Archive for June, 2013

I’ve just uploaded a new page on the subject of small-angle neutron scattering. I’m hoping to put together a comprehensive list of useful links, alongside a basic how-to guide, in the coming weeks. As you can see its currently quite text-based, but will be spiced up with pictures in the near future.


Click on photo to go to Open Access article


This review was written with both newcomers and experts in mind. It starts with an introduction to SANS, containing the information that I think is necessary for the successful use of the technique (and as few equations as possible!). After this, the range of different materials that SANS can be used to probe is discussed and recent studies are summarized. Finally, there’s a section on the use of time-resolved SANS to study reactions and phase changes. I hope you find it useful!

Click on image below to go to article:


Pleased to have been included on this study, published last week in Nature Communications. From the abstract:”We introduce an approach to optimize anthracene-based liquid materials, focussing on enhanced stability, fluorescence quantum yield, colour tunability and processability, with a view to flexible electronic applications. Enveloping the anthracene core in low-viscosity branched aliphatic chains results in stable, nonvolatile, emissive liquid materials. Up to 96% efficient energy-transfer-assisted tunable emission is achieved by doping a minute amount of acceptor dye in the solvent-free state. Furthermore, we use a thermoresponsive dopant to impart thermally controllable luminescence colours. The introduced strategy leading to diverse luminescence colours at a single blue-light excitation can be an innovative replacement for currently used luminescent materials, providing useful continuous emissive layers in developing foldable devices.”

The article is available, open access, by clicking on the photo below


Open access book chapter

Posted: June 3, 2013 in Uncategorized


Recent book chapter, published in “Handbook on Fullerene: Synthesis, Properties and Applications” (Eds Verner, Benvegnu).

It describes several approaches that have been used to form assemblies of fullerenes (mostly fullerene[60]). The file is open access, but is password protected (password is 271042). It is available from the following link: self-assembly properties of fullerenes

Think that you might like to use SANS, but don’t know where to begin? Check out my paper (see link), published in Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. for an introduction to the technique and several recent examples of the sorts of systems that can be probed!