canSAS-8 meeting announcement.

2015/03/10 // 0 Comments

There is a very important meeting coming up soon for all those who dedicate themselves to excellence in small-angle scattering, and I for one, am very excited about this one. The canSAS-VIII meeting is full of interesting people giving interesting talks, complemented by plenty of (friendly) discussion sessions that are going to clarify the heading of the data reduction efforts.


So there is an “Everything SAXS”-book, and it is empty!

2014/11/04 // 4 Comments

For a while now, I have wanted to write a book about SAXS, introducing the topics, explaining the details, and including many of the more popular posts from this site. Unfortunately, no lucrative old-style book contracts have been proffered, so I will resort to another approach: a living Git-book.


Update tomorrow

2014/09/08 // 0 Comments

Dear readers, unfortunately, my video recording for this week needs a bit more editing than I had spare time for today. It’ll be done tomorrow. See you then!


To the States, and other cutting-room clippings

2014/07/28 // 1 Comment

Dear readers, As you read this, I’ll be trying to get to the Denver X-ray Conference in Montana. I’ll be giving a talk there on Friday morning introducing small-angle scattering to fellow X-ray afficionados and hopefully convert a soul or two to the narrow field we’re in. Please come and say hi if you’re around, or contact me on my twitter account (connectivity permitting), user @drheaddamage. I have two small bits I want to talk about today: a new sample holder and 3D SAXS.


Monday post delayed

2014/07/27 // 0 Comments

Dear Scatterers, Monday’s post will be delayed as I will be travelling to the Denver X-ray Conference. I didn’t manage to finish it in time due to an unexpected bike crash.


1/2 – year update

2014/06/16 // 0 Comments

Indeed, we are already prety much halfway through the useful part of 2014, considering the latter half of December is a globally recognised period for scientific procrastination. It’s also a good time now to quickly give you an update about some of the things transpiring here.


LookingAtNothing On Tour!

2014/04/14 // 2 Comments

Through a combination of events (and Twitter), my visit to the Diamond Synchrotron has become the nucleation site for a whole host of talks throughout the UK and France. Here’s the plan: 


Green catalysts from pigs!

2013/10/07 // 0 Comments

This news has also been covered by Birmingham University, Martin Hollamby and The Schnepp Group, and may appear in other news outlets soon. [update: like at,, the Mumbai mirror, FuelCellsWorks, supergen fuel cells, green car congress and update2: Some more selected outlets: Ars Technica, the Conversation, World of Chemicals, Renewables Europe, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell letter (paywalled), and The Himalayan Mirror ] Imagine you could turn pigs into catalysts. You’d think that that would take quite some work, but it turns out to be surprisingly easy as long as you have a good oven and some salts lying around. This has been demonstrated by Zoe Schnepp (of the newly formed Schnepp Group at the U. of Birmingham) in collaboration with Yuanjian Zhang, Martin Hollamby and others during her time here at NIMS, and has just been published here. So what did we do?…


The Bonse Hart instrument works!

2013/08/12 // 2 Comments

Ok, so let’s start with the disclaimer: very initial results (fresh off the instrument, hence the delay), and the primary beam intensity is still very, very weak (flux at sample position: ~5kHz, at 10% generator power). Background detection level is typically on the order of 1 Hz.


Slight delay.

2013/07/15 // 0 Comments

My apologies for not having a post ready this week, I wanted to post about instrument alignment and how amazingly well it works, but it turns out machine alignment isn’t all that easy. As another post was not yet complete either, I have to take a raincheck and update soon again! Sorry for the delay! Cheers, Brian.

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