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Applications of SAXS: Catalysts (Video)

Hi all, I have started recording parts of the presentation I have given throughout this year. One part of the presentation consists of a number of application examples of SAXS. Herewith the first of the examples involving catalysts.

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Comparisons of Doom: line vs. pinhole.

[ed: My current project is running at an end, so if you happen to have a job offer I cannot refuse, I will seriously weigh it against the (tenured) job offer I got from NIMS!] The typical argument in favor of the line-collimated “Kratky”-type instruments is that its X-ray flux is very high and that […]

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DXC review

The Denver X-ray conference was quite excellent, mostly becauase of the people to talk to during the coffee breaks and the dinners (as always, there should be more of these and longer!). Here’s my quick review of the conference:

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To the States, and other cutting-room clippings

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, […]

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Monday post delayed

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.

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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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Fancy background subtraction: a second look.

During last week’s visit to BAM in Berlin, I and Ingo played around with some equations. In particular, we were curious if we need to do something special to get the scattering from a sample in a capillary, i.e. a sample between an upstream and a downstream sample cell wall. Long story short: we arrive […]

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Lessons from history: a look at GE’s early outreach videos

[ed: I'm giving a general SAXS talk at BESSY, the Berlin synchrotron on Friday the 11th at 10:00 local time. Contact me or Andreas Thünemann at BAM for more information] Whenever I think of General Electric, I imagine a stereotypical American company: a top-heavy organization, forcing its employees to learn and recite GE’s mission statement, […]

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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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1/2 – year update

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.

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