Isotope facility for scattering from Soft Condensed Matter systems

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oxford Chemistry


This project aims to establish an isotope facility to serve the neutron scattering requirements of the UK soft condensed matter community. This facility will focus primarily on deuteration with the aim of extending the range of accessible deuterium labelled materials. The facility will be established in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford University and will be based on Dr R.K. Thomas' existing research deuteration facility. The transition from a research group based deuteration facility to a national facility will involve the transfer, at no cost, of all equipment currently used and the present stock of deuterated precursors. The first aim is to develop and expand the facility from its current capacity to the point where it can service the needs of ten major neutron based research groups plus a larger number of less frequent users. The second aim is, in consultation with the user community, to extend and modify the current list of available materials to reflect the present and future requirements of the user community. The third aim is to develop greater synthetic expertise in the user community by disseminating synthetic protocols and combining user skills with the more specialised in-house synthetic protocols. Following this initial exploitation phase, the final aim will be to establish the facility in the Research complex at RAL with an expanded capability, and to transfer the financial commitment to ISIS operations, by the end of the project.


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Edler KJ (2009) Self-assembled films formed at the air-water interface from CTAB/SDS mixtures with water-soluble polymers. in Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids

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Fernandez-Martin C (2008) Evolution of non-ionic surfactant-templated silicate films at the air-liquid interface in Journal of Materials Chemistry

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Hollamby MJ (2009) Surfactant aggregation in CO2/heptane solvent mixtures. in Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids

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Pan F (2010) Interfacial dynamic adsorption and structure of molecular layers of peptide surfactants. in Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids

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Penfold J (2009) Nature of amine-surfactant interactions at the air-solution interface. in Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids

Description Supplied deuterium labelled materials to UK scattering community
Exploitation Route Responsibility is now transfered to ISIS at STFC
Sectors Chemicals