Category Archives: Literature

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

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.

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Twists and turns

We couldn’t help but look at some more Mg-Zn alloys since our last paper. In particular, we have been looking at what happens to the nanostructure when the alloy undergoes “high-pressure torsion”.

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Guinier in polydisperse systems revisited

Last week, I was contacted by Christian Gollwitzer (author of this excellent paper) about something posted here (and in particular detailed in this document) a while ago. It concerns the behaviour of the Guinier approxiation for polydisperse systems, and it looks like I made a mistake when writing that document.

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Today is a holiday, short note on data corrections

Dear readers, Unfortunately, this week I do not have anything ready for you. It is with great regret that I must therefore skip this week, and break my “once-a-week” posting schedule. Regular scheduling should return next week. Just a quick note, however. Thanks to Sylvain Prévost bringing this back to my attention; Brûlet et al. […]

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Nature Chemistry publishing on Martin’s Magical Molecules

The long wait is over! A new publication is out, this one written by Martin Hollamby over the course of three tough years. For those who haven’t seen his one-minute intro video, Martin is investigating the behaviour of molecules in solvents. In his excellent paper, he shows how his range of molecules can self-assemble in (hydrophobic) […]

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The value of years: good stories and advice from M. H. J. Koch

One paper I managed to miss for my review paper on data corrections is a paper by M. H. J. Koch from Hamburg. The paper is written in a nice informal way, replete with good quotes, where he talks about his experiences in instrument development for SAXS and WAXS beamlines. In particular the paper details […]

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Green catalysts from pigs!

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 azonano.com, nanowerk.com, the Mumbai mirror, FuelCellsWorks, supergen fuel cells, green car congress and phys.org. update2: Some more selected outlets: Ars Technica, the Conversation, World of Chemicals, Renewables Europe, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell letter (paywalled), […]

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A comparison of Quality in neutron scattering

By the way, my topical review paper on SAXS data collection and correction has been published and is available open access here! Ensuring that a measurement gets you the right values is quite important for any scientist. One way of finding out what the quality of your machine is, is to compare your results for a […]

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A review of data collection and correction procedures.

Following my previous work in progress detailing the data correction steps to obtain good data, I finally had the chance to write this down in a review article. This review article (open access) has been submitted on Monday. After it has been reviewed and (hopefully) published in the journal, I will ensure that that latest version is […]

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Monte-Carlo: now in 2D!

Small-angle scattering analysis has never been easy for those working with oriented nanostructures (e.g. fibres, processed polymers, rolled metal alloys), whose structure may lead to anisotropic small-angle scattering. Upon the collection of such 2D scattering patterns, one can integrate thin pie-slices of the data to obtain 1D curves and analyse them in the same way […]

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