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Seeing Is Believing: Using Neutron Scattering to Understand Behaviour in Polymeric Materials

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Dame Julia Higgins will be talking on using neutron scattering to understand behaviour in polymeric materials.

Dame Higgins is the current President of the Institute of Physics, and is Professor Emeritus at Imperial College London. Professor Higgins has been interested in neutron scattering since her PhD at the University of Oxford, and has used them to study the structures and behaviours of complex materials, especially polymers.

Neutrons are unique probes for polymeric systems due to their wavelength and energy characteristics, and as isotopic substitution of deuterium for hydrogen allows whole molecules or parts of molecules to be highlighted within a sample in order to understand their behaviour. Neutrons probe structures with atoms of low molecular weight (such as proteins and other carbon-based polymers) with high resolution, and with less degradation compared to X-ray diffraction.

Professor Higgins has previously been President of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and is actively involved in the research community.

Free talk, free drink, free food! Open to all!

Where: Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College Doors open: 6.00pm Talk starts: 6.15pm

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