Neutron Reflectometry (NR) Group
24 Apr 2024



Neutrons as a probe for surfaces and interfaces


​​​Reflectometry Village



Science and technology are continuously seeking to design better drugs, more efficient power sources, new display technologies, higher storage densities, and greener chemical processes to name but a few areas of interest. To do so, a better understanding is needed of the structure of the materials used and the interactions and processes they go through.

Neutron Reflectometry (NR)​ probes interfacial structure. This enormously broad area includes such diverse systems as proteins interacting at a cell membrane, magnetic coupling in a multilayer stack and surfactants in solutions. The shape of a reflectivity profile tells us about layer thickness, concentration of material at the interface, roughness of surfaces and, especially if the neutrons are polarised, magnetism.

Our NR instrument suite comprises SURF (on Target Station 1) and INTER, OFF​SPECPOL​REF (on Target Station 2).


​​Group Leader

    ​Dr. John Webster

​​​Instrument Contacts​


​​​​Dr. Maximilian Skoda​​​

Dr. Becky Welbourn


Dr. Stephen Hall

Dr. Oleksandr Tomchuk​

Dr. Andrew Caruana

​​​​​​​Dr. Christy Kinane


​Dr. Mario Campana

Dr. Arwel Hughes


Dr. Robert Dalgliesh

Dr. Christy Kinane

*Currently not in ​the User program and used for internal development only

Individual Merit Scientist

(affiliated with the NR group and OFFSPEC beamline)​ 

    Dr. Luke Clifton

Sample Environment

An extensive array of sample environment apparatus, serviced by the Soft Matter Team.

    Andy Church (Team Lead)

X-Ray Reflectometry support

Rigaku SmartLab multifunctional diffractometer at the Materials Characterisation Laboratory for complementary studies by XRR.

    Dr. Gavin Stenning (Lab Manager) 

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