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Institute for Frontier Materials


Scattering methods for soft matter workshop

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:42:00 +1100

Scattering techniques are very powerful methods, particularly in the studies of soft matter. They provide a statistical perspective on structure over a wide range of length-scales not easily accessible by real space imaging methods. A workshop at Deakin University on 25-26 March 2014 will provide a platform for post-graduate and more experienced senior researchers to enhance their theoretical knowledge and help in designing and analysing measurements at advanced facilities such as the Australian Synchrotron and neutron beam instruments at ANSTO’s Opal Research reactor. The workshop will focus on three techniques:

  • Specular reflectivity which probes the compositional variation (density and chemistry) of thin layers in the normal direction to the surface
  • The grazing scattering incidence geometry which may analyse in plane organisation of thin layers
  • Small angle (x-ray and neutrons) and light scattering which are potent probes of three dimensional organisations. 

The primary focus of the workshop will be on the fundamental principles in the utilisation of reciprocal space measurements to obtain real space structural information.  Presentations on a number of case studies will be included.  Professor Lingxue Kong from the Institute for Frontier Materials said the workshop would be invaluable to researchers working in a range of areas such as polymer and materials science, biophysics, nanotechnology and colloidal science.

The workshop will include tutorials from experienced practitioners:

Professor Gary Bryant (Centre for Molecular & Nanoscale Physics, RMIT University), light scattering and photon correlation spectroscopy. 

Dr Chris Garvey (Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), small angle scattering. 

Dr Stephen Holt (Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), reflectometry. 

A number of talks on practical examples of studies and student projects involving scattering techniques will also be delivered

Professor Ben Boyd (Monash University) - Kinetic WAXS and SAXS measurements at the Australian Synchrotron 

Dr Bronwyn Laycock (Queensland University) – Elucidating the structure of polyhydroxylkanoate biopolymer blends.

Dr Ludovic Dumee (Deakin University) - SAXS characterization of nano-porous materials: designing pore size and shape. 

Dr Hsin-Hui Shen (Monash University) - Annexin V-Functionalized Cubosomes: simulated cell membranes interaction using QCM-D and neutron reflectometry


GTP, na building, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Vic 3216


Attendance is free for a limited number of people. Applicants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.


Co-operative Research Centre for Polymers, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials


Dr Chris Garvey or Professor Lingxue Kong

Soft Matter journal cover
Schematic diagram of the lyotropic liquid crystal (LLC) templating process.

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27th February 2015