status and future perspectives The first volume of the ESFRI Scripta series reproduces the concluding report presenting a thorough analysis of the European Landscape of Research Infrastructures devoted to Neutron Scattering and Spectroscopy, and its evolution in the next decades. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 Well connected: Chinese-German cooperation in instrument construction A Chinese-German cooperation using the instrument PANDA at MLZ developed a concept for a cold three-axis spectrometer. Results are now published. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 CERIC Call for Proposals Now Open CERIC-ERIC is launching its fifth call for proposals. There are interesting news in this call, new instruments added to the offer and an award for high quality publications and conference presentations. Sun, 14 Aug 2016 Pelican instrument provides crucial experimental evidence of unusual quantum state Inelastic neutron scattering experiments at ANSTO found a possible new quantum spin state in a novel antiferromagnetic material barium ytterbium zinc oxide which provides both a challenge and validation of the third law of thermodynamics. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 Meeting of project administrators with EC auditors will help secure eligibility of H2020 funding Financial and administrative staff from the H2020 BrightnESS and its SINE2020 projects met on June 27 and 28 in Lund to exchange best practices and tools on how to best implement and manage both research projects. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 120 scientists discuss polarized neutrons on the Domberg in Freising On July 7, the 11th International Conference on Polarised Neutrons for Condensed Matter Investigations 2016 PNCMI 2016 in Freising ended. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 Novel state of matter: Observation of a quantum spin liquid A novel and rare state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid has been empirically demonstrated in a monocrystal of the compound calcium-chromium oxide by team at HZB, which was previously thought impossible. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 Quantum Mechanics Illustrated Intuitively By Neutron Scattering Forschungszentrum Jlich releases two videos for science students and teachers. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 Neutrons observe the effects of Alzheimers peptides Using neutrons, scientists have revealed a possible cause of Alzheimers disease. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 New thimbles, plates and beam plug at FRM II Since July 20, the FRM II again delivers neutrons. In the break, employees have finished many tasks: They exchanged the beam plug, which will guide neutrons towards the neutron guide hall east for new instruments. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 Self-assembly of monodisperse versus bidisperse polymer-grafted nanoparticles Results show that reducing the inter-nanoparticles attractions gives rise to a much richer ensemble of nanoparticles self-assemblies, apparently with a smaller influence from kinetic traps or barriers. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 Software TAKIN makes scientists life easier According to Wikipedia, a TAKIN is a goat-like mammal in Asia. Quite different at FRM II: here it is a new and extremely useful software that Tobias Weber, Robert Georgii and Prof. Peter Bni of the MIRA group developed specifically for working with three-axis spectrometers. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 Deadline for Neutron Scattering and Deuteration Proposals at ANSTO is September 15 Proposals are accepted for experiments at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility both cold- and thermal-neutron instruments and National Deuteration Facility between January and June 2017. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 Call for proposals on TOF spectrometer NEAT at HZB The Time-Of-Flight spectrometer NEAT at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin is now in user operation with greatly increased flux and power after an extensive upgrade project. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 Initial Call for ORNL Neutron Sciences User Proposals at HFIR and SNS - 2017A The deadline for Neutron Sciences Call for Proposals at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is October 5. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 Funds for post-grant FP7 publications You can apply for OpenAire funds to publish or reimburse your FP7 project papers in Open Access journals. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 The deuteron too poses a mystery The deuteron - just like the proton - is smaller than previously thought. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 NCNR - Call for proposals Proposals are accepted for experiments at the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research NCNR. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 Seeing inside an ancient Australian Indigenous artefact non-invasively Nuclear techniques have allowed archaeologists to see into an embedded section of an ancient Australian Indigenous stone artefact non-invasivelysuggesting important information about its origin and use. Sat, 03 Sep 2016 Batteries and Fuel Cells: Energy Research with Neutrons More than 90 energy researchers from around the world now came to the conference Neutrons For Energy in Bad Reichenhall to discuss current results and questions from various areas of energy research with neutrons. Sat, 03 Sep 2016 Neutron scattering using marsh mallows Physics can also taste very sweet this is one of the things that the pupils from grade 3 of the elementary school Garching Ost learned during their visit at the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz. They made an atom model from toothpicks and marsh mallows and tried their abilities as neutron scatterers at a neutron ball toss. Sat, 03 Sep 2016 16.2 million Euros for neutron and positron research The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF has given 13.5 million Euros to fund a number of projects at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ. Mon, 05 Sep 2016 The SINE2020 Sample Environment WP: Interview with the coordinator Eddy Lelivre-Berna Eddy Lelivre-Berna tells about the Sample Environment WP, which aims to improve the environment surrounding samples both on neutron and muon experiments, thus improving data statistics and opening new fields of science. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 Order by virtual crystal field fluctuations in pyrochlore XY antiferromagnets Conclusive evidence of order by disorder is scarce in real materials. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 Underground Storage of Carbon Dioxide Safer than Expected Experiments with neutrons reveal minimal corrosion of the top layer of a naturally occurring CO2 reservoir. Fri, 09 Sep 2016 En route to better transformers Thanks to an ultramodern research method, scientists have successfully looked inside transformers and observed the magnetic domains at work in the interior of a transformers iron core. Transformers are indispensable in regulating electricity both in industry and in domestic households. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 QA: Enhancing cooperation between industry and neutron facilities Get to know the main points of action, benefits, and challenges of the SINE2020 Industry Activity. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 Canadian Neutron Beam Centre: Call for proposals The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre will provide neutrons until March 2018 and will to provide assistance until March 2019 to complete data analysis and publish results. You are invited to propose challenging experiments, encourage young researchers to visit and learn everything they can from the experts. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 Unlocking Potential of 3D Printed Rocket Parts with Neutrons Engineers from NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, used neutrons recently to help understand the potential benefit of additive manufactured rocket engine components. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 Sketchnote of 50 Years of Backscattering Rob Dimeo took very creative notes of talks at the 50 Years of Backscattering workshop Thu, 22 Sep 2016 95 scientists met in Coimbra for the SINE2020 General Assembly Fruitful discussions with a side of sunny weather, UNESCO heritage, fado, and nice food at the SINE2020 General Assembly. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 BNC call for proposals The upcoming proposal submission deadline for neutron scattering experiments at Budapest Neutron Centre BNC is Saturday, 1 October 2016. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 Detailed molecular structure of silver nanocrystals determined Dr Alison Edwards has contributed to the characterisation of two large, complex silver nanoclusters of 136 and 374 atoms as part of an international collaboration led by researchers from Xiamen University in China. Sat, 01 Oct 2016 Clarifying the Role of Vitamin E Using neutron beams at the CNBC, scientists gather direct molecular-level evidence for the role that Vitamin E plays in the human bodya feat that has been unattainable using other experimental techniques. Sat, 01 Oct 2016 Apply to the Berlin School on Neutron Scattering by October 15 Learn neutron scattering on 2 10 March 2017 at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin. SINE2020 supports travel costs. Sat, 01 Oct 2016 Wolfram-Prandl Prize to Dr. Anatoliy Senyshyn Dr. Anatoliy Senyshyn obtains the prize for his outstanding research in the field of lithium-ion batteries, which he watches in its function in a live hook-up at the atomic level. Sun, 02 Oct 2016 Call for proposals on French neutron scattering instruments The next deadline for beam time request on French neutron scattering instruments will be November 1st. Sun, 02 Oct 2016 Martin Bhm is the new SINE2020 Coordinator The SINE2020 project welcomes Martin Bhm from the Institute Laue-Langevin as new Coordinator. Tue, 04 Oct 2016 26 students attended the Italian Learning Days School The Italian Society of Neutron Spectroscopy organised the Giornate Didattiche School on June 12-20, 2016. Students were given an introduction to neutron techniques for condensed matter studies, with applications to Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth sciences. Tue, 04 Oct 2016 New material offers stable spintronics EPFL scientists discovered a material that can produce stable skyrmions in a wide range of temperatures, making it ideal for building devices. Sat, 08 Oct 2016 SINE2020 funds metallurgy, surfactants, microelectronics, and fuel cells experiments After the first call for industrial experiments, five companies will benefit from free neutron test measurements for their RD activities. Would you like to use neutrons for advanced characterization of your material or component, for free Youre still in time Tue, 11 Oct 2016 NOW opening: FREE analysis of your material or device Please spread the word Industrial companies can apply for free experiments at neutron research facilities. The deadline is Jan 21th 2017. Probing matter with neutrons is non-destructive. Feel free to contact us for further information. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 News for users: October 2016 round Next proposal round at ISIS closing date: 16 October 2016, 23:00 GMT. This call for proposals covers beamtime that will be allocated from September 2016 to February 2017. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 Physicists probe magnetic fluctuations in heavy fermions Neutron-scattering experiments explore origins of high-temp superconductivity. The results were published in the journal Nature Communications. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 Report on Joint JCNS-Flipper Workshop Stimulating gathering of neutron scientists at the Joint JCNS Workshop Flipper 2016 in Tutzing, Germany. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 The SISN Summer School 2016: a quick summary 14 young participants attended the Italian SISN Summer School in Perugia last September. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 New Release of Mantid 3.8: October 2016 This release contains the much requested improvements to project saving, so now all of the state of your graphs, tables, matrices, even the instrument view, sliceviewer and VSI will reload just as you saved it. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 A new Management team at ILL, as of 1st October 2016 Helmut Schober became the new ILL Director, Mark Johnson the new Science Director and British Associate Director, and Alexandre Durand the new Head of Administration. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 Webcam for battery production Mechanical engineers of the Technical University of Munich TUM have observed battery cells during their filling with the help of neutron radiography - and have learned important lessons for the production process. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 Exploring the origins of high-temperature superconductivity An international team of scientists has examined high-temperature superconductors at the instrument PANDA. Their resulsts have been published in Nature Communications. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 Helsinki University Hospital receives a novel type of neutron source for cancer therapy The Helsinki University Hospital HUH and Neutron Therapeutics have entered into an agreement whereby a novel accelerator-based neutron source for boron neutron capture therapy BNCT will be installed at the HUH. BNCT is used to treat, for instance, locally advanced head and neck cancers. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 Move Over, Lasers: Scientists Can Now Create Holograms from Neutrons, Too For the first time, a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST have used neutron beams to create holograms of large solid objects, revealing details about their interiors in ways that ordinary laser light-based visual holograms cannot. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 New Interactive Brochure This interactive brochure illustrates the contribution of the Neutron and Muon consortium to advancing science in 2012-2016. It focus on the impact of the NMI3 activities on both science and society. Wed, 02 Nov 2016 From Science to Industry In December 2015, Dr. Thorsten Lauer was still working as a postdoc and Thorsten Zechlau as a graduate student at the FRM II. Lauer and Zechlau could convince an investor with their knowledge and their enthusiasm for neutron optics to support the founding of a company on 1 January 2016. We would not have dreamed of that a year ago, the two founders say. Sun, 06 Nov 2016 Increasing Bio-Compatibility Of Medical Devices Neutron beams reveal the molecular mechanisms behind a new technology that could reduce the risk of complications and death from heart bypass surgery and dialysis. The same technology might soon help more women survive ovarian cancer. Sun, 06 Nov 2016 Neutrons Verify New Quantum State Jlich, 26 October 2016 - An international research team has proved the existence of spin-spirals in a quantum liquid. They emerge at low temperatures from the magnetic moments spins of manganese scandium thiospinel single crystals MnSc2S4. Neighbouring spins fluctuate here collectively as spirals, but when spatial distances are involved, they do not take on any particular order, just as water molecules will only form structures with neighbouring water molecules. Proof of this so-called spiral spin-liquid was achieved with the help of polarized diffuse neutron scattering on an instrument of the Jlich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS at its outstation at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum. Sun, 06 Nov 2016 Project Moves Forward as New ESS Director General Takes Over John Womersley begun work as Director General of the European Spallation Source ERIC on November 1. On Friday, outgoing DG Jim Yeck delivered a message of heartfelt gratitude to ESS staff, management team, and governance. Mon, 07 Nov 2016 Meet the neutron Women in Science The website now hosts Women in Science pages featuring interviews with women who work on neutron scattering. Tue, 08 Nov 2016 Neutrons before and after the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics This article showcases work conducted at neutron sources around the globe that confirmed the predictions of the winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics or that builds upon their theories. Wed, 09 Nov 2016 MATRAC 2 Winter School 2017 Registration is now open for our MATRAC 2 Winter School Application of Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science with special focus on Fundamental Aspects of Materials to be held in UttingAmmersee and GarchingMunich, Germany, February 27 to March 3, 2017. Wed, 09 Nov 2016 SINQ back in operation and new proposal deadline The next call will be launched in January 2017 with a proposal submission deadline on February 20, 2017, midnight for all instruments, see list below. Those proposals will request for beamtime during the period May - October 2017. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 What if neutron scattering uses the same type of detectors used to look into space A SINE2020 team is working on developing Resistive Plate Chambers for neutron detectors. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 Improved Insight into the Structure of Lipid Membranes: Combining the Strengths of Neutron Reflectivity and Molecular Dynamics Alexandros Koutsioumpas from Forschungszentrum Jlich has studied the structure of complex lipid membranes at the neutron reflectometer MARIA. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 New version of SasView The SasView Development Team is pleased to announce the release of SasView 4.0.1. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 Experimentally proved: theory is correct One week of beam time at the PUMA instrument have been enough for international research teams from Beijing and the USA to prove theoretical calculations experimentally. The results bring the global community of superconductors a good deal, because this small, but very important puzzle part has confirmed a theory. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 New Women in Science video: Dr. Sultan Demirdis from JCNS-MLZ Dr. Sultan Demirdis works in the field of neutron research at Forschungszentrum Jlich. In a video, she talks about how she became a neutron scientist and why she likes working at the Jlich Centre for Neutron Science. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 Hydrogen atom hidden and sought British scientists have elucidated the structure of a vital enzyme with the help of neutrons. This involved the presence of a hydrogen atom. Their results are now published in Nature Communications. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 Why many polymers are so fragile: A new perspective Scientists make a surprising discovery. The steepness of the temperature dependence fragility of the viscosity that is determined by chain relaxation follows the correlations at all molecular weights. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 Call for proposals: Canadian Neutron Beam Centre The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre CNBC plans to provide neutrons until the end of March 2018, and to provide assistance until March 2019 to complete data analysis and publish results. You are invited to propose challenging experiments, encourage young researchers to visit and learn everything they can from our experts. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 Improving the fitting in Mantid for neutron and muon data A team is working on improving the fitting of neutron and muon data in Mantid. They developed a framework for comparing fitting minimizers targeted to serve Mantid users, but whose results are transferrable to other neutron and muon data treatment software. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 Smooth transition in FRM II administration Johannes Nubickel follows Dr. Klaus Seebach as Managing Director at the FRM II neutron source in Germany. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 Helping Cars Lose Weight: Improving Light Metals For Greener Vehicles In partnership with GKN Powder Metallurgy, Dalhousie University researchers are using neutron beams in studies aimed at opening up the automotive market to more products made from aluminum powdersa promising alternative to the heavier steel components used in the industry today. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 MagLab expertise puts neutron scattering in focus Tapping into MagLab expertise on superconductors and cryogenics, a research team built a novel neutron scattering device that is more efficient and produces better data than previous techniques. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 TUM and Mainz University activate new source of ultra-cold neutrons Collaborative project results in the construction of a second UCN source at the TRIGA research reactor in Mainz Blueprint for Munich-based high-efficiency source. Fri, 16 Dec 2016 Crystalline structure of ice clouds and their formation clarified Anyone who has ever looked out of the window during an intercontinental flight has probably already seen it: cirri, the ice clouds in the upper troposphere 8-12 km high look like rattled cotton. But also in the lower stratosphere 15-20 km altitude there are ice clouds, so-called polar stratospheric clouds abbr. PSCs. Fri, 16 Dec 2016 Hardening of Pb,CdTe Crystal Lattice with an Increasing CdTe Content in the Solid Solution An important increase of microhardness value for Pb,CdTe was directly confirmed by results of nanoindentation measurements performed for a few samples with various chemical composition. Fri, 16 Dec 2016 MCPL: a new format that simplifies data interchange between applications A team launched the first version of Monte Carlo Particle Lists. This new, open source format makes it simpler to interchange particle-state information data between popular Monte Carlo simulation packages, making the work of developers more efficient. Fri, 16 Dec 2016 The future Argentine Neutron Source The future Argentine Neutron Source, LAHN: Laboratorio Argentino de Haces de Neutrones, has now a dedicated page on our website. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 The two dynamics of liquid water Water, a simple molecule but a complex behaviour. Neutron scattering demonstrate that there are two dynamic processes with quite different temperature dependences. A possible clue to answer open questions about low temperature liquid water. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 Towards energy-saving data storage A new material retains its special magnetic properties even at room temperature. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 Neutrons: Cradle to Grave workshop - slides and videos available Slides and videos of the talks given at the workshop are now available online. The workshop focused on requirementsdevelopments for a bidirectional Monte Carlo variance reduction method applied to neutron beamline transport systems. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 Focused Interactions Important for Protein Dynamics The influence of interactions in high protein concentrations is extremely difficult to quantify experimentally. Neutron scattering experiments performed among other places at the J-NSE instrument at MLZ, and computer simulations carried out in Jlich have now made studies possible in physiological concentrations. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 Argentina will host the 9-ITMNR International Topical Meeting on Neutron Radiography in 2020 During the 8th International Topical Meeting on Neutron Radiography held in Beijing this year, it was decided that Argentina will host the next meeting. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 The Netherlands Moves Closer to Full ERIC Membership The Dutch Permanent Committee for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructures announced today that ESS has been included in the National Roadmap. The strategic document brings the Netherlands one step closer to full membership in the European Spallation Source ERIC. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 As ESS Project Matures, Technical Installations Take Centre Stage The European Spallation Source is moving into exciting new territory: work in Conventional Facilities is approaching 40 percent complete and significant technical installations begin this month. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 From Soup to Nuts, First Operations Review Offers Glimpse of ESS as an Operating Facility Looking ahead to a time when the ESS facility is fully operational, 17 external experts provided essential input for baselining cost projections. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 New point of attack against stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori There is a strong suspicion that Helicobacter pylori is linked to the development of stomach cancer. Now an international team of researchers led by Prof. Donald R. Ronning University of Toledo, USA used neutrons to unlock the secret to the functionality of an important enzyme in the bacteriums metabolism. This could be used as a point of attack for new medications. Measurements made at Oak Ridge and FRM II. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 Historical Documentary: ISIS neutron and muon source Theres a new link on our History pages. A film shows the early construction at the ISIS facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, in the UK. The film was made in the summer of 1985, in preparation for the official opening in October 1985 of the facility by Margaret Thatcher, the then Prime Minister. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 Endurance The ILL is launching an open call for Expressions of Interest for new instrumentation as part of Phase 2 of the Endurance Upgrade Programme. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 ILL Call for proposals The upcoming proposal submission deadline for neutron scattering experiments at the Institut Laue-Langevin ILL is Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 ICNS 2017 - Call for Abstracts The ICNS 2017 Online Submission System is now open. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 Looking back on 2016: Another milestone in nuclear operations with over 300 days at full power for the second consecutive year Australias state-of-the-art multi-purpose nuclear reactor has operated for more than 300 days at full power for a second consecutive year with over 99 reliability. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 Master program for material scientists Students can now apply for the Master Program. The application deadlines are different for the country of origin: for non-EU students, they will end on 31 January 2017; EU students must apply until 28 February 2017. All those who do not need a scholarship will have time until 15 May 2017. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 Neutron diffraction probes forms of carbon dioxide in extreme environments Scientists are using neutrons to study the fundamental role carbon dioxide plays in Earths carbon cycle, especially in the composition of carbon reservoirs in the deep earth and the evolution of the carbon cycle over time. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 Biology and neutrons collide to unlock secrets of fish ear bones Scientific discovery can come from anywhere, but few researchers can say the answers to their questions would come from the pea-sized bones in the head of a six-foot-long, 200-pound prehistoric freshwater fish. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 Neutrons probe new HFC60 endofullerene produced by molecular surgery Inelastic neutron scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, infrared measurements, UV-spectroscopy and electrochemical studies were used to study the properties and quantum mechanics of HFC60. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 Experimental demonstration of direct path state characterisation by measuring weak values in a matter-wave interferometer A letter published in Physical Review Letters, by a group of scientists of the Atominstitut - Institute of Atomic Subatomic Physics of TU Wien Austria, after an experiment on S18 at ILL. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 Swiss Spallation Neutron Source SINQ - Call for proposals I17 The next deadline for the submission of beam time requests for the Swiss spallation neutron source SINQ will be February 20, 2017, midnight. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 The Accelerator Comes Together in Lund: A Talk With Roland Garoby It is really a treasure chest that is being built here. Im convinced that the local hosts will be positively surprised by what will pop up out of this during its 40-year lifetime, provided it continues to be supported in the same spirit as it so far has been. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 The first year of SINE2020 support of neutron and muon schools About 250 students and early career scientists have already benefited from SINE2020 funding to eight introductory neutron and muon schools. Grants will also be available for advanced schools soon. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 Texts, Drugs and Dinosaurs - Neutrons Show the Way at TEDx Lund University Event How has science changed our lives How will neutrons help us meet the challenges of the future And whats it like to work in an international science facility under construction This talk will take you on a trip through archaeology, life science and magnetism, and end up at a huge construction site. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 50th anniversary of the ILL feted in Grenoble 19-Jan-2017 The Institut Laue-Langevin ILL celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. A new book tells about ILLs 50 years of service to science and society. It is available in the 3 official languages. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 Second edition of book: Neutron Interferometry Lessons in Experimental Quantum Mechanics, Wave-Particle Duality, and Entanglement Wed, 01 Feb 2017 Improved formulation for STEPAN surfactants One of the worlds largest producers of surfactants considers the time spent at ILL using neutrons, through SINE2020, invaluable for its RD activities. Sun, 05 Feb 2017 New project: ACCELERATE Theres a new project on our Projects page. ACCELERATE is a Horizon 2020 project, supporting the long-term sustainability of large scale research infrastructures. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 The 2017 Walter Hlg Prize - Call for Nominations Scientists as individuals or on behalf of a Division, Section or Group may now submit nominations for the 2017 Walter Hlg Prize of the European Neutron Scattering Association ENSA. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 Master Class on Neutron Precession Techniques The IV course of the Erice School NEUTRON SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENTATION will be on 1 8 July 2017. Registrations close on May 10. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 Catching a glimpse at enzymes on the job: a combined time-resolved neutron scattering and fluorescence study A novel approach was developed combining time-resolved small angle neutron scattering with online-fluorescence spectroscopy in order to monitor the PAN unfoldase from the deep-sea Methanocaldococcus jannaschii organism and a Green Fluorescent Protein model substrate. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 Call for Rosen Scholar Nominations The fellowship is intended to attract visiting scholars to LANSCE in the fields of nuclear science, materials science, defense science and accelerator technology. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 Research clarifies origin of microstructures in rock found deep in the Earths crust and mantle ANSTO has collaborated on research with Macquarie University to clarify the origin of microstructures in metamorphic rock found deep in the Earths crust and mantle impacted by mineral-bearing fluids. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 New profile on the Women in Science pages: Flora Meilleur Flora Meilleur is a structural biologist she is interested in the structure of biomolecules, specifically of proteins. Since 2007 she held a joint faculty position between the Oak Ridge Neutron Sciences Directorate and North Carolina State University NCSU. In July 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 HZB BER II - Call for Proposals 2017_II The deadline for submitting your HZB Beamtime Applications for projects to be carried out in the second half year 2017 is 1 MARCH 2017, 23:59 CET. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 CERIC Call for Proposal Now Open CERIC-ERIC is launching its seventh call for proposals, with a two-steps deadline option: March 1 and March 30. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 Neutrons reveal quantum tunnelling on graphene enables the birth of stars For the first time ever, this study showed quantum tunnelling in these systems, allowing the H atoms bound to C atoms to explore relatively long distances at temperatures as low as those in interstitial clouds. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 Registrations open for CETS2017 Learn about neutron scattering and how you can benefit from using neutrons on 8 12 May 2017 at the 11th Central European Training School on neutron techniques in Budapest. Apply by March 15. Grants available. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 Call for proposals on French neutron scattering instruments For the first time, the call for experiments is made by the 2FDN for all the beam time on LLB instruments and the four French CRGs at the ILL. Deadline March 29th at 23:59 French time. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 Visit by J-PARC Director Opens Doors for Swedish-Japanese Research Collaboration ESS and J-PARC. Naohito Saito, Director of the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, visited ESS and MAX IV on Monday to exchange knowledge and discuss their upcoming collaboration workshop with ESS and Swedish universities. Wed, 01 Mar 2017 EU Supports Local Neutron Researchers: Interview with Malgorzata Makowska A postdoc from the Technical University of Denmark has performed a neutron imaging experiment at J-PARC in Japan using EU Interregional funds. Malgorzata Makowska studied how to optimise solid-oxide fuel cells, a sustainable technology in use by industry and consumers. Scientists from DTU and ESS provided supervision and expertise. Thu, 02 Mar 2017 History of Neutron Science at Brookhaven National Laboratory: new videos In two videos Maurice Goldhaber and Laurence Passell tell about the history of reactors at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Thu, 02 Mar 2017 Call for Proposals NCNR You are invited to apply for time on the neutron beam instruments at the NIST Center for Neutron Research NCNR. Due to facility maintenance about of the usual time given through proposals will be allocated in this proposal round. The deadline for all proposals is Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Mon, 06 Mar 2017 Call for Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility Proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility both cold- and thermal-neutron instruments and National Deuteration Facility. Deadline 15 March 2017, for beam time between July and December 2017. Wed, 08 Mar 2017 Call for ORNL Neutron Sciences User Proposals at HFIR and SNS - 2017B Proposals for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratorys High Flux Isotope Reactor HFIR and Spallation Neutron Source SNS will be accepted via the web-based proposal system until NOON EASTERN TIME, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. This call is for experiments anticipated to run July through December 2017. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 40 participants met in Lund to discuss the SINE2020 Sample Environment collaboration The SINE2020 work-package on Sample Environment met on January 25-26 in Lund to present and discuss updates on the WP tasks. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 More room for microphase separation: An extended study on binary liquids confined in SBA-15 cylindrical pores A phenomenon of microphase separation, which appears as a novel fascinating confinement effect for fully miscible binary liquids. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 SpinW3 released Release of SpinW3, an updated computational tool for simulating spin waves. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 New release of Mantid 3.9 Mantid Version 3.9.1 - patch release This release contains the long awaited ability to visualise non orthogonal crystal systems correctly in the slice viewer. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 A new research structure for the French neutrons scattering community The first of January 2017, the Fdration Franaise de Diffusion Neutronique French Federation of Neutron Scattering has been created. It federates the Laboratoire Lon Brillouin LLB in Saclay and the CEAINACMEM and Institut NEEL neutron groups in Grenoble. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 NEAT starts user operation The newly built time of flight spectrometre NEAT has welcomed its first users: Jie Ma from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and his colleague Zhilun Lu examined magnetic excitations in crystalline samples and enjoyed fast data rate and high flexibility of instrumental configurations. NEAT team is now looking forward to further new studies and user experiments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 Neutrons push molecular magnets a step closer to application in quantum information processing Neutron spectroscopy has enabled an international team to unravel quantum entanglement in a dimer of complex molecular qubits. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 Positrons as a new tool for lithium ion battery research Rechargeable lithium batteries with cathodes comprising nickel, manganese, and cobalt, are viewed as the most potent today. But they, too, have a limited lifespan. Why this happens and what can be done to alleviate the ensuing gradual loss of capacity has now been investigated in detail by a team of scientists using positrons at the Technical University of Munich TUM. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 Council Meeting Brings Near-Term Issues into Focus Delegates from the 15 European Spallation Source member and observer nations held a one-day strategy meeting in Lund on Thursday. Plans for finalising the construction and moving into operations, as well as principles for association of new members were up for discussion. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 Canadian State Visit Puts ESS Collaboration in the Spotlight The European Spallation Source was the site of a roundtable discussion featuring King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the Governor General of Canada, and the research ministers of the two nations. The focus was on collaboration between Canadas and Swedens science, industry and research infrastructures. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 Molecular geometry and magnetism: Investigation of lanthanoid-based single molecule magnets Measurements on the Pelican time-of-flight spectrometer have contributed to a better understanding of the molecular geometry and magnetic properties of a prospective material for quantum computing. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 Instruments Full-Steam Ahead at IKON12 IKON12. A record number of participants at the 12th meeting for In-Kind Contributions for Neutron Science at ESS demonstrated the expanding scale and complexity of the instrument projects as they move through preliminary engineering design. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 EU Supports Next-Generation Neutron Science: Interview with Yana Znamenskaya MAX4ESSFUN. Mucus protects many of our bodys vital functions against dehydration. Understanding the structure and function of this biological material will give researchers more tools to prevent and treat common diseases like cystic fibrosis and asthma. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 How Do You Power the Worlds Most Powerful Linac The Modulator. Carlos Martins and his ESS power converters team, with the help of Lund University researchers, have successfully brought a new high-voltage modulator design to series production. The cost savings and reduced footprint for these large machines mean a paradigm shift for linac power supply worldwide. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 Deuteration User Survey Within the SINE2020 project we have setup an European Deuteration Network DEUNET that aims to increase the availability and accessibility of complex deuterated molecules to the European neutron scattering community. The existing capabilities of the laboratories at ISIS, ILL and FZJ which currently produce deuterated materials for neutron scattering will be complemented by an additional laboratory at ESS. Furthermore, the organisation of the facilities into a network leverages the unique specialisations of each of the laboratories. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 NOW opening: FREE analysis of your material or device The SINE2020 project offers the opportunity to use Europes leading neutron facilities for your companys RD. Apply by June 30th 2017 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 EU supports development of new fuels More than 6 million Euros has been invested by the European Commission in the development of new nuclear fuel. Fri, 07 Apr 2017 Research confirms heating can increase strength of a type of hydrogel Small angle neutron scattering SANS at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering has confirmed that the strength of a type of supramolecular hydrogel can be increased by heating. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 Probing photoinduced spin states in spin-crossover molecules with neutron scattering An abrupt thermal spin transition has been investigated with a specially designed optical setup for neutron scattering to address the magnetic properties of the light-induced HS stat Thu, 13 Apr 2017 Successful for 20 years: Probing materials with particles For 20 years researchers from a range of disciplines have been using the Swiss Spallation Neutron Source SINQ of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI for their investigations. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 Enhanced Magnetization of Cobalt Defect Clusters Embedded in Titanium Oxide Films for Spintronic devices Cobalt Defect Clusters Embedded in Titanium Oxide Films were studied with low-angle polarized neutron scattering with specular reflected beams. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 The 2017 Walter Hlg Prize - Call for Nominations The Walter Hlg Prize is awarded biennially to a European scientist for outstanding, coherent work in neutron scattering Fri, 28 Apr 2017 NIST mourns Dr. Jack Rush The NIST Center for Neutron Research NCNR is sad to announce the death of Dr. John J. Rush Jack on April 20, 2017. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 UKs Daresbury Lab Gears Up for High-Beta Cavity Series Production ESS interviews team members at Daresbury Lab in England. The STFC facility is responsible for series production and testing of the 84 high-beta cavities of the European Spallation Sources superconducting Accelerator. Wed, 03 May 2017 International guest filmed a movie at the FRM II Ricardo Garcia Soto a Chilean science author and director of television films made a short about what to see at the FRM II. Thu, 04 May 2017 Making a valuable resource usable with water Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and ETH Zurich have developed a new chemical process that allows the efficient conversion of methane to methanol. Thu, 04 May 2017 McStas 2.4 released McStas 2.4 has been released and is ready for download. Thu, 18 May 2017 Neutrons help save two valuable wooden figures Distortions of two valuable wooden figures from the beginning of the 18th century were examined with fast neutrons on the instrument NECTAR of the MLZ in Garching. Wed, 24 May 2017 Neutrons zero in on the elusive magnetic Majorana fermion Neutron scattering has revealed in unprecedented detail new insights into the exotic magnetic behavior of a material that, with a fuller understanding, could pave the way for quantum calculations. Thu, 08 Jun 2017 Walter Haelg Prize 2017 The Walter Haelg Prize 2017 has been awarded to Professor Juan Colmenero from the University of the Basque Country, in Spain. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 Neutrons make hydrogen atoms visible The instrument BioDiff at the MLZ has located with highest accuracy hydrogen atoms of various inhibitors when binding to the enzyme trypsin. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 Polarized neutron reflectivity and X-ray scattering measurements as tools to study properties of PtCoPt ultrathin layers irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses Neutron reflectivity, alongside other imaging methods, has been used to study the properties of ultrathin PtCoPt films. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 From the garage to the world In 1999, PSI researchers founded the spin-off firm SwissNeutronics. Today the company sells high-precision components to research institutions all over the world. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 Argentina Hosted Its First Meeting on Neutron Scattering After a successful year of promotion of neutron scattering techniques, the LAHN team organised the first Argentinean Meeting on Neutron Scattering TN2017, held in Buenos Aires on March 15-17th. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 Investigating the origin of excellent thermoelectric behaviour in Cu2Se Neutrons where used to test the Phonon-Liquid Electron-Crystal PLEC approach as a step towards developing better thermoelectric materials. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 Evidence of topological excitations in a quantum magnet Neutrons assist the exploration of a completely new set of topological insulating materials. Wed, 21 Jun 2017 Neutrons assist in the development of sustainable electricity grids With sponsorship from Tesla Motors, one Gold medal Canadian scientist is using neutron beams in the quest to reduce the cost of energy storage technologies. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 International Workshop for Sample Environment at Scattering Facilities 2016 75 scientists, engineers and technicians from 10 countries and representatives from 10 sponsoring companies attended the International Workshop for Sample Environment at Scattering Facilities 2016. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 Mystery of an enigmatic impression in the braincase solved Recently, Michael Laa could clarify the possible function of an enigmatic impression in the braincase of the forerunners of mammals by means of neutron tomography at the instrument ANTARES of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum. Thu, 06 Jul 2017 Nanomaterial helps store solar energy: efficiently and inexpensively Thanks to a new material developed by researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and Empa, electrolysers are likely to become cheaper and more efficient in the future. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 First observation: new type of entanglement in a 2D quantum material Scientists from EPFL and PSI have shown experimentally, for the first time, a quantum phase transition in strontium copper borate. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 Neutrons point the way to optimised crash-tolerant automotives The correlation between spot welding and residual stress in boron steel was experimentally determined for the first time with neutron diffraction experiments conducted at the Institut Laue-Langevin ILL. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 User research at BER II: Lupin roots observed in the act of catching water from soil so far too quick for 3D views Just how lupines draw water approaching their roots in soil has now for the first time been observed in three dimensions by a University of Potsdam team at the HZB-BER II neutron source in Berlin. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 Using neutrons to increase extractable oil and gas and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions One University of Calgary geoscientist is demonstrating how to use neutron beams to determine the manner in which the pores in shale deposits store oil and gas. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 Hot tests with neutrons Scientists are looking for an alternative superalloy as a gas turbine material. Lukas Karge studied a hot candidate for his PhD thesis with Dr. habil. Ralph Gilles at the MLZ. Thu, 24 Aug 2017 Deep look into teeth with neutrons Using cold neutrons it is possible to examine the 3D internal structure of fossil teeth. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 First neutrons for Chinese spallation source The 2.2bn 330m China Spallation Neutron Source CSNS has produced its first neutrons. Mon, 04 Sep 2017 Unveiling the invisible Experiments performed at the Institut Laue-Langevin, using both ultracold neutrons at the instrument PF2 and neutron interferometry at S18, play a major role in testing the existence of chameleon fields. Tue, 05 Sep 2017 Neutrons provide a novel picture of thermal conductivity in complex materials Neutron experiments conducted by the Institut Laue-Langevin ILL and CNRS researchers lead to a novel picture of thermal conductivity in complex materials. Fri, 08 Sep 2017 Gathering mushrooms for science Mushroom pickers never reveal their places of discovery and neither for Dr. Matthias Rossbach. Instead, they have sent him the dried mushrooms they collected in Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Brandenburg, for scientific research. Thu, 14 Sep 2017 Astrid Schneidewind and Markus Braden new chairmen of the KFN From a total of 15 election candidates Astrid Schneidewind FZ Jlich is the new KFN chairman. Markus Braden University of Cologne is the new deputy chairman. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 Peter Littlewood:Controlling the Mott Transition in Oxides by Tuning the Elastic Coupling Peter Littlewood, former director of the Argonne National Laboratory, was invited to visit the Chinese Spallation Neutron Source CSNS and attended the CSNS Academic Forum on September 18. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 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. Wed, 27 Sep 2017 Neutrons Reveal Secrets about the Materials Needed for the Internet of Things A Simon Fraser University chemist is making breakthroughs in understanding the materials that play a major role in the future of the Internet of Things. Tue, 03 Oct 2017 Future Mo-99 irradiation facility Worldwide, more than 30 million medical examinations are conducted annually with technetium-99m. A new film shows the status of the upgrading at the FRM II towards the production of its mother isotope molybdenum-99. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 Regional Graduate Schools on Neutron Scattering Build Foundation for Early Science at ESS Nordic and Baltic states have come together to increase competence in neutron scattering among young researchers and raise the number of neutron users in the region. Mon, 09 Oct 2017 Neutrons observe vitamin B6-dependent enzyme activity useful for drug development Scientists at the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory have performed neutron structural analysis of a vitamin B6-dependent protein, potentially opening avenues for new antibiotics and drugs. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 Study of ancient glazed pottery from Azerbaijan confirms the need for a multi technique approach in cultural heritage research The combination of several techniques helped define the raw materials and pigments used for the production and decoration of archaeological pottery fragments from the medieval ruins of the Agsu archaeological site in Azerbaijan. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 Scientists assess the firing conditions of old fired-clay bricks to find the most suitable restoration materials The structure of old fired-clay bricks has been investigated with neutrons. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 A clearer understanding of the role of zinc in glass structure brings the optimization of electronic displays a step forward Evidence has been found that contradicts the basic theory of the exact role of zinc within boromolybdate glasses. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 Birthday of James Chadwick Its the birthday of James Chadwick, who discovered the neutron in 1932. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 Aromatic molecules for water based electronic devices Findings on Perylene structure open new routes for the design of organic electronics. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 A challenge for data management Jonathan Taylor reviews the data-management challenges facing neutron sources and other large-scale research facilities as they strive to maximize the scientific and economic impact of their work Mon, 23 Oct 2017 Neutron scattering impacts daily life Neutrons are an exceptional resource for probing the atomic properties of materials, leading to advancements in materials science, biology, chemistry, and physicsand bringing us more effective drugs and medical treatments, 3D-printed tools and machinery, biofuels, and better batteries and energy storage technologies. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 A natural neutron source Casper Rutjes and Ute Ebert trace how our understanding of thunderstorm physics has evolved in recent decades and explain how neutron measurements could produce fresh insightsThe link between thunderstorm and neutron science is not an obvious one... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 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. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 The hour of birth of the German neutron research The hour of birth of the German neutron research:The Atomic Egg, the first German research reactor, started operating 60 years ago in Garching. Thereby, irreplaceable insights into matter were made possible. Fri, 03 Nov 2017 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. Mon, 06 Nov 2017 Perfectly frustrated metal provides possible path to superconductivity, other new quantum states The U.S. Department of Energys 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. Wed, 08 Nov 2017 Neutron spectroscopy reveals common oxygen sponge catalyst soaks up hydrogen, too A workhorse catalyst of vehicle exhaust systemsan oxygen sponge that can soak up oxygen from air and store it for later use in oxidation reactionsmay also be a hydrogen sponge. Thu, 09 Nov 2017 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. Mon, 13 Nov 2017 China fires up next-generation neutron-science facility Beam generator puts country in elite company for doing experiments in materials science and other fields. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 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. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 Press Release: New analytical tools for engineering materials science You cannot solve your problem with conventional lab equipment 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. Tue, 21 Nov 2017 Peering into a Molecular Magnet Researchers characterize the spin couplings in the prototypical single-molecule magnet Mn12 using an advanced neutron scattering technique. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 NCNR 50 Year Symposium The NIST Bureau of Standards Reactor is celebrating its 50th anniversary of going critical on December 7, 2017. Sat, 25 Nov 2017 Elastic incoherent neutron scattering at ILL challenge the Lindemann criterion in proteins A Neutron study conducted at ILL gives a renewed picture of the Lindemann criterion. Mon, 27 Nov 2017 Getting to grips with corrosion Neutron reflectometry has been used to improve our fundamental understanding of corrosion and corrosion inhibitors. Mon, 27 Nov 2017 Recognizing Membrane Changes Using Neutrons Researchers from Jlich, Garching, Georgia, and France have developed a new method in neutron research with which any deformation of cell membranes can be detected better than before. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 The right mix: Water and neutrons with Eugene Mamontov A portrait about Eugene Mamontov who is the lead instrument scientist for BASIS, the backscattering, crystal-analyzer spectrometer at the SNS that is particularly good at deciphering the dynamics of water in various systems. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 Neutron diffraction experiments provide deeper understanding of multi-metal materials Neutron diffraction experiments at the ILL provide deeper understanding of materials with structures comprising multiple metal elements. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 Neutron beams provide insights into bio-molecular diffusion Memorial University physicists are using neutron beams to shed light on the molecular behaviours that are fundamental to the inner workings of living cells. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 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. Fri, 01 Dec 2017 Solar energy: Defects in Kesterite semiconductors studied using neutrons A research team at the HZB has precisely characterised for the first time the various types of defects in kesterite semiconductors. Thu, 07 Dec 2017 Cloppenburg analyzed with neutrons Nicholas Leister and his supervisor Dr. Xiaosong Li examined different meteorites in their elemental composition after the samples had previously been irradiated at the FRMII. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 J-PARC: BACK TO OPERATION AFTER THE SUMMER MAINTENANCE J-PARC is back to its user operation since mid-October after three months of summer shutdown for maintenance. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 Fossil energy - Neutrons run deep ORNL scientists used neutrons to understand how water flows through fractured rock. Their results help improve models for drilling, hydraulic fracturing and underground storage of carbon dioxide Wed, 03 Jan 2018 Neutrons - Exotic particles Neutron scattering was used for studying magnetic behavior in a material called alpha-ruthenium trichloride. The results may have implications for quantum computing. Wed, 03 Jan 2018 The atomic dynamics of rare everlasting electric fields researchers have discovered the atomic mechanisms that give the unusual material yttrium manganite YMnO3 its rare electromagnetic properties. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 Neutrons Inspect Salt-inclusion Materials to Improve Long-term Waste Storage A team of researchers from the University of South Carolina is using neutrons to develop more durable and efficient materials called waste forms for safely storing hazardous substances. Wed, 10 Jan 2018 Breaking bad metals with neutrons By exploiting the properties of neutrons to probe electrons in a metal, a team of researchers has gained new insight into the behavior of correlated electron systems. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 New record at ultracold neutron source in Mainz Scientists from JGU have been able to increase the ultracold neutron yield of their source by a factor of 3.5. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 Neutrons reveal hidden secrets of the hepatitis C virus Researchers have observed the structure of a functional p7 protein within its native environment for the first time using reflected neutrons. The observed mechanisms will help future drug development. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 Thermochromic halide perovskite solar cells Smart photovoltaic windows represent a promising green technology featuring tunable transparency and electrical power generation under external stimuli to control the light transmission and manage the solar energy. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 IFE and the JEEP II-research-reactor is an important ally for the ESS Prof. Andreas Schreyer, the Director of Science at ESS visited the JEEP II-reactor at Kjeller, Norway on January the 23rd, underlining the importance of the facility. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 Using High Pressure to Study Materials Properties and Innovate Multi-functional Materials A research group conducts high pressure neutron diffraction experiments that help develop novel materials. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 49th IFF Spring School - Physics of Life The 49th IFF Spring School Physics of Life will be held February 26 March 9 2018 in Jlich, Germany. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 Dr. Eddy Lelivre-Berna new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Neutron Research Dr. Eddy Lelivre-Berna is the new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Neutron Research. Thu, 01 Feb 2018 How do protein crystals grow Researchers from MLZ Forschungszentrum Jlich investigated the crystallization of the protein lysozyme in an experiment at the Institut Laue-Langevin ILL. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 Modular Neutron Detector SoNDe on Video A new video from the Jlich Centre for Neutron Science introduces the novel detector system Solid State Neutron Detector, known as SoNDe. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 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. Thu, 05 Apr 2018 Research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz under new leadership The worlds highest-performance neutron source for research, FRM II of the Technical University of Munich TUM, will have a new Scientific Director as of April 1st. With the appointment of Professor Peter Mller-Buschbaum, an internationally renowned researcher has been appointed to succeed Winfried Petry. Thu, 05 Apr 2018 International Workshop on Position Sensitive Neutron Detectors - PSND2018 The Workshop will take place at Forschungszentrum Jlich in the main lecture hall. Here we will have oral presentations, a poster session and an exhibition. Tue, 15 May 2018 14th European Summer School on Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter - Bombannes 2018 Since 1990 the Bombannes school series introduces, on a fundamental level, the current methodology of static and dynamic scattering techniques and their applicaiton to soft matter systems. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 IFE decides to close the Halden Reactor, but continues nuclear research activities IFEs Board of Directors has decided to permanently close the Halden Reactor and to start decommissioning the reactor. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 Materials Research for Energy-efficient Magnetic Cooling Jlich scientist Nikolaos Biniskos together with his colleagues in a Franco-German research team has gained new insights into the inverse magnetocaloric effect with the help of neutron scattering studies. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 Magnetic vortices: twice as interesting For the first time a team of researchers have discovered with the help of neutrons at the instrument SANS-1 two different phases of magnetic skyrmions in a single material. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 Neutron Scattering Detects Phase Transition in Supercritical CO2 Neutron scattering has enabled scientists at Forschungszentrum Jlich to detect the formation of droplets in supercritical carbon dioxide at high pressure. Mon, 23 Jul 2018 Three-axis spectrometer KOMPASS sees first neutrons The new instrument KOMPASS at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum has seen its first neutrons on 29th May 2018, The name KOMPASS is an abbreviation for KOeln-Munich on Polarization Analysis Specialized Spectrometer. Fri, 31 Aug 2018 Founding Partners Sign Charter Establishing Neutron Source Consortium LENS Representatives of eight European research infrastructures signed the Charter of the League of advanced European Neutron Sources LENS at the International Conference of Research Infrastructures, ICRI2018, in Vienna today. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 Posters and Prizes at SNI 2018 The end of the SNI 2018 conference in Garching, Germany ended with the presentation of the poster prizes and the Wolfram Prandl Prize Lecture. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 Update from the ESS SNI 2018: News from the ESS. Andreas Schreyer presented an update on the ESS construction. Read more to find out the progress of the project and how much concrete has been used so far Thu, 20 Sep 2018 Third and Final Coldbox arrives at the ESS The third and final ESS Coldbox has arrived and been put into place at the ESS in Lund, Sweden. It weighs 38 tonnes and is the worlds largest helium refrigerator within the 15-20K temperature range. Its home may now be in Sweden but it is an international effort having been procured by Swiss company Linde Kryotechnik and it was manufactured in Italy. Wed, 26 Sep 2018 SASView 4.2.0 released The SasView Collaboration is pleased to announce the latest release of its popular SAS data analysis package, SasView 4.2.0.This version contains a number of infrastructural improvements, bug fixes, and documentation enhancements. Full details can be found in the Release notes. Download it now for free at project receives funding from the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654000. Mon, 08 Oct 2018 Neutrons help to analyse outer surface interactions on E. coli Researchers have been using neutrons to explore the complex outer surfaces of the bacterium Escherichia Coli E.coli, and they have revealed in the process, with great precision and detail, how such bacteria interact with their surroundings. Tue, 23 Oct 2018 JCNS Workshop 2018 deadline for abstracts extended The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to June 25, 2018 Mon, 29 Oct 2018 Programming neutrons Instead of beach and sun, they preferred working with mathematical functions for neutron scattering data. Two pupils changed Catalonia for Bavaria for four weeks and performed a practical with Dr. Sebastian Busch at the MLZ in summer. Tue, 30 Oct 2018 Feeling the need for speed, neutrons study fluid flow for hypersonic flight Searching for solutions to supersonic fluid flow behavior, researchers from the University of TennesseeKnoxville, and the US Air Force are using neutron radiography at the Department of Energys DOEs Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL. The team says a better understanding of spray dynamics will lead to improved fuel injector designs for the aeronautic and automotive industries as well as other spray-related applications used in agriculture, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 Neutrons on the quest to find the fifth dimension in star polymer dynamics A combination of high performance computing and neutron scattering is a powerful tool of discovery for new materials that improve our quality of life and respect the environment. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 Atomic parity violation research reaches new milestone Physicists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz JGU have recently succeeded in observing parity violation in ytterbium atoms with different numbers of neutrons. The initial effect of the measurements is to confirm the predictions of the Standard Model of particle physics that atoms with different numbers of neutrons would demonstrate parity violation. The research was published in the Nature Physics journal. Mon, 12 Nov 2018 McStas User Survey - We need your input To assess the current use of McStas, the McStas team have put together the a survey for users of our neutron Monte Carlo ray-tracing package.Using the survey results, the team hope to gain insight and statistics on the McStas user community, where it is currently based, which operating systems and computing infrastructures are used, and to what satisfaction the package, support infrastructure and documentation is used. The survey should also give us a clear picture where to focus their future efforts.We hope you will help by investing a few minutes in the survey: https:www.surveymonkey.comrL38RXZG:https:www.surveymonkey.comrL38RXZG Thank you on behalf of the McStas team. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 SINE2020s open source Data Treatment software links now available on the SINE2020 website. The Data Treatment software download links involved in the SINE2020 project is now collated on just one page of the website so that you can easily find them when you need them.Here you will find links to BornAgain, Mantid, MUESR, SasView and others. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 Big jobs: Safety, planning key to increasing production performance at Spallation Neutron Source In December 2017, the Spallation Neutron Source SNS at the Department of Energys DOEs Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL entered into an extended 5 month scheduled outage to perform a number of high-priority jobs needed to ensure safe and reliable operation at higher powers. Most notable were the replacement of the facilitys inner reflector plug IRP and the accelerators radio frequency quadrupole RFQ. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 Cold neutrons used in hot pursuit of better thermoelectrics Engineers from Duke University are using cold lower- energy neutron scattering techniques at Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL to study the vibrational motions of atoms, called phonons, which is how heat propagates through thermoelectric materials. Thu, 15 Nov 2018 Neutrons explain higher efficiency of solar cells with additives Scientists at the Chair of Functional Materials at Physics Department of TUM have been researching organic photovoltaic cells since several years. Thu, 15 Nov 2018 State Visit Inaugurates Machine Commissioning at ESS High-level Swedish and Italian delegations, led by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and President Sergio Mattarella of Italy, came together to inaugurate the first major technical components to be commissioned at the European Spallation Source: the Accelerators Ion Source and LEBT. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 Neutrons reveal fast methane translational diffusion at the interface of two clathrate structures Quasielastic neutron scattering experiments under a high pressure of 0.8 GPa were conducted at ILL to measure the translational diffusion of methane molecules at the interface of clathrate structures I and II. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 Physicists Calculate Exactly When Atomic Nuclei Become Unstable An international team of physicists has developed a breakthrough method to calculate the exact point at which atomic nuclei become unstable. Sat, 08 Dec 2018 Happy birthday McStas as Version 2.5 is release McStas 2.5 is the seventh release in the 2.x series and fixes various issues with McStas 2.4.1, plus many new developments. McStas 2.5 is also the 20th anniversary release of McStas 1.0 was released in October 1998 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 ESS Campus groundbreaking ceremony has been held The construction of the Campus surrounding the European Spallation Source has started with a groundbreaking ceremony. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 H2020 project PaNOSC officially started to contribute making FAIR data a reality The project PaNOSC, Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud is one of five cluster projects funded under the European H2020 programme. PaNOSC started on the 1st of December 2018, and will be officially launched on January 15th, 2019. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 Preventing Clumping: How to Keep Proteins Active Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jlich and University College London have now demonstrated for the first time that despite high concentration levels, proteins do not clump together in nanocavities of porous silicon dioxide, but instead behave like a fluid. Thu, 03 Jan 2019 BrightnESS Kicks Off to Bring Together a Sustainable European Neutron Ecosystem The BrightnESS2 project holds their kick-off meeting in Rome, Italy. Research organisations and facilities from 11 different countries have jointly set off on a three year journey to strengthen neutron scattering in Europe and create an ecosystem for sustainable science with ESS. They will work towards this goal under the banner of BrightnESS2, a project funded by Horizon 2020. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 Scientists discover new quantum spin liquid An international research team led by the University of Liverpool and McMaster University has made a significant breakthrough in the search for new states of matter.In a study published in the journal Nature Physics, researchers show that the perovskite-related metal oxide, TbInO3, exhibits a quantum spin liquid state, a long-sought-after and unusual state of matter. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 Batteries with silicon anodes: Neutron experiments show how surface structures reduce the capacity An HZB team with neutron experiments at the BER II in Berlin and at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble has clarified what happens on the surface of the silicon anode during charging and which processes reduce the capacitance. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 Neutrons unlock the secrets of limoncello If youre looking for a liquid to study with neutron scattering, lemon liqueur probably isnt your first thought. But, for Dr. Leonardo Chiappisi, a researcher at the Institut Laue-Langevin ILL, France and the Technical University of Berlin TU Berlin, it was an obvious choice. Im originally from Sicily, he jokes, and limoncello is the best thing to help liven up a dinner. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 Scientists study method for researching magnetic materials Physicists from the University of Luxembourg, the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ and a team of research partners have demonstrated for the first time in a comprehensive study how different magnetic materials can be examined using small-angle neutron scattering. The scientists around Dr. Sebastian Mhlbauer MLZ, Technical University of Munich and Prof. Dr. Andreas Michels University of Luxemburg have published their insights in Reviews of Modern Physics, the respected science journal of the American Physical Society Tue, 12 Mar 2019 Improved Membranes for Platinum-free Fuel Cells Scientists from Jlich together with colleagues from Japan have discovered how fuel cell membranes can be improved without the use of rare and expensive precious metals such as platinum. The anion-exchange membranes studied are a key component of certain polymer electrolyte fuel cells and serve to transfer charged particles anions while at the same time retaining gases such as oxygen or hydrogen. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 Cladding tubes and their properties One of the broad research areas at PSI covers the topic of energy. Part of that, in turn, is the research for nuclear energy and safety. And one of the research groups based here is engaged with nuclear fuels. Johannes Bertsch is the head of this group and investigates the importance of so-called cladding tubes and their protective layers. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 Neutron experiments reveal proteins which can inhibit amyloid plaque formation New clues about the molecular nature of Alzheimers disease.Alzheimers disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder that affects memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities. One of the hallmarks of the disease is the presence of amyloid plaques which accumulate between nerve cells in the brain.Researchers have used neutron experiments to explore the toxic effect of amyloid species that arise during amyloid plaque formation. They found that these species caused increased rigidity in membrane model systems and that certain proteins can inhibit both the aggregation process and its effect on the membrane. This led to a recent publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 Neutrons paint atomic portrait of prototypical cell signaling enzymeprotein kinase A Direct observations of the structure and catalytic mechanism of a prototypical kinase enzymeprotein kinase A or PKAwill provide researchers and drug developers with significantly enhanced abilities to understand and treat fatal diseases and neurological disorders such as cancer, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 Toxic and aggressive, but widely used Investigations with neutrons settle scientific dispute about the structure of fluorine. In toothpaste, Teflon, LEDs and medications, it shows its sunny side but elemental fluorine is extremely aggressive and highly toxic. Attempts to determine the crystal structure of solid fluorine using X-rays ended with explosions 50 years ago. A research team has now clarified the actual structure of the fluorine using neutrons from the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Research Neutron Source FRM II. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 Successful test of the MONSTER spectrometer provided new nuclear structure information In a landmark experiment at the Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Physics JYFL-ACCLAB at University of Jyvskyl, a beam of the short-lived nuclide 85As was produced through nuclear fission. The research group was successful in testing the modular neutron spectrometer MONSTER at JYFL-ACCLAB, a new detector array built by an international collaboration with groups from CIEMAT Spain, VECC India, JYFLHIP Finland, IFIC Spain, and UPC Spain. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 Scientists explore the unknown behaviour of gold nanoparticles with neutrons Researchers investigate new interactions between gold nanoparticles and cell membranes. Gold nanoparticles have a range of biomedical applications and are an important tool for drug delivery. Factors such as temperature and membrane charge are revealed to play a key role findings that will help scientists better predict how gold nanoparticles behave within the body. Wed, 08 May 2019 No dark side to neutron decay Precise measurements at the ILL of beta asymmetry rule out neutron decay into exotic dark matter particles.Last year, scientists became rather excited when they thought they might have found evidence for the production of dark matter particles from experiments measuring the lifetime of the neutron one of the two constituents of the atomic nucleus the other is the proton. The neutron is generally stable when bound in atomic nuclei, but in the free state it lasts for just under 15 minutes. Two different kinds of neutron experiments had come up with considerably different lifetimes, and researchers thought that the anomaly might be due to the decay to a dark matter particle contributing to one type of experiment but not to the other. Wed, 08 May 2019 Investigating cyan fluorescent proteins for bioimaging with neutron experiments For the past 25 years, scientists have been developing fluorescent proteins for bioimaging. Today their diversity covers nearly the whole visible spectrum, including blue, cyan, green, yellow, orange, red, far-red and near infrared, allowing scientists to produce detailed images of various proteins localization within live cells using multicolour labelling.A team of researchers at Institut LaueLangevin ILL have used neutron scattering experiments to study a family of fluorescent proteins called Cyan Fluorescent Proteins CFPs. CFPs are very useful tools for bioimaging as they can be used to produce pictures of live cells - if the CFP is used as a fusion protein, it can reveal information about protein location, and if used as part of a biosensor, it can report on the evolution of various cell parameters pH, calcium concentration says Dr Judith Peters, scientist at ILL and professor at Universit Grenoble Alpes. Wed, 08 May 2019 Investigating food materials under strain using neutrons and X-rays Scientists from Delft University of Technology and Unilever have designed the first shear cell that can be used for testing food samples in both neutron and X-ray scattering experiments. Thu, 09 May 2019 Watching hydrogen flip its spin A conversion that happens inside a hydrogen molecule has been studied with an unprecedented level of detail, giving an insight into how this conversion can be maximised, with implications for neutron sources, engineering and industry. Fri, 10 May 2019 Towards a new era for backscattering spectroscopy Today, in a collaboration financed by Germanys Federal Ministry of Research, the ILL and the Friedrich-Alexander University FAU Erlangen-Nrnberg have taken a major stride towards the construction of a GaAs-based backscattering spectrometer. The result is a drop in energy resolution to several tens of nano-eV, nearly an order of magnitude better than could ever be attained with silicon crystals. Wed, 15 May 2019 A life for neutron research: In mourning of Erich Steichele He developed the worlds first neutron time-of-flight diffractometer with a 150-meter-long neutron guide at the Atomic Egg in Garching and planned the instruments at the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz. Now Erich Steichele has died at the age of 80 near Bad Wrishofen. Thu, 16 May 2019 Scientists discover hydration is key to improving catalyst performance for industrial use Scientists have used neutron scattering to identify the secret to a metal-organic frameworks MOF ability to efficiently convert chemicals, through a process called catalysis, into new substances. By probing a material known as MOF-808-SO4, the team discovered molecular behavior that causes the catalyst to become less acidic, which could slow down the catalytic process vital in making products such as plastics, fragrances, cosmetics, flame retardants and solvents. Fri, 17 May 2019 Simulations identify importance of lattice distortions in ion-conducting fuel cell materials During this process of understanding what limits proton conduction in existing materials, we hope to also discover some new physics, Ganesh said. Its all related to underlying atomistic mechanisms.To validate the computational results, members of the team conducted a series of complementary experiments that employed pulsed laser deposition, scanning transmission electron microscopy, time-resolved Kelvin probe force microscopy, and atom probe tomography techniques at CNMS, as well as neutron scattering at the Spallation Neutron Source SNS. CNMS, SNS, and the OLCF are all DOE Office of Science User Facilities located at ORNL. Sun, 19 May 2019 Neutrons investigate tomatoes for insights into interplant chatter Exactly how that process works at the microscopic level is not well understood.Answering this question could have a big impact on both plant ecology and agriculture, which is why professors Kathryn and Jonathan Morris from Xavier University are using neutron scattering at the Department of Energys DOEs Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL to observe firsthand how these info-chemicals travel along tiny, pipe-like networks called fungal hyphae. Whether the messages move passively along the outside of those fungal networks or the fungi deliberately locate and absorb info-chemicals for transportation remains unclear. Mon, 20 May 2019 Through thick and thin: Neutrons track lithium ions in battery electrodes Lithium has a large absorption coefficient for neutrons, which means that neutrons passing through a material are highly sensitive to its lithium concentrations, said Ziyang Nie, lead author and graduate student in Koenigs group. We demonstrated we could use neutron radiographs to track in situ lithiation in thin and thick metal oxide cathodes inside battery cells. Because neutrons are highly penetrating, we did not have to build custom cells for the analysis and were able to track the lithium across the entire active region containing both electrodes and electrolyte. Tue, 21 May 2019 Focus on nuclear waste chemistry could help federal cleanup site challenges The team conducted quasi-elastic neutron scattering QENS at ORNL and nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectroscopy at PNNL. Used together, QENS and NMR spectroscopy can provide alternate perspectives on the way atoms reorient and spread throughout a solution. Wed, 22 May 2019 Sweet neutron science shines new light on dark chocolates tastiness Neutrons are ideal for this experiment because they offer researchers an excellent view of matter at the micron scale, which is perfect for investigating chocolates microstructure. And, because neutrons and x-rays complement each other, neutrons are a valuable tool for verifying the results obtained via x-ray scattering at Argonne. Wed, 22 May 2019 Exploring water-splitting photocatalysts with neutrons Solar hydrogen can be produced from water and light in a process called photocatalytic water-splitting and could help to mitigate the impact of climate change, as no fossil fuels are used in its production. It then can be used as a renewable, environmentally friendly energy carrier, such as in hydrogen fuel cells. Nonetheless, it has proved a major scientific challenge to scale-up photocatalytic water-splitting to a stage where it could viably be used to produce hydrogen in enough quantities to revolutionise clean energy. Thu, 30 May 2019 Superconductor with a twist American, Chinese and German scientists have found tiny distortions among the otherwise symmetrical atomic order of an iron pnictide superconductor with measurements at the triple axes spectrometer TRISP. They have thus come closer to superconductivity at higher temperatures. Fri, 31 May 2019 Superconductor with a twist American, Chinese and German scientists have found tiny distortions among the otherwise symmetrical atomic order of an iron pnictide superconductor with measurements at the triple axes spectrometer TRISP. They have thus come closer to superconductivity at higher temperatures. Fri, 31 May 2019 Unexpected observation of ice at low temperature, high pressure questions ice, water theory An ORNL-led teams observation of certain crystalline ice phases challenges accepted theories about super-cooled water and non-crystalline ice. Their findings, reported in the journal Nature, will also lead to better understanding of ice and its various phases found on other planets, moons and elsewhere in space. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 Iron selenide revealed as garden-variety iron-based superconductor Graduate student Tong Chen spent weeks creating samples to test in neutron scattering beams. About 20 to 30 1-millimeter squares of iron selenide had to be aligned and glued in place atop each crystal of barium iron arsenide. Wed, 05 Jun 2019 Neutrons allow analysis of polymer gels unusual attributes Neutrons are good probes of materials like polymer gels, largely because of their sensitivity to hydrogen and its isotope, deuterium. Using a unique technique known as contrast matching, researchers replaced some of the hydrogen atoms in the gel with deuterium, which allowed specific structural components to be highlighted by the neutrons. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 A single-step approach for complex coatings Neutron experiments prove that multi-layered functional coatings can be prepared with a simple, single step procedure. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 Designing a crystallization chamber Marialucia Longo and Tobias Schrader at the Jlich Centre for Neutron Science JCNS based at FRM II in Garching, Germany have been designing and testing a crystallization chamber to grow large protein crystals. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 Bad times for truffle counterfeiters: Neutrons detect trace elements in popular edible mushrooms Here, the samples are irradiated with cold neutrons. Following the neutron capture, the atomic nuclei of the chemical elements emit characteristic gamma rays. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 Neutrons get a wider angle on DNA and RNA to advance 3-D models By adding the new information collected via solution neutron scattering to other data from solution X-ray scattering and NMR spectroscopy, the NIST-Maryland group hopes to get a more comprehensive picture of DNA and RNA structures, as well as to expand avenues for defining molecular structures with neutron-based techniques. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 A sparrow has taken flight ANSTOs significant neutron scattering capabilities have been extended to fifteen advanced scientific instruments with the official opening of the Spatz neutron reflectometer. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 Neutrons for Organic Solar Energy Technologies Scientists from The University of Sheffield are studying the layered structure of highly efficient organic thin films for cheaper, more environmentally friendly, solar energy technologies. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 Neutron Power: Finding useful oxygen atoms and ions The unique properties of neutrons have enabled the study of potential fuel cell materials to understand the transport of oxygen within them and the contribution of ionic charge carriers to the total electrical conductivity. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 Alex Johs: Using neutrons for biological and environmental science It was ORNLs world-class neutron sources that drew Johs to the laboratory. He had experienced how powerful a tool neutrons could be while working on his doctorate in biophysics at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he studied the structure of apolipoprotein B100, a central component in low density lipoprotein, often called bad cholesterol. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 Record-Fast Neutron Tomography Tracks Water Pathways into Plants Faster image acquisition captures water exchange dynamics between roots and soil, could be useful for studying hydraulic fracturing and lithium batteries Mon, 23 Sep 2019 Closing the last gap for the Periodic Tables 150th birthday Timely for the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements which celebrates the 150th anniversary of Mendeleevs discovery of the periodic table, a European collaboration of chemists and physicists has published the first experimental determination of the ionization potential of the lanthanide element promethium, thus closing the last remaining gap for this fundamental atomic property in the Periodic Table. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 Handover of the Long Instrument Hall ESS celebrated an important scientific milestone, the official handover of the Long Instrument Hall from construction partner, Skanska. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 European neutron facilities come together for LENS General Assembly The League of advanced European Neutron Sources LENS held its second General Assembly at Institut Laue-Langevin ILL yesterday, preceded on Tuesday by meetings of its five working groups and the LENS Executive Board. The meetings brought the consortiums operational working groups together with the leaders of the LENS member facilities to advance priority actions for the organisation in the months to come. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 Ready to turn data into discoveries ESS has officially inaugurated the data centre infrastructure that will play a vital role in processing the enormous amounts of research data from experiments being conducted here. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 Final shutdown of the Orphe reactor As of Tuesday 29th October 2019, the Orphe reactor in Saclay is no longer in operation. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 The Secret Behind Crystals that Shrink when Heated Discovery yields new quantitative description of unusual behavior relevant to materials used in electronics, medicine, telecommunications, and more Fri, 01 Nov 2019 Food science: Insight into emulsions An international team led by New Zealand food scientists at the Riddet Institute has used neutron scattering techniques to characterise the structure of an oil-in-water emulsion commonly used in foods, such as milk, cream, salad dressings and sauces. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 New tools could improve the way cement seals oil wells Techniques for observing concrete as it sets could facilitate the development of new cements. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 Scientists reveal key protein molecules associated with the unique water purification properties of Moringa seeds One in three people cannot access clean drinking water 1. Moringa seed extracts have been used of centuries to help purify water in regions where clean water is not available.Researchers have used neutrons and X-rays to identify and characterise key proteins underlying the unique water purification properties of Moringa seeds. This information may allow better exploitation of this abundant resource. Thu, 28 Nov 2019 BNC seminar on anti-fouling The accumulation of undesired biomaterials onto surfaces biofouling is a problem in both industry and healthcare1. One of three main paths in marine anti-fouling involves hydrophilic materials that bind water strongly 2. Thu, 28 Nov 2019 Bundlemers new polymer units could transform industries From tires to clothes to shampoo, many ubiquitous products are made with polymers, large chain-like molecules made of smaller sub-units, called monomers, bonded together. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Delaware and University of Pennsylvania, with primary support from the U.S. Department of Energy Biomolecular Materials Program, has created a new fundamental unit of polymers that could usher in a new era of materials discovery. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 Vibrating like a drum or tuning fork How pure do atoms vibrate in a metal Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research and the Technical University of Munich TUM have investigated this question with the help of neutrons and theoretical calculations. Their results, which also have effects on the calculation of thermal conductivities, have now been published in the renowned journal Physical Review Letters. Mon, 02 Dec 2019 Neutrons shining light on the structure of silk-derived biomaterials The primary protein comprising silk is fibroin, and in the last century, it has been intensely studied for a variety of advanced applications beyond luxurious fabrics. Some of the most exciting current research is exploring the potential of this protein in a range of applications using neutrons. Research that is taking place at the Institut Laue-LangevinILL, the worlds flagship neutron science facility. Fri, 06 Dec 2019 New understanding of magnetic monopoles could signal new technologies A breakthrough in understanding how the quasi-particles known as magnetic monopoles behave could lead to the development of new technologies to replace electric charges. Fri, 06 Dec 2019 With close of research reactors, landscape is shifting for Europes world-leading neutron science community Three neutron science research reactors in Europe have ceased operations in 2019. The League of advanced European Neutron Sources, LENS, and the European Neutron Scattering Association, ENSA, warn of a neutron gap that could impact scientific research across multiple fields in physics, materials science, chemistry, biology, medical science and engineering. Together, LENS and ENSA are working on a new vision to maintain Europes leading position in neutron science. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 New material captures and converts toxic air pollutant into industrial chemical An international team of scientists, led by the University of Manchester, has developed a metal-organic framework, or MOF, material that provides a selective, fully reversible and repeatable capability to capture a toxic air pollutant, nitrogen dioxide, produced by combusting diesel and other fossil fuels. Fri, 03 Jan 2020 Neutrons probe ultra-cold condensate for insight into quantum matter Bose-Einstein condensates are macroscopic quantum phases of matter which appear only under very particular conditions. Learning more about these phases of matter could help researchers develop a better understanding of fundamental quantum behaviors and possibly contribute to future quantum technology. Tue, 07 Jan 2020 Neutrons optimize high efficiency catalyst for greener approach to biofuel synthesis Researchers led by the University of Manchester have designed a catalyst that converts biomass into fuel sources with remarkably high efficiency and offers new possibilities for manufacturing advanced renewable materials. Fri, 10 Jan 2020 Cheers Scientists take big step towards making the perfect head of beer Drinkers will soon be cheering all the way to the bar thanks to a team of scientists who have taken a big step forward in solving the puzzle of how to make the perfect head of beer.Lead researcher Dr Richard Campbell from The University of Manchester says his findings solve a long-standing mystery related to the lifetime of foams. Fri, 10 Jan 2020 Uncovering the effect of pesticides on the waxy layer of plants A team from the University of Manchester, ISIS and Syngenta, have been using a combination of analytical techniques in order to study the efficiency of pesticides in the development of agri-sprays, which are commonly used in the agricultural industry. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 Neutrons break the ice for exploring fundamental physics in frozen water The ice we blend into our frozen drinks is a complicated compound, riddled with strange molecular inconsistencies scientists still struggle to understand. Exploring the physics behind the odd microstructure of water-ice may help us learn more about other seemingly unrelated advanced materials and their quantum states. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 Cycle 47 started on schedule After an involuntary interruption of 10 months, the FRM II will again supply neutrons to its users from science, industry and medicine from today, 14 January. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 Martin Mller becomes new MLZ Director Since January, Prof. Dr. Martin Mller has been the new director at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ, succeeding Prof. Dr. Stephan Frster in the role. A materials physicist, he now represents the Helmholtz partners Forschungszentrum Jlich FZJ and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht HZG in the Scientific Directorate of the MLZ. By rotation, Martin Mller will also be the spokesman of the directorate for a period of two years. Fri, 31 Jan 2020 Closely spaced hydrogen atoms could facilitate superconductivity An international team of researchers has discovered the hydrogen atoms in a metal hydride material are much more tightly spaced than had been predicted for decadesa feature that could possibly facilitate superconductivity at or near room temperature and pressure. Thu, 06 Feb 2020 Synthetic proteins rival their natural counterparts in proton transport Artificial membranes have been used for small- and large-scale industrial processes since the middle of the twentieth century, yet their inefficiency can make some processes relatively slow and expensive. Scientists have long sought to develop synthetic membranes that could match the selectivity and high-speed transport offered by their natural counterparts. Mon, 02 Mar 2020 EU promotes cooperation with Russian neutron research The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Research Neutron Source receives around 350,000 euros in funding from the EU to continue its cooperation with large-scale Russian research institutions. The project CREMLINplus was officially launched in Hamburg at the end of February. Wed, 11 Mar 2020 Preserved and fresh: Neutrons show the details of the drying process during freeze drying Freeze drying has provided us with tasty dried fruits in muesli, long-life yoghurt cultures and many other important products. For the first time, using neutron beams from the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz FRM II research neutron source, a team of scientists has now been able to show us the drying process in detail. The process engineering has thus gained a method of testing theoretical models in practice. Sun, 15 Mar 2020 Protecting priceless works of art with neutrons Artwork does not last forever. This is particularly true for paintings, which are appreciated for their visual appearance, but inevitably deteriorate through physical processes such as the deposition of air-borne dust and soot, oxidation, and attack by free radicals. As a result, after 50 to 100 years, a once-colourful painting that was exposed to city air may have become uniformly brown, or black, or white, and its protective varnish may have become opaque, cracked and irregular. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 Multi-stage deformation process in high-entropy alloys at ultra-low temperatures revealed An international research team led by scientists from City University of Hong Kong CityU has recently discovered that high-entropy alloys HEAs exhibit exceptional mechanical properties at ultra-low temperatures due to the coexistence of multiple deformation mechanisms. Their discovery may hold the key to designing new structural materials for applications at low temperatures. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 Professor Dr. Christian Regg new Director of the Paul Scherrer Institute The Swiss Federal Council already elected him as PSIs new Director last November. On 1 April, Christian Regg took over the helm at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in difficult times. The coronavirus pandemic is also a challenge for large organisations and employers like PSI. However, PSIs unique research facilities also offer opportunities for researching the virus and thus finding ways to combat it. Regg reveals his plans for the future of the Institute here. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 LENS and the fight against Covid-19: How neutrons will contribute As with HIV before it, Europes advanced neutron sources will make an essential contribution to the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Fri, 03 Apr 2020 Scientists tap into AI to put a new spin on neutron experiments Scientists seek to use quantum materials those that have correlated order at the subatomic level for electronic devices, quantum computers, and superconductors. Quantum materials owe many of their properties to the physics that is occurring on the smallest scales, physics that is fully quantum mechanical. Wed, 08 Apr 2020 New Handle for Controlling Electromagnetic Properties Could Enable Spintronic Computing The magnetic transition of troilite causes instabilities in the space metals structure that transforms it from a conductor to an insulator. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 Scientists produce a magnetic nanocrystal with many potential applications Spinels are oxides with chemical formulas of the type AB2O4, where A is a divalent metal cation positive ion, B is a trivalent metal cation, and O is oxygen. Spinels are valued for their beauty, which derives from the molecules spatial configurations, but spinels in which the trivalent cation B consists of the element chrome Cr are interesting for a reason that has nothing to do with aesthetics: They have magnetic properties with an abundance of potential technological applications. Tue, 05 May 2020 Magnetic octupoles form a new quantum ice Spin ice is a recently discovered state of matter, made of a macroscopic landscape of degenerate magnetic configurations due to the conjunction of strong Ising moments, frustrated network connectivity and ferromagnetic interactions. Thu, 21 May 2020 Mourning for pioneer of ultracold neutrons He never liked to be the centre of attention and yet everything revolves around him one last time: Prof. Dr. Albert Steyerl, the inventor of the neutron turbine, died on 2 May at the age of 81. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 Hydrogen but efficiently Hydrogen as an energy carrier will play an important role in the energy turnaround. But to produce it from water in a CO2-neutral way by electrolysis, it needs a lot of electricity. Neutrons help to study materials that can reduce the electricity consumption in this reaction. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 Tender announced to provide fuel for Russias PIK reactor Russias BP Konstantinova Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics has announced a tender for the development of a core design for the PIK research reactor in Gatchina. The aim of the project is to provide nuclear fuel for the PIK research reactor. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 Ultra-fast diffusion of hydrogen in a novel mesoporous N-doped carbon The synthesis of stable and cost-effective new materials is paramount for the development of advanced technologies. At the same time, new and exciting insights can be made about material properties to better inform their development in the future. In a new study published in Carbon, researchers from the Institut Laue Langevin ILL together with colleagues from Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, and research centres around Europe used instruments at the ILL to test a new carbon-based material, named D-96-7, and found exciting diffusion capabilities that may have applications in the world of sustainable energy provision. Wed, 15 Jul 2020 Relaxation cure for aluminum Aluminum blanks cannot be produced without residual stress. This means that the material warps during subsequent machining, which leads to inaccuracies. This is particularly problematic in delicate applications, such as aircraft construction. Neutron measurements at the MLZ showed that a new process is capable of reducing residual stresses almost completely. Sat, 18 Jul 2020 Magnetic nanoparticles change their magnetic structure in a magnetic field When ultrafine magnetic particles are exposed to an external magnetic field, their magnetic core grows in a previously unexpected way. This was observed by a team of scientists from the University of Cologne UoC, Forschungszentrum Jlich and the Institut Laue-Langevin, by employing polarized neutron scattering. The study Field-Dependence of Magnetic Disorder in Nanoparticles has been published in the journal Physical Review X. Mon, 03 Aug 2020 Poison control: Chasing the antidote Pick your poison. It can be deadly for good reasons such as protecting crops from harmful insects or fighting parasite infection as medicineor for evil as a weapon for bioterrorism. Or, in extremely diluted amounts, it can be used to enhance beauty. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 Following protein aggregation in real time by neutron spectroscopy. Protein aggregation into amyloid superstructures is the molecular manifestation of a large variety of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Evidence is increasing that transient on-pathway oligomers are actually the toxic species, such that time-resolved monitoring of protein aggregation is highly desirable. Wed, 19 Aug 2020 Neutrons Ferromagnetic topological material A UCLA-led team that discovered the first intrinsic ferromagnetic topological insulator a quantum material that could revolutionize next-generation electronics used neutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help verify their finding. Mon, 24 Aug 2020 Exploring new materials for supercapacitors: how do ionic liquids diffuse in nanopores Supercapacitors are up-and-coming, energy storage devices, often used to store energy from renewable energy sources like wind turbines where power is intermittent. They combine the best of batteries and traditional capacitors like batteries, they are able to store lots of energy but are faster to charge and are not made from toxic materials, and like capacitors, charge is accumulated through the adsorption and desorption of ions from an electrolyte on the surface of an electrode, which also makes it lightweight and low cost. Getting this right is important as wind farms now provide 14 of the European Unions power Sat, 29 Aug 2020 Improved welding process for turbine parts Scientists at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ use imaging techniques with neutrons to study specially bonded steel components. With their results they can improve the welding process for oil and gas pipelines and turbines. Mon, 31 Aug 2020 Slovenia is now a member state of the ILL Slovenias National Institute of Chemistry NIC joins the worlds flagship neutron science facility, the Institut Laue-Langevin ILL, as a Scientific Member, opening the door for Slovenias scientists and industry to cutting-edge research with neutrons, to drive innovation and tackle global challenges. Fri, 04 Sep 2020 Why different measurements of material properties sometimes give different results It is very hard to take a photo of a hummingbird flapping its wings 50 times per second. The exposure time has to be much shorter than the characteristic time scale of the wing beat, otherwise you will only see a colorful blur. A similar problem is encountered in solid-state physics, where the aim is to determine the magnetic properties of a material. The magnetic moment at a certain location can change very quickly. Therefore, researchers require measuring methods that are fast enough to resolve these fluctuations. Mon, 07 Sep 2020 Hunt for Mister X: With neutrons on the search for an unknown particle The world of physics is in uproar as a Hungarian team is said to have discovered a yet unknown particle with puzzling properties. This would not only go beyond the current understanding of physics but also bring in reach a decades-long dream in physics: An approach to dark matter. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 Neutrons probe biological materials for insights into COVID-19 virus infection SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the disease COVID-19, is infecting the world at a rapid rate. Understanding how this infection works at the molecular level could help experts discover ways to moderate or stop the spread. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 Floppy atomic dynamics help turn heat into electricity Materials scientists at Duke University have uncovered an atomic mechanism that makes certain thermoelectric materials incredibly efficient near high-temperature phase transitions. The information will help fill critical knowledge gaps in the computational modeling of such materials, potentially allowing researchers to discover new and better options for technologies that rely on transforming heat into electricity. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 Nanostructures with a unique property Nanoscale vortices known as skyrmions can be created in many magnetic materials. For the first time, researchers at PSI have managed to create and identify antiferromagnetic skyrmions with a unique property: critical elements inside them are arranged in opposing directions. Scientists have succeeded in visualising this phenomenon using neutron scattering. Their discovery is a major step towards developing potential new applications, such as more efficient computers. The results of the research are published today in the journal Nature. Mon, 28 Sep 2020 Novel cell membrane model could be key to uncovering new protein properties The cell membrane, the wall-like boundary between the cell interior and its outside environment, is primarily made up of two kinds of biomolecules: lipids and proteins. Different lipid species closely pack together to form a double layer, or bilayer, the membranes fundamental structure, while proteins are embedded within or attached to the bilayer. Fri, 02 Oct 2020 Boron neutron capture therapy is back on the agenda Boron neutron capture therapy BNCT, a technique that deposits highly targeted radiation into tumour cells, was first investigated as a cancer treatment back in the 1950s. But the field remains small, with only 1700 to 1800 patients treated to date worldwide. This may be about to change. Thu, 08 Oct 2020 New design breaks the polarisation record again The ILL has now implemented the best neutron polariser in the world it is more compact and cheaper than others because of its size and able to reach nearly 100 polarisation. It is set to be implemented at a number of facilities in the world to create better particle physics experiments to improve our understanding of the Universe. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 Machine Learning at ILL: First autonomous steps of the neutron spectrometer ThALES During the second reactor cycle in 2020, the ThALES team and SCICS at ILL in Grenoble, France commissioned and tested a self-learning algorithm developed by the CAMERA team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley Lab. For the first time, an algorithm took control over the measurement process, without human intervention. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 Analytical Research Infrastructures of Europe join forces to face COVID-19 The Analytical Research Infrastructures of Europe ARIE joins cross-border, multidisciplinary forces to offer Europe a strong and effective weapon against the current COVID-19 challenge and other potential viral and microbial threats. The MLZ is represented by Dr. Astrid Schneidewind from Forschungszentrum Jlich, who heads the working group Adaptation to climate change, including societal transformation. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 Magnificent magnons Understanding, manipulating and exploiting the intriguing magnetic behaviour of a synthetic crystalline material called yttrium iron garnet YIG could open the door to the next, advanced generation of communication and information-processing devices. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 Discovery may lead to safer, more practical natural gas storage Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is one of the most abundant organic compounds on Earth. Like other fossil fuels, it can be captured, stored, and used for heating buildings, powering natural gas vehicles, cooking food, and in many industrial processes. Mon, 26 Oct 2020 Strengthening of neutron research in Garching Every year, up to 1,200 guest scientists from all over the world come to perform measurements at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Research Neutron Source FRM II. Technical University Munich TUM and Forschungszentrum Jlich are now expanding the research capacities of the worlds most versatile neutron source with two new buildings providing a total of 4,550 square meters of floor space for laboratories, offices and workshops. Wed, 04 Nov 2020 Neutrons chart atomic map of COVID-19s viral replication mechanism To better understand how the novel coronavirus behaves and how it can be stopped, scientists have completed a three-dimensional map that reveals the location of every atom in an enzyme molecule critical to SARS-CoV-2 reproduction. Wed, 04 Nov 2020 Nuclear Physicists Work to Unravel Strange Mystery of the Neutron Lifetime Nine seconds. An eternity in some scientific experiments; an unimaginably small amount in the grand scheme of the universe. And just long enough to confound nuclear physicists studying the lifetime of the neutron. Fri, 06 Nov 2020 Smart bottle brushes They look like microscopic bottle brushes: Polymers with a spine and tufts of side arms. This molecular design gives them unusual abilities: For example, they can bind active ingredients and release them again when the temperature changes. With the help of neutrons at the MLZ, a research team from the Technical University of Munich TUM has now succeeded to unveil the changes in the internal structure in course of the process. Fri, 13 Nov 2020 Neutrons detect air pollution Portuguese scientists have analyzed lichens from areas with traditional charcoal production for the first time with the help of the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz FRM II of the Technical University of Munich TUM. Lichens located near areas of charcoal production contained more than twice the concentration of phosphorus, which is generated during the combustion process. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 Steps towards understanding the exotic atomic nuclei behind reactions in stars Recent experiments jointly conducted at the Institut Laue-Langevin ILL alongside three other laboratories around the world have revealed a surprisingly complex landscape of three different coexisting shapes in 64 Ni, a semi-magic nucleus thought to be purely spherical up to now. Mon, 30 Nov 2020 ORNLs californium-252 will play pivotal role in new reactor startups East Tennessee occupies a special place in nuclear history. In 1943, the worlds first continuously operating reactor began operating on land that would become the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mon, 07 Dec 2020 Titanium Atom That Exists in Two Places at Once in Crystal to Blame for Unusual Phenomenon The crystalline solid BaTiS3 barium titanium sulfide is terrible at conducting heat, and it turns out that a wayward titanium atom that exists in two places at the same time is to blame. Fri, 11 Dec 2020 MIT uses neutrons in drive to improve supercapacitors Batteries contain chemicals that store and release electrical energy at relatively slow rates compared to capacitors, which are often used in applications requiring power to be delivered rapidly. Mon, 04 Jan 2021 Polymer to capture ammonia pollution realized Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute and the Department of Chemistry at University of Copenhagen, have recently designed a porous polymer aiming for the capture of small molecules. Ammonia is a toxic gas widely used as a reagent in industrial processes or resulting from agricultural activities, causing irritation in the throat, eye damage and even death to humans. Being able to capture it with this new method could have huge health benefits. The result is now published in ACS Applied Materials Interfaces. Fri, 08 Jan 2021 New engine capability accelerates advanced vehicle research In the quest for advanced vehicles with higher energy efficiency and ultra-low emissions, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are accelerating a research engine that gives scientists and engineers an unprecedented view inside the atomic-level workings of combustion engines in real time. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 From Berlin to Garching: two new instruments for the MLZ At the end of 2019, the neutron source used for materials research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin HZB was shut down as planned. Now the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ in Munich is taking over two scientific instruments from the HZB. The Federal Ministry of Science and Research BMBF is funding the relocation and adaptation with 5.62 million euros. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 Investigating advanced materials for large scale energy storage ANSTO contributed to a large international collaboration on advanced sodium ion batteries led by French researchers, which provides a direction for the design of high-performing sodium ion electrodes. Advanced sodium ion batteries could be used for large scale energy storage Mon, 18 Jan 2021 New Release of Mantid: 6.0.0 The Mantid project provides a framework that supports high-performance computing and visualisation of materials science data. It has been created to manipulate and analyse neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy data, but could be applied to many other techniques. The framework is open source and supported on multiple target platforms Windows, Linux, Mac. Thu, 11 Feb 2021 Research with neutrons for better mRNA vaccines In December 2020, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use across the EU, marking a crucial step forward in the fight against coronavirus. The development of this COVID-19 vaccine built on important research that was undertaken by Mainz-based biotechnology company, BioNTech, in collaboration with the Jlich Center for Neutron Science JCNS. Using neutron scattering instruments operated by the JCNS at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Center in Garching, researchers investigated new approaches for the packaging and delivery of the mRNA. Such experiments provide important insights into the relationship between structural properties, biological activity and the vaccine production process, which will help to advance the development of RNA therapeutics and vaccines.Find out more about how neutron scattering experiments at JCNS have contributed to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Mon, 15 Mar 2021 GNeuS Funding Granted: For a New Generation of Outstanding Neutron Researchers Research with neutrons provides unique insights into materials and phenomena that cannot be gained using other methods. From this autumn, a groundbreaking project will ensure the most effective use of the research potential of neutron methods. Funding has now been secured by Jlich neutron researchers together with partners from the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum MLZ. The aim of the Global Neutron Scientists GNeuS project is to train a new generation of highly skilled neutron scientists. The EU is funding the project over its five-year duration with 3.3 million. The three leading partners are investing a further 5 million. Within the framework of the project, 45 postdocs will for the first time be able to take part in a 24-month structured, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral international training programme. Tue, 23 Mar 2021 Polarized Neutron Diffraction: A Powerful Tool to Study Weak Magnetic Interactions Identifying, understanding, and predicting fundamental magnetic interactions in materials is an essential step toward their utilization in novel devices. One of these basic interactions is the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction DMI, a type of coupling between neighbouring spins that tilts them slightly when they would otherwise tend to align. Although this DMI-induced canting is usually modest, it can lead to small net magnetic moments in weak ferromagnets and its direction has a significant impact on spintronic applications and topological materials. In a current paper in Physical Review X, an international team of researchers led by neutron scientists from Forschungszentrum Jlich and RWTH Aachen University present polarized neutron diffraction PND as an efficient technique for determining the absolute direction of the DMI in bulk materials. Mon, 19 Apr 2021 PaN-learning: Photon and Neutron e-learning platform PaN-learning is a Photon and Neutron e-learning platform, which aims to bring free education and training to scientists and students. Fri, 02 Jul 2021 Breakthrough in Magnonics Discovery of a New Property in Quantum Materials Scientists from Jlich, together with colleagues from Germany, France and China, have discovered a new property in quantum materials offering great potential for novel technical applications. It took the 17-member team a considerable amount of dedicated effort to synthesize and characterize so-called two-dimensional materials, that could one day take on a wide variety of functions in atomically thin circuits based on the future technology of magnonics. Mon, 13 Sep 2021 New Release of Mag2Pol version 4 Mag2Pol is an easy-to-use program for the analysis of X-ray and polarized neutron diffraction data. The latest release introduces Rietveld refinement and further tools for a user-friendly analysis of powder data. Wed, 06 Oct 2021 Software from Garching goes global NICOS is the link between the scientific instruments and visiting researchers during neutron experiments. The software, originally developed at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Center MLZ, is now in demand worldwide and is increasingly expanding its user community. Sat, 01 Jan 2022 MLZ Conference 2022: Neutrons for Mobility Mobility is a fundamental ingredient of our present society and engages researchers from a wide range of disciplines worldwide. This years MLZ Conference Neutrons for Mobility brings together experts from mobility and neutron research. From 31.05. - 03.06.2022, they will meet in Lenggries, Germany, to share experiences on neutron methods and discuss sustainability and energy efficiency in the transportation of the future. Participants can register as Early Bird until 31.03.2022. Tue, 31 May 2022 New release of Mag2Pol: Version 5.1 Mag2Pol is an easy-to-use software for the analysis of X-ray and polarized neutron diffraction data. The latest release introduces magnetic space groups and magnetic superspace groups as well as many useful crystallographic tools. A series of online introductory courses starts on 10 October 2022. Tue, 04 Oct 2022