PDF Analysis: The Local Point of View of Materials Development

PDF Analysis: The Local Point of View of Materials Development

Organiser: Matt Tucker

This workshop will introduce the new XPDF beamline (I15-1) at Diamond Light Source and the usefulness of the pair distribution function (PDF) technique. The areas of interest include Chemistry and Catalysis, Materials for Energy Application and the Digital Economy, Physics of Condensed Phases, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Pharmaceutics. The importance of understanding the local structure is becoming increasingly apparent in these areas and hence the PDF technique is being applied to a diverse range of science. XPDF will be the first dedicated X-ray PDF beamline in Europe. Its complete package of hardware and PDF processing software will provide an unparalleled user-friendly PDF beamline. This workshop will be an opportunity to learn about the current status of the beamline and various invited speakers will highlight how it could be used for new materials research.

PDF drop-in session, Thursday 3rd September, 14:00
The aim of this session will be to give people the opportunity to discuss ideas for potential PDF projects and/or existing PDF data with some of the experts at the meeting. If you already know you would like to speak to someone please email us at xpdf@diamond.ac.uk and we can book a time, alternative just come along on the Thursday afternoon and talk to whoever is free.

Invited Speakers

The Materials Complexity Frontier: nanostructure and heterogeneities
Prof. Simon Billinge (Columbia University & Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Big box nanostructure refinement
Dr Nicholas Funnell (University of Oxford)

PDF Studies of Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion
Dr Pete Chupas (Argonne National Laboratory)

Exploiting Atomic Pair Distribution Function (PDF) Approach in Studies of Strongly Correlated Electron Systems
Dr Emil Bozin (Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Atomic architecture of amorphous and crystalline catalytic materials
Prof. Gopinathan Sankar (University College London)

New insights into functional materials from a local structural viewpoint
Dr Helen Playford (STFC ISIS Facility)

PDF studies of materials for Earth & Environmental Sciences
Dr Joseph A Hriljac (University of Birmingham)

Application of PDF within the pharmaceutical industry
Dr Helen Blade (AstraZeneca UK Limited)

Structure-property relationships in photonic glasses
Dr Emma Barney (University of Nottingham)

Alloying anodes for lithium- and sodium-ion batteries: insights from pair distribution function analysis and solid-state NMR
Dr Phoebe Allan (University of Cambridge)

‘Mussel’ Strength: PDF Studies of Biomineralisation
Dr Julia Parker (Diamond Light Source)

X-ray and neutron pair distribution functions of carbon nanotubes filled with ferromagnetic nanowires
Dr Anthony Phillips (Queen Mary University of London)

Programme Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - User Meeting Day 1

13:30 The XPDF project Prof. Andrew Goodwin
14:00 The new XPDF Beamline Dr Phil Chater & Dr Dean Keeble
15:00 Coffee  
15:30 The Materials Complexity Frontier: nanostructure and heterogeneities Prof. Simon Billinge
16:00 Big box nanostructure refinement Dr Nicholas Funnell
16:15 Application of PDF within the pharmaceutical industry Dr Helen Blade
16:45 Structure-property relationships in photonic glasses Dr Emma Barney
17:00 Move to Lecture theatre  
17:15 Poster Prizes and Keynote Speaker  
18:30 Drinks and Dinner  

 

Programme Thursday 3rd September 2015 - User Meeting Day 2

09:00 PDF Studies of Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion Dr Pete Chupas 
09:30 Alloying anodes for lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries: insights from PDF and solid-state NMR Dr Phoebe Allan
09:45 Atomic architecture of amorphous and crystalline catalytic materials Prof. Gopinathan Sankar
10:15 New insights into functional materials from a local structural viewpoint Dr Helen Playford
10:30 Coffee  
11:00 Exploiting Atomic Pair Distribution Function (PDF) Approach in Studies of Strongly Correlated Electron Systems Dr Emil Bozin
11:30 X-ray and neutron pair distribution functions of carbon nanotubes filled with ferromagnetic nanowires Dr Anthony Phillips
11:45 PDF studies of materials for Earth & Environmental Sciences Dr Joseph A Hriljac
12:15 ‘Mussel’ Strength: PDF Studies of Biomineralisation Dr Julia Parker
12:30 Discussion and concluding remarks  
13:00 Lunch  
14:00 PDF drop-in session:
The aim of this session will be to give people the opportunity to discuss ideas for potential PDF projects and/or existing PDF data with some of the experts at the meeting. If you already know you would like to speak to someone please email us at xpdf@diamond.ac.uk and we can book a time, alternative just come along on the Thursday afternoon and talk to whoever is free.