Short Course: Nano- and Micro-Structural Characterization with Scattering

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Characterizing the morphology of materials (particle size and shape) is commonly done with microscopy and scattering. These two methods are complementary, yet most are familiar only with microscopy, which provides real images of very localized structures (i.e., micrometer or nanometer square). Scattering can provide particle size and shape information over a much larger sampling volume and has the advantage of providing in situ measurements under complex conditions e.g., solutions, solid, temperature, external fields (such as magnetic, flow, tensile or electric). However, scattering data needs proper interpretation to resolve the material structures. This complexity has limited the use of scattering for structural characterization. This two-day short course will focus on scattering techniques available at the Institute of Materials Science (IMS): small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), static/dynamic light scattering (S/DLS) and acoustic spectroscopy, which can be used to characterize morphology from 100 um down to 1 nm.

The course will include lecture, experiment, model analysis based on experimental data collected, and an open forum for discussion. Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of the fundamentals, applicability of these techniques to a variety of systems plus hands-on experience with both experimental logistics and structure interpretation using available scattering models.


About Your Instructors

Professer NiehDr. Mu-Ping Nieh received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1998. He was a postdoctoral fellow at NIST Center for Neutron Research from 1998 to 2002. From 2002 to 2010 he became a research officer at Canadian Neutron Beam Centre of National Research Council. In 2010, Dr. Nieh joined UConn’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department and the Institute of Materials Science’s Polymer Program. His research focuses on probing structures of nanomaterials using scattering techniques, understanding the fundamental function/nanostructure relationship in advanced materials, which can be used for drug delivery carriers, and high-sensitivity, high-selectivity biosensing through one-pot self-assembly.




Dr. Douglas Adamson

Dr. Douglas Adamson received his PhD from George Olah at the University of Southern California in 1991. He then spent just over a year as a postdoc in the lab of Manfred Reetz at the Max-Plank Institute for Kohlenforschung in Germany. That was followed by two years at Exxon Corporate Research in Annandale NJ working with Lew Fetters, and 13 years as a Research Scholar at Princeton University. In 2008 he joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut. Prof. Adamson’s research focuses on the synthesis of polymeric materials. This includes the synthesis of graphene and boron nitride composites, the synthesis of model polymers, and the formation and study of polymer brushes on surfaces.





Who Should Attend

Scientists wishing to understand the fundamentals and applicability of scattering techniques should attend this course.


Course Location and Schedule

The course will be held

on July 11 and 12, 2018
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (each day)
Location TBD

on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. Parking is available across the street in North Parking Garage. We will provide validation for daily parking.
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Registration for the two-day course is $600 for IMS Industrial Affiliates Program member company registrants and $800 for non-member registrants. We can accept payment by credit card, check, ACH transfer.  All payment methods require an invoice which will be provided upon receipt of your registration. The registration fee includes workshop attendance, a set of course notes, lunch and coffee breaks, and parking in North Garage. Registration for this course closes July 5, 2018. All payments must be received by this date.

Please let us know in advance if you require special services and/or arrangements.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

The registration fee, less $50.00, will be refundable if we are notified of cancellation prior to the close of the registration period. Participants who cancel after the close of the registration period, or do not attend and fail to cancel, are subject to the full fee. Participant substitutions may be made.

The Institute of Materials Science reserves the right to change instructors and cancel or reschedule the course in the event of insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances.


Further Information

Questions regarding the course should be directed to Rhonda Ward at 860.486.5874 (voice), 860.486.4745 (fax) or