Diamond-II Webinar: New X4SCM Flagship Beamline Proposal

Oct 23. till Oct 23.

Diamond-II Webinar: New X4SCM Flagship Beamline Proposal

Split into morning (09:00-11:00) and afternoon (14:30-16:00) sessions, this webinar is your opportunity to gain insight into the Soft Condensed Matter Science Group's flagship beamline project proposal for a New High Flux X-ray Beamline (X4SCM). This proposal forms part of the science case for Diamond-II, a co-ordinated programme of development that includes a major machine upgrade.

A user working group has been convened to prepare a full proposal for presentation at the December SAC/Disco meeting. As part of the proposal preparation, the group would like to hear from the user community.

Join us for both the morning and afternoon sessions to listen to presentations on cutting edge experiments by respective experts in SAXS tomography, USAXS and time-resolved “pink” beam experiments, followed by Q&A.

Please find the proposal background below, along with the agenda and link to register.

23/10/20202020-10-23T09:00:00 - 23/10/20202020-10-23T16:00:00
09:00 - 16:00
Online via Zoom
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Registration & Agenda

Click the button below to register via Zoom - you will then receive your unique link to join both sessions on the day:

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Agenda - please note the following timings are GMT (UK time zone):         

Morning session - 09:00-11:00:

09:00-09:20 | Introduction to X4SCM - Rob Rambo and Nick Terrill, Diamond Light Source

09:20-09:40 | Self-assembly of nanostructured materials – from micelles to particles - Karen Edler, Professor Dept. Chemistry, Univ. of Bath

09:40-10:10 | SAXS tensor tomography: reconstruction and application examples - Marianne Liebi, Group Leader Hierarchical Systems, EMPA Switzerland

10:10-10:40 | Diffraction X-ray Tracking (DXT) – Dynamic Observation of Single Molecule in the Biological Systems - Yuji Sasaki, Professor, University of Tokyo

10:40-11:00 | Q&A 

Afternoon session - 14:30-16:00:

14:30-15:00 | Synchrotron X-ray footprinting of proteins: using hydroxyl radical solvent accessibility to infer structural conformation - Corie Ralston, Director, Biological NanoStructures Facility ALS, Berkeley

15:00-15:40 | Extended Range Ultra Small-Angle X-ray, Small-Angle, and Wide-Angle Scattering for Future Materials Development - Jan Ilavsky, Physicist 9ID, Argonne National Lab

15:40-16:00 | Q&A and close


Proposal Background

The proposed beamline, X4SCM, will provide monochromatic and high-flux, “pink” X-ray modes for a multi-purpose X-ray beamline enabling time-resolved studies that will simultaneously cover the USAXS/SAXS/WAXS range.

Soft-condensed matter (SCM) science is the science of every-day life that provides understanding and improvements to foods, polymeric materials, additive manufacturing, electronics, life and life-style products. SCM is the science of self-assembly where molecules in seemingly random orientations, are partially ordered at length scales much greater than molecular dimension. Due to the partially ordered to disordered nature of SCM materials, SAXS is the de-facto technique for providing structural insights on SCM systems.

X4SCM will operate two end-station modalities: HIERARCHY for structural investigations of partially disordered systems and SNAPSHOT for time-resolved studies using nano-focused, high-flux X-rays. Diamond has operated a single, phase I beamline, I22, since 2007 that has been the sole dedicated synchrotron X-ray instrument for UK SCM science. X4SCM will introduce new synchrotron techniques such as Diffracted X-ray Tracking (DXT), X-ray Foot-printing Mass Spectrometry (XFMS) and pink-beam SAXS experiments to our user community. The beamline will be designed to operate as a 38-meter camera with four strategically placed integrating detectors to cover the USAXS to WAXS range.


Find out more about the Diamond-II programme here, and download the Diamond-II | Advancing Science science case here.

This webinar forms part of the second stage of user engagement for the Soft Condensed Matter Group's proposals. In 2018, an introductory workshop was held for users to discuss the project's potential benefits for research and to help further develop the science case and direction for the machine upgrade. You can revisit the event page here.

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