Scientific Highlights



  • 09.11.2017From: ORNL, USANeutron spectroscopy reveals common ‘oxygen sponge’ catalyst soaks up hydrogen, too
    Neutron spectroscopy reveals common ‘oxygen sponge’ catalyst soaks up hydrogen, too

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

  • 06.11.2017From: ORNL, USAResisting the resistance: Neutrons search for clues to combat bacterial threats
    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.

  • 20.10.2017From: CERIC-ERIC“Aromatic” molecules for water based electronic devices
    “Aromatic” molecules for water based electronic devices

    Findings on Perylene structure open new routes for the design of organic electronics.

  • 20.10.2017From: CERIC-ERICA clearer understanding of the role of zinc in glass structure brings the optimization of electronic displays a step forward
    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.

  • 20.10.2017From: CERIC-ERICScientists assess the firing conditions of old fired-clay bricks to find the most suitable restoration materials
    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.

  • 20.10.2017From: CERIC-ERICStudy of ancient glazed pottery from Azerbaijan confirms the need for a multi technique approach in cultural heritage research
    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.

  • 16.10.2017From: ORNL, USANeutrons observe vitamin B6-dependent enzyme activity useful for drug development
    Neutrons observe vitamin B6-dependent enzyme activity useful for drug development

    Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have performed neutron structural analysis of a vitamin B6-dependent protein, potentially opening avenues for new antibiotics and drugs.

  • 23.10.2017From: Physics World A natural neutron source
     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 insights

    The link between thunderstorm and neutron science is not an obvious one…

  • 03.10.2017From: CINS, CanadaNeutrons Reveal Secrets about the Materials Needed for the ‘Internet of Things’
    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.

  • 05.09.2017From: ILL, FranceUnveiling the invisible
    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.

  • 08.09.2017From: ILL, FranceNeutrons provide a novel picture of thermal conductivity in complex materials
    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.

  • 29.08.2017From: FRM II, GermanyDeep look into teeth with neutrons
    Deep look into teeth with neutrons

    Using cold neutrons it is possible to examine the 3D internal structure of fossil teeth.

  • 14.09.2017From: FRM II, GermanyGathering mushrooms for science
    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.

  • 24.08.2017From: MLZ, GermanyHot tests with neutrons
    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.

  • 25.07.2017From: HZB, GermanyUser research at BER II: Lupin roots observed in the act of catching water from soil – so far too quick for 3D views
    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.

  • 20.07.2017From: ILL, FranceNeutrons point the way to optimised crash-tolerant automotives
    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).

  • 17.07.2017From: MLZ, GermanyFirst observation: new type of entanglement in a 2D quantum material
    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.

  • 17.07.2017From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandNanomaterial helps store solar energy: efficiently and inexpensively
    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.

  • 06.07.2017From: MLZ, GermanyMystery of an enigmatic impression in the braincase solved
    Mystery of an enigmatic impression in the braincase solved

    Recently, Michael Laaß 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.

  • 22.06.2017From: CINS, Canada Neutrons assist in the development of sustainable electricity grids
     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.

  • 08.06.2017From: ORNL, USA Neutrons zero in on the elusive magnetic Majorana fermion
     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.

  • 14.06.2017From: LLB, FrancePolarized neutron reflectivity and X-ray scattering measurements as tools to study properties of Pt/Co/Pt ultrathin layers irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses
    Polarized neutron reflectivity and X-ray scattering measurements as tools to study properties of Pt/Co/Pt ultrathin layers irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses

    Neutron reflectivity, alongside other imaging methods, has been used to study the properties of ultrathin Pt/Co/Pt films.

  • 21.06.2017From: ISIS, UKEvidence of topological excitations in a quantum magnet
    Evidence of topological excitations in a quantum magnet

    Neutrons assist the exploration of a completely new set of topological insulating materials.

  • 20.06.2017From: ISIS, UKInvestigating the origin of excellent thermoelectric behaviour in Cu2Se
    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.

  • 13.06.2017From: MLZ, GermanyNeutrons make hydrogen atoms visible
    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.

  • 24.05.2017From: MLZ, GermanyNeutrons help save two valuable wooden figures
    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.

  • 04.05.2017From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandMaking a valuable resource usable with water
    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.

  • 11.04.2017From: ANSTO, Australia Research confirms heating can increase strength of a type of hydrogel
     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.

  • 13.04.2017From: LLB, FranceProbing photoinduced spin states in spin-crossover molecules with neutron scattering
    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

  • 19.04.2017From: MLZ, GermanyEnhanced Magnetization of Cobalt Defect Clusters Embedded in Titanium Oxide Films for Spintronic devices
    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.

  • 29.03.2017From: ANSTO, AustraliaMolecular geometry and magnetism: Investigation of lanthanoid-based single molecule magnets
    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.

  • 28.03.2017From: ILL, FranceNeutrons push molecular magnets a step closer to application in quantum information processing
    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.

  • 28.03.2017From: MLZ, GermanyPositrons as a new tool for lithium ion battery research
    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).

  • 22.03.2017From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandSpinW3 released
    SpinW3 released

    Release of SpinW3, an updated computational tool for simulating spin waves.

  • 22.03.2017From: mantidNew release of Mantid 3.9 & Mantid Version 3.9.1 - patch release
    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.

  • 20.03.2017From: LLB, FranceMore room for microphase separation: An extended study on binary liquids confined in SBA-15 cylindrical pores
    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.

  • 26.02.2017From: ILL, FranceNeutrons reveal ‘quantum tunnelling’ on graphene enables the birth of stars
    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.

  • 16.02.2017From: ANSTO, AustraliaResearch clarifies origin of microstructures in rock found deep in the Earth’s crust and mantle
    Research clarifies origin of microstructures in rock found deep in the Earth’s crust and mantle

    ANSTO has collaborated on research with Macquarie University to clarify the origin of microstructures in metamorphic rock found deep in the Earth’s crust and mantle impacted by mineral-bearing fluids.

  • 15.02.2017From: ILL, FranceCatching a glimpse at enzymes on the job: a combined time-resolved neutron scattering and fluorescence study
    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.

  • 20.01.2017From: ILL, FranceNeutrons probe new HF@C60 endofullerene produced by molecular surgery
    Neutrons probe new HF@C60 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 HF@C60.

  • 20.01.2017From: ILL, FranceExperimental demonstration of direct path state characterisation by measuring weak values in a matter-wave interferometer
    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.

  • 17.01.2017From: ORNL, USANeutron diffraction probes forms of carbon dioxide in extreme environments
    Neutron diffraction probes forms of carbon dioxide in extreme environments

    Scientists are using neutrons to study the fundamental role carbon dioxide plays in Earth’s carbon cycle, especially in the composition of carbon reservoirs in the deep earth and the evolution of the carbon cycle over time.

  • 17.01.2017From: ORNL, USABiology and neutrons collide to unlock secrets of fish ear bones
    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.

  • 03.01.2017From: MLZ, GermanyNew point of attack against stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori
    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 bacterium’s metabolism. This could be used as a point of attack for new medications. Measurements made at Oak Ridge and FRM II.

  • 30.12.2016From: MLZ, GermanyFocused Interactions Important for Protein Dynamics
    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 Jülich have now made studies possible in physiological concentrations.

  • 28.12.2016From: LLB, FranceThe two dynamics of liquid water
    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.

  • 28.12.2016From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandTowards energy-saving data storage
    Towards energy-saving data storage

    A new material retains its special magnetic properties even at room temperature.

  • 16.12.2016From: MLZ, GermanyCrystalline structure of ice clouds and their formation clarified
    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. PSC).

  • 16.12.2016From: LLB, FranceHardening of (Pb,Cd)Te Crystal Lattice with an Increasing CdTe Content in the Solid Solution
    Hardening of (Pb,Cd)Te Crystal Lattice with an Increasing CdTe Content in the Solid Solution

    An important increase of microhardness value for (Pb,Cd)Te was directly confirmed by results of nanoindentation measurements performed for a few samples with various chemical composition.

  • 16.12.2016From: SINE2020MCPL: a new format that simplifies data interchange between applications
    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.

  • 15.12.2016From: CINS, CanadaHelping Cars Lose Weight: Improving Light Metals For Greener Vehicles
    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 powders—a promising alternative to the heavier steel components used in the industry today.

  • 08.12.2016From: MLZ, GermanyHydrogen atom hidden and sought
    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.

  • 08.12.2016From: LLB, FranceWhy many polymers are so fragile: A new perspective
    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.

  • 28.11.2016From: MLZ, GermanyExperimentally proved: theory is correct
    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.

  • 15.11.2016From: SINE2020What if neutron scattering uses the same type of detectors used to look into space?
    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.

  • 15.11.2016From: MLZ, GermanyImproved Insight into the Structure of Lipid Membranes: Combining the Strengths of Neutron Reflectivity and Molecular Dynamics
    Improved Insight into the Structure of Lipid Membranes: Combining the Strengths of Neutron Reflectivity and Molecular Dynamics

    Alexandros Koutsioumpas from Forschungszentrum Jülich has studied the structure of complex lipid membranes at the neutron reflectometer MARIA.

  • 09.11.2016From: NeutronSourcesNeutrons before and after the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics
    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.

  • 06.11.2016From: CINS, CanadaIncreasing Bio-Compatibility Of Medical Devices
    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.

  • 06.11.2016From: JCNS, GermanyNeutrons Verify New Quantum State
    Neutrons Verify New Quantum State

    Jülich, 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 Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) at its outstation at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum.

  • 25.10.2016From: NIST, USAMove Over, Lasers: Scientists Can Now Create Holograms from Neutrons, Too
    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.

  • 19.10.2016From: MLZ, Germany“Webcam” for battery production
    “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.

  • 19.10.2016From: MLZ, GermanyExploring the origins of high-temperature superconductivity
    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.

  • 12.10.2016From: Rice University, USAPhysicists probe magnetic fluctuations in heavy fermions
    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.

  • 08.10.2016From: EPFL, SwitzerlandNew material offers stable spintronics
    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.

  • 01.10.2016From: ANSTO, AustraliaDetailed molecular structure of silver nanocrystals determined
    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.

  • 01.10.2016From: CINS, CanadaClarifying the Role of Vitamin E
    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 body—a feat that has been unattainable using other experimental techniques.

  • 17.09.2016From: ORNL, USA Unlocking Potential of 3D Printed Rocket Parts with Neutrons
     Unlocking Potential of 3D Printed Rocket Parts with Neutrons

    Engineers from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, used neutrons recently to help understand the potential benefit of additive manufactured rocket engine components.

  • 16.09.2016From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandEn route to better transformers
    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 transformer’s iron core. Transformers are indispensable in regulating electricity both in industry and in domestic households.

  • 09.09.2016From: LLB, FranceOrder by virtual crystal field fluctuations in pyrochlore XY antiferromagnets
    Order by virtual crystal field fluctuations in pyrochlore XY antiferromagnets

    Conclusive evidence of order by disorder is scarce in real materials.

  • 09.09.2016From: MLZ, GermanyUnderground Storage of Carbon Dioxide Safer than Expected
    Underground Storage of Carbon Dioxide Safer than Expected

    Experiments with neutrons reveal minimal corrosion of the top layer of a naturally occurring CO2 reservoir.

  • 03.09.2016From: ANSTO, AustraliaSeeing inside an ancient Australian Indigenous artefact non-invasively
    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-invasively—suggesting important information about its origin and use.

  • 26.08.2016From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandThe deuteron too poses a mystery
    The deuteron too poses a mystery

    The deuteron – just like the proton – is smaller than previously thought.

  • 22.08.2016From: MLZ, Germany Software TAKIN makes scientists’ life easier
     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 Böni of the MIRA group developed specifically for working with three-axis spectrometers.

  • 20.08.2016From: MLZ, Germany Neutrons observe the effects of Alzheimer's peptides
     Neutrons observe the effects of Alzheimer's peptides

    Using neutrons, scientists have revealed a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • 20.08.2016From: LLB, FranceSelf-assembly of monodisperse versus bidisperse polymer-grafted nanoparticles
    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).

  • 19.08.2016From: ANSTO, Australia Pelican instrument provides crucial experimental evidence of unusual quantum state
     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.

  • 19.08.2016From: HZB, Germany Novel state of matter: Observation of a quantum spin liquid
     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.

  • 09.08.2016From: Tokyo Institute of TechnologyNeutron diffraction studies reveal origins of deterioration in lithium batteries
    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.

  • 09.08.2016From: CNBC, Canada Reducing Rework and Scrap Costs in the Production of Airplane Parts
     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.

  • 04.08.2016From: ILL, France Competing coexisting phases in two-dimensional water
     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.

  • 04.08.2016From: MLZ, Germany True change of symmetry or ricochet?
     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.

  • 31.05.2016From: ILL, France Neutron reflectivity gives insight to the role of the N-terminal sequence in Alzheimer’s B-amyloid peptide assembly
     Neutron reflectivity gives insight to the role of the N-terminal sequence in Alzheimer’s 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.

  • 29.05.2016From: ESS, SwedenNew Drug Carrier Delivers Cancer Medication with Better Control
    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.

  • 24.05.2016From: MLZ, GermanyReversed symmetry
    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.

  • 24.05.2016From: ANSTO, Australia Nuclear techniques reveal inner structure of iron meteorities non-invasively
     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.

  • 23.05.2016From: CNBC, CanadaEnhancing the Reliability of Retrofitted Utility Vehicles
    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.

  • 18.05.2016From: MLZ, GermanyTunneling of Cooper pairs
    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.

  • 14.05.2016From: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, GermanyBetter "packaging" could make drugs easier on patients
    Better

    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.

  • 12.05.2016From: ILL, FranceNeutrons could discover the key to next generation HIV drugs
    Neutrons could discover the key to next generation HIV drugs

    Scientists have used neutron crystallography to determine the structures of HIV-1 protease/drug 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.

  • 06.05.2016From: CNBC, CanadaPredicting the Reliability of Turbine Runners in Hydro Power Plants
    Predicting the Reliability of Turbine Runners in Hydro Power Plants

    Hydro-Québec is using stress data from the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC) to improve electricity generation from hydroelectric dams.

  • 03.05.2016From: LLB, FrancePolymer chain behavior in polymer nanocomposites with attractive interactions
    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 poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrices by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering measurements under the Zero Average Contrast condition.

  • 03.05.2016From: ISIS, UKNovel catalyst achieves record-high yields of biofuel
    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.

  • 02.05.2016From: MLZ, Germany Neutrons save cultural heritage from the Iron Age
     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.

  • 30.04.2016From: MLZ, GermanyFuel Cells: Polymers, platinum and a poster prize
    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.

  • 28.04.2016From: ISIS, UKApplications of Neutron Scattering in Catalysis
    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.

  • 28.04.2016From: ANSTO, AustraliaOne step closer to finding the spin nematic
    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.

  • 22.04.2016From: ORNL, USAORNL neutron ‘splashes’ reveal signature of exotic particles
    ORNL neutron ‘splashes’ reveal signature of exotic particles

    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutrons to uncover novel behavior in materials that holds promise for quantum computing.

  • 20.04.2016From: ILL, FranceObservation of magnetic fragmentation in spin ice
    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.

  • 24.03.2016From: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, GermanyCellular "Light Switch" Analysed Using Neutron Scattering
    Cellular

    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.

  • 17.03.2016From: NMI3New stopped-flow observation head for simpler and cheaper SANS experiments
    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!

  • 07.03.2016From: MLZ, GermanyThe survey of copper selenate
    The survey of copper selenate

    The combination of different neutron methods allowed measuring the complete spectrum of magnetic excitations.

  • 29.02.2016From: CNBC, CanadaSolving the Mystery Flask: A Forensic Challenge To Reduce Nuclear Liabilities
    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.

  • 18.02.2016From: ESS, SwedenLed by France, Italy and the UK, ESS is Pushing Accelerator Technology to its Limits
    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. France’s 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.

  • 16.02.2016From: mantidNew Release of Mantid 3.6, February 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.

  • 15.02.2016From: NMI3New video: A new pressure cell for SANS experiments up to 500MPa
    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.

  • 11.02.2016From: ESS, SwedenThe Intensity Frontier: Developing World Class Detectors Using Boron
    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.

  • 05.02.2016From: NMI3Step-by-step to a neutron experiment with bio matter
    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.

  • 28.01.2016From: NMI3Big progress in the production of model biological membranes
    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.

  • 27.01.2016From: CNBC, CanadaNeutron Beams Inform Lawsuit Following a Residential Fire with a Natural Gas Explosion
    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.

  • 20.01.2016From: ESS, SwedenRevealing Change Over Time, FREIA Brings Fast Kinetic Studies to Reflectometry
    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.

  • 14.01.2016From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandNeutrons reveal distribution of flux-tube islands
    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.

  • 12.01.2016From: NMI3Cholesterol levels affect our body’s capacity to receive medicines
    Cholesterol levels affect our body’s capacity to receive medicines

    Researchers investigated how cholesterol levels influence drug delivery. The results vary depending on the type of drug tested.

  • 08.01.2016From: ORNL, USANeutrons offer guide to getting more out of solid-state lithium-ion batteries
    Neutrons offer guide to getting more out of solid-state lithium-ion batteries

    Although they don’t currently have as much conductivity, solid-state electrolytes designed for lithium-ion batteries (LIB) are emerging as a safer alternative to their more prevalent—sometimes flammable—liquid-electrolyte counterparts.

  • 10.12.2015From: ISIS, UKSasView 3.1.2 - please upgrade
    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.

  • 02.12.2015From: ISIS, UKDetecting hidden patterns on ancient swords
    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 London’s 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’.

  • 19.11.2015From: MLZ, GermanyPerpetual youth for batteries? Neutrons explain aging process in lithium ion batteries
    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.

  • 16.11.2015From: ISIS, UKDeveloping new forensic techniques with the help of neutrons
    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.

  • 13.11.2015From: MLZ, GermanyNew Multi-MHz KWS-2 Detector Improves Count Rate by a Factor of 25
    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.

  • 12.11.2015From: ESS, SwedenNeutrons Unlock the Hidden-Order State of Frustrated Magnets
    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.

  • 20.10.2015From: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, GermanyRing-Shaped Probes Improve Predictions of Polymer Dynamics
    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.

  • 07.10.2015From: ESS, SwedenCNRS and ESS Advance a New Standard for Linac Design
    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.

  • 02.10.2015From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandNew method will enable most accurate neutron measurement yet
    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 neutron’s 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.

  • 23.09.2015From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandWater pathways make fuel cells more efficient
    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.

  • 07.09.2015From: EPFL, SwitzerlandDiscovery of controllable skyrmions can unlock future computing
    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.
  • 31.08.2015From: ESS, SwedenLarger Crystals a Step Forward for Bioscience and ESS User Program
    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.

  • 28.08.2015From: MLZ, GermanyNeutrons decrypt the dynamics of magnetic helices
    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.

  • 26.08.2015From: APMA, CanadaApplying nuclear expertise to solve the auto industry’s challenges
    Applying nuclear expertise to solve the auto industry’s challenges

    Application of neutron beams for automative applications at the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre.

  • 14.08.2015From: JCNS, GermanyRecipe Book for Colloids
    Recipe Book for Colloids

    New Study shows Correlation between Microscopic Structures and Macroscopic Properties.

  • 14.08.2015From: MLZ, Germany“Brilliantly combined, Mr. Holmes”: Neutron Crystallography for biology
    “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.

  • 12.08.2015From: ESS, SwedenBIFROST: A Prismatic Approach to Neutron Spectroscopy
    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.

  • 14.08.2015From: ESS, SwedenNew Drug Carrier Aims to Treat Secondary Tumours of Breast Cancer
    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.

  • 17.08.2015From: HZB, GermanyVITESS 3.3 released
    VITESS 3.3 released

    The version 3.3 of the simulation package VITESS has been released.

  • 04.08.2015From: ILL, FranceNew brochure on 'Neutrons and energy'
    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.

  • 09.07.2015From: NMI3New type of radiofrequency spin flippers for Neutron Resonance Spin Echo
    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.

  • 09.07.2015From: NMI3How to probe tiny samples? Insights into the production of micron-sized cold neutron beams
    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.

  • 06.07.2015From: HZB, GermanyCrystal structure and magnetism – new insight into the fundamentals of solid state physics
    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

  • 08.07.2015From: LLB, FrancePrecipitating Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate to Create Ultrastable and Stimulable Foams
    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.

  • 10.07.2015From: ORNL, USANeutrons find “missing” magnetism of plutonium
    Neutrons find “missing” magnetism of plutonium
    Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium’s magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe.
  • 16.06.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaProgress on Bilby
    Progress on Bilby

    Great progress made in the commissioning of the new Bilby time-of-flight small-angle scattering instrument in ANSTO.

  • 02.07.2015From: ESS, SwedenDispersionless Spin Waves Provide Clues to Enigmatic Magnetic Ordering in Garnet Crystals
    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.

  • 19.06.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaNeutron scattering helping conserve the world’s great historic monuments
    Neutron scattering helping conserve the world’s great historic monuments

    ANSTO research may help preserve some of the world’s most important historic artefacts and buildings.

  • 24.06.2015From: ANSTO, AustraliaUsing neutrons to show weak spots in turbines, railway lines and pipes
    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.

  • 05.05.2015From: LLB, FranceEffects of Hfq on the conformation and compaction of DNA
    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.

  • 27.04.2015From: NMI3How to optimise multi-channel neutron focusing guides for extreme sample environments?
    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.

  • 02.04.2015From: NMI3Neutrons unveil a promising alternative for natural gas storage and transportation
    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.

  • 26.03.2015From: MLZ, Germany Superstructure for Heusler alloy at MLZ discovered
     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.

  • 20.03.2015From: LLB, FranceNew regime in polyelectrolyte solutions
    New regime in polyelectrolyte solutions

    We describe a new regime in dense polymer solutions, typically above ~1mol/L, where q* is proportional to the concentration c of the solution.

  • 10.03.2015From: ORNL, USAUnprecedented neutron images of refrigerant flow through heat exchangers
    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.

  • 13.03.2015From: HZB, GermanyNeutrons and X-rays show how to prepare durable tooth cement
    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.

  • 11.03.2015From: NMI3SANS: a unique technique to look inside plants’ leaves
    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.

  • 04.03.2015From: Johns Hopkins University, USANew Materials Discovered to Detect Neutrons Emitted by Radioactive Materials
    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.

  • 28.02.2015From: LLB, FranceResidual stresses comparison determined by short-wavelength X-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction for 7075 aluminum alloy.
    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.

  • 27.02.2015From: MLZ, GermanyNeutrons Provide New Explanations for Side Effects of Ibuprofen
    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.

  • 23.02.2015From: ILL, FranceNeutron analysis of human teeth could assist in the fight against dental erosion
    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.

  • 11.02.2015From: LLB, FranceTransparency through structural disorder: A new concept for innovative transparent ceramics
    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.

  • 09.02.2015From: MLZ, GermanyNews from battery research
    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.

  • 03.02.2015From: MLZ, GermanyOn the way to a lower enriched fuel
    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.

  • 30.01.2015From: NMI3Egyptian statuettes of Osiris: production unveiled by neutrons and laser
    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.

  • 27.01.2015From: LLB, FrancePhase Separation and Nanodomain Formation in Hybrid Polymer/ Lipid Vesicles
    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.

  • 19.01.2015From: NMI3How to make train rails as straight as they should be
    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.

  • 19.01.2015From: NMI3From ash to eco-friendly solution for hazardous metals removal
    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.

  • 07.01.2015From: ORNL, USA"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.

  • 12.12.2014From: MLZ, GermanyAdd-on for MEDAPP: Fast Neutron Gamma Spectrometry (FaNGaS)
    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.

  • 23.12.2014From: MLZ, GermanyNew model for magnetic excitations in insulators
    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.

  • 03.12.2014From: MLZ, GermanyHow long do antiparticles live in gummy bears?
    How long do antiparticles live in gummy bears?

    Measurements using positrons could help to develop better coatings for drugs.

  • 10.12.2014From: LLB, FranceThe cork viewed from the inside
    The cork viewed from the inside

    Neutron radiography of corks

  • 01.12.2014From: NMI3Biosensors will benefit from new method to produce membranes
    Biosensors will benefit from new method to produce membranes

    NMI3 collaboration has taken a significant step in the production of biological membranes.

  • 28.10.2014From: NMI3Looking millions of years back with neutrons: the hearing of the Kawingasaurus fossilis
    Looking millions of years back with neutrons: the hearing of the Kawingasaurus fossilis

    Let’s 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.

  • 28.10.2014From: MURR, USAIGERT Study Makes Editor's Choice
    IGERT Study Makes Editor's 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?

  • 10.10.2014From: ILL, FranceRare ‘baby rattle’ molecules reveal new quantum properties of H2O and H2
    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.

  • 10.10.2014From: MLZ, GermanyAct in Concert: PANDA complements PUMA
    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.

  • 08.09.2014From: NMI3Good results obtained with a novel technology to produce large-scale neutron converters
    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!

  • 03.09.2014From: MLZ, GermanyResearchers observe the phenomenon of “lithium plating”
    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.

  • 03.09.2014From: LLB, FranceResidual Stresses Comparison Determined by Short-Wavelength X-Ray Diffraction and Neutron Diffraction for 7075 Aluminum Alloy
    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.

  • 02.09.2014From: NMI3Neutrons shed light on how to make pregnancy tests more sensitive and cheaper
    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.

  • 07.08.2014From: LLB, FranceQuenched microemulsions: a new route to proton conductors
    Quenched microemulsions: a new route to proton conductors

    Results demonstrate the potential of such self-assembled materials for the design of bulk proton conductors.

  • 01.08.2014From: MLZ, GermanyRefocusing research into high-temperature superconductors
    Refocusing research into high-temperature superconductors

    Neutron scattering experiment at PUMA resolves a contentious superconducting issue.

  • 31.07.2014From: HZB, GermanyNeutron Tomography technique reveals phase fractions of crystalline materials in 3-Dimensions
    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.

  • 21.07.2014From: IYCR2014Nature Milestones in Crystallography
    Nature Milestones in Crystallography

    Right on time for the International Year of Crystallography, Nature Milestones special issue on crystallography is now out.

  • 18.07.2014From: NMI3New humidity chamber will shed light on processes behind Alzheimer’s disease
    New humidity chamber will shed light on processes behind Alzheimer’s 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 Alzheimer’s disease.

  • 11.07.2014From: mantidMantid - Release Notes 3.2
    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.

  • 10.07.2014From: MLZ, GermanyFreeze-frame of an enzyme
    Freeze-frame of an enzyme

    Neutrons shed light on vital enzymes’ mechanism of action.

  • 10.07.2014From: ILL, FranceNeutron crystallography solves long-standing biological mystery
    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?

  • 01.07.2014From: MLZ, GermanyStrain scanning from the surface into the bulk
    Strain scanning from the surface into the bulk

    Scientists develop a new analytical model to suppress undesirable surface effect.

  • 30.06.2014From: LLB, FranceCellulose Nanofibril-Based Multilayered Thin Films: Effect of Ionic Strength on Porosity, Swelling, and Optical Properties
    Cellulose Nanofibril-Based Multilayered Thin Films: Effect of Ionic Strength on Porosity, Swelling, and Optical Properties

    Results show that the synthetic poly(allylamine) hydrochloride (PAH) conformation is a determining factor not only for film growth but also for structural properties.

  • 16.06.2014From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandIce in fuel cells imaged directly for the first time
    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.

  • 11.06.2014From: SasViewNew version of SasView
    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.

  • 10.06.2014From: Appscintech Granted GS20® Trademark
    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®.

  • 05.06.2014From: LLB, FranceSolution Epitaxial Growth of Cobalt Nanowires on Crystalline Substrates for Data Storage Densities beyond 1 Tbit/in2
    Solution Epitaxial Growth of Cobalt Nanowires on Crystalline Substrates for Data Storage Densities beyond 1 Tbit/in2

    The generalization of this method to other materials opens new perspectives toward many applications.

  • 26.05.2014From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandNew insight into photosynthesis
    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.

  • 13.05.2014From: Scientific AmericanNeutron Death Mystery Has Physicists Stymied
    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

  • 21.05.2014From: JCNS, GermanyNew Light Shed on "Chameleon Proteins"
    New Light Shed on

    Findings of Jülich 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.

  • 20.05.2014From: LLB, FranceFirst experiment on Imagine
    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.

  • 16.05.2014From: LLB, FranceBeyond Graphene
    Beyond Graphene

    The team of Prof. D. Schlüter (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.

  • 28.04.2014From: ANSTO, AustraliaSimultaneous Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering
    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.

  • 24.04.2014From: MLZ, GermanyUsing antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors
    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.

  • 19.04.2014From: LLB, FranceVibrational density of states and elastic properties of cross-linked polymers: combining inelastic light and neutron scattering
    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.

  • 17.04.2014From: MLZ, GermanySearching for Dark Energy with Neutrons
    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.

  • 07.04.2014From: ORNL, USARethinking soil science
    Rethinking soil science

    Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may get the lion’s share of attention in climate change discussions, but the biggest repository of carbon is actually underfoot.

  • 07.04.2014From: NMI3Neutrons help visualising materials: new video of the Imaging JRA
    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.

  • 06.04.2014From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandQuantum melting
    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.

  • 31.03.2014From: LLB, FranceApplication of a Polarized Neutron Microbeam to the Investigation of a Magnetic Microstructure
    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.

  • 25.03.2014From: NMI3Improving neutron scattering data quality: a multi-angle light scattering setup
    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.

  • 25.03.2014From: BNL, USADiffPy-CMI - new software suite for structure modeling from diffraction data
    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.

  • 26.02.2014From: NMI3To broaden research possibilities: a new pressure cell
    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.

  • 26.02.2014From: HZB, GermanyVITESS - new version available
    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.

  • 21.02.2014From: NIST, USAToward New Precision in Measuring the Neutron Lifetime
    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.

  • 19.02.2014From: ESS, SwedenAn order of magnitude increase in moderator cold neutron brightness might offer unprecedented performance for neutron scattering experiments
    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.

  • 19.02.2014From: LLB, FranceAtomic structure and magnetic properties of Fe–Nb–B metallic glasses
    Atomic structure and magnetic properties of Fe–Nb–B metallic glasses

    A team of researchers reveal the similarities and differences in the local structure of the Fe–Nb–B glasses and their crystalline counterparts.

  • 29.01.2014From: NIST, USANearly Everyone Uses Piezoelectrics. Be Nice to Know How They Work.
    Nearly Everyone Uses Piezoelectrics. Be Nice to Know How They Work.

    Researchers believe they’ve 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.

  • 28.01.2014From: NMI3On the way to more efficient boron-10 detectors
    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.

  • 08.01.2014From: NMI3Update on the advanced neutron tools for soft and bio-materials JRA
    Update on the advanced neutron tools for soft and bio-materials JRA

    Annie Brûlet, the coordinator of this Joint Research Activity, told us about this collaboration’s main goals and achievements.

  • 22.12.2013From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandSuperconductivity switched on by magnetic field
    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.

  • 17.12.2013From: LLB, FranceChromonic-like physical luminescent gels formed by ionic octahedral iridium(III) complexes in diluted water solutions
    Chromonic-like physical luminescent gels formed by ionic octahedral iridium(III) complexes in diluted water solutions

    Scientists report the first example of spontaneous self-assembly of ionic octahedral Ir(III) complexes containing carboxylates counterions into luminescent ordered aqueous gel phases.

  • 09.12.2013From: MLZ, GermanyGroup dynamics of atoms
    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.

  • 29.11.2013From: MLZ, GermanyNeutrons provide insight into water bonding of cement
    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.

  • 27.11.2013From: ISIS, UKISIS ‘oils the wheels’ in the study of lubricant additives
    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.

  • 25.11.2013From: NMI3Researchers suggest an enhanced method for the study of biological membranes
    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.

  • 22.11.2013From: NMI3Where and how do plant roots take up water?
    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.

  • 13.11.2013From: ORNL, USAORNL study uses neutron scattering, supercomputing to demystify forces at play in biofuel production
    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.

  • 11.11.2013From: NMI3New book on Small-Angle Scattering coming soon
    New book on Small-Angle Scattering coming soon

    Particle and Particle Systems Characterization: Small-Angle Scattering Applications

  • 06.11.2013From: MLZ, GermanyLifetime of magnetic spin waves in antiferromagnets understood for the first time
    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.

  • 25.10.2013From: LLB, FrancePolymersome shape transformation at the nanoscale
    Polymersome shape transformation at the nanoscale

    Polymer vesicles, also named polymersomes, are valuable candidates for drug delivery and micro- or nanoreactor applications.

  • 08.10.2013From: ISIS, UKStronger, greener cement could make for maintenance-free building materials
    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.

  • 04.10.2013From: MIT, USANew kind of microscope uses neutrons
    New kind of microscope uses neutrons

    Device could open up new areas of research on materials and biological samples at tiny scales.

  • 01.10.2013From: NMI3Exploring alternative technologies for neutron detectors
    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.

  • 27.09.2013From: FRM II, GermanyNeutrons show accumulation of antidepressant in brain
    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.

  • 26.09.2013From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandTowards sodium ion batteries – understanding sodium dynamics on a microscopic level
    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.

  • 19.09.2013From: LLB, FranceHigh-temperature ionic-conducting material: advanced structure and improved performance
    High-temperature ionic-conducting material: advanced structure and improved performance

    Very promising results were obtained considering the PEMFC applications.

  • 09.09.2013From: NMI3NMI3: European research in Garching
    NMI3: European research in Garching

    MLZ contributes with a range of methods and components to the NMI3’s joint research activities.

  • 09.09.2013From: NMI3LiveDVD for testing/installing software (July 2013)
    LiveDVD for testing/installing 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.

  • 06.09.2013From: NeutronSourcesEducational Material
    Educational Material

    We have now a new section with Educational Material!

  • 30.08.2013From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandNeutrons and synchrotron light help unlock Bronze Age techniques
    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.

  • 08.08.2013From: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, GermanyAll Down to Neutron Research: Novel Paint Brush Cleaner Works Without Solvents
    All Down to Neutron Research: Novel Paint Brush Cleaner Works Without Solvents

    Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich have developed an innovative paint brush cleaner, which works without solvents.

  • 06.08.2013From: FRM II, GermanyNeutrons reveal mechanism of bacterial antibiotic resistance
    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.

  • 22.07.2013From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandFerromagnetic and antiferromagnetic – at the same time
    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.

  • 03.07.2013From: FRM II, GermanyUnexpected behaviour during charge and discharge of Li-ion batteries
    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.

  • 03.07.2013From: ILL, FranceNew fluorescent fingerprint tag aims to increase IDs from ‘hidden’ fingerprints on bullets and knives
    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.

  • 16.06.2013From: ILL, FrancePenetrating the quantum nature of magnetism
    Penetrating the quantum nature of magnetism

    ILL Scientists have for the very first time given a complete description of a one-dimensional spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet.

  • 11.06.2013From: NMI3NMI3's Joint Research Activities
    NMI3's Joint Research Activities

    The Joint Research Activities (JRA) supported by NMI3-I have brought experts together from facilities across Europe to develop new techniques and instrumentation for neutron and muon research.

  • 10.06.2013From: NMI3Investigating a new material for lithium rechargeable batteries
    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.

  • 07.06.2013From: NMI3Healthy diet? Using neutrons to quantify selenium in cereal crops
    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 country’s cereals and soils.

  • 07.06.2013From: ILL, FranceNeutrons reveal potential dangers of gold nanoparticles
    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 cell’s 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.

  • 10.04.2013From: ILL, FranceNeutrons help explain ozone poisoning and links to thousands of premature deaths
    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.

  • 06.05.2013From: NMI3Assessing exposure to pollution in industrial workplaces
    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.

  • 30.04.2013From: LLB, FranceSmall angle neutron scattering study of ancient pottery from Syracuse
    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.

  • 23.04.2013From: NMI3Neutrons and X-rays help investigate new materials for gas turbines
    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 200°C higher than today. The materials currently used cannot withstand such high temperatures. For this reason it is necessary to investigate new materials.

  • 22.04.2013From: LLB, FranceRecent experimental aspects of the structure and dynamics of liquid and supercooled water
    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.

  • 14.04.2013From: The TelegraphMary Rose reveals armour piercing cannonball secret
    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.

  • 03.04.2013From: SINQ, PSI, Switzerland Observing Engine Oil beneath Metal
     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.

  • 19.12.2012From: FRM II, GermanyContinuous Lithium exchange causes battery fatigue
    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.

  • 08.08.2012From: FRM II, GermanyFirst evidence of Higgs mechanism in a magnet
    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”.

  • 12.07.2012From: HZB, GermanyResearchers find spins acting like real bar magnets in a new material
    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.

  • 11.07.2012From: SINQ, PSI, SwitzerlandDistribution of soot particles in particulate filters of diesel vehicles seen for the first time
    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.

  • 10.07.2012From: Forschungszentrum Jülich, JCNS, GermanyOptimized Haemoglobin in Humans and Platypus
    Optimized Haemoglobin in Humans and Platypus

    For a healthy human organism, the ideal body temperature is about 37 degrees Celsius, while for platypus 33’C 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.

  • 30.05.2012From: LLB, FranceEvidence of deep water penetration in silica during stress corrosion fracture
    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 Léon 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.

  • 29.03.2012From: ILL, FranceNeutrons uncover new density waves in fermion liquids - a publication in Nature today
    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.

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