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Neutron Scattering (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Neutron Scattering as a Cutting Edge Probe of Structure and Dynamics of Advanced Materials


August 5-6, 2017


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China Site Information


Dalini Maharaj & Si Lan

Hong Kong Advisory Board:
Tony F. Chan, Kathryn Song Eng Cheah, Fanny M.C. Cheung, Arthur B. Ellis, Barry Halliwell, Nancy Ip, Jian Lu, Peter Mathieson, Alfonso Ngan, Paul Tam, Benjamin Wah, Henry Wong, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Kenneth Young & Albert Cheung-Hoi Yu More Information

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Neutron Scattering is a unique forum which is intended to bring together graduate students, post-docs and early-career faculty with comparable levels of experience from the global neutron science community. Participants are encouraged to showcase and present their cutting edge and unpublished research, to network, collaborate and exchange innovative ideas with their peers and mentors in the understanding and design of novel materials.

This GRS is intended to highlight the triumphs of neutron scattering in providing unique insight in advanced materials research in light of recent advances in the development of neutron instrumentation and the emergence of new neutron sources in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. The focus of the GRS will be on a variety of materials which represent the full breadth of research conducted in the neutron science community including magnetic and superconducting materials, topological materials, polymeric and biological materials, as well as energy-related and engineering materials. The meeting will feature a keynote lecture by a key scientific leader from the neutron community, selected oral and poster presentations and a mentorship panel focused on career development.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by June 2, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Neutron Scattering" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmRecent Advances in New Energy Materials
Discussion Leader: Claire White (Princeton University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDnyaneshwar Bhosale (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India)
"Revealing Conduction Pathways by the Soft Bond Valence Sum Distribution Analysis of Neutron Diffraction Data in Iron Garnet Oxides"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmBing Wang (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
"In-Situ Neutron Diffraction Study of Deformation Behaviors of CrCoFeNi High Entropy Alloy at Large Plastic Strain"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmKeynote Session: Magnons, Spinons, Majorana Fermions and Quantum Spin Liquids / Neutron Scattering as a Definitive Probe of Exotic Magnetic Order and Elementary Excitations in Magnetic Materials
Discussion Leader: Kirrily Rule (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Australia)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmStephen Nagler (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
"Magnons, Spinons, Majorana Fermions and Quantum Spin Liquids"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmGrace Causer (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Australia)
"Crafting Room Temperature Ferromagnetism by Ion-Irradiation of Ordered FePt3: A PNR and DFT Study"
8:15 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmWilliam Gannon (Texas A&M University, USA)
"Evolution of Spinon Confinement with Magnetic Field and the Emergence of a Longitudinal Mode in One Dimensional Yb2Pt2Pb"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmAllen Scheie (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Field-Dependent Magnetic Order in Yb2Ti2O7"
9:00 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:20 pmWolfgang Simeth (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
"Multi-Axial Spin Textures in the Rare-Earth Copper Compounds"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amKeynote Session: Recent Advances on Polymer and Biodynamics at ISIS / New Insights on Soft Matter Systems from Neutron Backscattering, Neutron Spin Echo, Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Studies
Discussion Leader: Yun Liu (University of Delaware / National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amVictoria Garcia Sakai (ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source, STFC, United Kingdom)
"Recent Advances on Polymer and Biodynamics at ISIS"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amAndrew Dennison (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
"Perturbation of Membrane Dynamics Due to Cholera Toxin Subunit B Binding: Insights from Neutron Spin-Echo Spectroscopy"
9:45 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:05 amAdrian Sanchez-Fernandez (University of Bath, United Kingdom)
"Surfactant Self-Assembly in Deep Eutectic Solvents: A Small-Angle Scattering Study"
10:05 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:30 amDebsindhu Bhowmik (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
"Towards Targeted Cancer Therapy Drugs: Understanding Membrane Bound KRAS - A Synergistic Approach of Scattering Methods and Computer Simulation"
10:30 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 10:50 amZhuo Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
"Dynamical Transition of Collective Motions in Dry Proteins"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Mentors will be available to answer attendees' questions during a formal panel session about navigating their careers in neutron scattering in large national laboratories, academia and industry.
Discussion Leader: Jie Ma (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Professional and Career Development in the Neutron Scattering Community"
  • Victoria Garcia Sakai (ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source, STFC, United Kingdom)
  • Yun Liu (University of Delaware / National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Stephen Nagler (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Kirrily Rule (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Australia)
  • Claire White (Princeton University, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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