A few weeks ago, a dataset landed on my desk from a very dense system: scattering from dry, packed SiO2 nanoparticle powder. Dense systems add a degree of complexity to small-angle scattering, so it was interesting to try (play) and find a solution to this. Read more »
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) solvents to form a variety of shapes and forms. Read more »
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. Read more »
[ED: I've started asking around for guest contributions for the LookingAtNothing site, in order to provide a broader view of the SAS-related activities than I could ever hope to achieve by myself. Our second guest to talk about his work is Dr. Jan Ilavsky of the Argonne National Laboratory.]
Maybe you heard my name, Jan Ilavsky, perhaps in association with Ultra-Small Angle Scattering (USAXS) instrument, Irena or Nika software packages, or in relationship with Glassy Carbon absolute intensity standard? We will get to each of these in a few lines, but in order to understand me, you need to understand my history. Read more »
York and Leeds, the first 40% of the presentations all done. Still to go: Lille, Birmingham and Nottingham, and a few synchrotron days in between. Read on for the experiences at the first two places: Read more »
In a few moments, I will be boarding the flight to Europe for the whirlwind SAXS tour and diamond experiments. I will post during and about the trip, so posts should appear with irregular timing on this site, so check frequently!
feel free to stop me for a coffee as well!
regular programming will resume in two weeks.
Over the last few weeks, I have been working mostly on preparing presentations. It’s not just for the upcoming fun European Tour, but I also gave a 30-minute presentation for a selection committee. This is a part of the application procedure for a permanent position here (though the application process won’t be finished for a while yet), so it was kind of important to get it right.
To shed some light on how to go about preparing one of these presentations, I thought I would deviate this week from the normal SAXSy topics to explain the process I go through when setting the application talk. Read more »