Structure characterisation - Catalysis - Water dynamics – H2 bonding - Planetology
The influence of structure is everywhere; the properties of water and ice, the hardness of metals, the strength of magnets, and even the biology of DNA or the effect of antibodies on viruses – all depend on structure. Crystallography is studied at the ILL in a broad sense, both via single crystal and powder diffraction. Some structural studies may require small angle scattering as well.
Neutron diffraction is ideal for determining the structure of materials containing light atoms such as hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. We need to understand the structure of materials before we can understand their properties and how they react.