Event Name

Structure and Dynamics of Confined and Interfacial Fluids: Blending, Scattering and Computer Modeling Techniques

Start Date 16th Jul 2014
End Date 19th Jul 2014

About the Workshop

The behavior of bulk fluids changes dramatically when they are confined in small pores or at interfaces, due to increasing importance of the boundary conditions and molecule-surface interactions. Macroscopic experimental methods provide information on the properties of confined fluids averaged over the whole sample volume and thus deliver little information on how pores of different sizes contribute to the changes in the structure and mobility under confinement. On the contrary, neutron and X-ray scattering, spectroscopy methods as well as computer modeling techniques allow the investigator to “look inside pores” and monitor changes in the fluid behaviour as a function of pore sizes. Despite significant progress achieved recently in our understanding of the influence of confinement, there are still a number of important issues, resolving which is highly important from both fundamental and practical perspective as porous materials are widely used in a variety of biomedical, energy- and environment- related applications.

The goal of this workshop is to foster collaboration among instrument scientists, users with experience or interest in studying confined fluids using neutron and X-ray scattering techniques, and experts in computer modeling, by sharing recent scientific breakthroughs, research interests, and current needs in the field. Strong emphasis will be placed on exploring new scientific areas, promoting dialogue between experimentalists and theoreticians, and defining synergistic development strategies. Sessions topics, all with an emphasis on the scattering, spectroscopy and computer modeling, will include: relevant scientific areas in biology, materials sciences, chemistry and geology, as well as sample environment design. The list of invited speakers includes national and international experts in the physics of confined fluids, both from academia and national laboratories, as well as researchers that consider access the state-of-the-art scattering instrumentation and computing resources as a significant component in their research.
Location Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
United States
Contact Yuri B. Melnichenko
URL https://neutrons.ornl.gov/conf/sdf2014/index.shtml

Category Workshops
Topics Neutron scattering