During the visit to both ISIS target stations, Lord Drayson was able to discuss materials development for efficient hydrogen storage with Senior Fellow Professor Bill David. Professor Sean Langridge showed the new suite of instruments at the second target station optimised for nanoscience, and Dr Christopher Frost outline plans to build a new facility for testing microelectronics exposed to high energy atmospheric neutrons.
Following his visit, Lord Drayson later commented via Twitter: “Visited ISIS in Harwell yesterday . The world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon research centre - here in the UK. An STFC jewel.”
Located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, ISIS has operated for 25 years and in 2009 doubled in size with the completion of a new target station.
The beams of neutrons and muons produced at ISIS allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. ISIS supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology, materials engineering and IT.