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Durham University

Department of Physics

The 2018 Gareth Roberts Lecture

The Gareth Roberts Lecture 2018

The Gareth Roberts Lecture 2018

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Understanding the behaviour of polymeric materials with neutron scattering with Professor Dame Julia Higgins, Imperial College London.

Date 14th March
Time 4.30 pm
Location: Department of Physics, Lecture theatre Ph8
Speaker: Dame Julia Higgins FRS

Title: Seeing is believing: Understanding the behaviour of polymeric materials with neutron scattering

Abstract: Julia S. Higgins Imperial College, London


The way long molecules organise themselves and move around gives rise to their behaviour such as the bounce, stretchiness and stickiness of rubbery materials. Understanding this relationship needs both models of the molecular behaviour and a way of “seeing” it in real life. Light is no help for these opaque materials but cunning use of the properties of the neutron provides a different way of “seeing”.