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Future Applications of Small-Angle Scattering to Soft Matter

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09:00 5 May 2016 – 18:00 6 May 2016
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STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway
Fire Fly Avenue

Organised by SCI's Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and the RSC's Colloid & Interface Science Group; with support from the RSC/IoP Neutron Scattering Group and the ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source


Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) is a uniquely powerful tool for characterising a broad range of soft matter and it is 17 years since the SCI/RSC Colloid Groups have held a meeting in which the technique took centre stage. In the intervening years the availability and capability of neutron sources, and their SANS instruments, have changed enormously. With construction of the €2bn European Spallation Source already underway in Sweden (to which the UK is a contributor) even greater promise awaits the Soft Matter community in the second half of the next decade.

This meeting will focus on state-of-the-art applications of SANS across a range of Soft Matter systems, and the future scientific opportunities that will come from new facilities, new instruments, and technical advances.

The meeting will also celebrate the retirement of Dr Richard K Heenan, principal scientist in SANS at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron & Muon Source. During his distinguished career Richard has helped author over 300 publications (attracting over 5000 citations to date), the majority in the field of Soft Matter. He is a world authority on time-of-flight SANS, and has helped conceive and design several SANS instruments. However it is perhaps as the author of the FISH model-fitting software, which hundreds of small-angle scatterers in academia and industry have used to interpret their data over the years, that he is most widely known.


The meeting is aimed at a wide audience of delegates from both academia and industry. Dr Richard Heenan has worked closely with both sectors and his wider research interests are of industrial relevance.

Attendees to this meeting are able to claim CPD points.


Talk titles will be confirmed shortly. If you would like to be notified when this becomes available, please email conferences@soci.org with the subject 'Soft Matter - event programme notification'.

09:15  Registration and refreshments
10:00  Welcome and introduction
10:10  Dr Sarah Rogers, ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source
10:35  Prof Jayne Lawrence, King’s College London
11:00  Dr Martin Hollamby, Keele University
11:25  Prof Luigi 'Gino' Paduano, University of Naples
11:50  Prof Peter Griffiths, University of Greenwich
12:15  Lunch, poster and opportunity to nextwork and look around the museum
14:00  Prof Julian Eastoe, University of Bristol
14:25  Dr Fabrizia Foglia, Imperial College London
14:50  Prof Adrian Rennie, Uppsala University
15:15  Assoc Prof Andrew Jackson, European Spallation Source
15:40  Refreshments and poster session
17:00  Introduction to Guest Speaker
17:10  Dr Richard Heenan, ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source
17:45  Concluding remarks
Organising Committee

Prof Peter Dowding, Infineum UK Ltd
Dr Stephen King, SCI/ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Lab

Call for Poster Abstracts

Abstracts for poster presentations are now invited. Please send a maximum one page abstract to conferences@soci.org with the subject line "Soft Matter – poster submission" by Friday 18 March 2016. Please note, if you are an SCI Member your poster will be eligible to be displayed in the C&I area of our website. Click here to see some examples.

Delegate Fees

Early Bird fee - before 18 March 2016
GB£70 . . . . . . . . . SCI/RSC Member
GB£30. . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Student Member
GB£50. . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Subsidised Member*
GB£90 . . . . . . . . . Non Member

Standard fee - from 18 March 2016
GB£85. . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Member
GB£40. . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Student Member
GB£60. . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Subsidised Member*
GB£110. . . . . . . . .Non Member

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Sponsored by: RSC/IIP Neutron Scattering Group and the ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source
Organised by: SCI's Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group and the RSC's Colloid & Interface Science Group
Contact details: For more information, please contact:

Conference Team
T: +44 (0)20 7598 1561
E: conferences@soci.org


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09:00 5 May 2016 – 18:00 6 May 2016
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