Brazilian Access to the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
24 Jun 2023



ISIS - Brazil Collaboration for Neutrons





Brochure ​describing Brazilian use of ISIS (click to download)​

Neutron scattering and imaging are powerful techniques to study the structure and dynamics of materials over broad time- and length-scales, with applications for studies of materials related to energy & net zero, catalysis, polymer systems, drug delivery, functional materials, magnetism, superconductivity and engineering, amongst many others. Thanks to the strong interaction between neutrons and light elements, these techniques are particularly useful for the study of hydrogen-containing materials like pharmaceuticals or lithium-ion conduction in batteries. The magnetic moment of neutrons also makes them uniquely sensitive to magnetism. 

The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source provides 35 instruments, 30 of which are dedicated to neutron techniques; each year it has 3500 user visits, performs 1000 experiments and produces 600 publications. To harness the capabilities of ISIS for the advancement of Brazilian and UK materials research, and in the wider context of the opportunities offered by the launch of the Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB) project in Iperó (SP, Brazil), we plan to promote a series of webinars and workshops. In particular, these aim to expand the Brazilian neutron user community by:

  • Identifying new Brazilian research groups and projects that can benefit from neutron techniques 

  • Training the next generation of researchers in neutron science 

  • Facilitating access to the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source for Brazilian users 

  • Exchanging knowledge on neutron scattering techniques and science 

  • Exploring possibilities for common infrastructure projects for e.g., sample environment development 

The activities and collaborations are expected to lead to grant proposals to CNPq/CAPES/FAPESP/STFC to support mobility of scientists for neutron beamtime as well as infrastructure development. 

Funding for Brazilian use of ISIS​

The UK Internatio​nal Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF) ​​is providing funds to enable the development of Brazilian use of ISIS, and to​ foster the collaboration between ISIS and Brazilian researchers. This funding, for the period 2023-2027, will support a limited number of Brazilian experiments at ISIS, research and training visits,​ and workshops to promote collaboration and partnerships between ISIS and Brazil, as well as dissemination of research results in Brazil.

Proposal submissions for ISIS neutron and muon beamtime are welcome from Brazilian researchers. For supported experiments, funding will be available for travel and subsistence costs for up to two Brazilian researchers to come to ISIS. Proposals should be submitted as normal via the ISIS online propo​sal system.  Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact an ISIS instrument scientist in advance of proposal submission, to discuss technical aspects of a proposal and beamtime availability. In the event of oversubscription, preference will be given to users who are new to using the ISIS facility and to early-career researchers.

For further details, please contact Philip King​ at ISIS.​​


Proposal calls

Upcoming deadlines for proposals for access to the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source:

  • 18 October 2023
  • 17 April 2024
  • 16 October 2024
  • 16 April 2025

Proposals should be submitted via the ISIS online propo​sal system.

Other activities

Past Events

The first webinar introduced ISIS Neutron Source and Brazilian funding agencies; the second webinar, hosted by ISIS Staff, was divided into three broad science areas – Life Science/Soft Matter, Functional Materials, Magnetism/Hard Condensed Matter– and introduced Brazilian academics unfamiliar with neutron techniques to the underlying principles and applications. These were followed by another set of three webinars that provided an opportunity for both experienced and prospective Brazilian neutron users to present their research. 


ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, UK:

Brazilian Local Committee:

Julio Larrea Jimenez (USP), Valentina Martelli (USP), Margareth K. Dias Franco (IPEN), Fabiano Yokaichiya (UFPR), Heloisa N. Bordallo (UC), Marcia Fantini (USP), Eneida de Paula (Unicamp), Eduardo Granado (Unicamp), Cristiano L. Oliveira (USP), Viviane P. Antonio, Frederico Genezini (IPEN), Jose Augusto Perrotta (IPEN), Patricio Munoz (USP), Fabio Formiga (Fiocruz, PE), Carlos Campos (UFSC), Guinther Kellermann (UFPR), Cicero Avila Neto (UFPR), Cristina Bormio (USP), Alejandro Ayala (UFC, CE)


Contact: King, Philip (STFC,RAL,ISIS)