Understanding the structure-property-processing relationship down the atomic level can provide the necessary insight for the development of new functional materials with exciting potential such as influencing electrical, chemical and physical properties with wide ranging applications from sensors, thermal devices, smart materials, super lubricants, shock impact and energy generation and storage.
Here we develop software for use by the neutron and X-ray scattering community to analyse the structure of materials using total scattering techniques utilising both the ISIS neutron spallation source and the Diamond light source developed software is used to determine the role of important modifiers in range of applications such as tellurite glasses for optical applications.
Key to the development of new functional materials is the characterisation down to the atomic level. The group utilises the latest microscopy methods in collaboration with the University of Nottinghams Micro-nano centre (LINK). The techniques utilise the latest state of the art equipment exploring specialised prepared sample righ through to real in service microstructural evaluation.
The structure-property relationships in polymeric, elastomeric and biological materials from synthetic polymers to biopolymers are often poorly defined. The performance of such soft matter in different environments is an important part of this work.
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