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Short Course: Scattering A Method for Global Nanostructural Characterization (Dec. 13 & 14, 2016)

This two-day course focuses on scattering techniques available at the Institute of Materials Science (IMS):  small angle X-ray (SAXS) and static/dynamic light scattering (S/DLS). Each day covers one of these and will include lecture, experiment, model analysis based on data collected, and an open forum for discussion.  Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of the techniques and applicability to a variety of systems. In addition, they will gain hands-on experience with experimental techniques and structure interpretation.

Nanomaterials’ function strongly correlates with nano-structure, commonly explored by microscopy and scattering. These methods are complementary, yet most are more familiar with microscopy, which provides images of local structures (at the µm or nm scale). Scattering yields global (average) information on nanostructure, and also provides in situ measurements under complex conditions (e.g., solutions, solids, temperature, external fields). Systems of interest DO NOT need to have long-range ordering (e.g., crystals) or preferred orientations. However, scattering data needs proper interpretation to resolve the material structures, which has limited its use for structural characterization. SAXS is a fundamental source for crucial information for numerous applications, including:

  • Composites (aerospace, automotive, energy storage)
  • Polymers (surfactants, dyes, thin films, emulsions and suspensions)
  • Biomolecules (collagen, RNA, DNA, proteins, drug development)


.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. Yao LinDr. Yao Lin received his Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2005. He was then a George W. Beadle postdoctoral fellow at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. He joined UConn’s Chemistry Department with an appointment in the Institute of Materials Science in 2008. Dr. Lin’s research focuses on the mechanistic studies of the synthesis, folding, assembly of complex macromolecules such as comb- or brush-like polymers grafted with polypeptides, and the hybrid nanomaterials that convert chemical energy to mechanical motions. Many of these studies require the extensive use of scattering-based characterization techniques.


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 December 13 and 14, 2016,
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (each day)
in Room 159 of the Institute of Materials Science (Gant Building)

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 $700 for non-member registrants. We can accept payment by purchase order, check, or ACH transfer. Credit card payment is not available at this time.  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 November 22, 2016. All payments must be received by this date.

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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