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2011 NIST Workshop on Neutron Measurements to Advance the Manufacture of Soft Materials

To identify critical challenges facing manufacturers of soft materials that are best addressed through development and application of neutron-based measurement science.

Motivation: To develop the next generation of neutron-based measurement solutions for manufacturing of soft materials, the NIST Polymers Division and the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) are building the nSoft consortium. nSoft will provide a new model of federal user facility access to manufacturing based industry, with a specific focus on manufacturers of soft materials. The "2011 NIST Workshop on Neutron Measurements to Advance the Manufacture of Soft Materials" represents an opportunity for manufacturers and other participants of soft materials research to identify key areas where development of neutron techniques will have a maximal impact on manufacturing and competitiveness of US based industry.

Participants: This meeting is open for public discussion. Registration for the meeting is required using the link provided on this page. Participants are encouraged from all participants interested in developing advanced neutron-based measurement methods and capabilities related to the manufacture of soft materials, including polymers, basic chemical formulations, petroleum based manufacturing, consumer products, and pharmaceuticals.  

Topics of Interest Include:

  • Particle Structure and Assembly
  • Polymer processing Rheological Sample Environments
  • Neutron Imaging Polymer and Protein Solutions
  • Colloidal Dispersion
  • Polymer-based Nanocomposites
  • Methods for Rapid Characterization
  • Characterization within Small Sample Volumes
  • Multicomponent Polymer Blends Advanced Data Analysis Methods
  • Neutron Spectroscopy

A full copy of the agenda.

Lodging arrangements have not been made. Attendees will be on their own. There are many hotels near NIST. Please refer to the NIST Visitor Information page for recommended Hotels/Motels in the area.

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site.

Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.


All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. You can download the required form NIST-1260. Fill out the form and email to Donna Kimball [donna.kimball [at] (donna[dot]kimball[at]nist[dot]gov)] or Mary Lou Norris [marylou.norris [at] (marylou[dot]norris[at]nist[dot]gov)].

Created May 12, 2011, Updated May 13, 2016