The Impact and Future of Scattering Techniques in Soft Matter

25 Feb 2013

Scattering methods have evolved in both complexity and in application over the past 30 years. Our two-day conference, The Impact and Future Directions of Scattering Techniques in Soft Matter, aims to show how increasingly complex chemical, magnetic and biological systems demand a multi-technique approach in order to derive a full description of their behaviour. The event will be held from 18 - 19 March at Keble College Oxford.

Confirmed speakers include R K Thomas, T Zemb, A R Rennie, I M Tucker, J T Petkov, L Porcar, G Fragnetto, I Grillo, D Barlow, A Zarbakhsh and T Arnold.

We are looking forward to a lively programme of talks, posters and an exhibition showcasing some of the latest equipment relevant to soft matter research. Delegate registration also includes a Gala Dinner in the traditional dining hall of Keble College - a true Oxford experience.

Sir Eric Rideal lecture
The meeting will also feature the 2013 Sir Eric Rideal lecture given by this year's award recipient, Prof Jeffery Penfold of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, who will discuss scattering techniques and their applications.

Professor Penfold has made three major scientific contributions to surfactant, colloid and interface science. He and John B Hayter were the first people to formulate a strategy and the necessary analytical methods for the quantitative interpretation of neutron small angle scattering data from micellar solutions (these methods are still the main ones used). With colleagues at Unilever, he pioneered the development of shear methods in conjunction with small angle scattering. He also played a pioneering role in both the instrumental and methodological development of neutron reflectometry, now widely used for studying interfaces of all kinds.

The organising committee would like to thank our generous sponsors STFC (ISIS), Unilever, Malvern Instruments, Diamond Light Source, IOP Neutron Scattering Group and the Joint Colloids Group.

Claire Pizzey

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