Neutron scattering and imaging
are powerful techniques
study the structure and dynamics of materials
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
like pharmaceuticals or
conduction in batteries. The
of neutrons also makes
sensitive to magnetism.
The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
provides 31 instruments, 27 of which are dedicated to neutron techniques; each year it has 3500 user visits, performs 1000
experiments and produces 600 publications.
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),
promote a series of webinars
aim to expand
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
activities and collaborations
initiated by the
are expected to lead to
CNPq/CAPES/FAPESP/STFC to support mobility of scientists
for neutron beamtime
as well as
webinar will introduce ISIS Neutron Source and Brazilian funding agencies; the second
webinar, hosted by ISIS Staff,
will be divided into three broad science
areas – Life Science/Soft Matter, Functional Materials,
Magnetism/Hard Condensed Matter–
aim to introduce
Brazilian academics unfamiliar with neutron techniques to the underlying
principles and applications.
These will be followed by
another set of three
provide an opportunity for both experienced and
users to present their research.
It is foreseen that this
initial series will start a
process that will
lead to ISIS beam-time proposal
submission in the October 2023 and April 2024 rounds
Access for short experiments to
viability ahead of a full proposal.
The writing of these
supported by ISIS staff, and progress towards obtaining beam-time
will be discussed at
Finally, an in-person meeting to
discuss initial results and further research
in June 2024.
Program for SERIES_2
Short talks from Brazilian research groups showing science cases that could be benefitted with the use of neutron techniques in preparation for proposal submission to ISIS.
Leide P. Cavalcanti
We are grateful to the following for facilitating the organisation of these webinars:
Dr. Julio Larrea Jimenez, Dr. Valentina Martelli, Dr. Margareth K. Dias Franco, Dr. Fabiano Yokaichiya, Dr. Heloisa N. Bordallo, Dr. Marcia Fantini, Dr. Eneida de Paula, Dr. Eduardo Granado, Dr. Cristiano L. Oliveira, Dr. Viviane P. Antonio, Dr. Philip King.